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The Editorials: All White Weddings

January 27th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Wedding Magazine August/ September 2012

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Recently, I talked about how away from the pages of this site, I write for a huge range of regional and National glossy bridal magazines, with regular columns in some of my favourite titles (you can see the full list on my about page).  Obviously, features for print have to be fresh, so I hold back in sharing my pieces on the pages of the blog until after publication.  A month or so on though, rather than be relegated to being rather posh chip paper, I thought that my words might be useful to my online readers who didn’t manage to pick up a print copy.

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In this new blog series, The Editorials, I will be sharing my pre-published offline content, online.  Double the pretty! 

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First up, my feature for my regular column in Wedding Magazine, with my comments on the fresh and fabulous trend for all white weddings.  In my opinion, pale is always interesting…

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Wedding Magazine August/ September 2012

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There’s something going on in wedding blog land. Where you’d previously find matchy-matchy colour schemes or rainbow brights, it’s suddenly a total white out! Following the pale palette used so successfully at last year’s Royal Wedding, the trend for all white weddings is still going strong. In my opinion big days have never looked so beautiful.

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Bleached out blooms, snowy centre pieces and neutral details work together to create a wonderland that’s not just for Winter. This simple colour scheme, which can be classic or modern in equal measure, is effective across all four seasons. Keep things soft and pretty with vintage elements or sharpen the look up with chic styling. Choose any colour, so long as it’s white!

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Katy Melling Photography

Image by Katy Melling Photography

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Katy Melling Photography

Image by Katy Melling Photography

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Katy Melling Photography

Image by Katy Melling Photography

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Stand Out From The Crowd

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When working with an exclusively white or ivory colour base, don’t feel that whole wedding party has to match. Choosing complimentary hues or contrasting darker shades for your bridesmaids will create a striking backdrop for your wedding dress and make light posies pop.

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Sean Elliott Photography

Image by Sean Elliott Photography 

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Sean Elliott Photography

Image by Sean Elliott Photography

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Sean Elliott Photography

Image by Sean Elliott Photography

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Colour Charts

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Diamond white, vintage cream, ivory. There’s more than one shade of pale! Keep things interesting by layering tones, textures and fabrics for a luxe look.

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Katy Melling Photography

Image by Katy Melling Photography 

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Lesley Meredith Photography - Red Floral Architecture

Image by Lesley Meredith Photography

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Alison Groves Photography

Image by Alison Groves Photography 

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Twinkle Twinkle!

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Add interest to starched table settings with a sprinkling of sparkle, shining silverware and springs of greenery.

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Faye Hatton Photography

Image by Faye Hatton Photography 

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Stan Seaton Photography

Image by Stan Seaton Photography

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Tierney Photography    Tierney Photography

Images by Tierney Photography 

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Karen McGowran

Image by Karen McGowran 

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Work With What You’ve Got

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For the whitest, brightest bouquets keep your choice of flowers seasonal. Choose paper whites and lily of the valley in Spring months and try adding a touch of mistletoe to a hand tied bunch at Christmas time.

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Helen Russell Photography

Image by Helen Russell Photography 

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Stan Seaton Photography

Image by Stan Seaton Photography 

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Add Interest

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A neutral canvas is easy to style. For a classy wedding day look, choose a high fashion heel or chic clutch in a tonal colour to add drama that’s perfectly understated.

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Sean Elliott Photography

Image by Sean Elliott Photography

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Twinkling Ivories! A Real Wedding In The North East – Rachel & Ben

May 8th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I’ve recently been working on a column for Wedding Magazine all about a trend I have noticed for beautiful all white weddings (like this one and this one), so when this submission from Stan Seaton Photography pinged into my inbox I just knew that I had to share Rachel and Ben’s gorgeous wedding in the North East on the wedding blog’s swirly silver pages too!

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A Wynyard Hall Wedding by Stan Seaton Photography

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Rachel says: Ben asked me to marry him in December 2009 in New York at the Statue of Liberty. We then took a trip to Tiffany’s to choose the ring. It was all very special.

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A Wynyard Hall Wedding by Stan Seaton Photography  

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We were married on 11th September 2011 at St Augustine’s RC Church and afterwards at Wynyard Hall.  Wynyard Hall is perfect for a wedding – a fabulous setting with breath taking views & grand rooms. We knew we wanted a traditional wedding and Wynyard seemed like the perfect choice.

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A Wynyard Hall Wedding by Stan Seaton Photography

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The bridal party was very pampered on the morning of the wedding – Nick from Hobson & Holmes did our hair and Cocoon were on hand for make up and pre-wedding treatments.  Our photographers Stan Seaton Photography and Joey Weir Videographer were with us throughout the day. 

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A Wynyard Hall Wedding by Stan Seaton Photography

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A Wynyard Hall Wedding by Stan Seaton Photography

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I chose a wedding dress by Naomi Neoh Atelier.  It had a couture ivory French lace bodice with a French lace jacket and full silk chiffon skirt. 

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My bridesmaids wore full length ivory gowns by Dessy

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A Wynyard Hall Wedding by Stan Seaton Photography

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My favourite moment was meeting Ben at the bottom of the aisle and seeing him for the first time on our wedding day. 

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A Wynyard Hall Wedding by Stan Seaton Photography

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A Wynyard Hall Wedding by Stan Seaton Photography

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A Wynyard Hall Wedding by Stan Seaton Photography

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A Wynyard Hall Wedding by Stan Seaton Photography

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We opted for a romantic theme for the day, with a neutral colour scheme. Our favours for the ladies were hearts on a ribbon – each had a different love quote message attached. We also had the letters ‘R & B’ next to the cake and ‘Amore’ and ‘Love’ scattered around the venue. Real dried ivory and green hydrangea petals were used for the confetti to add to our neutral colour scheme. Ben is a very keen golfer so having the tables named after his favourite courses around the world added a personal touch.

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A Wynyard Hall Wedding by Stan Seaton Photography

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A Wynyard Hall Wedding by Stan Seaton Photography

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A Wynyard Hall Wedding by Stan Seaton Photography

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A Wynyard Hall Wedding by Stan Seaton Photography

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Our flowers were by Wild and Wonderful florist with chair covers and bows by Ivory White Events. 

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We had music from Opus Four String Quartet – during the ceremony and drinks reception – and then we were entertained by Lauren Housley Band and DJ in the evening. 

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A Wynyard Hall Wedding by Stan Seaton Photography

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A Wynyard Hall Wedding by Stan Seaton Photography

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Our cake was a three tier in ivory from good old Marks and Spencer – sponge with white chocolate icing.   

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A Wynyard Hall Wedding by Stan Seaton Photography

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Mauritius – Ben wanted to surprise me and so I had no idea which part of the island or where we were staying. He did not disappoint!

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A Wynyard Hall Wedding by Stan Seaton Photography

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A Wynyard Hall Wedding by Stan Seaton Photography

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to be as organised as possible as it really does pay off – I had lists, lists and more lists! Enjoy every minute – the day goes so quickly

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Congratulations Rachel & Ben!

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Are you a Bride Up North?  Contact me to share your Real Wedding memories here. 

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  – Images © 2012 Stan Seaton Photography

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