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gorgeous gentry: a high society styled wedding shoot at adlington hall

November 22nd, 2017 | Aislinn Thompson

A Winter Wedding Shoot at Adlington Hall (c) Zap Image (15)

Downton Abbey may no longer keep us warm on a Sunday night, but that doesn’t mean we’ve stopped daydreaming about slipping into one of Lady Mary’s elegant gowns and gliding down the wide staircase to be greeted at the bottom by an eligible suitor and served an endless feast of delectable delights from silver platters. So, when we read the brief for a ‘High Society & Countryside Pursuits’ styled shoot, we had no trouble at all finding ourselves right there in the moment

Coordinated by accessory designer Heidi Reid of Glorious Tiaras, who won The Wedding Industry Awards Best Bridal Accessory Designer in the North West award in 2016 and 2017, and who supplied the hair accessories for the shoot, enjoy a little escapism as we take you back to the turn of the 20th century and to one of the most beautiful, privately owned country homes in Cheshire.

With images by Zapimage.

A Winter Wedding Shoot at Adlington Hall (c) Zap Image (26)

heidi says: Our working title for this shoot was ‘High Society & Countryside Pursuits’ luxe bridal inspiration. The history of the shoot’s venue, Adlington Hall, as a hunting lodge frequented by the region’s landed gentry inspired us to plan a shoot that had all the luxe elements you would imagine finding at a society dinner at Adlington Hall at the turn of the 20th century. I wanted the styling to reflect the historic location and picked suppliers I felt had the vision and creativity to understand the brief and the skill to bring that vision to life.

I’ve lived just ten minutes away from Adlington Hall for 20 years and, until recently, had never visited. My first trip to the country house and its gardens blew me away! I couldn’t believe that this hidden gem wasn’t as well-known as other Cheshire stately homes, with its intriguing history (Handel is rumoured to have stayed here and played the 17th century organ in the main hall), its beautiful formal and wild gardens, unique features such as an imposing mythological mural that takes up a full wall, huge marble fireplaces and a panelled ceiling featuring the Coats of Arms of other prominent Cheshire families. I knew that Adlington Hall was licensed for weddings and started to speak to other local wedding suppliers who I knew could use their talents and enthusiasm to develop a styled wedding shoot with me.

A Winter Wedding Shoot at Adlington Hall (c) Zap Image (12)

Our aim for this shoot was to showcase Adlington Hall and Hunting Lodge as a unique venue with a rich heritage, whilst offering inspiration to couples wanting to embrace their love of the countryside and the outdoors in a more luxurious, less bohemian way. The rich décor of the interior of Adlington Hall inspired our colour palette of coppers, berries and deep fern-like greens, and featured in everything from the bespoke wedding stationery by Nina Thomas Studio and the Kaye Hannabuss-designed Harris Tweed waistcoat and bow tie, to the bridal make-up by Gemma of Dollface Makeup Studio, the floral arrangements by The Flower House, and our elegant three-tiered wedding cake from For Goodness Cake. Love Lights the Way supplied the beautiful blossom lights.

A Winter Wedding Shoot at Adlington Hall (c) Zap Image (17)

We wanted to use elements that gave a nod to a turn of the 20th century, Agatha Christie-esque gathering of Cheshire’s landed gentry. To achieve this, we used coloured Edwardian glassware and vintage gold-plated cutlery supplied and styled by Maud and Mabel’s, a show-stopping copper candelabra festooned with a floral arrangement of pheasant feathers, fragrant roses, berry-toned hellebores and plum-coloured peonies to create the feel of a society gathering designed to impress. The feathers, the tweed, gundogs Fern and Elisa, and Secret, the beautiful Welsh Cob, were a must for our high society & countryside pursuits theme, and we absolutely loved involving these adorable animals in our shoot. We couldn’t quite believe what patient, willing models they were! Special thanks must go to Kim Wardle-Payler for bringing her horse and Labrador along for the day.

