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totally tropical. anna campbell for a vibrant wedding at kelham house – jenny & dominic

June 8th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

A Tropical Wedding in Nottingham (c) Ed Godden (43)

Carefree and colourful was the order of the day at Jenny and Dominic’s fun-filled big day that we’re sharing with you on the blog this morning.

Though the wedding took place in rural Nottingham, it’s brimming with all kinds of bright and beautiful, reminiscent of more tropical destinations. From flamingos and pineapples to steel drums and barbecue food, this celebration packs a punch in both colour and character.

Guests were treated to a host of treats, including upbeat entertainment, garden games and a to-die-for dessert table, which resulted in lots of laughter and enjoyment.

It’s certainly put a smile on our face, and has us craving a Pina Colada too!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Ed Godden Photography.

A Tropical Wedding in Nottingham (c) Ed Godden (1)

jenny says: We got engaged in Whistler, Canada. The proposal was a complete surprise and meticulously planned by Dominic – he is a real attention to detail kind of guy! We always go skiing with a group of close friends who are more like family really, but this was the biggest trip we had ever been on. It was amazing Dominic had told everyone in the group apart from me about his planned proposal so they were all in it to help him put his plan into action. The morning of the proposal was a pretty lazy one the boys got up early to apparently get the fresh tracks while the girls had a leisurely morning getting ready and having very relaxed breakfast. Then a text came through from Dominic asking what time we are heading out to meet them. I still didn’t know anything, he had been up the mountain already that morning to check the conditions and that everyone could ski down as our skiing ability varies throughout the group. When we eventually met up, Dom was his normally cheery self and we went up on the ski lift together. We eventually made it to the top and view was breath-taking, all you could see were crisp white snow-capped mountain tops. As always Dom had his big DSLR with him and he began taking photos, then he handed the camera to Ralph and was busy giving him strict instructions on not dropping it etc. Dominic walked over to me smiling and started to bend down, I still hadn’t realised at this point and proceeded to ask him what he was doing as he’ll never be able to stand up again if he kneels down in his ski boots. He looked at me and bent down on one knee he declared his love and popped that magical question ‘will you marry me?’, I was completely taken aback I just couldn’t believe it! I said yes and couldn’t stop crying I was so happy everyone was cheering and clapping – it was absolute perfection!

A Tropical Wedding in Nottingham (c) Ed Godden (41)

Our wedding date was the 26th August 2016. Had Dominic planned the wedding it would have been on the top a mountain somewhere, however I didn’t quite fancy being freezing cold on my wedding day as well as every holiday. So, we opted for a Bank Holiday in sunny August. Both my late father’s and grandfather’s birthdays are in August so it’s a pretty special month.

We were married in a sleepy little church called Holy Trinity, Lambley, in Nottingham. I went to primary school in Lambley and have fond memories of the church as we used to attend church with the school. It was perfect!

A Tropical Wedding in Nottingham (c) Ed Godden (47)

Our reception was at Kelham House in Southwell. We were very lucky with the venue in that we wanted somewhere that offered enough bedrooms for the family and a few guests. We also wanted a large outdoor area for games and drinks and the barbecue. Kelham House was ideal for this and we were very lucky with the weather too.

This was the happiest day of our lives and so we wanted it to be colourful and fun; after all it is a celebration. Another major factor in choosing a vibrant theme for the wedding is that Dominic is colour blind, I wanted him to be able to enjoy and appreciate the day as well, so subtle changes in colour were never going to work. We opted for a tropical theme with pineapples a steel drum band and lots of flamingos! Bright, bright, bright! It needed to be impactful.

A Tropical Wedding in Nottingham (c) Ed Godden (14)

When it came to choosing my dress, I found the task a little difficult. There are so many styles out there and I found that some boutiques seemed happy to put you in anything as long as they could make a sale. But I was lucky – I booked an appointment with the wonderful Sophie Derry at Coco & Kate, in Warwickshire, she is an absolute dream to work with. She stocks the most amazing dresses I have ever seen and this is the important part – she is honest, if a dress doesn’t suit you she will tell you. She has an amazing eye. She helped me to pick out a selection of dresses to try on and we discussed the pros and cons of each. I honestly don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t found her. I finally decided on a dress by Australian designer Anna Campbell. It wasn’t at all the style I had imagined myself wearing but it was perfect.

