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mists & mellow fruitfulness… an autumnal styled bridal shoot at Bolton Castle

October 1st, 2014 | Julia Braime

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Despite the driest September since records began, it definitely feels like the season is changing.  Dewy grass, crunching leaves underfoot and clear night skies can only mean that October, and with it autumn (my favourite season of all) has arrived.

I celebrate my fourth wedding anniversary in a fortnight’s time – a very busy fortnight, there’s a lot to get done between now and then – and I’m looking forward to taking some time with my husband to reflect on a very special time of year for the two of us.

For now though, let’s celebrate the fall with this beautiful styled bridal shoot, sent to me by Brides Up North Sponsors JB Creatives and Bolton Castle, and their fabulous team of talented industry experts.

There’s definitely something in the air…

With images by JB Creatives.

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The team say: We set out to create some romantic, fairy tale castle wedding images that would compliment the venue and inspire couples that are considering getting married at Bolton Castle. Bolton Castle is a stunning venue. A wedding here would be an authentic Castle experience. It has great big fireplaces, turrets with circular stairs, stone floor, terraces with amazing view of the incredible Dales countryside around. We wanted to create an outside space that used the stunning views of the Dales and showcased the location of this fairy tale wedding venue and captured a set of beautiful images.

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Amy of The Greenhouse Florist created an outside dining area for the bride and groom with the Dales as their backdrop, such a romantic and unique setting. We used a chaise longue in the field for some intermate photographs. We wanted to add props into the scenery that wouldn’t usually be in that situation. The chaise longue really made a beautiful contrast to the endless views of the green fields and dry stone walls and brought opulence and luxury to the historic setting. Simple yet effective.

Amy created beautiful flowers of soft creams, vanillas, pinks and apricots, punctuated with pops of zingy orange and flashes of blue.  She used lots of different textures in amongst luscious greenery.  The warm tones complimented to tones of the castle walls, and were highlighted against the grassy fields. She also made a jasmine and rose circlet, fragrant and beautiful with warm apricot tones complimenting the colours of Libby’s complexion.

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Jane of JB Creatives made beautiful place names and menus for the bride and groom’s intermate dining experience. Her stationery designs are bespoke, beautiful and made to the high quality that will undoubtable exceed your expectations.

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Jane photographed the couple in and around the castle using the gorgeous scenery and all the venues little quirky details to capture a set of beautiful images that tell a gorgeous love story. Jane’s fine art style is very much capturing the story of a wedding day as it unfolds with all the beautiful details and emotions that come with it.

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a fairytale styled bridal shoot at Bolton Castle by JB Creatives (47)

Deborah and Kelly from Love Hair and Beauty Boutique Ripon did Libby’s hair and makeup to enhance that romantic, soft and warm tone we wanted for the shoot. The ladies are highly experienced and specialists in the wedding industry with a reputation for their creative skills and professionalism.

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Kellie from Wedding Belles of Otley supplied the beautiful gowns, veils and accessories for the shoot. The dresses used in the shoot were Aubrey by Nicola Anne and Emily by White Rose.

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All the props and furniture featured are available to hire from The Greenhouse Florist.

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Indian Summer. Raimon Bundo Lace For A Real Wedding In York – Goldie & Matt

October 25th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Jim Poyner Photographer

I love autumn.  It’s all about bonfires, new boots, the return of TV worth watching, fireworks, Halloween parties (!) and sticky toffee pudding.  It’s the time of year that my husband and I chose to say “I do”.  It’s a time for new terms, fresh starts and (in my opinion) some of the most beautiful weddings going. 

There’s almost always freakishly good weather, clear blue skies and crisp golden leaves, just like on Saturday 28th September 2013, when Brides Up North reader Goldie married her love, Matt.  Let’s join them.

With images by Jim Poyner Photography.

Jim Poyner Photographer

Jim Poyner Photographer

Goldie says:  Matt proposed outside the York Minster in York in March this year. We were out shopping and he made a detour which he said was a short cut and I kept asking where we were going. Little did I know!

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We were married on 28th September 2013.  The ceremony was at York Register Office and the reception was held as The National Centre for Early Music in York.  We knew it was perfect for us as soon as we saw it. We loved it’s character and space and it suited the relaxed, rustic, country feel I wanted. The gardens are really pretty and I could imagine our two year old son running around on the day. I loved that it was blank space to do whatever we liked with and as its a music centre, it has great acoustics for music entertainment plus it has a piano!

