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Deco Does It. A Modern Art Deco Wedding Inspiration Shoot In Morecambe.

April 30th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Julie Lomax Photography

Earlier this spring a group of North West wedding suppliers got together to collaborate on a contemporary art deco styled wedding photo-shoot at The Midland Hotel in Morecambe on the North West coast.

Brides Up North exhibitors (you can meet them both at our Hilltop Country House event in just under two weeks – click here for details) photographer Julie Lomax and cake specialist Rachel Hanna of Marie Antoinette Cakes teamed up with Vicky Cruse at The Midland Hotel to create something really special. The Midland was originally built in 1933 and is the epitome of art deco elegance and glamour. In 2013 it was lovingly restored and transformed to perfectly blend the original grandeur with a luxurious modernist style.

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Julie says: As the hotel sits right along the Lancashire coastline, it provides the perfect setting for a wedding filled with seaside chic with incredible views, particularly from the fantastic bridal suite with its huge secluded balcony featuring a private hot tub!

Inside the hotel you can make use of several different spaces for your wedding but it’s the huge Art Deco staircase that we really love with elegant sweeping lines that just seem to go on forever, a chance to get some truly unique and timeless photographs.

The team spent a long time searching for the perfect suppliers to collaborate with and certainly struck gold with a beautiful selection of headpieces, statement jewellery, flowers, dresses and a classic black tuxedo.

Julie Lomax Photography

Julie Lomax Photography

Julie Lomax Photography

Julie Lomax Photography

Julie Lomax Photography

Julie Lomax Photography

I was keen to keep the shoot as in-keeping with my natural-light style as possible, something that was relatively easy at The Midland given it’s huge windows. Capturing all of the different details whilst strongly featuring the character of the hotel was something really important to me and I spent time assessing the location prior to the shoot to ensure that I got the best photos possible on the day.

Julie Lomax Photography

Julie Lomax Photography

The beautiful dresses were a selection of beaded Jenny Packham gowns – Rose, Eden and Esme from Mears Ghyll Bridal in Lancaster who also stock a wonderful selection of gowns from designers Alan Hannah, Charlotte Balbier and Suzanne Neville. The stunningly simple Maggie Sottero Oriana dress is from Butterfly Bridal in Lancaster who are also stockists of gowns by Justin Alexander and Essense Australia.

Julie Lomax Photography

Julie Lomax Photography

Julie Lomax Photography

Samantha from Isobel Hind Couture is a very talented jewellery designer and her collection of jewellery and headpieces is really something special. Her unique style translates wonderfully to this collection which caught the eye of celebrity stylist and designer Kate Halfpenny who now stocks pieces from the range in her London showroom.

Jane from HF Couture in North Yorkshire has been designing bespoke and unique headdresses, tiaras and bouquets for over five years and they really are beautiful. If you’re looking for a one off piece that will fit perfectly with your dress then look no further. Jane has recently been commissioned by British bridal designer Madeline Isaac-James to create a range of accessories to match her 2015 bridal collection.

Julie Lomax Photography

Julie Lomax Photography

Julie Lomax Photography

Julie Lomax Photography

A wedding isn’t complete without flowers and Bolton-based florist Victoria from Lancashire Floristry didn’t disappoint when she created two stunning bridal arrangements with matching buttonholes for the groom. The first was a collection of black call lillies, ivory roses, brunia, black eyed chins and gorgeous succulents. Victoria also made an amazing art deco style fan of flowers using pipped hyacinth heads, tulips and beautiful white orchids, all wired together with a jewel beads.

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Rachel, my fellow organiser, from Marie Antoinette Cakes created a black, white and silver art deco themed cake for the shoot with clean lines, sharp edges, geometric shapes and patterns. Her award winning cakes are renowned for their eye catching design and deliciously moreish recipes. Rachel uses the best quality ingredients and takes the time to really understand your cake requirements in a free, no obligation consultation. Her designs include the increasingly popular Simply Antoinette range which was launched in 2012 but bespoke designs are equally as in demand. Not only does she create tiered cakes but also makes cupcakes, cake tables, dessert tables and wedding favours.

Julie Lomax Photography

Julie Lomax Photography

Julie Lomax Photography

Debra from Ruby Red Lips Makeup is based at her studio at the beautiful Last Drop Village in Bolton and has a real passion for makeup and really making you and your bridal party feel extra special. Debra takes the time to really understood your skin and the look you want to create in a pre-wedding trial so that everything on the day runs smoothly and you and your bridal party can really enjoy the experience and feel pampered. For this shoot so created really strong eyes and lips and took inspiration from the flowers with deep purple on the eye lids and on the lips.