A Winter Wedding Shoot at Adlington Hall (c) Zap Image (5)

Working with Helen of 7th Heaven Bridal we chose a luxe Charmeuse silk Justin Alexander gown, with flutter sleeves and a low back that we felt epitomised understated period glamour. Makeup artist Gemma worked to our palette of berries and coppers, opting for a strong lip colour to complement warm copper tones on the bride’s eyes. The hair was styled by Amy at Hushlounge with a deep side parting and elegant waves to give the look of understated glamour a lá 1940’s movie stars, like Ava Gardner.

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roses & tweed. sophia tolli for a sophisticated wedding at crewe hall – laura & luke

September 5th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

An Elegant Wedding at Crewe Hall (c) Sarah Horton Photography (41)

Monday might have come around too quickly once again, but fear not as we have a stunning real wedding to distract you from the working week ahead.

After falling head over heels in love with the beautiful Crewe Hall in Cheshire, Laura and Luke found picking their venue a doddle. Taking inspiration from its grandeur and class, the two then planned a sophisticated celebration full of pretty pink and purple summer blooms with fabulously fine attire for the wedding party.

With images by Sarah Horton Photography and assistant photographer Hannah Wilson.

An Elegant Wedding at Crewe Hall (c) Sarah Horton Photography (25)

An Elegant Wedding at Crewe Hall (c) Sarah Horton Photography (19)

laura says: We got engaged on my birthday at one of our favourite restaurants, The Swan with Two Necks in Blackbrook, Staffordshire. We’d been away travelling for nearly four months to Thailand, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. It turned out that Luke had taken the ring with him but never found the right moment – plus I think everyone was expecting it back home so he didn’t given in!  We got home in March and he proposed in May – which nobody was expecting so it was a complete surprise which made it even more special. Luke was however given some grief about visiting many amazing places while we were away and missing his opportunity.

We set the date for Saturday 25th June 2016, as we wanted a summer wedding.

An Elegant Wedding at Crewe Hall (c) Sarah Horton Photography (29)

Our chosen venue was Crewe Hall in Cheshire. We got married in the library and had the wedding breakfast in the long gallery. We both loved Crewe Hall form the moment we saw it!  We’d been to weddings there before and knew it was the place for us.

We didn’t have a specific theme but we wanted it to be classy and sophisticated to reflect the venue. Our colour scheme was subtle pinks, lilacs and purples.

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relaxed glamour: a monochrome & copper inspired bridal shoot at the holford estate, cheshire

July 5th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Styled Bridal Shoot at The Holford Estate (c) Mr & Mrs W (10)

Those talented North West wedding suppliers have been busy once again creating a gorgeous styled shoot to help inspire your big day choices; covering everything from the dress to the décor.

This styled shoot was primarily put together to help showcase a stunning new venue to the county of Cheshire, The Holford Estate. Set within 130 acres of beautiful countryside, the venue’s newly refurbished Holford Barn made the perfect backdrop for the suppliers to showcase their skills, products and services.

Inspired by the features and materials of the barn, stylist Rebecca Jenkinson of Pretty Little Trio Vintage Hire & Styling, worked with fellow artistic suppliers to create a relaxed yet glamourous big day look, which both complemented and enhanced the shoot setting.

To explain more about how the various looks that were created, we’ll let Rebecca do the talking…

With images by Mr & Mrs W.

A Styled Bridal Shoot at The Holford Estate (c) Mr & Mrs W (7)

rebecca says: The shoot was a collaboration of North West wedding suppliers at a beautiful and unique new venue in Cheshire, The Holford Estate. The venue is a stunning barn conversion, surrounded by stable blocks and beautiful grounds. It’s quite opulent, rather than rustic in style, and so we took that as our steer for the shoot and aimed for relaxed, elegant glamour.

A Styled Bridal Shoot at The Holford Estate (c) Mr & Mrs W (15)

A Styled Bridal Shoot at The Holford Estate (c) Mr & Mrs W (11)

There is a stunning copper staircase that cascades into the barn itself and little copper gold mice in the old brickwork of the barn, so we wanted to work with the lovely metallics and the warm colours in the brickwork around us.

A Styled Bridal Shoot at The Holford Estate (c) Mr & Mrs W (33)

There is also beautiful black and white timber framed building in the grounds, and formal gardens, which gave us the idea for black and white florals and foliage, stationery, mojitos and, of course, the friendly black and white horse in the stables.

