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lookbook: unveiled

July 22nd, 2014 | Rachel Parry

Lee Scullion Photography

So you’ve found your dream dress but how do you intend to top it all off?

For some brides choosing the accessories can prove more challenging than finding that one special dress. Perhaps the trickiest of accessories to decide on is what type of headdress you will wear.

Unlike the shoes, your headpiece and/or veil will be on show in the vast majority of your photos so it’s important to make sure you feel comfortable and confident with your decision. Problem is there are so many fabulously pretty options and styles to choose from – from classic veils and striking headpieces to sparkling hair accessories and whimsical floral crowns.

Clive Doyle Photography

When Real Weddings arrive in my inbox I’m always intrigued to find out what type of headdress the bride has plumped for – in particular I’m keen to see if they’ve stuck with tradition and gone down the route of an elegant veil, or instead chosen an individual headpiece that adds that extra wow-factor to their attire.

While I’m not a fan of all wedding traditions I am in favour of the veil – for me it’s the item that defines a bride and just looks incredibly pretty and timeless.

Dotmoxee Photography

Helen Russell Photography

Mark Newton Weddings

A veil was originally said to be worn by brides as a sign of their virginity or to ward off evil spirits – but just because the reasoning behind the garment has become dated, doesn’t mean the veil is no longer a highly desired bridal accessory.

Clive Doyle Photography

Those brides who do opt for a veil will need to take several elements into consideration when making their selection. The general rule is that a simple dress requires a more decorative veil and vice versa. So for example, if the dress is high-necked or has detail on the shoulders, a short veil such as a bird cage design would be a wise choice. Equally if a gown has back detailing you aren’t going to want to cover that up, so perhaps don’t go beyond shoulder length. Classic, princess style gowns often suit a veil that ends before the skirt projects out. Meanwhile for brides looking at longer lengths there are finger-tip, knee and chapel length veils, providing options right down to the floor. Alternatively brides could follow in the glam footsteps of Kim Kardashian with a show-stopping cathedral length veil that extends several feet along the ground. The reality star is such a fan that she wore an extended veil when she wed first hubby Chris Humphries in 2011, then again when she got hitched to Kanye West earlier this year.

Laura Calderwood Photography

Jamie Penfold Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

As well as varying lengths there are also different widths to consider, depending on the fullness a bride requires. Wider veils can be favourable with brides wearing strapless dresses though wanting a little coverage around the arms. Fuller-figured brides may want to choose a sleeker veil that pulls attention to their slimmer areas rather than a voluminous design that frames their body from head to toe.

Next detailing – again brides won’t want to detract from the main spectacle of the dress, so if you’re wearing an elaborate gown it’s often better to select a subtle style veil while those with quieter dress designs can afford to make more noise with their headdress. There are shimmering veils, those with dazzling Swarovski crystal droplets or delicate lace appliqués, plus elegantly edged or beautiful scalloped creations. Some brides may even choose to have a tinted coloured veil in a soft playful hue or a regal metallic tone.

Melissa Kay Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Katy Melling Photography

And a veil doesn’t have to be worn alone, it can be paired with a pretty tiara for the ultimate princess look, a glam hair accessory for a little bridal bling or to really stand out from the crowd – a totally bespoke headpiece. Any extra accessories and the positioning of the veil itself will often be governed on a bride’s chosen bridal hair style so it’s well worth taking your veil along with you for any hair trials ahead of the big day.

Dotmoxee Photography

Lee Scullion Photography

Final elements of consideration – how many layers should the veil have and most importantly will the bride want her face covered when she makes her journey up the aisle? This is a hot topic of discussion and one I noticed has already been raised on the fabulous new Brides Up North Facebook group (an interactive space where the blog’s bride-to-be readers, sponsors, exhibitors and industry friends can share inspiration, questions and recommendations). Opinion was split with some saying they couldn’t stand the thought of something covering their face while others said it was a good shield to hide their tears. Several said they loved the romantic elegance it brought, particularly in images, and one or two industry experts even tipped the “big reveal” as a huge wedding come-back.

To add my thoughts to the discussion, I think if it’s good enough for super bride Kate Middleton it’s certainly good enough for me but I tend to get makeup across everything I look so my only fear would be that I’d arrive beside my groom with my veil resembling a used tissue at a Mac counter.

Veil fail.

