November 13th, 2018 | Rachel Parry
It’s not just our wardrobes that change with a turn of season, but also our skincare and makeup regimes tend to take a new direction as we adapt to a new wave of weather.
For you autumn/winter brides out there, cooler conditions may mean needing to take extra special care of your skin when the cooler weather nips, but it also opens up the door to wonderfully glamorous and polished makeup looks that go hand in hand with this whimsical and romantic time of year.
And so, to help spread a little seasonal inspiration, we’ve invited our talented Sponsor, North East freelance makeup artist, Alexandra Jane Edgar, to the blog to share her top skincare tips and favourite bridal makeup looks, with the possibilities ranging from classic red-lip beauty to all-out festive glam.
What do you love most about autumn and winter weddings?
alexandra says: As a pro makeup artist I get super excited to see what the couture fashion houses release each season and love to take inspiration from this and translate it over to the world of bridal beauty. There is inspiration all around at this time of year; from the changing autumnal palette and those dark, cosy nights that are oh so romantic. It really is magical getting a bridal party ready inside a beautiful country house when it’s cool and crisp outdoors, but the fires are roaring and rooms are filled with the festive scents indoors.
What are your favourite makeup looks for this time of year?
The looks this season are seriously polished and powerful. There is a strong drama on eyes or lips with a consistent dewy, radiant complexion across all fashion houses. This translates to bridal makeup perfection with high shine skin and a nod to Giambattista Valli sparkle. A red lip rocked the catwalk at Alexander McQueen, and Chanel stole the shows with a sexy, subtle bronze smoky eye.
Are there any makeup trends proving particularly popular with your brides currently?
Timeless makeup looks that are polished with a glowing complexion are consistently popular. My brides never look or (more importantly) feel that they are wearing makeup. The emphasis this season is the true foundation to all good makeup: skincare. Victoria Beckham’s catwalk models received facials pre-show so a minimal base was required. As a skincare expert I am able to guide you onto a great, simple routine to get your complexion working for you in the run up to your wedding and beyond. I would recommend investing in the Arbonne RE9 Advanced Cellular Renewal Mask at £57 to rid skin of dull cells and a brand new you with the RE9 Advanced Brightening Set at £269. All products are available at alexandraedgar.arbonne.com and are entirely Vegan Certified mixing Science with Nature for effective results.
What elements should brides take into account when deciding on their big day makeup?
When you’re deciding on your bridal look my best advice is to be yourself. Your partner loves you so concentrate on creating a look that empowers you to feel the very best version of you. My signature style is timeless and chic, similar to the beauty looks seen on models for the likes of Emilia Wickstead, Ralph & Russo and Philosophy on the AW18 catwalk.
What would you say is the biggest makeup mistake that brides-to-be can make, and how can this be avoided?
Brides tend to tell me they are terrified of looking too heavily made up and it takes an artist with a lot of experience to provide the assurance that this is simply not the case with a professional application. Please take the time to find the right artist for you. Please also remember to book hair and makeup services at the very latest six months prior to your wedding day to avoid your artist being booked.
Why would you encourage brides to hire a professional makeup artist for their big day?
It is a perfect treat to yourself on the morning of your wedding and hiring a pro ensures your look will stay put and gives you the confidence to be photographed, knowing you will look perfect on your wedding photographs. You are hiring experience and skill and that alone is very reassuring and relaxing as you will be in safe hands.
How can brides-to-be get their skin in top condition for their big day?
I am passionate about skincare. I know what ingredients work, I understand different skin types, I understand how skin and products work. I can offer individual and tailored solutions to get your skin in its best health. We can discuss your skincare at the time of your trial and I can provide samples to try to see if the products suit you before purchasing.
Are there any foundation types that you would say are better suited to this time of year?
Remember the foundation to great makeup in autumn/winter is great skincare. If you step up your routine and use a handful of effective products you can use minimal base product. I use on myself and the majority of my brides the New Arbonne Pollution Defense CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 at £34, which is available for every skin tone.
What about colour palettes? Are there any particular lip or eyeshadow colours that you think work well for autumn and/or winter?