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the designer series: charlotte balbier talks to brides up north about her untamed love collection for 2017

June 7th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

Untamed Love at White Gallery London 2016 (15)

You may recall a little earlier this year we were fortunate enough to share with you a first look at the stunning Untamed Love 2017 collection from Brides Up North friend and Sponsor, Charlotte Balbier.

As huge fans of Charlotte’s uber pretty designs we always expect her collections to send us weak at the knees – her latest Untamed Love collection however, sent us falling head over heels as well! Our favourite of Miss Balbier’s wonderful collections to date, we absolutely adore the fabulous variety of shapes, fabrics, colours and detailing that it offers.

Perhaps the most head-turning element of the collection is its three floral patterned dresses: Untamed Love, Bloom and Posey, which we just can’t stop looking at! If you too are fixated on these stunning designs, we have a very exciting date for your diary – on Saturday 18th June, 7th Heaven Bridal in Cheshire will be holding ‘In Bloom’, A Floral Celebration, which will give brides-to-be the exclusive opportunity to try on, and order, one of these spectacular floral gowns ahead of the collection’s official release into boutiques in August. Spaces are very limited so call today on 01260 277123 to book your appointment.

After teasing you with the initial first look, we’re today revealing the remainder of the Untamed Love Collection on the blog, whilst also hearing from the leading lady herself about what went into the designs and how the gorgeous results are being received…

Untamed Love at White Gallery London 2016 (1)

You’ve just launched your new collection Untamed Love, can you tell us how this collection differs from your previous collections?

charlotte says: I hoped to capture the bride’s attention and imagination with the new Untamed Love 2017 collection. It’s a different collection from what I’ve ever crafted and I dedicated more than 12 months of love and attention to its creation.  I love to constantly evolve the Charlotte Balbier brand to be at the forefront of the market and I could not be more delighted with the new gowns.  The Untamed Love Collection is all about celebrating individuality and being your own kind of beauty.

Where did you get the inspiration for this collection from?

I’ve taken all my inspiration for the Untamed Love Collection from my brides, because my brides are the most important thing. I love to connect with all of my brides via social media and I really take on all of their feedback. It’s great to hear which styles and shapes the brides resonate with and which gowns they are truly attracted to. I travel around the country all year around to trunk shows and meet with my clients individually to chat in person. I love having a strong connection with the brides who wear my gowns to embrace the individuality, style and fabulousness of each and every one of them. I have two very distinctive styles, one is glamorous and the other side is the inner Boho girl at heart. The Untamed Love Collection embraces my inner hippy and the more opulent side to me!

Untamed Love at White Gallery London 2016 (30)

Can you give us an overview of the various shapes of gowns that the collection includes? 

I try my best to give a large variety of gown shapes to brides with our collections. Dreamy ethereal gowns sit alongside fun and playful floral print works of art combined with classical simple and romantic gowns. The Agatha, Carmel and Bayley are beautiful fitted strapless gowns. Our new Aphrodite gown is a beautiful halter neck with delicate lace detailing. The Paige gown is simply stunning with a beautiful lace on skin back detailing and fishtail back to it. The Posy gown is a fun stunning floral separate and I literally cannot wait to see a bride wearing this gown on her big day. The Rosemary gown is beautifully one shouldered with floral cut out details on the back. Our Sofia gown and Rosalie gowns pay attention to a bride’s neckline and shoulders of a bride with beautiful lace and silver beaded detailing. My collection really does take into consideration all shapes and sizes and we love to give brides a lovely choice of shapes and fits to choose from.

Untamed Love at White Gallery London 2016 (8)

And what fabrics feature within the collection?

The quality and palette of the fabrics used in the Untamed Love collection is second to none. There are plenty of uses of tulle, silks, French laces, and rich Mikado fabrics. We’ve even designed some fabrics exclusive to the Charlotte Balbier brand, including a specially designed chiffon material created in-house that is only available via our brand. Our two new floral gowns have literally wowed our stockists and the audience at The White Gallery where we launched the new collection in May. Untamed Love, is a soft sorbet of lilacs, apricot, plum, pinks and muted greens. This is a truly a show-stopping gown with on-trend pocket detail.