So will you be doing the big unveil at the altar?  We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2014 as tagged, Dotmoxee Photography, Clive Doyle Photography, Lee Scullion, Mark Newton Weddings, Katy Melling Photography, Melissa Kay Photography, Helen Russell Photography, Laura Calderwood, Jamie Penfold Photography, Jonny Draper

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cupcake love. an intimate wedding at carlton towers – catherine & jonathan

July 22nd, 2014 | Julia Braime

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Kudos to Brides Up North reader Catherine for taking matters into her own hands and asking for her man’s hand in marriage!  One very sweet proposal and a lot of planning later, this small but perfectly formed celebration was the result.

With images by Rebecca Jones Photography.

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Catherine says:  We got engaged in our living room on Friday the 13th January 2012! And I asked Jonathan to marry me! It was all such a secret! I nearly popped! I initially wanted to propose on his birthday at our favourite local cupcake shop and have the big question iced on the cupcakes,but the shop was closed for the week! Aaaahh! However the shop re-opened and I nervously ordered the cakes for Friday the 13th of all days! I was a nervous wreck all day!

I wanted that night to be just a “normal Friday night” so I sat watching a film waiting for Jonathan to finish work. We chilled out, listened to music and ordered our take away.Later I lit the birthday cupcakes and sang a wobbly and very nervous Happy Birthday! to which I presented the “WILL YOU MARRY ME?” cupcakes!

We have been together 15 years it sure was time!

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

We fell in love with Carlton Towers in Yorkshire. We visited their wedding fair and booked the day after for the following April! It is absolutely breath-taking venue, the rooms and surroundings are stunning. It was perfect for our small intimate wedding.

A themed wedding didn’t appeal to us and we felt the venue spoke for itself. From day one we only wanted to focus on our happiness and our guests.

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

I fell in love with my dress in a magazine and just had to find it! I chose and bought my dress 18 months before the wedding from the amazing Kellie at Wedding Belles of Otley in Yorkshire. I cannot thank her enough. My Wedding gown was Sorrento by Alan Hannah, it was perfectly me!

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

My beautiful bouquet was of David Austin Juliet roses. Emma at Beau Ideal Weddings close to Carlton Towers lovingly prepared all bouquets, buttonholes and table arrangements. I was overwhelmed with her talent and expertise she delivered for our understated wedding. Everyone was thrilled with her work. She made my dreams come true!

We chose the bridesmaids’ dresses to compliment the flowers. The navy and gold looked classy against the subtle but striking peach.

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography]

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

We had our wish of a small wedding but we involved all our special people as much as we could. My sister and niece were bridesmaids and Jonathan’s niece was a flower girl. There was no one else for such an important job as Jonathan’s nephew who handed us the rings! He looked so grown up and proud at his job and brought a tear to our eyes.

We were honoured to have Jonathan’s sister and brother for our witnesses and of course the cherry on the cake… my dad giving me away!

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Saying our vows was so special! Looking into each others eyes and making those promises to one another its truly magical moment you will never forget.

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

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deluxe couture. the designer series: nicola anne bridal

July 21st, 2014 | Julia Braime

Nicola Anne Bridal - Duchess

Whatever your inclination – big bash, small soiree, elopement or five day wedding fest – it’s a rare bride who doesn’t get excited about her wedding dress.  I’m relishing my unique opportunity to share so many stunning (hot off the catwalks) bridal gowns with you on these pages, as the designers send me the first shots of their brand new collections for 2015.

This afternoon, it’s all about classical cuts, shimmering silks and demure elegance as I show off the beautiful new look book by Nicola Anne Bridal, and hear from head designer Nikki about her inspirations and influences.

I love my job.

Nicola Anne Bridal - Affection

Nikki says: My inspiration starts with choosing the wonderful fabrics and embellishments.Sometimes I instinctively know what I will do with a fabric and others just evolve into a shape. I am always looking for collection influence everywhere, and this can be in obscure areas, such as cloud formations!

Nicola Anne Bridal - 2015 Collection

The woman I see wearing my gowns is feminine, timeless in her styling and above all knows luxury and quality.

Nicola Anne Bridal - Beau

Our gowns are available in any size. We are able to offer made to measure and design changes as we are British Made. Our ‘Toile fit’ service is also available, which allows the Bride to make fit adjustments to a calico bodice before the wedding gown is completed.

