May 20th, 2016 | Julia Braime
Today’s real wedding is a real treat for all your floral fans out there as it features lots of stunning lavender arrangements put together by talented Brides Up North sponsor and Yorkshire florist BlossEm, which smelt as fabulous as they looked, according to those present.
Bride Jess focused her big day around her love of the pretty plant as well as tea, cake and Yorkshire – as a Sheffield girl myself, it’s no wonder this wedding is right up my street!
Taking place at one of our Luxury Wedding Exhibition venues Nostell Priory, this pretty northern wedding is brimming with fabulous inspiration so be sure to get pinning!
With images by Esme Mai Photography.
jess says: John proposed randomly one night when we were at our home in Manchester. He had taken me to Iceland for my birthday a few weeks previously and we had planned to see the northern lights – this unfortunately was prevented by weather conditions – but I think this was the original engagement plan. It was still romantic and very special though!
We were married on 14th August 2015. There was no special reason for this date but we were moving to New Zealand a few days later and so we were limited by our chosen venue’s availability.
John and I were set on a church wedding and so we decided to tie the knot at St Cuthbert’s Church in Ackworth, which is my local church. It is an absolutely beautiful building.
The reception meanwhile just had to be at Nostell Priory in Wakefield, as it’s one of my all-time favourite places. Brought up in Yorkshire, and living close by to Nostell Priory has meant that it is a special place for me. I just love it! The house, the gardens and the location are just stunning.
The wedding theme came about from different loves and passion of mine. So anyone who knows me knows how much I love lace. I’m also well known for baking a cake, enjoying a good brew and talking about my love of Yorkshire. Finally, lavender is a plant we’ve always had in the garden growing up and the smell is gorgeous, so I wanted to include this too. All put together, this made for a Yorkshire wedding, with a burlap and lace theme, lavender colours and flowers, with a little tea and cake.
May 19th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
If there’s one type of shopping us Brides Up North girls love, it’s shoe shopping! That’s why we’re super excited to be introducing our new blog sponsor Pink Paradox, to you lovely brides-to-be today.
Though it’s tempting to take a magpie approach to buying your bridal footwear; snapping up the first pair of sparkling skyscrapers you find could leave you hobbling around midway through your big day if they’re not built for all-day wear.
Thankfully the experts at Pink Paradox provide fancy footwear that scores equally high in the comfort and style stakes – plus there’s an option for all tastes. From sophisticated sling backs and pretty peep-toe platforms, to elegant kitten heels and fashionable flats – ladies, you will literally be spoilt for choice!
And if that weren’t enough, Pink Paradox also offer a fabulous range of dyeable shoes, meaning you can have your footwear matched to your exact colour specifications (perhaps to provide that something blue?). Here to fill you in on all the details are the creators themselves…
Can you give us an overview of Pink Paradox and what it offers to brides?
Pink Paradox say: We started out in 2002 after identifying a gap in the market for bridal shoes that are stylish yet comfortable so Pink Paradox was born. What we offer brides is affordable and comfortable heels whilst not sacrificing any of the style!
How important do you feel shoes are to a bride’s wedding day attire?
We could be slightly bias here but incredibly important! Not necessarily from just a style point of view, but this is one of the biggest days of your life you’re going to be on your feet for most of the day, from walking down the aisle to your first dance, and then finding and talking to all your guests. You’ve got to make sure you have shoes you can actually walk in; and luckily that’s what we specialise in!
What advice would you give to brides when picking their wedding shoes?
Have a selection ready and try them all on; which ones are comfortable, which can you walk in? Our best tip is to make sure brides go for something they would usually wear, do not be tempted to go for extremes as you don’t want to end up regretting it on the day!
Can you give us an overview of the different styles of wedding shoes that Pink Paradox offer?
We have quite a range on offer so we can cater to most wedding parties! We have high heels for the daring bride, mid-heels for the confident bride, flats, laced, sparkling, pleated – we can go on! With a range available we can provide heels for the bride for during the day, for the reception, for the mother of the bride and even for the bridesmaids!
May 19th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
Today we’re bringing you another helping of wonderful wedding inspiration in the form of this stunning styled shoot, put together by a talented team of South Yorkshire suppliers.
Enlisted to showcase the beauty of Manor Lodge, a new venue to the Sheffield wedding scene, photographer Stu Ganderton seized the opportunity to capture a shoot that was as honest and pure as its setting.