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We chose a colour palette of coral, ivory, green and brown. I wanted a summery look with coral and yellow but as it was late September the brown and greens toned down the coral and made it more autumnal.

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I walked the five minute walk from my hotel to York Register office with my Dad, bridesmaids and flower girl. We got a lot of attention especially from the football fans on their way to York v Portsmouth match! The guests walked the scenic route through York centre together from York register office to reception venue but we got a taxi and the driver gave us a freebie!

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My Raimon Bundo dress was from Love Bridal Boutique in Altrincham, Cheshire.  My sister knew it was ‘the one’ before I’d even finished putting it on. I wanted a simple, vintage style dress with some lace and sleeves. It felt fantastic on, floaty and whimsical and the most important thing for me – comfortable!

My three bridesmaids are my sisters and they wore coral dresses from Vicky Martin bought new on ebay. I had seen a still from a Hollyoaks wedding of the bridesmaids wearing the same dresses and loved the colour.

The groomsmen wore brown gold ties from Tie Rack with their own suits.

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Jim Poyner Photographer

Jim Poyner Photographer

I had a bouquet of roses in white and peach (called Miss Piggy).  I asked Garden of Eden in York for a fresh, country, freshly picked flowers look and they got it spot on. the bouquets were tied with lace ribbon.

The men’s buttonholes were tied with brown twine to match their ties and compliment the rustic country theme.

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My main aim for the theme was relaxed and informal, I didn’t want any stuffiness and I wanted guests to feel relaxed. I aimed for DIY style with a rustic, country feel and as the NCEM is a grade II listed church converted in to a music centre, I incorporated a church fete feel with hundreds of metres of bunting strewn between trees and in the arches of the inside, a cake table full of homemade cupcakes and sponge cakes with flags, and I also injected a bit of music theme with confetti cones made from old music sheets.

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Jim Poyner Photographer

We used Bradshaws of York for the catering – a hog roast with baby new roast potatoes, salads and chocolate fondant for dessert.

We had a ‘cheese’ cake supplied by Matt’s mum’s friend at York Beer and Wine Shop. 

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Jim Poyner Photographer

We had three huge cakes from Made by Jane who I found on Facebook

We are both not fans on fruit cake and icing so knew we didn’t want a traditional wedding cake. We wanted a choice of cakes with big yummy flavours and found Jane in Leeds who suggested three huge cakes – Lemon Drizzle, Sticky toffee pudding with Salted caramel Buttercream and Chocolate Orange. We served the cake in the evening along with evening snacks and encouraged guests to take some home in doggie bags. I got a few texts the days afterwards saying how amazing the cake was! My mum also made 48 cupcakes in various flavours. We decorated the cakes with small flags made with cocktail sticks and paper flags.

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Jim Poyner Photographer

Jim Poyner Photographer

We had a pianist play during the meal. Our reception venue has most fantastic piano on site so it would’ve been a shame not to use it! He played a mix of jazz, ballads and took requests on the day. In the evening we had a local York band The Players

They played rock and pop from 60s to now with some really fun songs that I wouldn’t think of choosing myself including Girls Aloud’s Love Machine. Everyone thought they were brilliant. We found them through this blog.

Jim Poyner Photographer

Jim Poyner Photographer

Jim Poyner Photographer

Jim Poyner Photographer

After the wedding we honeymooned at a gorgeous boutique called Fazenda Nova in Portugal. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is don’t be swayed by what you think a wedding should be, go with what you want your day to be. And get a decent photographer – worth every penny!

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Congratulations Goldie & Matt!

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Autumn: Reloved, Reused, Recycled: A Styled Bridal Shoot In The North West

November 29th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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In these last days of November (and now officially on Brides Up North Christmas Party countdown!) I feel like the hours, days and weeks are just racing towards the new year.  Perhaps it’s that we are so busy here at Brides Up North HQ planning and taking exhibitor bookings for our first six (six!) big bridal events of Spring 2013, or maybe it’s this growing baby bump that’s making it harder for me to sit at the computer for long periods of time – but time seems to be flying!