Nicola Anne Bridal - Duchess

2015 looks set to be an exciting year for the brand. We are looking at overseas markets as we have had interest from areas of the world who see our British “design and made”label as unique and high end couture.

Nicola Anne Bridal - Empress

To see more and for stockist info, visit the Nicola Anne Bridal website.

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2014 supplied by Nicola Anne Bridal

 

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gorgeous grandeur. a simple & stunning wedding at sheffield town hall – dora & matt

July 21st, 2014 | Rachel Parry

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

When I was a journalism student I recall going to Sheffield’s Town Hall to interview Lord Seb Coe and being instantly struck by the opulence and grandeur of the impressive building. Fast forward several years and I was recently back there interviewing a long serving BBC radio presenter which reinforced just how stunning the iconic Sheffield venue really is.

So when I spotted Rob and Dora’s beautiful wedding, photographed by the hugely talented Jon at S6 Photography, I was desperate to share it here on the blog to show others just how special the building is.

Some may think a town hall isn’t necessarily the most glamorous venue – but I’m telling you, it doesn’t get any more regal than this – cue spectacular stain glass windows, fine chandeliers and one heck of a marble staircase.

All this coupled with Rob and Dora’s simple yet striking styling makes for an incredibly swoon-worthy wedding.

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

Dora says:  We got married on April 12th 2014 in Sheffield, which is where we met while attending Sheffield Hallam University. We chose the Town Hall in Sheffield, because of the amazing architecture and grandeur of the building. The amazing staircase in the middle of the main entrance was very appealing too.

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

We wanted the style of the wedding to be quite relaxed. In terms of colours, we used lots of green flowers against the white of the tables because we liked the country style feel. We also liked the clean white look and didn’t want anything too formal. Opulent Styling from Sheffield provided our chair covers and olive green sashes. Bev and Jean were great and helped make our day a success. We would definitely recommend them to other couples.

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

My dress was a vintage style gown from Phase Eight. I chose it because I wanted something a bit different, with embellishment, something slim-fitting (not meringue style) that was floor length, a detailed back, but especially I wanted it to be vintage style.

Rob wore a blue Reiss three-piece suit and with a light check while the groomsmen all wore grey three-piece Occasion suits.

My bridesmaids wore floor length grey/purple dresses from Coast.

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

I carried a bouquet of flowers from Floral Magic, based in Stocksbridge, Sheffield. I had a mixture of white tulips, paper whites, thesspi green bell, freesia, anemones, ranunculus, and a dusky pink rose.

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

Jon Dennis of S6 Photography was our photographer. I would highly recommend Jon because of the exceptionally high quality photos we have of our day. We knew that this was a once in a lifetime day and we are so glad that we have it documented from such a great photographer. Jon made us, and our guests, feel relaxed all day and all of our guests noted how good he was.

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

Our favourite part of the day was the ceremony itself. We were both nervous about seeing each other but as soon as we got together and hugged each other after walking down the aisle we relaxed. It felt very important that we were sharing our vows with all of the people who are important in our lives.

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

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friday fabulous!

July 18th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Harriet Wilde Marina English Rose

Just because you’re an English Rose, you ain’t gotta be a wallflower…

Marina English Rose by Harriet Wilde, £449

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call it magic. eye candy: terry fox’s “siren song” collection 2015

July 18th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Terry Fox Siren Song Collection 2015

“I approach designing a dress as if I have an artist’s brush and a blank canvas in my hands; I need the picture to move and change as your eyes wander across the design, focussing on detailed embellishment along the way, and finding something new and even more intriguing on the way back.” Terry Fox

Terry Fox Siren Song Collection 2015

Nothing like a bit of eye candy to get your Friday off to the right start, is there?

And this is the real deal.

Terry Fox Siren Song Collection 2015

First seen as an exclusive sneak peek in our Designer Preview post back in April, and still as boho and beautiful as ever, Terry Fox’s truly romantic collection for 2015 encapsulates “mystical creatures of the sea and the ancient call of the Siren song”.

Terry Fox Siren Song Collection 2015

Terry’s range stretches from gorgeously glamorous to simply elegant, or quirky, fun and vintage.  The team say “All designs are hand made in the U.K., so you are guaranteed quality workmanship and a perfect fit by a team that really care about you and your special day. We also offer a bespoke service to customize and coordinate all the wedding party to add a touch of individuality, with great finishing touches.”

