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i do in choo: catherine deane for a garden party wedding in the north west – nic & kelly

February 5th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson

A Garden Wedding in Didsbury (c) Shane Webber Photography (37)

There’s something effortlessly cool about an informal wedding, and we just love the garden-party vibe of Nic and Kelly’s wedding celebration. They were even lucky enough to get good weather!

Though guests may have enjoyed a relaxed day, no detail was left to chance. Even the date was planned meticulously so Nic and Kelly’s engagement anniversary and wedding anniversary would be exactly half a year apart, meaning they have something to celebrate every six months. Now that’s forward thinking!

They also had some fabulous details and treats, including a very cute table plan sporting photographs of each guest, a delectable ice cream van, a table topped with a colourful selection of cakes and a civilised game of croquet on the lawn. Over to the groom, Nic, to tell us more…

With images by Shane Webber Photography.

A Garden Wedding in Didsbury (c) Shane Webber Photography (6)

nic says: We got engaged on 12th January 2015. Kelly always liked the idea of a London tourist hotspot trip, finishing up on Millennium Bridge with a love lock. When we got to the bridge, I pretended to have lost the padlock we had bought for the occasion. I pulled out a special heart-shaped lock that I had inscribed with the words “forever hold the key to my heart”. The engagement ring was attached, and Kelly had to unlock it with the key for the proposal to be complete. We then went to the Shard for drinks – another surprise bucket-list moment for Kelly, who had no idea what had been planned months before!

A Garden Wedding in Didsbury (c) Shane Webber Photography (19)

We got married on 12th July 2017. We chose that date as we always wanted something to celebrate every six months to the day. The 12th January is our getting together anniversary/getting engaged day and 12th July will be our wedding anniversary.

The ceremony took place at Didsbury House Hotel and the reception was at Eleven Didsbury Park. The venue was ideal for us as it was both ceremony and reception in one but, as the reception was down the road, there was a sense of ‘arriving’ for the evening do! The venue has beautiful grounds – it was the ideal size for our 50 planned guests and we wanted an informal setting that felt more like a garden party than a traditional wedding. We would definitely recommend the venue: the setting is ideal for an intimate wedding, the food was top and the whole team that worked on the wedding could not have been more helpful. It was like having the best house party you have ever been to.

A Garden Wedding in Didsbury (c) Shane Webber Photography (32)

In terms of a theme, we both love sunflowers and so they were everywhere. There was no real reason – we just think they’re pretty. Aside from that, the theme was relaxed to suit our non-traditional atmosphere. For our colour scheme, we chose off-whites with a pop of yellow to work with the sunflowers – nothing too formal.

A Garden Wedding in Didsbury (c) Shane Webber Photography (36)

For my suit, I decided this was my one life occasion where I could go all out! I wore a black wool Givenchy suit, a pair of patent leather Dsquared2 Oxford shoes, a Lanvin black bow tie and a Dolce & Gabbana gold label white dress shirt. I wanted this day to be my red carpet moment!

Kelly wore a blush champagne dress from Catherine Deane. Detailing was vintage lace and it had a small train. Kelly looked beautiful! The dress was effortlessly sophisticated and complemented her skin tone perfectly. Her shoes were from Jimmy Choo. We had always joked that Kelly would say ‘I do’ in Choo!

Two of Kelly’s sisters were bridesmaids and wore grey multiway maxi dresses from Coast. Again, there was no real theme for makeup, nails or shoes – it was important for our guests to all feel relaxed and great on our special day. My brother Toby wore a black suit from The Kooples, matched with a charcoal Dolce & Gabbana tie and shoes.

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trend spot: pretty paper for 2018

February 5th, 2018 | Julia Braime

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We’re forever looking ahead to spot the upcoming styles in wedding décor and themes, and today we welcome Bride and Groom Direct – wedding invitation and stationery retailer known for beautiful wedding invitations – to the blog to reveal their top three key trends for 2018 wedding invitations.

