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all things bright and beautiful for a city centre wedding – katy & tony

August 14th, 2014 | Rachel Parry

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The spate of sunshine we’ve been having recently may have been interrupted with a few bleak breaks this week but this bright and beautiful wedding is guaranteed to inject a big boost of colour and happiness into your day.

Creative couple Tony and Katy tied the knot in the super city of Sheffield, starting off with their ceremony in the stunning Town Hall before moving onto the nearby Workstation for a fabulous afternoon tea and evening celebrations.

To really make the day their own they included lots of vibrant decorations, quirky homemade touches and beautiful blooms, all of which was captured perfectly by their talented photographer.

With images by Photography34

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Katy says: We got engaged on New Year’s Day 2013. We had been to a friend’s New Year’s Eve party and Tony had taken the ring, but he couldn’t find the right moment when we were both alone.  The following morning we both woke up early and Tony asked me what I was doing for the rest of my life as he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me and then produced my beautiful ring! I cried a little and then called the world.

We set the date for Saturday May 24th 2014. We wanted to get married over a Bank Holiday as we had lots of guests who would be travelling a distance so we were keen to make sure they had plenty of time to party and recover.

I think we must have viewed almost every venue in Yorkshire, but we couldn’t find anything which would allow us to create the different look and feel we were hoping for within our budget. We are both from Sheffield and love to city so when we found the Workstation which is part of the Showroom Cinema and met Mark the sales manager, it ticked all the boxes. He was so accommodating and because the venue is an exhibition centre he allowed us to dress it exactly how we wanted. We originally wanted to get married at the same place as our reception but this was not possible at the Workstation so we started to look for somewhere close by. We had walked past Sheffield Town Hall hundreds of times but had never been inside. Once we did we were blown away by how beautiful the building was, especially the fabulous staircase.

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Very early on in our wedding planning I discovered Pinterest, and began pinning ideas to a mood board. We knew the venue was going to need a lot of dressing so we decided to hire someone to help with this. Jennie from Hansley Beard came highly recommended by our venue and she did a fabulous job of keeping me calm, my ideas focused and she planned the design to the finest detail, we could not have done it without her.

We knew we wanted to do things differently and we wanted the whole feel of the day to be bright, colourful, fun and homemade. We both like colour – our house is full of it. We originally found some bright material which we liked at The Range store, we used this as the basis for our colour scheme, they had paper, buttons etc all in the same collection which was great. Bright coloured ribbons and buttons then became the main theme throughout the wedding. We didn’t want a traditional wedding so decided that lots of bright colours would really help create a different atmosphere. We are so happy that we went with these colours in the end as our wedding day turned out to be raining and gloomy but the colours helped keep everyone bright and cheery!

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I always knew that I wanted a fitted lace dress and I fell in love with Pippa, a Sassi Holford dress which was well over my budget.  I searched the internet and to my complete amazement I found Silk Bridal in Litchfield selling a sample of this dress in my size. I would highly recommend this bridal shop – they made my wedding dress experience so memorable. Helen, the seamstress, could not do enough to help with my alterations and every time we visited the shop I was made to feel just as special as the last. My friend Serena, very kindly lent me her beautiful Jenny Packham headband for my something borrowed. I’m actually selling my dress it is currently listed on eBay and preloved. Although I will be very sad to see this dress go, it would give me great pleasure for another bride to have a chance to wear a fabulous Sassi Holford dress.

Tony wore a bright blue tailored three-piece suit from Moss Bros in Meadowhall, homemade emerald green tie and shoes from Ted Baker.

I knew that I didn’t want traditional bridesmaid dresses or anything too formal; I wanted something that they would wear again so they wore emerald green maxi dresses from Mango which were accessorised with belts from H&M.  The best man wore a bright blue suit from Moss Bros and our page boy, my nephew, wore a little navy suit from Next, a homemade emerald green bow tie and some white Converse boots which he loved!

Tony’s mum’s friend made all the bouquets and button holes. I picked the flowers for these, along with the flowers for the venue, from the Parkway Flower Market in Sheffield. I had a hand-tied bouquet with bright flowers including Gerberas,Ranunculus, Gentian and Craspedia. My bridesmaids’ bouquets were similar, just a bit smaller. All the bouquets had ribbons hanging from the stems.

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We both share a love for VWs, especially retro split screen camper vans and we knew that we couldn’t arrive any other way. We hired the stunning ‘Johnny’ from Something old Something New. As our venues were close together we were able to use the same van for the whole wedding party.