Terry Fox Siren Song Collection 2015

Terry Fox Siren Song Collection 2015

Terry Fox Siren Song Collection 2015

For a list of Northern Stockists (including our lovely Featured Supplier Emma at LOVE Bridal Boutique), visit Terry’s website, here.

Terry Fox Siren Song Collection 2015

Terry Fox Siren Song Collection 2015

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love light. a wedding at st mary’s lighthouse, tynemouth – PJ & James

July 17th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

PJ and James’ Real Wedding is all about location, location, location. Engaged at the Tynemouth Lighthouse, what better place to return to tie the knot… along with their friends (of the four legged variety too!) and family?

One slap up Italian meal later and everyone’s happy!

With images by Little Miss Boyco.

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

PJ says: I had just about given up hope of James ever proposing to me when it happened very unexpectedly.

Being from Tynemouth, I moved to the Midlands when I was 6 years old and went to St Mary’s Lighthouse very often. It has always been my favourite place in the world. I have lots of fond memories of walking from Tynemouth to St Mary’s with my Poppa and going around the rocks with my brother Jonny.

James had heard a lot about the north east and had never been so I booked a little cottage in the village for a long weekend. I really wanted to show him all of the great places and things around Tynemouth that I remember and see them with adult eyes.

Before getting engaged we quite rarely went back up north and enjoyed the coast. We only really went for family gatherings so I wanted to spend time up there doing things I used to love.

Anyway, the top thing on my list of things to do was walk on the beaches from Tynemouth up Longsands all the way to the lighthouse like I used to with Pop’s. We had a fantastic walk and finally got to the lighthouse and I started retracing my childhood steps around those rocks.

James veered off towards the sea and we saw a seal, then James knelt down… I thought he was just trying to stop our dog Tinker from bothering the seal. But then he got on one knee and said ‘Me and Tinker have brought you here today to ask if you will be my wife?’. I was in shock. Then he produced a beautiful sapphire and diamond ring which I immediately recognised as being my Granny’s.

We had a cup of tea and got the bus back to Tynemouth. That night we took the metro to Newcastle where James had booked a nice restaurant… I’ve still got the metro ticket in my purse from 27th April 2013.

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

When we left the lighthouse having just had the proposal I asked a chap to take our photo together. He said yes but I’ll have to be quick as I’m getting married in a minute!

The seed was sown! James really wanted to get married in the lighthouse and kept on about it. I was reluctant because I worried about how difficult it would be to plan from 200 miles away but it didn’t turn out to be that hard.

We ended up having 3 venues for the day which was quite ambitious! But later the day of the proposal we saw a small wedding in the old Italian restaurant at Tynemouth Station and another seed was sown. After that we made contact with the station and found that Davanti (a popular restaurant in Tynemouth) were taking over the station restaurant. I got in touch with them and we originally wanted to have the reception out on the platform but decided against in case of bad weather.

We had to wait for the restaurant to be completely refurbished but were blown away with the results and booked the reception straight away. The Manageress Helen was absolutely brilliant, she had so many good ideas and spoiled us rotten on the day. The restaurant is called Davanti Classico.

The evening reception was an easy choice at The Grand Hotel in Tynemouth, which was where most of the guests stayed too. My parents had their wedding reception there in the 70’s so it was another sentimental choice.

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

Because the wedding was away from home we turned it into a bit of a wedding week. We travelled up on Tuesday and were joined by a host of our guests on that day and the other days leading up to the day. The idea stemmed from James wanting to play golf at Tynemouth Golf Club, where my dad played for most of his life and was Captain. James wanted to beat my dad on his home turf. How rude!

The day after the wedding we all went to the beach with the dogs and the lads played boules and drank beer and the girls drank champagne. We went out for another meal that night and stayed up for the first World Cup match, England v Italy. On Sunday it was Fathers Day so we had breakfast together then played crazy golf before we headed off to our ferry.

I arranged afternoon tea at the Grand Hotel for all my girlfriends the day before the wedding, there were about 30 of us in total!

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

James has blue eyes so we went with blue for our colour scheme. No particular shade as we wanted everything to be really relaxed and informal. The stationery was blue with a bit of a nautical, travel style.