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Millennial pink and blush pink are the wedding invitations shade to have for 2018. Pink will never be out of style for weddings and this particular shade will give the colour a refreshing and modern uplift! It’s a great way to tie your wedding invitations into your wedding colour scheme.

soft watercolours

Incorporate one of 2018’s biggest stationery trends into your wedding and opt for a soft watercolour invitation. Available in a wide range of colours from purple, to mint green you’ll be able to find a watercolour wedding invitation that is perfect for your wedding theme.

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olive green

Taking influence from the 1970’s, this shade is one of the must have colours of 2018. The beautiful shade is a great way to use an uplifting colour in your wedding that will instantly give your wedding stationery a touch of style!

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yellow wedding invitations

It can be hard to work colour into your wedding, especially if you have a lot of bridesmaids to please! If you have your heart set on including something bright as a part of your wedding, why not use your stationery to do so? Yellow is a great choice when looking to include colour, it symobolises positivity and new life – and is scientifically proven to make us happy, as we associate the colour with the sun! It is an especially perfect choice for a spring or summer wedding. Yellow doesn’t have to be bold either, consider using a paler yellow instead. Looking for inspiration? We love these colourful wedding invitations, there is lots of options if you already have a few colour selections in mind.

Are you looking for something a little different? Colour isn’t the only way trends and style can be added to your wedding invitations. These top ticks below are perfect for weddings with a decor theme, and include this year’s most popular wedding themes.

photo wedding invitations

The popularity of candid photography at weddings is on the rise again and to be honest, we don’t understand why it ever went out of fashion in the first place! Candid photos allow you, the bride (and groom) to look behind the scenes at the bits of your wedding you didn’t see. Pop up photo booths are becoming a huge hit at weddings at the moment, and are a great way to loosely theme your wedding. Why not introduce that theme by having a photo of you and your groom on the front of your wedding invitations? Depending on budget, many couples are actually having photoshoots to get that perfect ‘candid’ moment on the front of their invitations!

diy wedding invitations

Another huge trend right now, is to make your own wedding invitations. This is great if you are a whizz at crafts and have enough time to hand craft perhaps over 100 wedding invitations. However, if you aren’t able to make your own from scratch, Bride and Groom Direct actually sells DIY wedding invitations kits. You can buy all of the items you need to give your invitations that handmade appearance with a professional touch.

What are your thoughts on these wedding invitations colours and themes? If you have any suggestions, or thoughts we’d love to hear them.

Bride and Groom Direct retails a huge range of wedding invitations; ranging from traditional styles to the latest trends. You’ll also find the perfect wedding stationery and favours to complement your wedding invitations.

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always have, always will. sophia tolli for a rustic wedding at deepdale farm – stephanie & kelly

February 2nd, 2018 | Laura McDonagh

A Rustic Wedding at Deepdale Farm (c) Peter Hugo (37)

Warning: the following real wedding contains some serious #wedspo. Stephanie and Kelly were married at Deepdale Farm in Keldholme and pulled off a rustic, all-natural big day that was personalised to perfection. There are to-die-for details (copper troughs + all-wood furniture = all the laid-back luxe vibes) and a fabulous feast for the wedding breakfast: hog roast, fish and chips, ice cream and s’mores. But what else would you expect from a couple who run a pub and restaurant for a living?

When asked about their photographer, Stephanie’s response was “what an absolute legend”, and these images speak for themselves. Sun-dappled gorgeousness, cornfield kisses, a magnificent chip van smooch and nothing – nothing – says ‘unbridled joy’ like a bride glugging champagne straight from the bottle.

Things are about to get gorgeous…

With images by Peter Hugo Photography.

A Rustic Wedding at Deepdale Farm (c) Peter Hugo (25)

stephanie says: We got engaged in Thailand. As part of our two-week trip, we visited an elephant sanctuary. Kelly gave my ring to a keeper who then placed it in one of the elephant’s trunks. While we were sitting on a log feeding the elephants, one of them wrapped its trunk around me and dropped the ring into my lap!

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Our wedding date was 15th August 2017. Most people don’t get married on a Tuesday, but then most people don’t live the lives we do! We picked this date as lots of our guests were flying in from overseas and it was helpful for them. We also run our own pub/restaurant, so it was easier for us to close during the week rather than at the weekend.