Alex Lee from Sarah’s Hair in Bolton was the hair stylist on the day and spent time beforehand understanding the models hair, researching art deco hair styles and understanding the headpieces before deciding upon a style. She used thin tongs to create curls which were then softened to create a modern, softer version of the classic finger wave. Alex was then on hand throughout the course of the day to fix various headpieces into place which she made look a lot easier than it actually is!

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Julie Lomax Photography

Julie Lomax Photography

Chelsea Leigh Edgar – Miss Bury 2014 – was the stunning bride for this wonderful shoot and looked amazing next to our groom, Peter Smithson. Chelsea is studying for a degree in Fine Art but enjoys modelling in her spare time having worked with me on previous shoots. 

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Crazy In Love. A Real Gatsby Themed Wedding At Styal Lodge – Hannah & Adam

March 10th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Susanna Modic

So Brides Up North… fancy another beautiful Real Wedding this Monday afternoon?  Why ever not!

In today’s second instalment,  we’re sticking in the North West for Hannah & Adam’s glorious day at Styal Lodge.  Their celebration was full of sparkly touches, lovely lace, Gatsby inspired details, bright florals, big kisses and special designer additions.  Just the way we like ‘em.

With images by Susanna Modic

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Hannah says:  We got engaged on holiday in Nepal in November 2012 visiting friends. We had just completed a gruelling four day trek in the Himalayas and were relaxing in Pokhara – we took a tiny boat out onto the lake in Pokhara and in the middle of the lake, with no one around, surrounded by the Himalayan mountains Adam pulled out his Grandma’s wedding ring and asked me to marry him.

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We were married at Styal Lodge in Cheshire.  We were looking at venues close to home and we fell in love with Styal when we went to the open day. The wooden lodge reminded us of holidays in Scotland and it was so big, light and spacious. Plus as it was a blank canvas – we could really do whatever we want with the space. It was important that we could hold the ceremony and the reception in the same building. We had 120 guests so we needed a big space! Styal also has a bridal room which was big enough for me and my four bridesmaids (and my mum!) to get ready in before the ceremony – perfect!

Susanna Modic

Susanna Modic

We chose a colour scheme of charcoal grey and dusky pink and opted for a Gatsby theme.  We were also lucky enough to have a Christmas tree as it was December but we didn’t want it to be too “Christmas party” – just a nod to the festive season! All the wedding stationery was designed by my younger brother and had a real art deco feel to it.

Susanna Modic

Susanna Modic

Susanna Modic

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Susanna Modic

Susanna Modic

Susanna Modic

My dress was from (Brides Up North Featured Supplier) Love Bridal Boutique in Altrincham. Emma (the owner) is a total dream – the experience of buying my dress from Emma was exactly what I thought buying a dress would be like. She gave us brownies and coffee and champagne when I finally chose my dress.

It was quite a traditional dress – lots of lace and a little bit of bling (on the belt!) I was lucky enough to wear my grandma’s fur coat for the outside shots (it was VERY cold in December!) and this was the coat my mum wore on her wedding day so it felt extra special (my something old!) I also wore a bracelet that belonged to my great grandma. My shoes were Vivienne Westwood – my something blue with the big blue bow on them! My “new” was my wedding dress!

I carried a bouquet of dusky pink roses with dark thistles, white gyposphila and black berries by Deila’s Florist.

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The groomsmen wore tails – charcoal grey with pinstripe trousers. These came from Moss Bros. We chose a pink cravat to tie in with the theme.  The dresses for my bridesmaids were Jenny Packham. They were charcoal grey. I also gave them white shrugs to wear for the photos outside. 

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My older brother performed the ceremony (he is a chaplain) which made the service really personal and we are so thankful he was able to do that.

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The table names were places we had been on holiday – including Pokhara (where we got engaged)!

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I wanted to use champagne corks for name places on the tables – every cork we used came from a bottle of ‘fizz’ that we drank in the period between the engagement and the wedding – 117 of them!

Susanna Modic

Susanna Modic

We used Emma from Special Days to dress the venue, The Mighty Boof for a fun photo booth and The Word Is Love for big LOVE letters to decorate the dance floor. 