Why did you want to use colour within the collection and what would you say to brides who are considering wearing a coloured dress for their big day? 

I love to play with colour palettes and this is evident in the new collection. Sitting alongside the traditional ivory hues, are antique gold’s, silver pewters, apricot tones and of course my favourite blush and rose pink shades. Any bride wanting to make a statement during her wedding would wow her guests in the Untamed Love gown for sure. Colour is great for a bride who wants her day to be remembered above all others.

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rose gold. eddy k for a classic wedding at the midland, manchester – beverley & danny

January 22nd, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Rose Gold Wedding at The Midland Hotel (c) Teresa C Photography (38)

Friday has finally arrived and we’re rewarding you for making it through the week with this incredibly gorgeous real wedding in Manchester’s city centre.

Earning itself a place as one of our favourite weddings of the month, we adore the elegant and romantic styling that centres round a luxurious rose gold and dusky pink colour palette. pure perfection!

Prepare yourselves for a whole lot of pretty…

With images by Teresa C Photography.

A Rose Gold Wedding at The Midland Hotel (c) Teresa C Photography (1)

danny says: We got engaged at Room in Manchester in 2013. I’d arranged to meet Beverley straight from work for impromptu drinks and a meal. We headed to Cloud 23 at the Hilton for cocktails and I was planning on proposing whilst looking out at the sunset over the city. I went to the toilets to get the ring ready but when I returned Beverley was on the phone, her mother had decided to call. Proposal aborted. We then headed to one of our favourite restaurants and ordered steak and champagne, I proposed after another aborted try when the waitress interrupted with our starters.

We set the date for 11th September 2015. We wanted to avoid the heat of peak summer and chose a Friday so we could stretch the occasion throughout the weekend.

A Rose Gold Wedding at The Midland Hotel (c) Teresa C Photography (33)

Our ceremony was held at St George’s Church in Altrincham, where we live and the reception was at The Midland hotel in Manchester.

We chose the church as it was local to us and Beverley had always wanted to be married with a church service. The Midland meanwhile is an amazing building and we were so impressed when we were shown around by the wedding coordinator Nina Rodriguez, when attending a wedding fair there. The room was setup so beautifully and the cost was much more reasonable than other comparable venues we had visited. The in-house catering made a big difference too. We were not disappointed, as everything was perfect on the day and the staff looked after us incredibly well.

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festive fancy. a glamorous winter styled shoot at heaton house farm

December 21st, 2015 | Julia Braime

A Festive Styled Shoot at Heaton House Farm (c) Stephen McGowan Photography (58)

As Christmas will be here quicker than you can say – Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen – we thought we would share a little festive wedding inspiration on the blog with you today.

Set at the stunning Heaton House Farm on the borders of Cheshire and Staffordshire, this luxurious styled shoot features everything you’d need for a glittering winter wedding; from festive blooms and opulent décor, to glamourous gowns and faux fur capes.

So snuggle up, grab a Terry’s Chocolate Orange and enjoy, as photographer Stephen McGowan, who captured all the magic, tells us about the shoot’s concept and the other talented suppliers that made it happen!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Stephen McGowan Photography.

Models Daniel James, Maureen Davenport, Gwen Raby.

A Festive Styled Shoot at Heaton House Farm (c) Stephen McGowan Photography (68)

stephen says: 2015 has all been about the vintage, rustic, and bohemian styled weddings, so for this shoot we wanted to do something a little different to break the trend. We opted for a high class, glamorous, and opulent themed winter wedding.

As our setting we picked the fabulous Heaton House Farm, which is the perfect place to host a winter wedding with its exposed stone walls, wooden beams and intimate atmosphere.

A Festive Styled Shoot at Heaton House Farm (c) Stephen McGowan Photography (61)

To create the right look for our female models, make-up artist Emma Culbert, came up with styling ideas inspired by 1950’s glamour and The Great Gatsby. Emma opted for dramatic and defined make-up look for Maureen, and a softer, more romantic look for Gwen. Products used included Illamasqua, L’Oréal, RCMA, and Urban Decay. Hair stylist Jeni Mulholland, then brought Emma’s hair ideas to life, giving Maureen a dramatic barrel-curled up-do, and Gwen sleek curls.

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