We were married at Deepdale Farm in Keldholme, Yorkshire. A few years ago, Kelly and I ran the bar there for a wedding. As soon as we saw it, we knew it was where we wanted to get married. We wanted a rustic, barnyard-type wedding with picture perfect scenery, and Deepdale offered all of that and more.

A Rustic Wedding at Deepdale Farm (c) Peter Hugo (16)

Theme-wise, we stuck with a ‘Pinterest-esque’, rustic, shabby-chic style. We wanted to have as many personal touches as we could. We were also keen on it being outdoors with a relaxed vibe and natural backdrops for pictures and videos. Our main colours were navy blue and grey.

A Rustic Wedding at Deepdale Farm (c) Peter Hugo (34)

I wore a Sophia Tolli lace gown called Noelle. It was floor-length with a crystal-encrusted keyhole back and hugged me in all the right places. After trying on numerous dresses, I knew this was ‘the one’ the second I tried it on. I knew I wanted a lace dress and to show off my tattoos and this dress was everything. The look on my mother and grandmother’s faces when I walked out of the changing room was priceless – a moment I’ll never forget!

Kelly wore black fitted trousers and a black button-up shirt with a navy blue tweed vest and a black fitted jacket from Ted Baker.

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planned to perfection: introducing fabulous together

February 2nd, 2018 | Julia Braime

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While planning a wedding is super exciting, it’s also classed as one of life’s most stressful events and so it’s good to have support to hand to ensure you’re organised and not overwhelmed by the task ahead.

If you’re already feeling a buried in the wedmin, or know exactly what you want but aren’t sure how to make it a reality, then the Sponsor we’re introducing on the blog today is going to be very useful to you. So, join us as we welcome professional wedding planners Andrea Swift (Northern Ambassador and Supreme Member of UK Alliance of Wedding Planners) and Debbie Rainford (UK Alliance of Wedding Planners) of Fabulous Together.

Dubbed as “Fairy Godmothers” and “Secret Weapons” these are the ladies in the know, who can help bring your wedding dreams to fruition. Whether you require a full or partial planning service Andrea and Debbie will be there to bounce ideas off, provide professional advice and banish any pre-wedding worries.

So, let’s hear more from the dynamic duo on how their approach, services and style.

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Can you tell us a little about your backgrounds and how was Fabulous Together was formed?

andrea & debbie say: After working together on several large-scale luxury weddings we had a ‘lightbulb’ moment – we realised that we not only shared the same ethos, the same professional values and the same sense of fun, but ultimately, the same vision. By combining our experience and expertise, we decided we could offer the region the ultimate luxury wedding planning service: Fabulous Together Weddings.

Why would you advise couples to hire a wedding planner?

Planning a wedding can be really stressful and we know how time consuming it can be too. A big part of our role is to match our clients with people we think will best suit their style, vision and personality, then deliver the wedding day they had always dreamed of and we keep ourselves up-to-date with all the latest trends, ensuring each individual wedding has its own unique ‘wow’ factor.

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Sansom Photography

Can you outline the services that you offer to brides and grooms?

Our Full Planning Service includes a detailed consultation and bespoke proposal after which clients are assigned a senior planner who will remain by their side throughout the whole process.

Our Partial Planning package would be better suited to those clients who have already undertaken some of the planning themselves. Fabulous Together Weddings will review all bookings and plans to-date, manage the booked suppliers and stay with the couple right to the end of the wedding day, ensuring everything flows smoothly.

Proving that distance really doesn’t need to be a barrier when creating your dream wedding, our Fabulous Together Weddings’ unique Destination UK service is perfect for couples who live overseas but want to marry in the UK.

What would you say to couples who think hiring a wedding planner means they will lose control of their wedding day?

Absolutely not! The relationship we have with our couples is always collaborative. We are here to help and bring their ideas to life. Think of us as super organised fairy godmothers – we’ll offer professional advice when it’s needed, banish worries and ensure everything runs smoothly from start to finish.