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With the racing clock in mind, it’s nice to be mindful for a minute or two and take a look back over the gorgeous Autumn that we have just enjoyed.  Mine was chockablock with our inspirational wedding shows at some really beautiful venues, house hunting, meetings for brand growth in 2013, antenatal sessions, Christmas party planning, just a little bit of writing (read: masses of writing) and the odd really lovely wedding to attend in person. 

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We chose Autumn for our own wedding day back in 2010, and if you were lucky enough to get married this season then I hope you enjoyed crisp blue skies, golden leaves and that magical fresh-start feeling that I think Autumn brings on your big day. 

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This morning, we join friend of the wedding blog, Rebecca of Pretty Little Trio for a simple styled shoot capturing the essence of my favourite season, with images by Adam Capper Photography

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Rebecca says:  Since it was a totally glorious Autumn this year, we wanted to capture it and pulled together an idea of a really simply styled shoot at the beautifully restored Victorian Bandstand in Queens Park, Crewe. We had a few dog walkers stop and stare and congratulate the ‘bride’ (we didn’t have the heart to say). Taking the bandstand as our centrepiece and the season as an influence for our colour theme, we also had in mind a reused, reloved and recycled theme.

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The vintage china, books and props by Pretty Little Trio are all second hand and so reused, the bandstand has recently been restored, the dress is from Sarah’s Wedding Exchange and has beautiful designer dresses ready to be reloved, the pom poms by Sue Lacey are from recycled paper and the button bouquet from Living Colour has vintage book pages within it. The images taken by Adam Capper have been given a proper old feel by taking original vintage photographs and overlaying their patina onto the images he took on the day, think it makes Naomi look a little ethereal.

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Photographer – Adam Capper Nantwich

Vintage China, Props and Styling – Pretty Little Trio Stockton Heath, Cheshire

Wedding Dress, Veil, Headpiece, Jewellery & Shrug – Sarah’s Wedding Exchange, Nantwich

Bouquets – Living Colour, Stockton Heath

Paper Pom Poms – Sue Lacey Bespoke Giftwrapping, Stockton Heath

Venue – Queen’s Park, Crewe, Cheshire

Model – Naomi Bolton

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A Year In Bloom – A Bouquet For October

October 29th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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The clocks have gone back, the ghosties and ghoulies are gathering, the bonfires are ready to be stoked and our monthly bouquets by my friend and guest blogger Sarah of Yorkshire florist Leafy Couture are just getting more and more beautiful.   

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This vibrant October bouquet wards off the winter gloom, gives a stylish nod to Hallow’een and is my favourite yet. 

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Sarah says: We are fully embracing Autumn with this month’s bouquet. We love all the textures and deep colour tones at this time of year, the changing leaves on the trees, that smell in the air, berries in the hedgerows and apple harvests. We have tried to bring it all together in this bouquet. A great choice of colour tone to bring warmth on a cold crisp autumn day.

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We have used cherry brandy roses, deep cotinus foliage, scabious seed pods, crespedia, hydrangea, chinese lanterns, crab apples, berried eucalyptus and viburnum steel berry. We finished the bouquet with a jute ribbon. This bouquet would look great with brown, ivory or rich orange bridesmaid dresses.

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The bouquet has lots of layers and every time you look you see more details. The cherry brandy roses with their two tone appearance and cotinus with its variegated leaf reflect the changing autumn leaves. The wired crab apples and lanterns add a different dimension and we love to use these in arrangements this time of year.

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And if it’s nearly the end of October, that that only means one thing:  Christmas is coming (wahoo)!

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If, like me, you fancy trying out your floristry skills before you hear the jingle of sleigh bells, then Leafy Couture’s festive classes are for you.  I signed up back in July!  Who is for joining me in decking the halls this December?

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Sarah says:  Our festive wreath class takes place on Saturday 8th December from 10am -1pm. Learn how to make and decorate a stunning seasonal mossed wreath whilst nibbling mince pies and drinking spiced hot chocolate and we will also be demonstrating how to make some festive decorations for your home.

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Or try our festive table arrangement class on Sunday 15th December from 10am -1pm. Learn how to make a beautiful scented arrangement for your home with candles, dried fruits and decorations. We shall also be showing you other tricks to inspire you at Christmas.

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We are also opening a pop up shop for all your festive needs, we will be taking orders in the weeks leading up to the big day and will be open 20th, 21st and 22nd December in the Garden School at Courtyard Planters in Otley, we can’t wait! Come and see us for a mince pie or two!