Catering was by Top Table Events in Altrincham. 

Susanna Modic

We chose a wedding cake made of cheese from The Cheese Hamlet in Didsbury – who were super helpful with the tasting of the cheese and supplying the correct amount of cheese! We had 1.5kg of cheese in 5 trunkles and it was dressed with fruit. Then in the evening we had a buffet with cold meats and the cheese from the cake – I had also made all the chutneys to go with the cheese. We put out bottles of port for the guests to enjoy.

We also chose to do a cookie table – I had 8 big jars filled with different cookies I had made along with help from my mum, both my sister in laws and one of my bridesmaids. The jars all had labels on them and we put a sign out so people would know what they were. I had grey and white striped bags and cookie tongs so people could take them home if they didn’t want them right then! We had bowls of bonbons and flowers and I also made a one tier fruit cake and decorated it with old jewellery and ribbon. I love baking and this was one of my favourite things!

Susanna Modic

Susanna Modic

My favourite part of the day was when my Dad had organised my friends who live out in New Zealand (the couple we had stayed with in Nepal when we got engaged) to be on Skype – it made me cry with happiness when I saw one of my oldest friends, on the other side of the world, 12 hours ahead – with a flute of fizz to say congratulations.

Also – after the ceremony, and the photos and the drinks reception when we were called into dinner (to James Brown – “I Feel Good”) and all the guests stood up clapping and cheering. It felt incredible to feel so loved by all of our friends and family.

Susanna Modic

In the evening we had “The Gobots” who were incredible. They played a whole range of covers with a really rocky/indie feel. Everyone commented on how good the band were and the dance floor was full all evening.

Susanna Modic

Susanna Modic

We flew straight to Copenhagen the day after the wedding. It was so romantic – the Tivoli gardens were all lit up and we spent lots of time walking from the galleries to the museums to the beautiful coffee shops. We were also lucky enough to get a table at Noma (currently number two in the restaurant world!) which was the perfect honeymoon venue!

Susanna Modic

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that if your photographer is taking photos of you getting ready remember to pack something to wear for those photos! You don’t want those moments to be spoilt by jogging bottoms and a vest top.  I took a silk dressing gown with me!

Also, remind your groom to turn around when you walk down the aisle.  I was super nervous walking down but having Adam’s face to focus on was just amazing.

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Congratulations Hannah & Adam!

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Wednesday Wedding Inspiration – Delicately Deco

February 6th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Art Deco & Navy Wedding Inspiration

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1. Bouquet 2. Jewelled Tulle Cuff 3. Asymmetric Gown 4. Beatrice Lace Dress 5. Gold & Navy Floral Cake 6. Bridesmaid Bouquet 7. ‘Ginger’ Gold Heels 8. Table Setting 9. Sapphire Ring 10. Sequinned Aisle

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Sequin confetti anyone?  I thought that might get you thinking.  Our regular guest blogger Katy of What Katy Did Next has classy sparkle covered. 

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Katy says:  This week Bride to be Sophie asked me for a little inspiration with accessories and flowers for her big day. With navy bridesmaids, a vintage 20s/30s feel and a love of peony roses I set about creating something super stylish for this bride with a nod to the Art Deco period of design.

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Navy is such a stylish colour and it can mix well with basically anything. For a modern vibe mix it with nude, blush pinks, mustard yellow or a nautical red. I chose a palette of navy, ivory and glittering metallics to really spread the vintage theme. If your bridesmaids are in a simple gown you can have a lot of fun – have them in matching headwear, heels, sashes or cuffs (or all)!  As a gift for your maids, get them matching clutch bags to carry all their wedding essentials – some brides are even opting for their maids to carry a pretty clutch down the aisle in place of a bouquet. In the board I have picked a simple hydrangea pomander to let the detail of the lace dress do all the talking.

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Sophie mentioned that she loved peonies so why not have a full bouquet of peony blooms wrapped at the stems in the colour of your bridesmaids’ gowns – and for a glitzy vintage touch a brooch or embellished ribbon? The bouquet I chose features Peonies paired with slightly cheaper flowers perfect for any budget – hydrangea, cabbage roses, berries and foliage. These pale flowers look amazing as centrepieces on a navy table setting too. If your table is pale use metallic vases, blue glass or candelabra with navy candles to reflect your colour palette.