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What area of planning would you say that couples find the most stressful and how can you help?

It is always hard keeping everyone happy and it can be a delicate balancing act, especially where parents are concerned. As we have so much experience in dealing with these sometimes tricky situations, we can provide an independent view that often puts things into perspective. That and the weather! We always ensure we have a good Plan B so we are prepared for whatever the British climate throws at us!

What is it that you love about the world of weddings and what is the favourite part of your job?

Sometimes it’s the simplest thing, that moment in the ceremony where the couple are officially married – the kiss, the love, the intimacy of it all – we feel privileged to be a part of it. But we also love hearing the guests chanting for one more song on the dance floor after a stunning band set or catching them talking in the toilets about it being the best wedding they have ever been to! At the end of it all we can slip quietly away knowing we have helped our couple have the very best day imaginable!

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Lisa Aldersley Photography

Are you noticing any trends in weddings at the moment and, if so, what are they?

A key element now though is that couples want the wedding to last as long as possible. We are seeing more and more ‘wedding weekends’ often at lavish venues, but increasingly at home or in the grounds of a close family member’s property, providing a more personalised option.

Do you have any particular memorable moments from weddings you’ve organised?

Lots and lots of memorable moments, yes, but some real stand out ones include the groom and his eight best men singing as they walked down the aisle, it was a definite ‘hairs standing up on the back of your neck’ moment. Of course, it did help that they were all professional singers! Then there was the wedding where we were waiting (outside in the rain), to get a call from Heathrow airport to see if the cloud base was high enough for our couple’s air acrobatic display to take place – it meant that Heathrow would have to alternate take off and landings to allow for the seven-minute display – when they finally said yes, we literally had two minutes to get the guests outside and in position. It was stressful but completely amazing when it happened as if on cue.

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a winter’s love. essense of australia for a chic wedding at the mansion, leeds – jen & leigh

February 1st, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

A Chic Winter Wedding at The Mansion (c) A Little Picture (79)

Today’s real wedding is all about the fun factor, with newlyweds, Jen and Leigh, making sure this was one of their top priorities when planning their special day. From the ceremony and decorations to the food and music, they also injected a personal touch across every aspect of their nuptials and the celebrations after. And we’re completely smitten with the results.

The gorgeous Grade II listed Mansion in Roundhay Park, Leeds – a Brides Up North Sponsor venue, no less – provided the luxurious backdrop to the couple’s November wedding.

Jen and Leigh looked to the wintry season for inspiration, with gorgeous berry and navy tones and a touch of gold, as well as ‘wild’ floral arrangements and a hearty wedding breakfast. Other little details to look out for include gold prosecco bottles for their centrepieces and corks as place setting holders – simple yet beautiful, and an idea we think we’ll be borrowing!

DIARY DATE: We will be holding a Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Fair at The Mansion on Sunday 25th February 2018, 11am to 2pm, FREE ENTRY. Be sure to join us to see more of this fabulous venue and to meet a handpicked selection of top suppliers from the area.

With images by A Little Picture.

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jen says: We got engaged on Christmas Day 2016. We had spent a couple of years renovating our house and Leigh suggested that it might be nice to have Christmas in our own home for the first time ever. We woke up on Christmas morning and opened what I thought were silly stocking presents. At the very bottom of mine was a beautifully wrapped box and when I looked up, Leigh was on one knee asking me to marry him! It was just perfect, very private and romantic with the twinkly lights on the tree. My family came over for Christmas dinner and it was so exciting to be able to celebrate with them on such a special day.

A Chic Winter Wedding at The Mansion (c) A Little Picture (22)

We got married on 11th November 2017. We had been together for 11 years at that point and once we had decided to get married, we didn’t want to hang around! We love this time of year, particularly crisp autumn days with all the beautiful colours on the trees and the gorgeous low light.