We were let down by a friend who was originally planning on doing our photography, very close to the wedding day. Tony at Photography34 was recommended to us and to our delight he was available on our date. Choosing Tony was the best decision we made, after getting married of course! He had a very relaxed, natural style and went above and beyond. He made us, and our guests, feel relaxed all day. Our guests noted how hard he worked on the day. Most importantly he captured all the detail, fun and laughter of the day.

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When we started planning we decided that we wanted things to be as personal as possible and make as much ourselves as we could. Having ‘Brown Owl’ as my mother-in-law-to-be made this a lot easier. Jennie from Hansley Beard helped us to create our desired look with lots of help from our bridesmaids, best man and friends. We had homemade bunting, pom poms, table numbers, seating plan, card box, paper covered jars as centre pieces. We also used fairy lights to decorate the mezzanine. We had bright coloured ribbons hanging from the back of all the chairs and a ribbon drop which cascaded from the mezzanine to the dance floor. I went to the Parkway Flower Market with Jennie, other than Gerberas which are my favourite flowers I wasn’t that particular, it was mainly the colours I was looking for. We incorporated all the flowers from the bouquets as well as Golden Glory, lime green and yellow bloom Chrysanthemums. Jennie then arranged all the flowers for the venue and centre pieces, and made these look great, she truly was amazing!

Tony’s mum and I made homemade rhubarb jam for our favours. The rhubarb was home grown in Tony’s dad’s allotment.

I love baking so the wedding cake was very important. We had a four-tiered cake covered with bright coloured hearts. The actual cake was striped coloured Victoria sponge with butter cream and made by Gemma at Iced Gems. We had two wooden birds with matching hearts as cake toppers which we got from Etsy.

We didn’t want to have a formal three-course wedding meal so we decided to have afternoon tea with prosecco for our wedding breakfast.  In the evening we had pie and peas with plenty of Henderson’s relish!

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The entertainment was really important to us, we wanted a big party with all our friends and family, and I love to dance. For our ceremony we had a friend, Rebecca Guy sing and play her guitar. As a wedding present my parents got Paul Pashley, Sheffield’s answer to Michael Bublé, to sing at our evening reception. Not only does he have an amazing voice, he was a little bit of eye candy for the ladies. We then had a DJ who played us into the early hours.

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We did include quite a few special touches in our big day. Tony’s mum made a very cute ring cushion for Reuben, our page boy, in the same material as the bunting and sewed buttons all over it, he was very proud of his special job.

We hired some beautiful vintage crockery from Jameson’s Tearoom for the afternoon tea, and one of the highlights was their teacup glasses which we served the prosecco in.

We chose big illuminated ‘LOVE’ letters from Typical Type as a backdrop to our dance floor, and our homemade photo booth and they were the talk of all our guests. Once we had decided on the letters it helped us decide on our first dance – L-O-V-E by Nat King Cole sang by Paul Pashley.

We both share a love of sweets, so a sweet table was a must. We brought in our theme by laying the table with ribbons, we used the same paper we had used for the centre pieces for the sweet labels and homemade pin wheels, and then had bright coloured paper fans as the backdrop to the table.

I found a finger print poster tree from Etsy which was a wonderful alternative to a guest book. Our guests added their fingerprints as ‘leaves’ to the tree and wrote their names. We now have this framed and it acts as a daily reminder of our special day and the guests we shared it with.

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My favourite part of the wedding day came at the end of our first dance. Jennie, who had helped us to design our wedding day, had arranged with our guests to drop all the off cuts from the ribbons from the mezzanine above the dance floor. This was a total surprise and the only thing throughout the day which we had not planned for. This was an amazing moment which Tony, our photographer, captured perfectly and we have used one of these images for our thank you cards.

We went on honeymoon two days after or wedding; we spent two days is Dubai and eight in the Maldives. Dubai was very hot and we packed in a lot within the two days; tours of the city and a dessert safari. Then the Maldives, which was absolute paradise, was the total opposite to Dubai, quiet and relaxing, which was exactly what we needed after the wedding.

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My advice to other Brides Up North would be to do what makes you happy and have the day that you want, not what others expect of you. That is so important. You want to look back on your day and know that you had it exactly how you wanted it. It doesn’t matter if this doesn’t follow traditions or you think people won’t like your ideas, as long as you do, that’s all that matters. Tony’s advice would be at some point during the wedding breakfast, to go around each table and speak with your guests and thank them for coming, as it’s a very busy day and you don’t get chance to spend very much time with anyone. Our collective advice is to make sure you both take time together to have a few moments to take everything in as the day will go past so fast.

It rained for the most of our day, but like Louis Armstrong sang, we didn’t care what the weather man said, when the weatherman said it was raining as you didn’t hear us or anyone else complaining!