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My favourite part of the board? Bottom right – Sequins scattered down the aisle! A lovely spangly touch for the magpie in all of us. If your venue isn’t suited to this – hand sequins out as confetti for your guests or add them to your table decor? They’re sure to make some amazing images as well as filling your day with magic!

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Remember: the plan is to share a new inspiration board in this time slot every other week, either compiled by myself, regular guest blogger Katy or YOU: get in touch with your own ideas and inspiration boards! We’ll be discussing our inspirations behind the images too so it’s simply going to be a whole load of lovely.

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If you are a little less arty but in need of inspiration and still want to play along, we will also be taking requests for colour schemes and themes and making bespoke boards for my readers. Please contact me to suggest a theme or colour scheme.

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Click here to see previous Wednesday Wedding Inspiration Mood Boards

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Deco Does It Better! An Art Deco Bridal Inspiration Shoot

March 30th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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If you are looking for a classic and vintage yet cool and clean style for your wedding, then you’d do worse than adopting Art Deco influences into your theme. 

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The Art Deco era flourished during the 1920s and 1930s and is seeing a resurgence in popularity in fashion, film (looking forward to The Great Gatsby anyone?) and yes, bridal styling.  It’s one of my favourite eras for style influences as it’s elegant yet modern, plus a drop waist is so very flattering.

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Today’s absolutely stunning location shoot was sent to me by Jan of Erica Stacey Bridalwear, with images from a pair of fabulous North West wedding photographers, Jenny and Keith of McAvoy Weddings (they shot all the images of the Brides Up North Tweet Up North West don’t you know), and I’ve been desperate to share it with you lovely lot.

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Happy Friday – enjoy today’s visual treats along with a bacon sarnie and an extra sugar in your tea!

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Jan tells us about the shoot and it’s inspirations: We originally met Jenny & Keith McAvoy at the Tatton Wedding Show in January 2012. When Jenny contacted us to say she had secured the beautiful Art Deco The Midland Hotel at Morecambe for a shoot, we jumped at the chance to showcase our gowns.

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We approached Adi Thomas at Verdure, who was also really excited to be involved in the project. The gorgeous hair and make up artist Hayley Stott Makeup did her magic and also modelled for the shoot as well.

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We all arrived at the fabulous venue on Monday. The weather was beautiful and it really was a perfect day to be beside the seaside. We were able to get lots of shots inside the stunning venue and also plenty of shots on the beach itself.

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The theme of the shoot was ‘Art Deco’ . The Venue obviously fit the bill perfectly as do many of the dresses in our debut Ready to Wear Collection for 2012. Adi Thomas of Verdure embraced the Art Deco brief and created a gorgeous 1920’s inspired shower bouquet with lots of trailing asparagus fern. He decorated a delicate lace fan with beautiful pale pink orchids and filled ‘cosmopolitan’ glasses with pretty roses. Beautiful floral hair pieces and a crystal candelabra completed the look.

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Jenny & Keith have achieved some wonderful shots and we are delighted with the results. The images are a real inspiration for any brides wanting to create an Art Deco inspired look for their big day.

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Erica Stacey Bridalwear was launched at the very end of 2011. It is the partnership of Erica Stacey and Terry Keane. Both have a vast experience in the clothing industry. Erica is a trained pattern cutter and designer whilst Terry has over 30 years experience in pattern creation, pattern grading and has worked as an advisor to global clothing manufacturing companies.Both have a love of the history of fashion and are passionate about keeping the Clothing Manufacturing Industry in the UK, alive. Erica Stacey creates couture gowns for weddings, parties, proms. We also cater for Mother of the bride and bridesmaids.

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Erica says: In January 2012 we launched our first Ready to Wear Collection under the Erica Stacey label. The collection comprises 7 dresses. All of which are unique so we hope there is something to suit everyone. The inspiration for the collection was The Hollywood Age of Glamour, the Art Deco movement and also fashions from the 1930’s & 40’s.  We are very proud of the fact that all our dresses are handmade in Manchester, England – (Yes… you heard right Mary Portas!) We use only quality silks and lovingly finish our gowns with laces and unusual trims.

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Dresses: Erica Stacey Bridalwear

Images: McAvoy Photography

Hair, makeup and modelling: Hayley Stott Makeup

Floristry: Adit Thomas at Verdure

Venue: The Midland Hotel at Morecambe (English Lakes Group)

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  – Images © 2012 McAvoy Weddings

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