In autumn/winter I love to embrace palettes of bronze, rose gold, some sparkle and a balmy wash of nude or a statement red or plum lip look fantastic during this season.
October 10th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
Though this week’s unseasonably warm weather may suggest otherwise, we are upon a turn of season which we thought signalled the perfect time for a discussion post on which time of the year is best suited to the style of wedding that you crave – spring/summer or autumn/winter.
Of course, we all know that the Great British weather can be massively unpredictable so no matter if your organisational skills could rival those of Monica Geller, some elements will remain out of your power meaning you never can guarantee that a July date will deliver wall to wall sunshine or indeed that a December day will bring with it an idyllic sprinkling of snow.
But there are further considerations beyond the weather that could have you favouring a spring/summer wedding over an autumn/winter celebration – or vice versa – as we discuss on the blog today.
Hello Sunshine: In most cases, the weather will be the number-one reason for couples choosing to get hitched in spring or summer, with hopes pinned on a cerulean sky and bright sunshine. While it’s certainly more likely you’ll experience decent weather if you choose such seasons, you could find you’re unprepared for a rogue thunderstorm, which is exactly what happened ten years ago at my July wedding. All geared up for a drinks reception on the spectacular terrace of Harewood House, our plans were dashed at the last minute by an uninvited guest, who sent friends and family running for cover under a torrential downpour. Our advice? Always have a plan B in place, including a few emergency umbrellas!
Celebrate Outside: Of course, with a greater guarantee of appealing weather in spring/summer, you could opt for an outdoor wedding. Following an increase in demand for ‘open-air I dos’ many venues have extended their wedding offering with spectacular outdoor structures and settings available for ceremonies and receptions. Whether you go woodland chic, vibrant festival or secret garden style, an outdoor celebration comes with laid-back vibes and limitless styling possibilities so let those creative juices run free!
Happy Holidays: A big tick for summer weddings is that wonderful six-week summer holiday in July and August. And so, if you or your other half are of a teaching profession, or you’re planning a week-day wedding and inviting lots of families, this is the ideal time to plan your big day ensuring more friends and family can make the date and that you have time to tie the knot and honeymoon too. Make sure you send out your save-the-date cards well in advance, however, so you don’t clash with guests’ pre-planned summer getaways.
Blooming Beautiful: A quick look at your own garden during the warmer months of the year demonstrates how many gorgeous and colourful flowers are available in spring and summer. Whether dainty and pale or big, blousy and bright there is so much choice for seasonal bouquets, buttonholes and arrangements during such months that will both look and smell divine.
Summer Nights: Warm, balmy and romantic, the longer nights give couples the opportunity to extend their celebrations outdoors with garden games, evening street food and even open-air musical entertainment. Better still, there’s also the opportunity for some killer couple portrait photographs during the ‘golden hour’, that wonderful time of day just before the sun begins to set when it turns skin golden and throws a magical light across the land.
Dare To Bare: With warmer temperatures on the cards, brides can embrace light, flowing bohemian style gowns as well as fashion-forward designs that reveal a flash of flesh, be it a backless ballgown, cut-out detailing, a plunging neckline or high leg split that takes your fancy.
Alfresco Feasting: More relaxed dining styles come into play in spring /summer with options for elegant afternoon teas, barbecued sharing platters, street food and picnics all welcome alternatives to a traditional three-course, sit-dwon meal.
Stress Less: The weather expectations of autumn/winter couples are reduced with most taking a ‘what will be will be approach’ to the conditions that could arise on their big day. This doesn’t mean they won’t get that bright but crisp autumnal day, or a lovely wintery scene come their ‘I dos’ but they are much less likely to let thoughts of the weather consume them in the wedding run-up.
Keep It Cosy: Those who opt to host their celebrations in the cooler months can fill their ceremony with wonderfully soft candlelight to create a romantic ambience and, with an indoor ceremony comes the ability to control lighting to best effect. Fairy lights can be strung from the rafters – you can even buy battery-operated Eddison-style bulbs for a really warm, vintage glow – and fires can be lit to create a cosy atmosphere and add comforting warmth.