Dominic wore a bright blue Ted Baker suit, again the colour here was key we wanted everything to be bright.

The bridesmaid dresses were from In One Clothing. We choose the coral colour to keep things nice and bright.

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boho bliss. a fun-filled wedding at park house barn, cumbria – charlotte & anthony

January 30th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A Beautiful Barn Wedding in Cumbria (c) Jessic Grace Photography (31)

Today on the blog, we have our umbrellas at the ready, as we meet a couple who show us how to make the most of a rainy wedding day in Cumbria.

Park House Barn provided the rustic backdrop to Charlotte and Anthony’s laid-back boho wedding, complete with a BBQ, woodfired pizza van, ceilidh, games and an actual cheese cake for a wedding cake.

With images by Jessica Grace Photography

A Beautiful Barn Wedding in Cumbria (c) Jessic Grace Photography (23)

charlotte says: We got engaged whilst on a road trip in south west USA. We were camping in the desert in Utah – Anthony had been planning a romantic proposal by the campfire on a starlit night, but on the night he’d planned, a storm hit. He decided to go on ahead and ask anyway, sheltering from the gales and rain in the tent! It was definitely unexpected!

We got married on Saturday 3 September. We both love that time of year – and we thought it was a good bet for some good weather!

A Beautiful Barn Wedding in Cumbria (c) Jessic Grace Photography (28)

We tied the knot at Park House Barn in the south Lakes. We chose this venue because it’s a stunning, rustic building, and we could see that it had so much potential. We loved the idea of just being able to do our own thing – and use thousands of fairy lights! We’re both from the north west and have always felt that the Lakes are a beautiful part of the world.

The general style was relaxed, fun, colourful and a little bit bohemian. An accidental vintage map theme also developed as everything came together! My grandfather used to draw these amazing intricate maps as a hobby, and I’ve just always loved old maps and atlases. As we have grand plans of a belated travelling-honeymoon in 2018, it seemed like a fitting theme.

There wasn’t a strict colour theme. The flowers were simply white wildflowers and gypsophila (with a few blush roses for the bridal bouquet) with lots of greens and herbs. We wanted to let the building and lighting to do a lot of the talking. We had rainbow umbrellas, colourful signs and multi-coloured macarons to add some colour and lots of fun.

A Beautiful Barn Wedding in Cumbria (c) Jessic Grace Photography (21)

My dress was by Anna Campbell, and we got it from Jean Jackson Couture NQ in Manchester – I’d seen it on the internet, and instantly fell in love with it. I’d tried a handful of other dresses on, but this one just felt so comfortable and natural. I think I was always going to end up in lace.

Anthony was keen to keep it simple. He bought about eight high street suits and then picked his favourite!

The bridesmaids were all in Needle and Thread dresses, which they picked themselves. I didn’t really mind what they wore, as long as they were broadly in keeping with the venue/vibe of the wedding, and moreover, that they were all happy. The groomsmen all wore navy blue suits, and ‘granddad’ collars – which was Anthony’s idea.

A Beautiful Barn Wedding in Cumbria (c) Jessic Grace Photography (34)

Our photographer was Jesse, of Jessica Grace Photography, who we heard about from a friend-of-a-friend. She did a brilliant job on the day – making us feel at ease and taking lots of natural photos, which is what we asked for. The weather was certainly challenging from a photographer’s point of view, but Jesse just got on with it.

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diary date: anna campbell trunk show at jean jackson couture nq plus 10% off all orders

December 1st, 2015 | Rachel Parry

Christmas is coming early to brides-to-be who dream of saying ‘I do’ in a stunning Anna Campbell gown thanks to Jean Jackson Couture NQ who will be hosting a special trunk show event with a fabulous 10% off all orders!

Not only is there a saving to be made, but ladies attending the event will also be able to try on anna campbell designs exclusive to the Manchester boutique, providing the opportunity to create a gorgeous and individual wedding day look.

For the all-important details we’ll hand you over to Felicity at Jean Jackson Couture NQ. Diaries at the ready ladies…

Images courtesy of Anna Campbell.

Anna Campbell at Jean Jackson Couture HQ (15)

felicity says: The Anna Campbell trunk show will be held from Friday 18th December 2015 to Sunday 3rd January 2016, to celebrate the release of the Anna Campbell Gossamer collection!

