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when we collide. a stylish white wedding in Northumberland – tina & andy

December 9th, 2014 | Julia Braime

a white wedding in Northumberland (c) Little Miss Boyco (36)

Tina & Andy’s big day is just sublime.  From their chic styling, to their outdoor wedding breakfast, personalised brew and simple yet special personal touches, this is a celebration that has real class.

And take a look at their randomly captured proposal video.  It’s moments that this that make life amazing. 

With images by Little Miss Boyco.

a white wedding in Northumberland (c) Little Miss Boyco (7)

tina says: For our 10 year anniversary, we decided to have a big trip to celebrate – and what better way to do that than going to Vegas and Orlando! Little did I know, Andy was planning his own little surprise. In the months leading up to the holiday, Andy had spoken to my parents about his plans and had also found the perfect engagement ring, with the help of my little sister.

On the second last day of the holiday, we went to Universal Studios in Orlando for the “Cinematic Spectacular” – a light, laser, water and firework display in celebration of 100 years of Universal. At the end of the show, as we walked out with the crowds, we reminisced about our favourite parts of the holiday and how the show was the perfect way to round off the trip. As we chatted, Andy stopped and turned to me and said there was just one more thing that would make the holiday more perfect. And this is where he got down on one knee and proposed! Amongst the blur of tears and strangers clapping and cheering, I accepted!

In a crazy twist, the proposal was actually captured on video by one of the passers-by, which was posted on YouTube a couple of months later, and which Andy randomly stumbled across a few months after that!

If you would like to see the moment for yourself, take a look. It is so strange being able to watch it back but also awesome we have this memory to cherish forever!

a white wedding in Northumberland (c) Little Miss Boyco (16)

We chose to get married at High House Farm in Northumberland as it had everything we were looking for in a venue – beautiful countryside surroundings, delicious locally sourced food, a cute little play area for the kids – and of course, the fact it’s a brewery just added to its charm (myself and Andy are both avid beer drinkers)!

We especially loved the outdoor barn and knew it would be the perfect place to have the ceremony, the wedding breakfast and the evening party. We also loved the fact there was no package to adhere to – we were allowed to choose our own food, drink, entertainment, and decorations.

The main thing we wanted was for our wedding to be as personal as possible – we wanted elements of “us” in as much as we could. It was really important that the wedding reflected us as a couple and not just a wedding package. We also wanted to keep it quite soft, rustic and romantic. In keeping with the venue, we decided to adopt a country theme – that is soft colours, floral prints, twine, and lots of candles and fairy lights.

We decided to have olive green as it is one of my favourite colours and we thought it would fit well with the country theme we wanted.

a white wedding in Northumberland (c) Little Miss Boyco (21)

My dress was a Maggie Sottero from Wedding Essentials in Newcastle. I had an idea of the kind of dress I wanted – something soft, elegant and which was a bit different to the “typical” wedding dress. I spent several months dress-shopping and thought I had finally chosen the dress I wanted which ticked all the boxes however it cost a bit more than I had budgeted. As fate would have it, in the very last shop on my very last day of a “just-in-case-I-see-anything-else” shopping trip, I saw a replica of the dress I had my eye on – in the sale! I tried it on and knew it was the one – long, soft lace, with a low v-back with just a little touch of bling. Lucky for me as a few weeks later, the store closed down!

In keeping with the fact we wanted to have the wedding as relaxed and informal as we could, we decided not to hire or buy suits. Instead, Andy wore a suit he already had and loved – it was a navy three piece suit (jacket, waistcoat and trousers) from Burton and he teamed it with a white shirt from Next, a skinny tie in the same olive green as the bridesmaid dress and some brown brogues also from Burtons. As Andy is a big fan of comic books, he also wore Wolverine socks and handmade Wolverine cufflinks, a present I had bought him for his birthday earlier on in the year.

a white wedding in Northumberland (c) Little Miss Boyco (26)

My little sister was the only bridesmaid – she wore a long chiffon, one-shouldered dress from Dessy in moss green form Wild Brides in Sunderland.