September 11th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Who, like us, is just so ready for sweater weather! Bring on autumn! There are some gorgeous details at today’s real wedding between Jen and Craig as it’s a real celebration of the season and its rich and vibrant colours.
Jen’s flower crown packs an absolute punch and it vibes fabulously with her boho dress and loose, vivid bouquet – not to mention her shoes, now they are some seriously cool T-bars!
The guys make a strong style statement too in their varying-coloured tweed suits reflecting the key tones of autumn.
Further seasonal nods can be found in the décor; from the cute mini pumpkins on the top table to the beautiful berries and clever carved apple tealight holders. And in keeping with the rural barn setting, there are some gorgeous rustic touches too, including sweet hessian bunting and a naked three-tiered cake.
But beyond the aesthetics, we love the fact this wedding has a conscience. All the proceeds from their chosen venue go into helping young people who are experiencing mental health problems, bereavement or autism. Usually weddings are all about the couple – and why not indeed! – but Jen and Craig’s wedding manages to be both a celebration of their ten-year relationship and the future to come as well as a lasting legacy for children going through tough times. What a touching combination. Here’s Jan to tell us more…
With images by Simon Holmes Photography.
jen says: There wasn’t a real wedding proposal as such for Craig and I. We had been together ten years before we decided to tie the knot; it just seemed like the right time.
We got married on 28th October 2017 – I really wanted an autumn wedding, as it’s our favourite season and we love all the colours.
A barn wedding was definitely top of my list, as I thought it would be right for the kind of relaxed celebration we wanted. I visited a few before settling on Northorpe Hall & Barn in Mirfield. It is owned by a registered children’s charity, which supports young people with mental health issues, bereavement and autism. All the proceeds from weddings held in the barn help to provide these services; this was so important to us as our own son is autistic and we know how badly families need this support. The venue is lovely; they were really accommodating about changes to menus and helpful when it came to suppliers. What’s really nice – and without a doubt the most important thing to us – was to have a wedding that left some sort of legacy: to actually have a wedding that was all about us but also directly benefits others was more than we could have hoped for.
For our theme, we went with an autumn/Yorkshire celebration. We used autumnal colours – burgundy, orange, pink, green and blush. We both love all the colours and wanted to incorporate those into our wedding but without having a regimented colour scheme. Our venue stylist used lots of pumpkins, apples, burlap and rustic elements to tie in with our theme.
When it came to my dress, I knew exactly what kind I wanted – something with sleeves and lace that was quite understated and boho. I went to a few bridal boutiques but, being a plus-size bride, I found it difficult to find anything I liked that had a sample in my size to try. After doing lots of research, I saw a dress by Savannah Miller for Debenhams that I absolutely loved. I couldn’t believe I’d found something suitable on the high street. I wore a handmade silk flower belt with it from Etsy and some gorgeous Irregular Choice shoes.
June 13th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Today’s exquisite wedding has pretty autumnal feels by the bucket load. From conkers, pinecones and mini pumpkins to a vibrant red and green colour scheme – Jodie and Daniel’s special day last October was utterly on point when it came to those fabulous seasonal touches.
Knowsley Hall, a private walled estate in Merseyside, provided the backdrop to their wedding, brimming in opulence with stunning grounds to match. The floral arrangements chosen by the couple beautifully enhanced this space, with rosemary, eucalyptus and berries all beautifully offset by lanterns, vases and twinkling lights.
As always, it’s the personal touches that really tug at the heart strings though and there’s plenty to inspire you today, with nods to the bride’s miniature dachshund, loved ones remembered in Jodie’s bouquet and even cartoon versions of the couple made out of plastic! So, if you’re contemplating an autumnal wedding date – we think this one might just sway your decision.
With images by Kate McCarthy Photography.
jodie says: For our anniversary we usually book a nice hotel and restaurant, but for our third anniversary Daniel told me he had booked somewhere special and wanted the location to be a surprise. In July 2016 he drove us to the stunning Augill Castle in Kirkby Stephen. We had a gorgeous suite to ourselves and when it came to the evening meal we were taken to a private dining room which had been set out with candelabra’s and roses. After the meal – and as the sun was setting – we took a walk in the grounds. We were in the gardens at the front of the castle when Daniel turned around, bent down on one knee and proposed! After the initial surprise of him taking my glass of wine off me in order to hold my hands, I then repeated ‘Oh my God!’ possibly a hundred times and, of course, said yes!