We tied the knot at The Mansion in Roundhay Park, and were able to have both our ceremony and reception there. As soon as we arrived, we knew that it would be the place for us. Roundhay Park is beautiful and has a wonderful family feel to it. The Mansion itself is a gorgeous old house, which is decorated in a contemporary style and is incredibly warm and inviting. It has two main rooms, so we were able to have our ceremony and reception in different places and it was big enough that, had the weather been poor, our guests could comfortably spend all day inside. From our first meeting, Dine (who run the venue) were incredibly friendly and professional, nothing seemed to be too much trouble.

A Chic Winter Wedding at The Mansion (c) A Little Picture (31)

We didn’t have a theme as such but wanted the whole day to feel relaxed and cosy. We decorated the building with photos of our friends and family and used candles everywhere to create a romantic mood.

We had a combination of warm berry and navy tones to reflect the time of year and our centrepieces were gold to match the colours of the building’s interior.

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I wore a floor-length Essense of Australia dress from Ava Rose Hamilton in Silsden, West Yorkshire. I knew that I wanted something lacy and fitted but this dress went beyond my original expectations, with beautiful beading detail and a long train. The back of the dress was particularly intricate, so I went for a sheer veil in the same length as my train. I loved my dress and wish I could wear it again!

My hair and makeup artist, Anna Stephenson was amazing. She was able to replicate the images that I had shown to her as well as make suggestions.

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what’s hot: 2018 international wedding trends forecast

January 31st, 2018 | Julia Braime

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‘Trends’ and ‘themes’ are terms often battered around in the world of wedding planning, but unlike some may think, these aren’t rigid concepts that your big day should adhere to, but instead fabulous inspiration that you can dip in and out of to create a celebration that’s just right for you.

These trends are influenced by so many elements – interiors, fashion, nature, culture – and we love to see new styles of venue, décor, attire and palettes being adapted and embraced by couples and planners.

As such, one of our highlights of the year has to be contributing to, and receiving the results of the International Trend Report, put together by the International Academy of Wedding & Event Planning, who work with the world’s top wedding professionals to compile this exciting and hugely informative document.

The academy has just published its fourth annual International Trend Report full of expert predictions (including our own tips!) for 2018 weddings, and so to celebrate, we’ve invited Kylie Carlson, CEO of the International Academy of Wedding & Event Planning, to the blog to share some of her very favourite trends from the report.

Images by Passionate Photography supplied by AWEP.

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wabi sabi

In 2018, the design world will be heavily influenced by the Japanese concept known as wabi sabi. It is the philosophy that there is art in imperfection. If you have ever admired something aging in an antique shop, or a building that was simultaneously falling apart yet growing in beauty with every inch of peeling paint, you understand wabi sabi.

The wedding world will embrace wabi sabi by choosing unique venues that have character and history. You might pair the disrepair of an empty warehouse with fine linens and handcrafted containers, thereby creating a beautiful, alluring contrast.

reconnect with nature

A current floral trend that will continue to dominate in 2018 is the desire to bring the outdoors in. Using elements from the outdoors, like abundant greens with white floral accents in bouquets and centerpieces, satisfies the desire to reconnect with nature despite our technology-filled, busy lives.

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responsible sourcing

Organic and locally-sourced, sustainable materials and ingredients will also be in demand as couples assign greater significance to well-being and environmental responsibility. The same motivation will make botanical flavored cocktails all the rage in bar service.

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nostalgic entertainment

Entertainment will go high tech, with slo-mo (slow motion) photo booths and drone photography becoming increasingly popular. In contrast, nostalgic music lists with hits from when couples grew up will experience higher demand.

personal predictions

The Report is full of insight from the personalities who drive the trends each year, and of course, I have my favorites among them all! The first is Jewel-Toned Velvet, a cross between over-the-top Vegas style and elegant old-world texture. The second is Cutting Edge Curves on specialty furnishings like overstuffed lounges. And the last is the Nouveau Art Deco movement with bright, bold geometric prints.

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Check out the whole report to find out more about these predictions, along with the rest of the up and coming ideas for the year ahead.

Kylie Carlson is the CEO of the International Academy of Wedding and Event Planning. With six locations globally, the academy boasts an internationally recognized accreditation program that brings professional training to wedding planners, designers and stylists.

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