I saw an advert at work that a colleague made paper flowers and bouquets out of recycled materials – we thought this was really interesting and unique and so contacted her to see what she was able to do for our wedding. We found she could customise the flowers (using different materials, decorations etc) and it would also work out a lot cheaper than real flowers. Coupled with the fact me and Andy both suffer from hayfever and the flowers would be a lasting memory of the day, we jumped at the chance!

Joy from Martha Makes made us two bouquets and nine buttonholes from sheet music we had chosen ourselves. We bought cream paper from Paperchase, printed out one of our favourite songs (Iris by The Goo Goo Dolls) and had them made into flowers with pearls in the centre. We also wanted a leaf adding to the flowers to give it a bit more of a floral design – Joy had never done this before but she was happy to play around with the idea and in the end, she made them out of green gardening magazine pages – they looked amazing! Organic, personal and one of a kind!

a white wedding in Northumberland (c) Little Miss Boyco (27)

Wiesia Bojko was our photographer for the day – we feel incredibly lucky we found her and that she was available! From our very first consultation, she came across as a very warm and friendly person – with a passion for her work and a portfolio to prove it. Our impression of her has not changed one bit even after the wedding. She was professional and friendly, and has a very natural way of capturing the special moments and little details. I would (and have!) recommended her to friends and family!

a white wedding in Northumberland (c) Little Miss Boyco (33)

We had asked friends and family to save their glass bottles and jars for us since we got engaged, which we decorated with tea lights, twine and green and cream ribbon.

We decided to have real flowers dotted around the venue using the glass bottles and jars we had collected. I had seen online that it was possible to buy the flowers from a wholesaler and make up the displays yourself – and it would be considerably cheaper than ordering from a florist. As we wanted a soft, romantic, country theme, we decided to buy lots of baby’s breath, a few purple thistles and some light pink lilies to decorate the venue. We bought the flowers from a wholesaler in Gateshead (Premier Flowers) and me and my sisters put them into the bottles and jars the day before the wedding.

Me and Andy chose fabric for the bunting from Dainty Supplies in Washington and my sister (who is a dab hand with a sewing machine!) made them for us. We had three different types of bunting – one was made out of hessian which I painted white hearts onto using a stencil and fabric paint, one was hessian which I painted “Love Is Sweet” onto for the sweetie table, and the rest of the bunting was alternate triangles of olive green, floral and hessian. We also decorated the barn with fairy lights and lanterns from eBay.

We went through all of our photo albums and chose some of our favourite photos from our time together which we thought represented us a couple (e.g. festivals, beer and fancy dress!). We printed them off, trimmed them down to look like polaroids and wrote little captions beneath them – we pinned them onto a piece of twine with little wooden pegs and hung them from the walls.

a white wedding in Northumberland (c) Little Miss Boyco (34)

We decided to give out beer bottles as favours as the venue was a working brewery and we knew a lot of our friends and family would love it! We went for a tasting session at the venue a few months prior and chose the beer we would use. Andy designed the label for the beer – calling it “Tandy’s Tipple” (a name our friends call us), and High House Farm printed the labels and stuck them on the bottle for us. We used the favours to double up as seating cards – I made little origami hearts using some paper I had bought in Paperchase and I learnt how to make them from a YouTube video and wrote our guests names on them and tied them to the bottles with twine.

a white wedding in Northumberland (c) Little Miss Boyco (42)

We wanted to have cupcakes for the wedding as we felt they are more fun and informal. Andy’s sister and brother-in-law own their own restaurant and we enlisted the help of their dessert chef (Carley from Carley’s Cakes) to make us a selection of pastel-coloured cupcakes in various different flavours (e.g. cherry, chocolate, gingerbread). We also had little bride and groom cupcakes made – the bride had a veil on the top (a cutting from my very own dress!) and had iced flowers and the groom had a little top hat and a bow tie. We had bought little Mr and Mrs cake thrones for them to sit on as well!

a white wedding in Northumberland (c) Little Miss Boyco (50)

As Andy is a DJ, we decided to choose all our own music from the ceremony to the meal to the evening. We chose a selection of songs we love, and thought were in keeping with each part of the day, and mixed them together and let them play either through speakers. We had everything from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Westlife, N-Trance to Manowar! In the evening, the best man’s father very kindly lent us his lighting and sound system so we were able to have a proper disco.