We got married on 7th October 2017. We both love deep rich autumnal colours so chose this season to make the most of them, the weather is also still quite mild in October. Plus, with it being a Saturday and having family and friends coming from all over the world, we knew it’d be easier for people to attend.
We visited a number of venues but when we walked through the doors at Knowsley Hall we knew this was the one. The venue is breathtakingly beautiful inside and has so many spectacular features, from the opulent ceremony room/ballroom and dining room to the wonderful views of the gardens and the luxurious bedrooms – it’s all just wonderfully stunning. The staff made us feel so welcome and we couldn’t wait to invite along our family and friends to share the experience with us.
We’re not one for ‘themes’ however we knew we wanted it to be seasonal, natural and elegant. As much as the day was about us, we wanted to provide an experience for people that they would remember. We wanted very natural greens and autumnal colours throughout the day to reflect the time of year and also because the colours match my hair! So we opted for a deep red as our main accent colour and incorporated it into all the groomsmen, grooms-woman, bridesmaids and brides-man outfits, stationery and flowers.
I chose a beautifully simple Pronovias dress called Bena which was very flattering and added a diamante belt for a little sparkle and a cathedral veil, also with diamante detail. I purchased them from Swarbricks Bridal Shop in Middleton.
I originally thought I wanted something lacy and sparkly with a fishtail but when trying these styles on, they didn’t feel special at all. I felt a little disappointed, so Louise at Swarbricks asked me to keep an open mind and try on something different. She picked out the Pronovias for me which I wouldn’t have given a second look at on the hanger and asked me to trust her, she wasn’t wrong because as soon as I put it on I knew it was the one for me.
June 6th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
Jade and Mike’s engagement may have begun with a few flying sparks – mainly due to the fact their car broke down and they had to hitch a lift all the way to Edinburgh with the AA – but it culminated in the magical glow of wedding celebrations on Bonfire Night weekend, with a gorgeous colour scheme of ‘autumnal sparkle’.
The burnt oranges and deep reds synonymous with this time of year were carried through every detail, from the thoughtful and very pretty hand-blown and leaf-decorated glass coasters given to each of the guests, to the table centrepieces, which featured gold-sprayed pine cones and luxuriously large lanterns glowing with candlelight. Even the gorgeous Sottero and Midgely wedding gown features a Swarovski crystal pattern reminiscent of falling autumn leaves and, in champagne, was the perfect colour to complement the warmth and sparkle of the well-thought-out scheme.
We love the hand-written cards Jade and Mike gave to each guest – each one explaining why that person is particularly special to them and causing a few happy tears, we don’t doubt. If your wedding day isn’t the time to proclaim your love, then when is?! Here’s Jade to tell us more …
With images by Lynsey Doran Photography.
jade says: We got engaged in February 2012. It was our seven-year anniversary and we had planned a long weekend in Edinburgh to celebrate. Mike aimed to propose once we got to the romantic city of Edinburgh, but nerves got the better of him and, just before we were due to set off, Mike got down on one knee. We then set off to Edinburgh but our car broke down on the way and we ended up with the AA! However, the sparkle of the ring still made it a pleasant journey.
We got married on Saturday 4th November 2017. We chose this date as we love the magic, excitement and sparkle of Bonfire Night.
We got married and had our reception at The Priests House, Barden Tower. Mike found this venue whilst on one of his regular cycle rides in the countryside. The venue has just been renovated and you can now have a ceremony and reception in the beautiful old chapel of the Bolton Abbey estate. We’d definitely recommend the venue – Debbie was great at organising a slick wedding.
Our theme was a whimsical ‘autumnal sparkle’, which included leaf shapes with hints of burnt oranges and deep reds, but everything had a touch of sparkle gold shimmer. The colour scheme was important to me and I wanted everything to match, so I used Brides Up North to get lots of inspiration. As it was the weekend of Bonfire Night, we wanted to embrace the warmth and sparkle of this time of year – including in my dress!
