October 15th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
Happy Monday y’all! Today’s beauty of a real wedding between Lucy and Martin centres around a lovely, delicate blush pink theme that tones beautifully with the blue of the boys’ suits and works in harmony with the subtle rustic vibe of the day.
Sandburn Hall, where the couple held their nuptials, lends itself perfectly to such a natural-styled wedding, with gorgeous exposed beams perfect for twining around fairy lights and a panoramic rural view that creates a fabulous backdrop to the ceremony and wedding breakfast.
One of our favourite details has to be the somewhat clever cake. From the front, it’s a simple and elegant design topped with two figures resembling the bride and groom, even down to Martin’s unique beard! But head round the back of the cake and you’ll find a whole host of Lego figures working hard to finish their creation. It’s details like this that guests remember from the day and it’s lovely to offer the odd surprise here and there.
Talking of surprises, thoughtful groom Martin arranged for a mint green VW campervan to pick Lucy up and transport her to Sandburn on the day of the wedding, simply because it’s her favourite. And we adore the time and thought invested into the table plan displaying photos of each guest – a lovely idea and serves two purposes; getting guests to the right table while giving them a smile en route. Tell us more, Lucy …
With images by All You Need is Love Photography.
lucy says: We got engaged on 28th March 2016. We were having a lazy Bank Holiday Monday, trying to decide what to do with our day as our plans had been cancelled. Martin went off to make breakfast but came back upstairs shortly afterwards and said, “I know what we can do today.” He pulled the ring out of his pocket and said, “Let’s get married!” It was a complete surprise. I don’t think I’ve ever been so speechless in my life. It took me a good few hours to be able to talk normally again!
We got married on 24th March 2018 at Sandburn Hall in York, where we had both our ceremony and reception. Sandburn has a restaurant called Tykes that has always been one of our favourite places to eat and, even before we got engaged, we’d always said it would be a great place to get married. It’s beautiful inside and out, with beams and a light open space.
We wanted a relaxed, fun day with everything in one place and Sandburn provided that, so we’d definitely recommend the venue to others. Our wedding coordinator Rhian was great and helped massively throughout our planning. She made sure the day ran seamlessly. We can’t fault the venue at all. The rest of the staff on the day worked so hard and a lot of them were there from start to finish, which is a long day, and yet the smiles never left their faces.
We didn’t choose a particular theme but it ended up being quite rustic with logs and flowers on the tables. We just wanted something quite simple and natural. The room is so lovely on its own that it didn’t need much decoration.
Colour-wise, we went for a blush pink as we had found bridesmaid dresses from Dorothy Perkins we liked that were blush pink, so we used this colour for the rest of the wedding.
I got my Morilee dress from the Bridal Factory Outlet in Northallerton. I tried on several different dresses to see what suited as I had no idea what I would like and, when I put my dress on, it just felt right. It had an oyster-coloured layer under the lace, which gave it an almost vintage colouring, and lots of lace detail.
December 30th, 2017 | Rachel Parry
It’s holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a short break, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely. Usual service will recommence on Monday 8th January 2018 (we’re hoping we’ll be over the hangover by then, right?) but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from last 6 months.
Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your real wedding was one of our top picks.
The keen Pinners out there are going to adore today’s celebration as its country vintage wedding theme means it has an abundance of gorgeous décor and details.Cue hessian bound jars and tree slices, loose wild bloom displays, wooden crates and love hearts, plus one super sweet cake.
We have to say the bar is sky high across the board, resulting on some serious #weddinggoals! From the fine choice of venue to the stunning attire (both on the bride and groom’s side), not to mention the incredible florals. Guys, we’re head-over-heels for this one – and we think you might be too!
With images by All You Need is Love Photography.
debbie says: We got engaged on Christmas Day morning in 2015. Matthew proposed in front of my three girls as he wanted then to be a part of it, which was very sweet. He sat me on the sofa told me to close my eyes and proposed. He then asked the girls if he could be their step dad, which was lovely.
Our wedding date was 10th August 2017, as this was the date of our first date, four years previous.
We chose The Grange Hotel as our venue – a beautiful Victorian hotel with a modern feel in our lovely home town of York.
Our theme was vintage, country style so lots of wood and hessian. The colour theme was browns, creams and blues to go with a vintage style theme.
My dress was a long, vintage style off-white design with a laced detailed back from a small wedding boutique, one-of-a-kind made-to-measure.
Matthew’s suit was handmade by his brother, who is a tailor on Saville Row in London. It was dark brown with baby blue stripes – again, one-of-a-kind.
The groomsman wore handmade suits also made by Matt’s brother, these were in navy.
My bridesmaids and flower girl wore matching dresses from BHS from their wedding collection, they were called Marylebone.
February 20th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
Today on Brides Up North, the stunning Allerton Castle in North Yorkshire provides the romantic setting for our styled wedding shoot.
Dating all the way back to 1066, the site is quite literally steeped in history with striking architecture and a captivating gothic interior to match. We’re talking ornate mirrors, candelabras, original fireplaces and spellbinding staircases.
Becki from all You Need is Love Photography paired up with a number of talented suppliers (including Brides Up North Sponsor Blossom and Belle) to create this dreamy yet dramatic bridal look, and we simply adore the bold palette of the bouquet, headpiece and makeup.