Me and my dad danced to The Carpenters “Yesterday Once More” – a song which means a lot to both of us.

Me and Andy’s first dance was to Biffy Clyro’s  “Many of Horror” – which isn’t a typical first dance song but a song which we both love, invokes great memories, and which was a little more alternative.

a white wedding in Northumberland (c) Little Miss Boyco (54)

We bought a cheap mirror from a high street store, and we wrote the seating plan for the wedding breakfast on it and displayed it during the day. On the night, we took out the mirror and used the frame as a photo prop.We had also made speech boards by ordering speech bubble shapes from eBay, and covering them with blackboard vinyl. We asked our guests to write a message on the board and pose with them in photographs.

a white wedding in Northumberland (c) Little Miss Boyco (55)

I would recommend High House Farm to other couples who love the countryside, love good food, love good beer and the option to create the wedding they want!

a white wedding in Northumberland (c) Little Miss Boyco (59)

It sounds cliché but I loved every single part of the day, from seeing all the guests during the ceremony, to walking up/down the aisle, to laughing/crying during the toasts, to dancing my shoes off on the night (literally – I swapped my cream lace heels for my lovely pink Converse trainers!)

If I had to choose one, I really loved seeing all our friends and family stood around us in a circle at the end of the night, singing Green Day’s “Time of Your Life”. It is a song we both love and to see the people we love singing it back to us was just amazing.

a white wedding in Northumberland (c) Little Miss Boyco (61)

Two weeks after our wedding, we jetted off on a 4 week honeymoon around South East Asia. It was a trip we had both wanted to do all our lives. We spent 5 days in Tokyo, Japan – eating insane amounts of sushi and ramen and sightseeing, and then we went on a two week cruise which stopped at some incredible ports – we shopped in Osaka and Okinawa, we went to a hot springs resort in Taiwan, we ate fresh seafood and visited the Cu Chi tunnels in Vietnam and we ate from a hawkers market and watched the skytrees in Singapore. We then spent a week in Hong Kong – visiting family and sightseeing. It was an incredible trip and something we would love to do again!

a white wedding in Northumberland (c) Little Miss Boyco (80)

It sounds simple but our top tip for other Brides Up North would be to make YOUR wedding what YOU want it to be. We knew from the start we wanted a wedding that reflected us and our relationship – we are so glad we didn’t just choose a wedding package on offer.

a white wedding in Northumberland (c) Little Miss Boyco (79)

Another top tip – spreadsheets! Make spreadsheets for everything! They keep you organised and save so much stress!

a white wedding in Northumberland (c) Little Miss Boyco (75)

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keep calm & marry on. a wedding in the Yorkshire Dales – lindsay & chris

December 8th, 2014 | Julia Braime

a pretty vintage style wedding at Taitlands (c) Anna Crossley Photography (50)

Let’s get this week’s gorgeous wedding schedule kicked off with this absolute beauty, sent to me by newlyweds Lindsay & Chris and their fabulous photographer Anna Louise Crossley.

This afternoon we’re back at Taitlands (check out this lovely wedding that we featured only last week), and I can see why the venue’s brides and grooms fall in love with this place.

Ey up, lets head to the Dales, for a vintagey wedding full of pretty – not least the stunning bride herself!

a pretty vintage style wedding at Taitlands (c) Anna Crossley Photography (5)

lindsay says: We got engaged on a cruise in Alaska on 17 August 2013.  We were in our room getting ready for the first formal night, which was our second night on the cruise.  Chris was in his tuxedo and I was in a long black dress.  Chris asked me to come out on the balcony for a minute but as I had no idea he was going to propose I refused saying it was too cold and windy and I had just done my hair! He got down on one knee in the room and asked me to marry him.