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

I had a make up artist Laura Gemmell come to do my make up, the bridesmaids and Mum’s. She was absolutely brilliant, everyone loved their make up… one of my friends said I should do my make up like that everyday, if only she knew how long it took to put on! It was a nice treat for everyone though.

We all had our hair done at Headlines Hairdressers in Tynemouth. They were brilliant too, managing to squeeze everyone in.

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

James bought me a very unexpected but beautiful wedding present which I received on the morning of the wedding, it was a sapphire and diamond necklace to match my ring. I wore it round my wrist on the day but have worn it around my neck ever since.

I bought James a stainless steel shovel which according to him was the only thing he could have wanted.

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

I tried on hundreds of dresses before I found ‘the one’. I knew from the start that I didn’t want anything too big, so I was looking for a sleek dress.

I found a new designer called Lillian West and one of her dresses looked exactly what I was looking for. I tracked down a stockist near Kidderminster (not exactly close to home either) La Couture Bridal Boutique. They had a designer weekend so I went to try it on but my eye caught another gown in the window and that was the one. Karen and Millie at the shop were so helpful. I wish I could do it all again.

I had a headdress by Halo & Co, also bought from La Couture. My shoes from Rainbow Club. I loved it that you could see my feet with the dress so had my nails and toes painted bright pink.

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

James is a builder so doesn’t dress up often. In fact is scruffiness is part of the attraction. You can’t beat a buff guy in shorts and a tool belt!

Anyway, he wore his own navy M&S suit, bought for a friends wedding last year… so you could say it was vintage! He wore his own shoes and shirt but forgot his tie… fortunately his mum knows him so well that she brought a spare with her so he wore that!

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

The bridesmaids were tricky because we found that one of them, James’ little sister Vicky was pregnant and that the baby would be about two weeks old for the wedding. We had to choose something which she could wear and was flexible to her size.

We chose some slinky multi-way dresses from Marks & Spencer which were really good value (£55) and looked fantastic. We found some matching shoes by Debut at Debenhams in the sale. I had to go to about five stores to track stock down in the right sizes!

The groomsmen all wore their own suits but were asked to wear a blue tie and they all had matching button holes.

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

Our dog Tinker was ring bearer in the ceremony. Tink goes to work with James every day so they are best buddies, as soon as we realised we could have Tink with us all day (until the evening reception) we didn’t think twice. When we were at Davanti he just sat on the terrace outside the door and got lots of scraps of pork and crackling!

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

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Look Book: The Princess Diaries

July 17th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Hindi - Cymbeline

Hindi by Cymbeline

Although I’m not engaged, I’ve had the pleasure of slipping into some wonderful wedding gowns due to my line of work. Like many other gals I’ve often dreamt about the style of dress I might wear, should I ever make it down the aisle. For me it’s always been a slim-line gown that I’d see myself saying my ‘I dos’ in, but I have to admit, when you step into a voluminous princess-style gown, something very magic happens.

I think it’s something to do with the pretty layers of tulle, or perhaps the detailed bodice that chinches in at the waist before projecting into a large circular skirt. Childhood perceptions may also have something to do it. I (as I’m sure many others young girls did) thought as a child that brides were a form of princess and therefore the big sparkling dress is all part and parcel.

That magical feeling I’ve experienced when donning such a dress means I now couldn’t rule it out as an option, though it certainly doesn’t mean I’ll be going all ‘My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding’ on my groom. There are numerous different styles of princess gowns available; from jewel encrusted, highly detailed designs, to simple and elegant creations (similar to the gown picked by ultimate princess Kate Middleton, for her big day).

So if you want to slip into a big, beautiful gown when you get hitched, I have some suggestions of which designers to look to.

8724 - Justin Alexander

8724 by Justin Alexander

Princess perfect is one style that Justin Alexander has mastered to a tee. The 8724 design is one of my absolute favourites – beaded bodice, sweetheart neckline, tulle ball gown skirt – tick, tick, tick! For those wanting a little lace detail, the regal 8732 satin ball gown, featuring a lace and tulle overlay, is a stunning option and offers just a hint of sparkle in its subtle pearl, crystal and sequin belt. The 8712 is more Middleton with 3/4 sleeves, a lovely choice for brides not wanting to expose the tops of their arms.