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it’s the most wonderful time of the year!

August 13th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Ramside Hall Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition Autumn 2014

We are so excited to get started with another fabulous Brides Up North exhibition season… and we’ve worked so hard planning and prepping here at Brides Up North HQ this summer that we are sure its going to be our best one yet!

You can view the full schedule of events – spanning three regions over three months - by clicking here. You can use our brand new drop down menu to browse, select the event of your choice, pre-register for free entry and your VIP goody bag and pop the date in your diary.  You can even register for more than one event if you like – each is very different and we’ve made sure that there is something to delight everyone!

We don’t just work with any old  venues or suppliers.  Our venue portfolio is carefully managed to offer our readers choice and quality, and our exhibitors are handpicked.  You’ll leave our events excited and inspired (and maybe a little poorer – but happier)! We promise you that.

Our season starts in style at Hilltop Country House in Cheshire on 14th September and  - did you see the beautiful wedding I featured on the blog this morning? – you have to see this place for yourselves, but for now, I want to tell you all about our biggest event of the season, and make sure its marked in your planner in indelible ink.

If you’re still looking for anything at all for your big day, you need to be at our Brides Up North Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition on Sunday 21st September 2014.  Any luxury supplier worth their sequins is going to be there! Doors open at 12pm till 4pm, and it’s free entry for you and all your guests.  Pre-registered brides will also get to take home a VIP goody bag stuffed with glossy mags, treats from our sponsors and pressies from Brides Up North.

Brides Up North Super Showcase

Grand Wedding Exhibition

Ramside Hall Hotel, Carrville, Durham, DH1 1TD

Sunday 21st September 2014, 12pm till 4pm, Free Entry

This is officially the largest free entry bridal event in the North East! With up to 100 exhibitors we’ve got all the details for your big day covered beautifully.  

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See you there? 

bride to be?

To pre-register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag (stuffed with treats and glossy mags) and FREE ENTRY, fill in your details below. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag upon entry to the Luxury Wedding Exhibition. Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2014. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our fabulous luxury wedding exhibitions across three regions this autumn. Contact us. 

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 for our autumn season to be very high. Get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee your place.

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garden party. a wedding at Hilltop Country House – gemma & mark

August 13th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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I’m bursting with pride this morning to bring you a real wedding at our beautiful Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition venue, the achingly gorgeous Hilltop Country House in Prestbury, Cheshire.

This stunning country venue is fabulous all year round – I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again – marquee weddings (done right, and Hilltop do them right) don’t just have to be for summer days, and it can be especially magical to be under (warm) canvas in the winter months. This gorgeous celebration, packed with early spring hues, proves my point perfectly.

Be inspired… and will we see you on 14th September?

With images by Happily Ever Captured.

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Gemma says: We went for a romantic stay in Ludlow,Shropshire – well as romantic as it could be with our then 1 year old with us! – we climbed to the top of Ludlow Castle Tower and Mark pulled out the ring and asked me to marry him!

We wanted to get married pretty quickly and decided on March 2014, our dream venue had one date available so it was meant to be: 14th March 2014.  We chose Hilltop Country House in Prestbury. We chose to get married here as it was just such a pretty, understated, not pretentious at all house and we thought it reflected us perfectly.

I chose ivory and blush pink as our colour palette as I wanted to keep it really feminine. My bouquet was a beautiful array of roses, peonies, stocks and sweet peas all in blush pink and ivory, provided by Gracie Janes of Blakemere Craft Centre.

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My wedding dress was from Essense of Australia from a local bridal boutique Bethany Hannah Bridal in Stockton HeatIh where we live. I was fairly open to ideas but did have my heart set on a fishtail style dress but something still quite classic. I didn’t like my dress on the hanger but the sales assistant suggested it and from the second I put it on I knew it was the one. They were so helpful and knew exactly what I wanted from my dress.

Mark had a beautiful tailor made suit from Kings and Allen in Wilmslow, he had it personalised with our wedding date embroidered on the inside pocket and it was lined with Everton Blue satin as he is an avid supporter!

I wanted my bridesmaids to feel special on our wedding day so after I selected the colour scheme we chose the dresses together. Each maid had a different dress which reflected their personalities! Most of them were from Lipsy with some from designers at Debenhams. The Best Man wore a navy suit from Next.

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Our photographer was Georgia from Happily Ever Captured. We had met her at Manor Park in Halifax and she had taken some beautiful photographs of our daughter and niece and nephew. Once we got engaged we knew we wanted her straight away! We get so many compliments on our photographs and our photographer was so lovely and down to earth, she will be our photographer for life whenever we need photos!