There will be more than 40 combinations of Anna Campbell dresses available to try on from the Gossamer, Spirit and Forever Entwined collections, exclusively at Jean Jackson Couture NQ. Better still, there will be 10% off all Anna Campbell orders, as well as goody bags and festive treats!

Anna Campbell at Jean Jackson Couture HQ (5)

This will be the first Gossamer collection trunk show in the whole of Europe and so we are absolutely thrilled to be hosting it! Until now the Gossamer collection was a made-to-measure service and has only been available in Melbourne. However, due to the demand for the collection, Anna made the Gossamer range made-to-order, and it will still feature her iconic dresses, such as Ashlyn, Tash and Carolina.

The Gossamer collection is inspired by French romance, with its intricate detailing and delicate hand-craftsmanship it epitomises grace and glamour. There really is a dress for every bride within Anna’s collections, with a range of customisable options, including unique colours and an assortment of skirts in varying fabrics and fit! All Anna’s dresses are lined in silk too, so they look and feel amazing to wear!

I recently saw the collection when I was in New York for bridal week and it blew me away! Ashlyn is such a special dress and Annabella is another favourite of mine.

Anna Campbell at Jean Jackson Couture HQ (4)

The Anna Campbell gowns are available from a XXS – XXL, which is the UK equivalent of a size 4 to a size 18. In the studio, we have samples from a size 6 to 14. There are certain styles of Anna’s dresses that are unavailable above a size 14, however the majority of them are available in her full size range.

The Anna Campbell dresses range in price, dependant on the amount of beading and skirt choice. The UK RRP for the range is from £1,659 to £4,499, which includes shipping costs from Australia, import duty and VAT. We also offer alteration packages from £100.

Anna Campbell at Jean Jackson Couture HQ (8)

Ordinarily we are closed on Sundays, however during the trunk show we will be open on Sunday the 20th and 27th December 2015, and the 3rd January 2016, we will also be open on Monday 28th December 2015.

The trunk show will be appointment only, and all appointments will last up to an hour and a half. To book an appointment, please email info@jeanjacksoncouture.com or call 07436 535 587. There is no charge for appointments.

Can’t wait to see you all there!

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the exclusive. jean jackson couture nq announces two new designers

June 4th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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This afternoon on the wedding blog we’re getting all the deets of two fabulous new additions to one of the best bridal business in the North West (and a Brides Up North Sponsor no less), Jean Jackson Couture.

The successful family business, set up by mother and daughter team Jean and Rebecka, comprises of two beautiful boutiques; the original flag ship store, situated in the leafy suburb of Urmston, and the NQ studio, run by granddaughter Felicity in the heart of Manchester’s trendy Northern Quarter.

And it’s Felicity that has the exciting news to share with us today as Jean Jackson Couture NQ has recently welcomed not one, but two amazing new designers to its rails; Anna Campbell and Halfpenny London. Keen to find out more we quizzed Felicity on what made her fall head over heels for the designers’ collections and why brides will falling crazy in love with the dresses too. Girls, we think it’s time to make an appointment.

Featured images all courtesy of Anna Campbell.

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Jean Jackson Couture NQ has recently become exclusive stockists of luxury bridal designers Anna Campbell and Halfpenny London. What was it about their collections that made them a must for the boutique?

felicity says: Jean Jackson Couture NQ is a new concept bridal studio, offering luxury, bohemian and vintage inspired gowns in an über cool, non-traditional space set in a warehouse in the heart of Manchester’s avant-garde Northern Quarter.

The studio is a one-of-a-kind space filled with all kinds of treasures from the best up-and-coming designers, perfect for the bride that seeks vintage inspired, bohemian luxury at an accessible price.

Both Anna Campbell and Halfpenny London fit the bill and are perfect for the bride that loves fashion, appreciates quality fabrics and also exclusive designs but at accessible prices.

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Tell us more, can you describe the Anna Campbell collection?

The Anna Campbell collection is truly divine! She uses floating silk chiffons, intricately beaded laces and decadent embellishments to create a truly romantic yet glamorous look.