Keeping things simple, Stu and his expertly picked team focused on making the attire and flowers the main stars of the shoot to show that money invested into key areas of a wedding can really make it stand out from the crowd.
Another honest element to this shoot that we adore is that the models are actually a couple. As a result you can really feel the emotions, particularly in the image where Oliver is planting a tender kiss on Danielle’s head – we love!
To explain more about his ideas and how he executed them, we’ll now hand over the blog to photographer Stu…
With images by Stu Ganderton Wedding Photography.
stu says: When I decided to do the shoot, it was initially as just some simple marketing material for the venue to showcase the beauty of the ruins and Turret house. Manor Lodge has just recently started doing weddings, aimed at the Boho and DIY market, so I wanted to keep things as simple as possible, but I also wanted to show what could be done by a bride investing in the right areas on her wedding, and also what can be achieved when you engage the best creative brains in the market.
It was also important to me that the shoot had an ‘honesty’ to it, so that it was believable. So rather than spending on chocolate fountains, candy carts and love letters; getting a great dress that flattered the model along with beautiful flowers and a good photographer was at the forefront.
The two “models”, Danielle and Oliver have never had any modelling experience. Oliver is actually my son and Danni is his real girlfriend. So we had a real couple which I think complements the shoot and makes it more real!
I said all of the way through that I wanted the flowers and dress to shine through, so using the ethos of the original idea, we did not have any hair or makeup professionals on the shoot. Danni did her own makeup as she would normally, and said I wanted her to have soft curls.
The dress and veils used in the shoot were supplied by Kelly of KMR Bespoke Bridal Designer, and as soon as I mentioned the shoot to her, she knew exactly what dress she wanted Danni to wear. ‘Violet’ the dress modelled by Danielle in the shoot is an ivory, floor-length, circle skirt gown with a corded lace V neckline bodice. The full skirt is made of two layers of ivory duchess satin and chiffon with scallop lace edge detailing on the waist. We styled ‘Violet’ with the ’Louisa’ bridal belt and to mix up the looks for some of the shots we also added the ‘Evelina’ veil with Sam from Fantail Designer Florist’s stunning floral crown.
May 18th, 2016 | Julia Braime
If you’re getting married this year *eek! congrats!* you must now be ridiculously excited! By now you will probably have booked and organized most things and you are imagining the running order and how the day will flow (or if you’re taking a more chilled out approach check out our epic “Suppliers We Love” Directory to source all your last minute bits and bobs, with the Brides Up North seal of approval).
Either way, Brides Up North Sponsor Tracey of Warble Entertainment is taking over our pretty pages this afternoon to be your online entertainment agony aunt, remedying any last minute worries with her specialist suggestions for a really memorable day.
Will our ceremony have the WOW factor it deserves?
tracey says: Whilst reciting your vows and committing yourselves to each other forever is of course a big deal and will be a beautiful moment for you and your nearest and dearest, you may want to consider augmenting such a special moment with entertainment. A popular choice for 2016 weddings is to book a contemporary acoustic guitarist and singer to perform as you walk down the aisle, during the signing of the register and ideally, you can request a fun, upbeat song for when you and your guests leave – this will really set the tone for the rest of the day and get everyone into the party spirit.
Who will look after our guests during the drinks reception?
The drinks reception is usually when your photographer will whisk you away to get those all-important shots for the wedding album. That’s great for you guys and the wedding party, but your guests are usually left alone and very often hungry during so it’s a good idea to keep them amused. Many brides and grooms are choosing to book a caricaturist for this part of the day as not only does it provide for a great memento for your guests but it is also very entertaining for the crowd that gather to watch. Other popular choices during this time are walkabout acts such as lookalikes (imagine the surprise on your guests’ faces when David Beckham or Del Boy crashes the wedding), or living trees or statues, which create a real buzz and great photo opportunities.
May 18th, 2016 | Julia Braime
It’s been a crazy couple of weeks here at Brides Up North HQ (ok, it’s been a crazy six years, but who’s counting…) as we have brought you our two most exciting events to date, our epic festival wedding fairs: WEDSTOCK’16 at Stockeld Park, Yorkshire last weekend and WEDSTIVAL’16 this coming weekend at Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire.