We got married outside and were incredibly lucky with the weather! My brother is a fantastic guitar player and he played Canon in D on the acoustic guitar as my father walked me through the gardens.

My favourite part was straight after the ceremony once my nerves had gone and we were actually married! Everyone was having prosecco in the sunshine and it was just perfect, exactly what we wanted!

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We had blush pink ranunculus as the centre pieces and some hyacinths on the top table, provided by the florist as above. We also made an arrangement ourselves in a special ring shaped vase which we bought the weekend we got engaged in Ludlow. I was lucky that I have a clever sister in law who handmade my invitations and even made bunting for the whole marquee and top table!

As we got married on Cheltenham Gold Cup day and Mark normally attends, as an alternative to favours we decided to place a bet for each guest on a horse and we showed the race on a projector! We had pretty hair clips for the little girls and “love is in the air” paper aeroplanes for the little boys.

Our cake was designed by myself and made by the wonderful CakeyDoodle. It was three tiers, fruit, sponge then chocolate, covered in flowers and white chocolate fingers!

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We would hugely recommend our wedding venue. It was absolutely magical and more than we ever could have dreamed. It is a family run business and Martin and Clare are so welcoming and helpful, I sent many a panick stricken 5am e-mail to Clare and she always managed to curb my worries! I will always hold them close to my heart.

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We used Hipswing Entertainments to provide a fun photobooth which went down a treat in the evening! They were totally hassle free and did everything for us.

We had Chapelford Films to video the day and they did a wonderful job of capturing the feel of the day.

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As we have a little girl we had teo honeymoons, lucky us!

The week after our nuptials Mark and I jetted off to New York City for three days to spend some quality time together! It was so lovely strolling around Central Park as newlyweds! Then in June we went to a resort in Sardinia for two weeks with our daughter Lola which was tiring but lovely and we made lots of friends!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to be organised and give yourself targets of when things need to be done by! I got myself a brilliant wedding planner with a timeline so I could see clearly how much time was left! It really helped as I did not know where to start, it breaks it down into sections so you can gather suppliers, insert photos or quotes and even write your guest list with addresses and check when you have sent stationery out like save the dates, invitations and thank yous.

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the designer series: Lyn Ashworth by Sarah Barrett

August 12th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon I’m proud to introduce the latest collection by Sarah Barrett for Lyn Ashworth.  Sarah designs for all women, whatever size or age, and her beautiful line for 2015 is no exception.

Sarah says: My inspiration for this collection is quite simply romance.  Exquisite lace with a hint of delicate sparkle offers an air of aristocracy, while subtle pearlised metallic touches, with the prettiest of beadwork highlight tinted antique pale gold.  Soft silvers, blush pinks and serene cream tones are all complimented by the simplicity of crisp, pale, ivory tones.

This collection is a gateway to femininity, playful and romantic: capturing that hidden moment when it is just you and the man you love.  When you think no one else is watching, just the two of you in your private world!  That playful gaze!  That perfect, almost ‘peekaboo’, moment.

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Billowing skirts drape and fold in beautiful soft satin organza giving a dreamy hazy transparency, the fluidity of which is almost liquid to the touch. Perfectly shaped bodices give structure under delicate overlays with the prettiest of sleeves, dramatic backs, low or high finished with button upon button.

Nipped in waistlines are emphasized by yard upon yard of fabric, tied off at the back to create bows adding further dynamics to the dress.  Finished with the prettiest of flower brooch pins in the softest shades and delicate feathers, the draping sash tails creating length and movement to the dress.  The most exquisite lace jackets create that day to evening look and the finest of soft silk tulles are used to create veils in which to compliment the collection perfectly.

The shapes and silhouettes of this collection can be changed with ease by simply adding or removing petticoats, offering the option of volume or subtle draping.

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The key to a balanced life is love! Family and friends turn life into the “best thing” whatever I do am doing or achieving.

I am so excited to be launching my new Lyn Ashworth by Sarah Barrett 2015 collection and I have a few fabulous things on the drawing board and projects to unveil next year.  Watch this space!

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Lyn Ashworth gowns retail from £1,600 upwards.

To see more (the full collection coming soon) and for more details visit the Lyn Ashworth website, Twitter or Facebook page

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simple treasures. a styled bridal shoot at Denton Hall

August 12th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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Sometimes, elegance speaks for itself.

This simple yet glamourous bridal shoot at Brides Up North Featured Supplier venue, Denton Hall, was put together by makeup artist Charlotte Hubbard of Leeds and photographer James Mieskowski of Sugarbird Photography, Halifax.