Don’t miss our Brides Up North Luxury Bridal Show on Sunday 5th March 2017, 11am till 3pm, Free Entry at this stunning venue! We’re filling the Castle with 30+ of the area’s most brilliant bridal suppliers, live music, bridal fashion, pretty paper, sweet treats, floral designs and all the details. Come and see the place dressed to the nines to inspire your own perfect wedding day! Click here to register now.
With images from All You Need is Love Photography
becki says: We named the shoot ‘Star Of Love’ which is the variety of astrantia that the florist, Claire Slater Flowers used in the red bouquet, which features in most of the photos. Our model, Daisy, was quite the star, too, wearing a white gown from Blossom and Belle, based in York.
In terms of inspiration for the shoot, we focused on all things vintage. We wanted an opportunity to be creative together, especially as our tastes are so similar; plus we all have a soft spot for anything vintage.
We loved working together to create such a timeless and elegant look for the shoot. It’s just great to meet like-minded ladies within the wedding industry that can inspire and encourage the best from each other.
Allerton Castle was the most perfect location; each room is breath taking and the staff there are incredible.
I visited the castle a few years back, and it has always been a dream location for me to photograph. Each element of the shoot fitted together seamlessly and the backdrop of the castle really pulled it all together. It was like stepping into a time machine, as it’s steeped in so much history.
We didn’t have a specific style from the outset, this emerged as we discussed our favourite looks, and before we knew it, the vintage theme took a life of its own.
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February 8th, 2017 | Rachel Parry
While there are numerous stunning wedding dress designs hanging on the rails of boutiques, for some brides nothing completes the dream wedding picture like having a couture gown specially made for their big day.
Brides Up North Sponsor and dress-maker extraordinaire Antonia Aitken of Blossom and Belle, is fully versed in the art of creating beautiful bespoke wedding gowns, from the structure and cut to the fabric and finish. As such, we’re putting the blog in her skilful hands this afternoon so she can tell us exactly what couture is, and how she goes about creating it through her one-off, timeless wedding gown designs.
She also has news of a fabulous Blossom and Belle charity tea party event taking place in York on Sunday 26th February, which will feature workshops, high-end suppliers and delicious treats, so be sure to read to the end of the post for full details.
With images by All You Need Is Love Photography
How would you define a couture wedding gown?
antonia says: Couture is not ‘dressmaking or copying a design’ – rather it is the creation of a luxury item which starts from design through to pattern cutting, toiles and fittings and the final amazing result.
Couture is not off the peg. It is a unique creation that no one else will have. It is a process that takes time, not something that can be made in an instant. Specialised elements, from hand stitched hems and embellishments, to steel boned bodices and button and loop detailing, are the epitome of a couture gown. It is timeless piece that will look just as wonderful in years to come as it does on the day of the wedding.
What skills must you have as a dress maker to craft such creations?
As the design director at Blossom and Belle I pride myself in my skill to create a one-off bespoke gown or outfit.
It’s having the ability to see a client for the first time and knowing exactly what she will suit. It is the art of how fabric will work and fall on the form. Knowing about colours, textures and the cut and line of a design. How to emphasise the best features of a client and disguise those that they are less keen on.
I do not work from someone else’s pattern, I make my own, which is a meticulous process requiring great skill and an art form in itself.
What do brides enjoy about having a couture gown for their big day?
For my clients, it’s the knowledge that they are wearing something truly unique and luxurious and in their own size – not mass produced and not off the peg – something made especially for them.
Can you tell us a little bit more about the process a bride can expect to follow if she decides to have a couture Blossom and Belle gown made?
The whole process of having your own gown created is really quite lovely. After your first free consultation, where we go over ideas and look through fabrics and any trimmings or embellishment ideas, I will design a range of gowns for you to choose from and take your measurements. I also say at this point that the bride should get their underwear as this is vital to the fit of the gown. A toile is then made in calico, which is a mock-up of the wedding dress and where tweaks and design decisions are made. Having a couture gown made just for you is a very private affair and no one else, unless you want to, will see your gown being created.
There should be no more than five fittings, although some brides like to have more as they love to see everything taking shape and enjoy the process so much.
Finally, for the full experience, I’m available to dress the bride on the day of the wedding to make sure everything is perfect.
What would you say to brides who are worried that having a couture dress made will be expensive and time consuming?
A couture gown is unique and made just for you, which is why it can cost more than an off the peg gown. Only the finest of fabrics are used, meticulous hand beading and hand stitching are all involved in the process of having a couture gown made. It can take several months just to make one gown, which is why fittings are spread over time to suit the bride and to allow for any tweaks to be made.
We never ask for the full price of the gown to be paid upfront, rather it is paid by instalments, which takes the pressure off. I do say that you never lose money on a couture gown as it becomes an heirloom passed down through the family.
What is the feedback like from brides who have had a Blossom and Belle Couture dress made?
I always receive wonderful feedback from brides, and have even been invited to the wedding. Over the time of the dress being made we get to know each other very well.
I have had one bride recently send me a photograph of her 17-year-old daughter wearing her gown that was made by me 20 years ago and it still looks wonderful and timeless. I also had one bride love the style of her vintage inspired gown so much, she had another two made in different colours!
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