We wanted somewhere in the country that was relaxed  yet stylish.  It had to be somewhere where we could hold the wedding, the reception and the evening party. It wasn’t easy but we found  the perfect place, Taitlands, near Settle in the Yorkshire Dales.  Chris and I just fell in love with it and knew it was the place for us to get married.  We tied the knot on 18th October 2014.

a pretty vintage style wedding at Taitlands (c) Anna Crossley Photography (8)

We wanted our wedding to be relaxed, rustic and romantic, with a touch of vintage thrown in. My mum has been a huge fan of vintage for a long time, so had some brilliant ideas up her sleeve.  We also decided to make as much as possible ourselves.  My mum did an amazing job making the bunting, cake, bouquets, confetti and the list goes on!

Our colour scheme evolved as we went along.  In the end it was a mixture of navy, dusky pink, white and burgundy.

a pretty vintage style wedding at Taitlands (c) Anna Crossley Photography (10)

Both my mum and I had been looking at dresses independently.  When we got together we realised that we had been looking at the same dresses. I wanted a fitted mermaid lace dress with straps.  The first dress I tried on was from Wedding Belles Of Otley, it reduced my mum to tears… twice! I tried other dresses on in different shops but I knew I would go back to the first dress.  It was by Nicola Anne and called Dolce. I loved my dress!

Chris had a tailor-made suit from Kristopher’s on Kirkstall Road in Leeds.  The material he decided on was navy with a black fleck.  His suit was perfectly made and had nice little touches such as a label stitched to the inside of his jacket with our names and wedding date.

Chris said he wanted to wear a pocket watch with his suit, so he borrowed his granddad’s watch and my mum lent him a silver fob chain that had belonged to her great uncle.

a pretty vintage style wedding at Taitlands (c) Anna Crossley Photography (16)

My bridesmaids dresses came from Coast.

My chief bridesmaid Helen, had a full length navy dress with a beaded belt and a plunging back.  Jenny, Angela and Joanna had knee length floaty navy dresses to accommodate Jo’s baby bump!  Imogen, my little niece and flower girl wore a dress came from Accessorize. It was dusky pink with little flowers and she had some pink sparkly shoes which she loved to bits and a hair band to match her dress.

Both dads and the two best men bought blue suits from Slaters in Leeds.  They teamed them up with white shirts, burgundy paisley ties and tan shoes.

a pretty vintage style wedding at Taitlands (c) Anna Crossley Photography (21)

Because our wedding was relaxed and DIY,  we decided to do the flowers ourselves.

My mum and my uncle Tony went down to the wholesale market in Huddersfield and came back with a car full of flowers. I had some beautiful dusky pink vintage roses called Memory Lane in my bouquet, together with blue veronica.  My bridesmaids has a mixture of pink roses, white and pink spray roses and purple limonium.  Imogen carried a little bucket full of petals from the hydrangeas in mum’s garden.

a pretty vintage style wedding at Taitlands (c) Anna Crossley Photography (31)

My mum was in her element decorating the venue! She made the cones for the ends of the chairs and we filled them with gypsophelia.  She had collected vintage glass vases and jars wrapped with string, we just filled them all with a selection of flowers and they looked amazing.  We also had tea lights in lace covered jars in vintage saucers.  My mum’s trusty sewing machine came out of retirement and she made 100 metres of bunting. If you want a wedding planner, you should book my mum!

We spent the Friday before the wedding decorating the Coach House and the marquee and had lots of help from family and friends. Karen (my new mum in law) brought her mum’s vintage sewing machine which we gave pride of place to. We wanted the wedding to have special memories for us so tried to include as much as we could that was personal.  Imogen also wore her great- great grandmas pearl necklace.  I wore a comb made from the tiara that mum had worn when she was married. My mum’s lovely and very clever friend, Jill, made it up for me and it looked amazing!

a pretty vintage style wedding at Taitlands (c) Anna Crossley Photography (33)

Instead of favours we had a sweet table. It was a real favourite and everyone loved it. After all, what’s not to like about a table full of sweets!

a pretty vintage style wedding at Taitlands (c) Anna Crossley Photography (39)

a pretty vintage style wedding at Taitlands (c) Anna Crossley Photography (40)

a pretty vintage style wedding at Taitlands (c) Anna Crossley Photography (43)

Our photographer was Anna Louise Crossley.