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All course materials supplied with refreshments, courses to be held in the garden school at Courtyard Planters in Otley. Places limited to twelve for maximum flowery festive fun! Both courses £55+ VAT each. Contact sarah@leafycouture.co.uk to make a booking.

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Super Sunday!

September 11th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Ahh, season of mists and mellow fruitfulness…and shiny new boots.  I sense that Autumn is upon us Brides Up North, and you know what?  I’m glad, because it means that I get to share all sorts of rustic inspiration in today’s Super Sunday roundup.  Coming up today, autumnal wedding loveliness from around the wedding blog-osphere! Enjoy it!

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Style Me Pretty

Stunning blooms via Style Me Pretty

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Sparkle and Hay

Soft coffee detailing via Sparkle & Hay

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Martha Stewart Weddings

Twinkling tea lights at Martha Stewart Weddings

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: 100 Layer Cake

Juicy berry tones and a scrumptious looking menu via 100 Layer Cake

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Rock My Wedding

A woodland walk at Rock My Wedding

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Style Me Pretty

Wedding breakfast in the woods at Style Me Pretty

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: OMG I'm Getting Married

Pumpkins and pearls at OMG I’m Getting Married

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Belle Amour

Bright autumn stationery at Belle Amour

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Wedding Ideas Magazine

Seasonal centrepieces at Wedding Ideas Magazine

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: 100 Layer Cake

A twiggy altar at 100 Layer Cake

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Ooh.  I fancy a toffee apple.  And a slice of pumpkin pie.  And a pair of cashmere socks.  Autumn: how I love thee.  Bring. It. On. 

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Yorkshire Pride, A Real Wedding – Sarah & Phil

May 27th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Damian Hall Photography, a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, has sent Brides Up North another perfect Northern Real Wedding.   I just love the colour pop autumnal flowers which tie everything together and add richness to the overall wedding look.  We northerners do a village wedding well!  It’s all about joy, fun, pulling together and keeping it local.  Oh, and a fabulous pair of heels, naturally. 

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Damian Hall Photography reports: Sarah and Phil decided to get married at the beautifully picturesque High Bradfield church then headed down the hillside to have their reception and celebrations in the village hall in Lower Bradfield

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We took full advantage of the sunlight streaming through the trees. It was really magical light for some of the afternoon.

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Phil and Sarah’s friends had dressed the room in brown and orange and the village hall looked tremendous, with lots of twinkly lights and crystals.

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Brides and photographers – contact me to share your Real Wedding photographs on the Brides Up North wedding blog.

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Yorkshire Charm, A Real Wedding – Brenda & Matt

February 9th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Matt of Matt Foden Photography, featured on Brides Up North a few weeks ago, sent me his Real Wedding in the Yorkshire Dales to share with you.  The Yorkshire rain didn’t dampen this couples’ spirits, I am pleased to report! Good old fashioned Yorkshire romance at it’s best!

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As if it even needs explaining, Matt tells us why this Southern couple came up North for the most important day of their lives: Brenda and I spent a wonderful weekend in the Dales for the first time in 2007, and really fell in love with the place. It wasn’t just the wonderful countryside we loved, but also the great food, the slower pace of life, and the friendly and warm people.

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When planning our wedding we wanted something intimate, warm and homely. So for us, a wedding in the Dales made perfect sense!

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Our wedding venue was the wonderful Red Lion in Burnsall, a family run hotel set in the heart of the Dales.  The staff were fantastic, and considering that we planned the wedding with them from our home in Surrey, the day ran without a hitch.

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We chose a burnt orange and gold theme to fit in with the time of the year (Autumn), and the flowers were provided by Wendy from Hedgerow Florists in Threshfield.

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As we are wedding photographers ourselves, finding the right photographers was an essential part of our plans.  Morgan and Diane of Morgan Photography stood out for us, for their natural and contemporary style. We also loved the clean uncluttered way they designed our Jorgensen album. Morgan and Diane were fabulous to work with, and given the constraints of the day (heavy rain) we were blown away by our photos!

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Venue- The Red Lion, Burnsall

Photographers – Morgan Photography

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With thanks to Matt Foden Photography

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Brides and photographers – I would love to share your Real Wedding on the blog.  Contact Brides Up North today,

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