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fairy lights & flamingoes. a magical wedding at as you like it in newcastle – jess & stephen

February 16th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A Quirky Wedding at As You Like It (c) Bennett Media (24)

If a bucket load of quirkiness is your thing, then you’re going to love this afternoon’s third installment of gorgeous – one beauty of a real wedding, set in Newcastle Upon Tyne.

Jess and Stephen tied the knot at As You Like It in Jesmond last year, transforming the intimate city venue into a hullabaloo of rainbow-bright colours, gorgeous flowers, fairy lights, flamingoes and even Prosecco gummy bears!

We don’t want to spoil it for you though, so scroll down for all the oh-so-pretty pictures and wonderful details…

With images by Bennett Media

Jess & Stephen | Wedding Film from Bennett Media on Vimeo.

jess says: We got engaged in Italy. We were at Marina Grande in Sorrento, which is a local fishing harbour where Sophia Loren starred in Italian cinema. The local fishermen bring in their catch of the day and take it straight to the restaurants to dish up on your plate. Stephen drank lots and lots of Chianti and proposed, down on one knee, on the beach by the harbour. It was a complete surprise…

“Jess my darling on this Italian night

I hope that you will think it’s right,

To take this ring a gift for life

To honour me and be my wife”

I jumped up and down in the sand screaming yes then it was off for Champagne and gelato.

A Quirky Wedding at As You Like It (c) Bennett Media (19)

We got married on 12th August 2016. Summer is our favourite time of year as everyone is in good spirits because it’s the best chance of sunshine and, luckily for us, the sun had his hat on that day!

We only ever looked at one venue  – As You Like It in Jesmond, Newcastle. It’s cool, quirky and has fairy lights – what more could anyone want? It suited us and our vibe, and we are both big cocktail fans (well, one of us more than the other!).

A Quirky Wedding at As You Like It (c) Bennett Media (45)

There was no religious element to our wedding, just tears of laughter, joy and happiness. It really was the best day of our lives.

The style was vintage meets quirky, weird, wacky and wonderful. My mum and me collected all sorts of quirky weird wonderfulness ranging from pink flamingoes to gold parrots. We had a full vintage tea set, old records, black and white postcards, hibiscus flowers for the Prosecco, along with Prosecco gummy bears. There were cocktails, magicians and a whole tropical rainforest – it was the best vintage mish mash ever!

A Quirky Wedding at As You Like It (c) Bennett Media (42)

My colour scheme was every colour under the rainbow! (Seriously, it was!)

The bridesmaids were in pastels, meanwhile the groom was in burgundy red tweed, and the ushers and best man wore dogtooth tweed and burgundy braces with vintage badges.

My flowers were breathtaking – boho gypsy style with lots of peonies. Some of the flowers were even imported especially; they were so unusual.

A Quirky Wedding at As You Like It (c) Bennett Media (50)

My hair was like Rapunzel and plaited with flowers and gold feathers. I wanted to look like Downton Abbey meets boho bride, so I went with a dress from The Wedding Dress Company in Corbridge. It was ivory lace over cafe latte silk encrusted with old-fashioned antique jewels. It was divine! Stella York made it and I got Alexander McQueen shoes to match, and finished off the look with a Swarovski veil.

Stephen wore a burgundy tweed skinny fit suit from Next along with a shirt and cravat from Woven in Durham paired with brown brogues. The groomsmen wore summer tweed from Woven in Durham and the bridesmaids wore pastel 1950’s style dresses with petticoats from ASOS.

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The Grace Of Lace.

June 12th, 2014 | Rachel Parry

Kate Middleton Wedding Dress via Marie Claire

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The Duchess of Cambridge has attracted quite a following on the fashion scene, with scores of stylish ladies eager to mirror the Princess’s elegant attire.

Without doubt her most notable style statement to date (and one she will be eternally remembered for) is her graceful lace wedding dress. Designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Kate’s iconic dress featured sensational lace sleeves as well as delicate lace appliqués on the bodice, skirt, underskirt and bridal train (which measured no less than 110 impressive inches).

The media, dress designers and brides-to-be were equally captivated by the timeless creation, which has since led many fashion houses to incorporate ornate lace into their gowns. Scanning wedding dress collections online it’s difficult, if not impossible, to find one that doesn’t feature a lace design, whether it be top to toe in the popular fabric or just peppered with pretty appliqués. From structured slim-line designs to voluminous ball gown styles, there really is a lace creation to suit all.  Here our some of our current favourites.  

Lucy by Stephanie Allin

Lucy by Stephanie Allin 

Designers often use the regal material around the neckline, shoulders and back for show-stopping detail. Stunning examples of this can be found within Stephanie Allin’s ‘Look of London’ collection. Freya has wonderfully feminine lace capped sleeves and delicate open back detail while the fuller Kelly dress features the fabric in an exquisite illusion neckline.