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Charlotte says: James and I have collaborated on various fashion photography shoots in the past and wanted to showcase Yorkshire’s beautiful countryside and the skills of our local wedding industry creatives (see the Little White Book for details) in this styled piece with ballerina Steph Elstob.

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I wanted to create a natural soft bridal look for our model to compliment the pale floral colours. I used pink and soft beiges with natural effect false lashes by Eyelure to highlight her beautiful eyes. For touch ups and shadows I always rely on YSL’s ‘Touche Èclat to even the skin tone and bring light to the face.

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get it on the gift list! Magpie

August 11th, 2014 | Rachel Parry

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As many couples now set up home together before tying the knot, deciding what to put on the wedding gift list can be a little tricky as their collaborative collections provide them with all the necessities they need. Lots solve the problem by opting for honeymoon contributions or cold hard cash, but think twice before abandoning the scanner. Your marital home will love you for it.

Just because you’re going traditional doesn’t mean you have to, ahem, go “traditional”. In this new series, we’ll be championing our top picks for a gift list that’ll put the chic back into shopping and have you crying: get it on the gift list!

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A standard dinner set and collection of mugs are highly likely to be some of those items already housed in the kitchen cupboards, but they may well have been quick-fix Ikea or supermarket purchases that aren’t the most exciting or of the highest quality.

I’ve totally fallen for these quirky designs from Magpie. The talented lady behind the business, graphic designer Nicky Sloan, describes her work as having a distinctly British edge that nostalgically evokes childhood trips to the seaside, tea time with the grandparents, camping trips to the woods and an unwavering love for the flora and fauna found within the British Isles.

There are eye-catching dinner and side plate sets as well as marvelous mug, coaster and place mat collections, plus curious cake and storage tins, giving couples plenty of options that will instantly inject fun, colour and personality into their kitchens and dining rooms.

The charming collection includes a number of intriguing ranges with differing designs. Many feature quirky animal illustrations captured in their natural habitats as well as geometric and hand-drawn patterns. Nicky says the peculiar prints offer simplicity in shape but a complexity in character.

My absolute favourite range in the Magpie collection has to be Beasties which showcases four wonderful woodland creatures – Mr. Badger, Mr. Fox, Mr. Hare and Mr. Stag.

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Those equally captivated by Nicky’s dashing designs will be pleased to know some of her ranges go beyond crockery, glassware and tins with the addition of tea towels, aprons and cushions.

Better yet, animal-loving couples that include Magpie on their gift lists will not only give their homes a stylish boost, but they’ll also be helping a great cause in the process as caring Nicky donates 15 per cent of her sales to the Cats Protection charity to help fund their work.

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The Magpie collection is available online as well as from more than a 1,000 stores throughout the UK including high street favourites such as Selfridges, Harrods, Lakeland and House of Fraser, along with hundreds of independent shops, so your guests should find your handsome homeware requests with ease.  You can also visit their website, here.

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pretty quirky. intuzuri for a wedding at priory cottages, wetherby – jen & rob

August 11th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Jen + Rob's classic wedding at The Priory Cottages near Wetherby.

Let’s get this week off to a very lovely start.  Today we’re in North Yorkshire for make up artist Jen and new husband Rob’s perfectly purple and loved up wedding day at pretty Priory Cottages.

With images by Paul Joseph Photography.

Jen + Rob's classic wedding at The Priory Cottages near Wetherby.

Jen says: We got engaged on 22nd April 2013. Rob hid the ring under my pillow and I was completely oblivious that he had done that or planned on doing so. In the end the surprise was ruined after plenty of prompting he had to tell me to look under my pillow. Although I was still asking why as I did it…

He then asked me to marry him.

I did make him get down on one knee the next day though! I don’t think he was overly impressed with that, but a girl likes tradition.

Jen + Rob's vintage wedding at Priory Cottages near Wetherby.

We were married on 22nd May 2014 at Wighill Church of All Saints, with the remainder of our celebrations at The Priory Cottages.

We chose the Church after meeting with Serena at the Priory. She has a list of suppliers and venues. When we visited the church we just loved it, including the staff and regulars at the church. The all made us feel so welcome and the Church itself is just gorgeous.

The Priory Cottages were chosen even before visting Serena. I stumbled across the venue when researching weddings and going into hair and makeup for weddings after leaving the media industry. When researching styles, looks etc… their site came up. As soon as I clicked on it, I knew I would love to get married there or have some form of the day there. We had visited a few other places and the day it came to looking there, I knew as soon as I stepped into the Courtyard.