Each Anna Campbell bride is in search of ‘that dress’ – the dress that makes them sparkle and feel incredibly individual. The dress that wraps and twists around their curves, hugs and falls in all the right places, and evolves into a full, glorious train. With embellishments and laces that caress the shoulders, run wild down the back, and delicately sparkle across the chest, Anna Campbell brides need a dress that reflects their relaxed, sweet nature, a dress that shimmers and sparkles with every turn, and lets them dance and celebrate the best day of their lives.

And can you give us an idea on the price range of Anna Campbell’s dresses?

We carry samples of Giselle, Talulah, Amity, Harper, Isobelle, Freja, Eloise, Saasha and Miranda. The dresses range in price from £1599 to £2699, this includes shipping costs from Australia and import duty. The samples range in size from XS to M, which is the equivalent of a UK 6/8 to 12/14.

We are very honoured to have been chosen by Anna Campbell to be the exclusive stockist of her gowns and we are incredibly excited for all the British brides that are now able to wear her dresses.

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So what about the Halfpenny London collection? What type of brides do you think these dresses will appeal to and what is the price bracket?

Halfpenny London is often described as an industry secret, her talent for creating elegant and form fitting looks has grabbed the attention of celebrities and directors worldwide; this is why we had to have her too!

Kate Halfpenny creates the most divine British made wedding gowns and has recently won the coveted award for Best British Bridal Designer at the British Wedding Awards. Her dresses are inspired by vintage style and vary from simple silk slips and romantic off-the-shoulder gowns to cropped sweater tops and backless lace dresses. Each dress has its own unique personality to match the bride who wears it.

We hold samples of Lydia, Antonia, Violet, Hennie and Iris dresses. We also have a range of separates including Dita Dandelion skirt, Dita corset, Iris tee and various other tops and camis. Dresses start from £2,000.

Do you have a favourite design from each of the collections? Tell us about them?

It is hard to pick just one favourite from each! I believe that your venue reflects the style of dress you choose, so I have favourite dresses for different types of venues.

For a tipi wedding I would wear Dita Dandelion skirt by Halfpenny London with Iris tee and the Dandelion veil. If I was getting married in the country, there would be no other option for me than Tallulah with brocade skirt by Anna Campbell. If I was getting married in church I would opt for Antonia by Halfpenny London and if was tying the knot somewhere exotic, I would wear Giselle by Anna Campbell.

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Will you also be stocking accessories by these designers too?

Yes, we have a range of gorgeous accessories including cuffs, combs, belts and headpieces. Prices from £169.

Have the new collections been well received by your brides so far? What do they like about them?

We have had a fantastic response to both labels, we have been getting enquiries from brides in Malta, Switzerland, Greece and Russia. We’ve already had brides travelling from Tanzania and Hungary for the Anna Campbell range.

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Do brides-to-be need to make an appointment to view the new collections?

We work on a strictly appointment only basis. The best way to book an appointment is through our website. It is advised to book well in advance, especially for Saturdays.

Our attentive hour long, one-on-one appointments allow us to find out about you and your wedding, as well as try on a variety of styles. If we have girls travelling a long way to see us, we try and accommodate a longer appointment time.

What would you say it is about Jean Jackson Couture that sets it apart from other bridal boutiques?

As we have two bridal boutiques, we are able to offer styles to suit all brides, all types of wedding and budgets.

The NQ studio has always stocked exclusive brands with fewer stockists, this is because we are finding that brides want labels that their friends haven’t worn.

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What would be your top advice to brides-to-be when searching for their wedding dress?

When looking for a dress, the first thing we recommend is to have your date and venue set. Your date and venue will affect the style of dress you choose and your budget. There are beautiful dresses within every price bracket, in our experience looking at dresses which are not within budget will only lead to upset. We stock a range of designers with different price points, there is a perfect dress for everyone.

Our final piece of advice would be to dress for your shape, don’t follow trends but follow your heart. We always offer advice but choosing a wedding dress is a personal choice and only you know what makes you feel like a bride.

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Any other exciting news to share with us?

Yes, we will be holding an Anna Campbell trunk show between Friday 28th and Monday 31st August to launch her new Spirit collection, which will include promotional incentives.

This will be the first chance to view the whole of the new range and buy into the new collection before its official release. Appointments will last up to an hour and a half, which gives plenty of time for brides to find their perfect Anna Campbell gown.

We will also be welcoming another new designer to both boutiques this summer so watch this space!

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