If you’re a North West bride to be, Capesthorne Hall is where you need to be THIS SUNDAY 22nd May, open 11am till 4pm, and free entry, as we transform the grand building and it’s grounds into a wedding wonderland with our huge sailcloth tent, tipi village, bell tents, vintage PIMMS tent, street food vendors, live bands, cars and campers, ceremony showcase, 60+ luxury wedding suppliers and so much more.
Capesthorne Hall, Congleton Road, Siddington, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 9JY
Sunday 22nd May 2016, 11am till 4pm
FREE entry for registered brides plus a FREE VIP media pack whilst stocks last.
Please register for free entry to WEDSTIVAL’16 for you and your party.
We’re giving away up to 300 free Bride To Be media packs, filled with glossy magazines and treats from Brides Up North. As demand is high, to pick up your media pack all you need to do is fill in the form below. While stocks last.
If the weather is looking a little dubious on the day (but hey, it’s May, let’s look on the bright side!) there’s nothing to worry about either – all of our structures are perfectly weatherproof, warm and welcoming, so a little drizzle ain’t going to spoil our party. The beautiful rooms at Capesthorne Hall are all open for viewing too (you can book the Hall itself, one of the stunning marquee sites or even both for your big day), and if you’ve already got your venue sorted, we’ve so many amazing exhibitors and styling ideas on show on Sunday that you’ll leave with every last detail covered.
Pop in in the diary, why don’t you!? It’s FREE ENTRY (we love to spoil our readers) and such a fabulous day out for you, your other half, your bridal party… and even the future in-laws! Grab a cocktail, stay for lunch courtesy of our street food vendors, and get your wedding planning all wrapped up at the same time. Result.
To whet your appetite, or if you came, partied and wedding planned at our WEDSTOCK’16 event last week, here are some official photographs to remind you that Brides Up North do wedding fairs differently… and to celebrate what a great day we all had.
Images by our official event photographer Peace Wedding Photography. Continue reading to view our entire gallery!
May 17th, 2016 | Julia Braime
If you follow our social media feeds you’ll know that Team Brides Up North have been down in the smoke this week, checking out the latest collections from the British and International leading labels at White Gallery London, a trade and press event where all the big names in bridal reveal what your local bridal boutique is likely to be stocking and what you’ll be wearing down the aisle in the season to come.
More on that later, but meanwhile, one lady we were keen to catch up with this week was one of our very favourite dress designers and Brides Up North Headline Sponsor (and now personal friend), the fabulous Charlotte Balbier. This afternoon we’re fortunate once again to be bringing you a first look at her stunning new collection, Untamed Love.
Known in the industry for her pretty princess like dresses, Charlotte both surprises and delights us year on year with her girly, fun and fashionable designs that enable a bride to really reflect her individual style and personality.
Following on from her gorgeous Willa Rose collection and the incredibly stylish Balbier Separates range, we sensed we were in for a real treat with Charlotte’s 2017 designs – and ladies, we weren’t wrong! From the moment we set eyes on the first images of her totally dreamy Untamed Love collection, we were sold!
In true Balbier style, the new collection features exquisite back detail, fine fabrics and edgy separates, meaning there is an oh-so-pretty design in there for everyone!
The signature gown ‘Untamed Love’ is perhaps the biggest show stopper of them all as one of two floral print designs within the collection. Enough to make any bride fall head over heels, the delicate pattern is made up of soft, sugary sorbet tones of lilac, apricot, plum, pink and muted greens.
Charlotte’s love of playing with colour palettes is evident in the collection; as sitting alongside the traditional ivory hues are antique golds, silver pewters, apricot and, of course, Charlotte’s favourite blush and rose pinks shades.
And there’s no shortage of fabrics for brides to pick from either, with diverse designs in the finest quality tulle, silks, French laces, and rich Mikado. In addition, exclusive to Charlotte Balbier is the specially designed chiffon that is made in house.
Drawing on inspiration from Charlotte’s playful nature and free spirited style, Untamed Love is the creative vision of over 12 months of love and attention, making it the strongest collection to date.
charlotte says: A Charlotte Balbier bride is a free spirited feminine woman who is confident in both her fashion and bridal style. Expressing her unique individuality, personality and style through her Balbier gown.
The new Untamed Love collection celebrates all that encompasses a Balbier bride as well as who I am as a designer and as a woman. I think I dare to say I am the most excited about this new collection than I have ever have been over my 13 year career, I am in love.
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