I would recommend my venue to anyone and everyone. Serena is such a gem and The Priory Cottages are just stunning. From the venue to the accommodation, I can’t recommend them enough.

Serena keeps you focused, calm and organised. She knows exactly how things should be and wants them to run on schedule for us to be ok. We provided a list of suppliers and she kept that with the timeline to make sure everything was kept in line and on time, without worrying or stressing us.

A part of me does think, oh no, I don’t want someone else to get married there that I know. But then I think, the touches that we did, the guests and laughs that we had, can’t be repeated in the same way.

Our day was so special, and it all happened with the help of all of the companies and suppliers that we chose.

We didn’t have a specific theme, but I wanted some quirky and/or vintage style objects. I like things that look different and I wanted things that would go with the setting at The Priory Cottages. Rob, like most grooms, left most things to me. I ran everything by him and the final choices were made together.

I wanted purples, and quite rustic colours when it came to flowers, confetti and objects within the venue. Purple is my favourite colour and I wanted a cross between that and aubergine purples.

Jen + Rob's classic wedding at The Priory Cottages near Wetherby.

Jen + Rob's vintage wedding at Priory Cottages near Wetherby.

My dress was by Intuzuri. I really struggled to find something that stood out.

I visited my florists and told them how I still hadn’t found my dress. They advised me to go to Simply Wedding Dresses in Bingley. As soon as I saw the Intuzuri dresses I knew it was the brand for me. Their dresses are stunning and so detailed. The back of mine was just gorgeous and so detailed. I do have a fuller figure so I was worried about trying it on and if it would suit me. But it looked gorgeous and my Mum, Nana and Bridesmaid Charlotte agreed it was the one.

Rob wore a grey Ted Baker suit from Moss Bross. Ted Baker suits fit really well but we couldn’t afford to buy the whole party one for themselves, so we rented Ted Baker’s traditional wedding suit from Moss Bross.

I searched for a while for bridesmaid dresses. My bridesmaids were all different sizes and heights. I wanted just one style rather than mixing for each. Personally I didn’t like the traditional dresses that were available. So I searched for fashion designers in the area. I then found Jennifer, who owns Prodiga. She is based in Leeds and her designs are beautiful. We went with a cowl necked maxi dress for the bridesmaids and the fabric was just lovely.

Jen + Rob's classic wedding at The Priory Cottages near Wetherby.

My flowers were from Floral Opulence. I had a mixture of rusty purples, whites and pinks. Again, the two of them were fabulous. The flowers and table arrangements were gorgeous and everyone commented on them so much. I had so many requests before the day and kept changing my mind. Both of them kept me in line with ideas and suggestions and reassured me throughout.

The table numbers and log sign at the front of the venue was provided by Tom Bolland and all invitions and table plan print outs were completed by my friend Zoe.

All other decorations were done by me. I love to make things and be creative when and where possible.

I did a table plan on a step ladder in different frames. We had a birdcage for cards and I used a basket with flowers and cones for the confetti. I also mades candle holders out of used jars and lace and used buckets for the favours, again with added lace. We added these to all of the tables and candles around the girders of the barn. We bought bunting through Ebay which we decorated the balcony of the balcony with and between the beams.

Our BIG LOVE sign  from Typical Type was the best extra touch, it looked lovely behind our top table. This was such a favourite and an excellent photo opportunity for guests.

Jen + Rob's classic wedding at The Priory Cottages near Wetherby.

Jen + Rob's classic wedding at The Priory Cottages near Wetherby.

Jen + Rob's classic wedding at The Priory Cottages near Wetherby.

I loved our favours. We bought personalised M&M’s, we added a photo and text to these and then put them into buckets wrapped with lace. To top it off we added my favourite Mr Kipling cake, a French Fancy.

My cake was made by my sister. She has her own cake business and also makes intricate flowers and roses out of icing. The cake was 4 tiers, the bottom tier a fake one. One cake was chocolate with chocolate buttercream, one with orange buttercream and a vanilla sponge with lemon cream.

We used Taste Cuisine as our caterers. Again, the team were fantastic. I had a lot of requests from guests and Zoe had a lot of changes and requests to deal with from me. But everything was dealt with so well. Due to allergies and food requirements we offered a few options. Luckily, Taste Cuisine offers a menu tasting session, so we had the chance to try a few options already and the food was just gorgeous.

Jen + Rob's classic wedding at The Priory Cottages near Wetherby.

Jen + Rob's vintage wedding at Priory Cottages near Wetherby.

Our photographers were Kelly and Paul from Paul Joseph Photography. They were absolutely fantastic and I would and have been recommending them to everyone I speak to, including my own clients.