8712 - Justin Alexander

8712 by Justin Alexander

Volume and layers are key to a magical gown so Alexander’s 8742 design also makes my lust list. Cymbeline is another designer with plenty of voluminous gowns on offer. Hada is the queen of the creations boasting an immense ball gown skirt. Hadny and Harmo are equally stately dresses, though perhaps slightly easier to manoeuvre in. Meanwhile, for brides who want the best of both worlds, the stunning Hindi design provides a sophisticated slim-line dress with princess-style tulle layers at the back.

Hadny - Cymbeline

Hadny by Cymbeline

Hada - Cymbeline

Hada by Cymbeline

Harmo - Cymbeline

Harmo by Cymbeline

Maggie Sottero is a front-runner in princess attire too. The Esme Marie gown is enough to make brides go weak at the knees with its fully encrusted Swarovski crystal bodice and glamorous chic organza skirt. The whimsical appearance of Roseabel is also well worth swooning over with its classic tulle ball gown creating an irresistible air of romance.

Esme Marie by Maggie Sottero

Esme Marie by Maggie Sottero

Corbin by Maggie Sottero

Corbin by Maggie Sottero

Dawson by Maggie Sottero

Dawson by Maggie Sottero

Felicity by Maggie Sottero

Felicity by Maggie Sottero

And I’ve saved the best news until last – Alfred Angelo has actually designed a Disney collection with dresses fit for every type of princess; from the Belles, Jasmines and Cinderellas among us, to the Rapunzels, Snow Whites and Ariels. For me standout designs include Sleeping Beauty 238 with fascinating fairy-tale layers, plus floral, rhinestone, crystal and sequin detail. As a huge Aladdin fan I’d quite like to be Jasmine, though I fear sourcing a magic carpet to get me to the venue may be somewhat challenging!

Are you planning on indulging your inner princess on your big day?  We’d love to know!

225 Belle - Alfred Angelo

225 Belle by Alfred Angelo

227 Sleeping Beauty -  Alfred Angelo

227 Sleeping Beauty by Alfred Angelo

238 Sleeping Beauty -  Alfred Angelo

238 Sleeping Beauty by Alfred Angelo

Cinderella -  Alfred Angelo

Cinderella by Alfred Angelo

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Tea For Two. A 1940s Wedding Inspiration Shoot At Denton Hall, Ilkley

July 16th, 2014 | Julia Braime

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

Its a pretty pop of nostalgia and romance at one of my very favourite venues this afternoon on the blog.

Brides Up North Featured Supplier Sarah of Leafy Couture got in touch to tell me about an authentic little bridal shoot that took place earlier this summer at Denton Hall in Ilkley.  With original 1940s bridal attire and military uniforms, a stunning setting and some carefully classic styling, I couldn’t help but share.

With images by Suzy Mitchell Photography.

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

Suzy says: Quite some time ago make up artist  Annabel Bailey and I discussed collaborating on a styled shoot – our ideas went through different incarnations but in the end, after a trip to Glory Days Vintage in York and chatting to Hayley the owner, we decided upon a late 1940′s bridal shoot. 

We certainly had some fun with it, not least because Annabel’s Grandfather had fought in the Second World War and she had access to the collection of his uniforms!

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

Denton Hall was the perfect choice as a backdrop to our shoot. It is a fabulous example of Georgian architecture, set in 2,500 acres of parkland and landscaped gardens. All of us have come to know Hannah Bairstow at Denton Hall over the years and she so kindly facilitated our use of the Hall, helping everything to run smoothly.

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

The lace wedding dress, veil and pink dress all came from Glory Days Vintage in York; Annabel and I drove over to York on a hot sunny day in June and had the best time with Hayley choosing props and clothing for the shoot. Her boutique is full of vintage finds and so worth a visit if you are looking for a vintage wedding dress.

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

Our friend Sarah Richardson of Leafy Couture in Otley produced a delicate bouquet with a flavour of the era and table arrangements to match the style of the shoot.

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

Our great friends at Iain Henderson Designs, makers of bespoke handmade engagement and wedding rings supplied the wedding rings and Barry Nuttall of Classic Wedding Car Hire in Skipton had just the perfect car.

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

Beth, owner of By Betty, provided fabulous hats to match the vintage dresses for the tea party which took place inside the Hall (as opposed to on the lawn as planned) due to the inclement weather. The dresses and hats complimented each other so well.