Freya by Stephanie Allin

Freya by Stephanie Allin

Kelly by Stephanie Allin

Kelly by Stephanie Allin

For those wanting full lace sleeves – just like the princess – the fairytale elegance of Lucy is hard to resist. Being the designer genius that she is, Allin has even thought of an option for brides wanting two looks on their wedding day by pairing her simple Margot dress with Selena lace shrug.

Margot by Stephanie Allin

Margot by Stephanie Allin

Brides wanting to keep their lace look simple will also find options in Amanda Wyatt’s collection. Her chiffon off-the-shoulder Rubie dress features guipure lace trim, just on the bodice and sleeves while the soft satin Tessa dress, with a slim A-line skirt, has a touch more lace detail on the bodice and hem line.

Rubie by Amanda Wyatt

Rubie by Amanda Wyatt 

Tessa by Amanda Wyatt

Tessa by Amanda Wyatt

Ronald Joyce’s collection features more elaborate lace designs, with options to suit every size, shape and style. His 67069 creation is a particularly stunning example of a lace gown fit for a princess.

Valentina by Monique Lhuiller

Valentina by Monique Lhuiller

Sienna by Monique Lhuiller

Sienna by Monique Lhuiller

Another designer who perfects pretty lace creations down to a tee, is Monique Lhuiller. Just take a look at her 2014 Fall collection if you don’t believe me. Though spoilt for choice, I’d say Valentina and Sienna, both of which feature luxurious Chantilly lace, are standout pieces. What I love most about the collection is that it includes several short dress options for brides wanting to hitch up their hemlines – a topic I covered recently on the blog. Alessia and Flirt are equally cute options made up of re-embroidered lace for a playful yet polished look.

Alessia by Monique Lhuiller

Alessia by Monique Lhuiller

Flirt by Monique Lhuiller

Flirt by Monique Lhuiller

We’d love to know… will you be wearing lace on your big day? We want details!

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Friday Fabulous!

October 14th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Friday Fabulous Alexander McQueen

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Cathedral Clutch by Alexander McQueen available at Selfridges £1,725

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Friday Fabulous!

July 15th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Friday Fabulous Alexander McQueen

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I am literally praying that Kate Middleton rocked this perfect McQueen lace and gold skulls Knuckle clutch at the “Royal Evening Do”.  That would make this wedding blogger’s year (Yes, I do care!  Why would I be in this job if not?!).  Could there be a more perfect accessory for a modern Princess? 

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Alexander McQueen Knuckle lace-covered satin box clutch £1,265 via Net A Porter

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Friday Fabulous! Alexander McQueen

May 27th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Trying out a new feature for Friday nights – in my opinion, the most fabulous time of the week!

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With cocktail in hand, I plan to bring you a little something darling each week to get your weekend off to a suitably glam start. 

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First in the spotlight…

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Friday Fabulous

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Now that’s what I’m talking about!

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Alexander McQueen, embroidered duchess satin gown via Net A Porter.  This absolute BEAUTY would set you back a cool £8,975, but my gawd, it’s gorgeous.

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So tell me, Brides Up North, what are you doing this weekend that is fabulous?  Let me know! 

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Dress image via Net A Porter

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Eye Candy: Net a Porter

December 15th, 2010 | Julia Braime

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If you want to look supremely cool on your big day, look no further than my favourite high fashion online boutique: Net a Porter.  Scary to buy your wedding dress online at these prices? Maybe! But they offer a full returns service and these designer dreams are well worth the credit card bill!  Plus, buying online will save you your train fare to London…(any excuse!)…

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On the blog today: long lengths!

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In usual Brides Up North facilitating style, click the image when you fall in love and go straight there to find out more about fabrics and fit.

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Get ready to melt some plastic…

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NP Marchesa £5,230 NP Roksanda Ilincic £1,775

Marchesa, £5,230                                               Roksanda Ilincic, £1,775

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NP J Crew £1,960 NP Lanvin £3,715

J.Crew, £1,960                                                         Lanvin, £3,715

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NP Alexander McQueen £7,165 NP Donna Karan £3,960

Alexander McQueen, £7,165                                    Donna Karan, £3,960

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NP Rachel Gilbert £830 NP Valentino £2,975

Rachel Gilbert, £830                                              Valentino, £2975

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NP Anna Sui £740 NP Vivienne Westwood Gold Label £1,820

                            Anna Sui, £740                              Vivienne Westwood Gold Label, £1,820

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NP Matthew Williamson £1,795 NP Issa £695

Matthew Williamson, £1,795                                         Issa, £695

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NP J Crew £2,350 NP Lela Rose £4,700

J.Crew, £2,350                                                                   Lela Rose, £4,700

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NP Matthew Williamson £1,295 NP Temperley London £4,900

Matthew Williamson, £1,295                                      Temperley London, £4,900

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Have you worn a Net a Porter gown for your Real Wedding? Show us! Contact me!

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