Both of them were awesome and so easy going. Paul calmed me down before the church and together they made our day so much fun. With this and our Love Shoot, we are in love with our images and are so happy with each one. I couldn’t recommend them enough.

Jen + Rob's classic wedding at The Priory Cottages near Wetherby.

I can’t have a definite favourite part of the day. It was all just so perfect. I’ve worked on a number of weddings and seen a lot of excitement and perfection for them for their day. To feel it yourself, the excitement, happiness and general emotion is just unexplainable.

During the day we had Champagne in the morning, Rob had given me a bottle of Bollinger for me and the girls to have whist we were getting ready. I did the hair and makeup for all of my bridesmaids, as I wanted to keep busy rather than worrying.

I did love our first dance, it was such a special moment for the both of us. It was like everyone had disappeared, Although, that was the moment that I crumbled! Even still the crying didn’t alter the special feeling that there was during that moment.

Jen + Rob's vintage wedding at Priory Cottages near Wetherby.

We have literally just returned from our delayed honeymoon in Mauritius. Mauritius was just what we needed. It is absolutely delightful and such a stunning place.

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be prepare, be organised and make lists and timelines! They help so much. I stupidly left a lot of decor things till maybe 1-2 months before the day. Because I decided to do a lot of the decor myself, this was not enough time. Especially with work commitments.

So if you are planning on doing a lot yourself, definitely plan ahead. I would say you want your last couple of months before the date to enjoy the build up. Everything comes together in the end, and your day will be fantastic.

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friday fabulous!

August 8th, 2014 | Julia Braime


Minae Clutch

A pretty pocket for your big day essentials. shine on!

Minae Clutch, £35 by Coast.

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cadbury classic. a wedding in the peak district – natalie and joe

August 8th, 2014 | Rachel Parry

a classic wedding in the Peak District (c) Dug Wilders (36)

This wedding is pretty special because over the past few months I’ve had the pleasure to get to know this lovely couple first hand. Natalie is the sister of my boyfriend Andy. Although it’s a shame that I hadn’t met Andy some months earlier so I could have possibly been a guest at Natalie and Joe’s wonderful wedding, as soon as I saw their stunning wedding photos I knew this beauty needed to be shared with Brides Up North readers.

From Joe’s romantic proposal and the “I dos” in the spectacular Wentworth Church, through to the breathtaking Peak District wedding shots and the fabulous evening shindig, it’s clear to see this couple not only love each other very much but they also know how to have a flippin great time.

With no further ado, I give you Mr and Mrs Rogers…

a classic wedding in the Peak District (c) Dug Wilders (25)

Natalie says: We got engaged on a snowy March morning. We went for a walk  around Newmillerdam in Wakefield and Joe got down on one knee half way around the lake. As I said yes it started to snow, it was perfect. Afterwards we went for a meal at a 2 star Michellin restaurant in Derbyshire, called Fischers, and Joe had also booked for us to go on a hot air balloon ride the following day.

We got married on Friday 25 October 2013, just seven months after our engagement. We didn’t want to wait too long to get married and as I’m a teacher we looked at the available dates for the reception venue which were in school holidays.

The wedding ceremony took place at Holy Trinity Church in Wentworth. The church is really beautiful and it was important to us to find a church where my Granddad could play the organ on our big day. The reception was held at Losehill House Hotel in Hope Valley. We just loved the place as it is in such an idyllic location. The staff were fantastic, they were friendly and helpful every time we visited. The food was also outstanding. This venue worked well for us, as our families are from different sides of the Peak District and Losehill House hotel was half way. Joe’s family are from Buxton area and mine are from Barnsley.

I would most definitely recommend our venue to other wedding couples. The staff were great and the hotel is lovely. The food is of a very high standard and is now Michelin recommended. The guests who stayed over spoke really highly of the rooms and breakfast. Better yet, a lot of guests said it was the most relaxing wedding they had ever been to. Some guests even enjoyed a dip in the hot tub the morning after the wedding!

a classic wedding in the Peak District (c) Dug Wilders (5)

We travelled in style on the day, I had a silver shadow Rolls Royce and our second car was a second was a Daimer, both of which were hired from Amore Wedding Cars in Rotherham.

Joe and I, most of my family and some of our friends are Christians which is why we wanted a church wedding. The ceremony part of the day was very important to us.