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

You might have thought that early June would have brought beautiful sunny weather! It was sun all the way in the early morning but by the time shooting began we were soaked! The rain meant that we couldn’t shoot as extensively as we would have wished but the light was fantastic. A special thanks to Nicole and Alex our models and also to my dear friend Andrea Pickering for her invaluable assistance in getting through the shots in a short space of time due to the antics of the weather.

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

Little Black Book

Images: Suzy Mitchell Photography

Venue: Denton Hall

Gowns: Glory Days Vintage

Hats: By Betty

Wedding Rings: Iain Henderson Designs

Styling & Props: Rose Pink Vintage

Bouquet: Leafy Couture

Stationery & Calligraphy: Claire Gould at The English Wedding Blog

Hair: Hannah D’Ath

Make Up: Annabel Bailey

Car: Classic Wedding Car Hire Skipton

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2014 Suzy Mitchell Photography

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#JoinTheNorthernRevolution… Our Brand New Brides Up North Facebook Group Is GO!

July 16th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Brides Up North (c) Cat Hepple Photography

I might have mentioned it a few times have total mentionitis about our brand new website look, which I promise should be launching on these pretty pages shortly.  I’m hard at work with my designers perfecting everything behind the scenes, and can’t wait for the big unveil very, very soon.

In the meantime though, the team here have been pulling our socks up a bit to get our social media offering in ship shape.  We really do want to offer you, our readers, the best overall Brides Up North experience possible – and believe that it should extend beyond the confines of these blog pages: to our real life exhibitions and our social media communications too.

If you already follow Brides Up North over on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest (especially Pinterest – it wasn’t around when I planned my wedding and I’m now a fully invested member of the walking obsessed) you’ll have noticed that we’ve upped our game a little.  We’re trying to share lots more content (and not always just re-posting what you’ll already find here on the site), industry news, inspirations, chatter and things that we think our readers will like across those mediums.

Quite a lot of traffic passes through my inbox on a daily basis (like giveaways, cool press stuff, notifications of flash sales or pretty, one off imagery) that for various reasons won’t quite make it into a blog post, but will definitely make it onto our live feeds.  If you’re not already with us, get it sorted… those links again… Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and the new kid on the block… Google +.  Join us!

Now, to the main feature.  Something I’ve thought about doing for a long time now is launching a dedicated Facebook Group as a place especially for my brides and industry friends to connect.  I meet a whole lot of you at my events – from both groups – and you’re all such a lovely bunch, that I think you might just get on. And there’s likely to be an even lovelier wedding for you readers at the end of it… those suppliers know their stuff.

For a while, I toyed with the idea of adding some forums to the blog instead, but Mr Zuckerberg is already doing such a good job of connecting people that we’ve decided to let him host the party, with our name above the door.

This is a Facebook Group for regional brides (and grooms!) and Brides Up North’s Featured Suppliers, exhibition exhibitors & industry friends to mix and mingle. 

I see this space as an "interactive" extension of our site – a space where my bride to be readers and industry professionals can talk directly with each other in an open forum, safely moderated under a Brides Up North roof.  There’ll be no hard sell, just help and guidance and useful connections.

On a personal level, as a lot of our “office hours” here at Brides Up North HQ are dedicated to managing our events, business admin, meetings and email enquiries, I spend a lot of long, lonely hours working on the actual editorial content for the site (often long into the night when the rest of my young family is finally sleeping!) and groups like this one are an excellent way of keeping in touch with my readers and supporters.

Please use this special space to ask and answer questions, share inspiration, links and recommendations… and lots of ‘em. 

I hope the group is used and useful.  You are invited. The Brides Up North Facebook Group is go!

Launched late on Tuesday night, just to “test the waters”, the group had 250+ members within the first half hour!  So, I’m getting the impression that you all like this idea, and for those of you who are only getting the memo now, we’d love you to join the party!  Don’t be shy, get involved and say hello.

It’s an open group (the more the merrier: we want to get those inspirational ideas flowing!), but I’m managing requests, so sign up here, I’ll click you in and I’ll look forward to chatting to you there.  Mine’s a Sauvignon Blanc please.   

I have a feeling that there’s going to be just a little Facebook procrastination going on in the near future…

#jointhenorthernrevolution

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