My dress was by American designer Sottero & Midgley. I chose this designer for their whimsical princess style. The chosen dress was called Amelie, which was a breath-taking princess gown with a ball gown skirt, featuring a bodice adorned with Swarovski crystals and pearls, and a plunging illusion V-neckline and back. The colour of the dress was champagne, which matched perfectly with the sparkle theme of the day.
May 9th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
The city of York provides the backdrop to today’s gorgeous rustic wedding, with Rachel and Jonathan’s big day perfectly reminding us that saying ‘I do’ in the autumn months can be a very pretty affair indeed.
After exchanging vows at the quaintest of churches, the newlyweds then celebrated with family and friends in the 14th Century Hospitium – a two-storey listed building situated within the stunning York Museum Gardens. This is such an idyllic setting – think stone walls, wooden beams and magical ruins – that paired beautifully with the couple’s vision for a rustic themed wedding dressed abundantly with flowers and plush greenery to create a dreamy enchanted forest vibe.
Hessian, gypsophila, ivy, hurricane lanterns and brown Kraft paper blend to create all the natural feels, with the bride getting crafty in the lead up to her big day, creating her own order of service, invitations, menu place cards and table plan. And if there’s ever a time to exploit the cake maker in the family then this would be it – and their stunning four-tiered creation (made with more than 2kg of chocolate ganache!) doesn’t disappoint! We’ll pass the blog over to Rachel to fill us in on all the exquisite details…
With images by Photogenick.
rachel says: Having been together for five years and talked about our future, it felt like a proposal was imminent. When Jonathan surprised me with a romantic holiday to Rome I, as well as all my friends and family, thought ‘this is it’. However, the holiday, which was amazing, came to an end and there was no ring. Over the next year Jonathan kept surprising me with romantic trips away and meals out and each time I would think it would happen but, alas, I was still without a ring.
Then one Wednesday night, on 12th February 2015, I finished a long shift at work and came home very tired and cranky. I had bought Jonathan a magazine on my way home and said to him ‘oh, I’ve got you this’ and gave it to him. He then said ‘I’ve got you something too, close your eyes’, which I did and then when I opened them – he was there with the ring! I burst into tears and didn’t stop crying happy tears for the rest of the night. It was a complete surprise and so special. We celebrated with an Indian takeaway!
We got married on 30th September 2017. I have close family in Australia, so it was very important that they could come to the wedding. That narrowed it down to the end of April or September. We decided on the latter as Museum Gardens, our chosen venue, begins to turn autumnal at this time and we loved the idea of all the autumnal colours of the trees and plants.
Jonathan and I both come from Christian backgrounds and it was important to both of us that we were married in a church. We are lucky as our Parish Church, St Olaves, is stunning. My granddad is a church minister and was able to play a big part in the service and it was so special to have him up there with us. And, unbeknown to us at the time, we had picked the same three hymns that my grandparents had at their wedding. They have just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary so hopefully we will follow in their footsteps.
Our reception was at The Hospitium in York Museum Gardens. The first summer we got together, we would often meet there and sit in the gorgeous gardens in the sunshine getting to know each other. It was always a special place for us. When we were thinking about wedding venues it was the first place we both thought of. We both love York and its history, so to have a wedding in such a historical and meaningful place was a dream come true. We also loved the two different feels you get in the venue with the more rustic, barn feeling upstairs with the beams and wooden flooring, then the stone pillars and ruins of the downstairs.
The theme was rustic elegance. We wanted lots of greenery, with flowers as the main decoration. In particular, lots of trailing ivy to create the feeling of being in an enchanted woodland. The Hospitium is so beautiful, we knew we wanted to work with the building using candles and greenery to enhance the setting. The stationery and finishings were in brown Kraft, with hessian and twine to pull together the rustic feel.
To tie in with the theme, we kept the colour palette for the wedding fairly neutral. The bridesmaids wore different shades of dusky pink and the men had dusky pink ties and pocket squares. This brought some warmth whilst maintaining the overall rustic theme.
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