We went for quite a traditional wedding with a few vintage touches added along the way.  Our colour theme was Cadbury purple because it would work well with the flowers we wanted and we also thought it would stand out from the colours of the season.

a classic wedding in the Peak District (c) Dug Wilders (7)

I always wanted a lace dress with buttons down the back – I found a Kenneth Winston design that ticked all the boxes. Francesca from Choola bridal boutique in Sheffield was great at advising what style of dress was best for my figure. I had my dress fittings at Amie B who was in Sharrowvale, Sheffield but is now based on Ecclesall Road. She was really good and also made me a jacket to go with my wedding dress. My bridesmaids wore dresses from Coast and the flower girl wore a Ted Baker dress from Debenhams.

Joe picked a Newbury suit from Moss Brothers in Meadowhall. We were really pleased with the service they provided. The groomsmen also hired suits from Moss Brothers to match Joe’s and our page boy had a suit bought from Debenhams.

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Flora in Sheffield did our wedding flowers. In my bouquet I mainly had roses, freesia and thistles. We also had rose and thistle pedestal arrangements which were organised by the church, along with bows that were placed down the pews.

In the centre of each table at the reception we had fish bowls with hand tied bouquets placed on mirrored plates. Our favours were miniature Daily Milk chocolates to match our Cadbury Purple colour scheme which were placed in purple boxes with pretty ivory bows.

We had a three-tier fruit cake covered with icing and sugared flowers, plus two extra cakes, which were chocolate and lemon. My talented mum made and decorated all the cakes.

To entertain our guests we hired a ceilidh band called Roger the Badger. We chose this as we felt this kind of entertainment would get lots of people up dancing. Everyone loved it and our friends have since booked the band for their wedding!

a classic wedding in the Peak District (c) Dug Wilders (35)

Our photographer was Dug Wilders. He was highly recommended by my brother Andy. Dug listened to all our requirements and we loved his work that he had done previously. He went above and beyond to ensure everything was perfect before, during and after the big day. The album he produced for us was exceptional.

On our wedding day we were able to stop off at Ladybower reservoir on the way from the church to Losehill House hotel. This gave us the opportunity to get some exceptional pictures and we would like to thank Ladybower Fisheries for the use of their grounds. It made our amazing day even more special that we were able to have some stunning photographs in the beautiful Peak District overlooking Ladybower Reservoir.

a classic wedding in the Peak District (c) Dug Wilders (14)

We had a fabulous honeymoon in the Maldives. It was the perfect location for us – sun, sea and sand – and plenty of time to relax. We loved every minute and are hoping to return there for our first wedding anniversary.

My top tip to other Brides Up North to be would be to ensure that you have everything well planned out and make a timetable of what time you expect everything to happen to ensure your day runs smoothly.

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lookbook: mirrored maids

August 7th, 2014 | Rachel Parry

Jim Hjelm 5314

Last week (lookbook: ruffle it up!) I wrote about the trend for romantic ruffles.  Like many popular looks, it wasn’t going to be long till the bridesmaids could get in on the act too…

We’ve seen it happen with the colour of the dress as maids began take to the aisle wearing white and ivory frocks – a colour traditionally associated with the bride. We’ve also seen bridal fabrics reflected in bridesmaid dresses, the lace trend being one of the most notable. And it’s happening in detailing too. Embellishing is one example that I will come to cover on the blog shortly, but for now I’m talking frill.

Jim Hjelm 5300

Ruffles are set to be a big trend for bridesmaids in 2015, whether the detailing is featured in the skirt, neckline or sleeves of the dress.

Unlike wedding gown designs, ruffles for maids are less about volume. The designs are often loose, fluid and fuss-free, with simple ruffle detailing adding that little something extra that won’t detract attention from the main spectacle of the bride’s dress.

Jim Hjelm 5301

The Lela Rose collection has some incredibly pretty designs, including both short and floor-length options. LR200 through to LR203 are all particularly flattering designs that should please most maids as they nip in at the waist before elegantly falling over the hips and lower body with the ruffle detailing cascading down the front. Similar offerings come from the Social Bridesmaid and Dessy collections.

Delicate ruffle detailing can is also used on asymmetrical shoulder designs for added interest as demonstrated in Lela Rose’s sophisticated LR104XX and Jim Hjelm’s exotic 5301 dress designs.

Meanwhile for those wanting slightly more striking dresses for their maids, there are fuller skirt options available with ruffle detailing. After Six’s 6649 and Jim Hjlem’s 5353 and 5260 are eye-catching examples with billowing skirts. Alternatively high-impact neckline detailing can add a bold twist to simple frocks such as Alfred Sung’s D470 and Jim Hjelm’s 5314 designs.

Ravishing ruffle creations are available in a vast array of colours so you ‘re bound to find a desirable option to suit your theme, whether you choose to follow the milk maid trend, put your besties in blue or go for a pretty pastel palette of varying shades.

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