Anna lives in Leeds like us and we met up for a chat and booked her straight away.  She has a lovely relaxed style and we knew she was just right for us. I would recommend her to anyone, her photos are amazing!

a pretty vintage style wedding at Taitlands (c) Anna Crossley Photography (46)

a pretty vintage style wedding at Taitlands (c) Anna Crossley Photography (49)

Taitlands provided all the food and it was delicious.  We chose Roast Beef for our wedding meal.  Each table had their own joint of beef, so one person on each table had to put on an apron and carve for everyone.  It was a lot of fun and something that was certainly different.  We provided a selection of wine for each table and some fizz for the toasts.  We also had sausage sandwiches for supper and they went down a treat!

a pretty vintage style wedding at Taitlands (c) Anna Crossley Photography (51)

Since I was a little girl my grandma’s chocolate cake has been my absolute favourite.  Two mammoth baking sessions later and my grandma, (who is 92) and my mum had made 9 cakes for a 3 tiered naked chocolate cake.

The chef at Taitlands assembled the cake and decorated it beautifully with strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries.

Chris is a big fan of Superman, so I asked Karen to try and find a blonde bride and a Superman groom for the toppers and she did!

a pretty vintage style wedding at Taitlands (c) Anna Crossley Photography (55)

My Uncle Jon has played guitar in a band for years.  He played Fields of Gold by Eva Cassidy for me to walk into the ceremony.  You could hear a pin drop!  Then at the party his band were amazing.  They played a mix of classic songs that made sure everyone was on their feet.  My mum had very sneakily arranged for my school friend, Kay and Chris’s brother Stevie to join the band with their ukuleles.  It was the most amazing surprise and brought the house down.  When the band had a break, we had a playlist of requests from the RSVPs. Even after the party had ended, a few of us were sat singing… we just didn’t want the party to end!

a pretty vintage style wedding at Taitlands (c) Anna Crossley Photography (63)

I loved it all from start to finish.  I can’t pinpoint an exact favourite moment!

We went to New York for 8 nights and then the Bahamas for 6 nights.  New York was absolutely amazing, it’s somewhere I’ve always wanted to go.  Chris organised the honeymoon and didn’t let me know what he had planned in New York.  He did an amazing job, we went to a Nicks game (go Nicks!), we went to see Lion King on Broadway and went on a cruise around the Hudson River that went right up to the Statue of Liberty.  As well as going on a rowing boat in Central Park, up the Empire State Building and many more! The Bahamas was red hot and we had an amazing room with our balcony overlooking the beach.

a pretty vintage style wedding at Taitlands (c) Anna Crossley Photography (69)

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to get everyone involved and make lots of lists!

a pretty vintage style wedding at Taitlands (c) Anna Crossley Photography (45)

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tweed & country. a dramatic bridal shoot in Cheshire

November 13th, 2014 | Julia Braime

tweed & country styled bridal shoot at Owen House Wedding Barn (c)  Mr & Mrs W (2)

Designed and shot by husband and wife team Kristin & Mark (collectively Mr & Mrs W), I’ve a styled bridal treat lined up for you today!  With rich colours, dramatically dark styling and texture galore, this is a decadent close to an autumnal Thursday afternoon.  

Wrap up warm…

With styling and images by Mr & Mrs W.

tweed & country styled bridal shoot at Owen House Wedding Barn (c)  Mr & Mrs W (11)

Kristin says: Our inspiration for the shoot was in essence ‘Tweed and Country’. With tweed being seen more and more in wedding fashion, I wanted to incorporate it with the Bride as well as the Bridegroom and nothing encompasses tweed and country than a Cheshire farm shoot, in both senses of the word.

tweed & country styled bridal shoot at Owen House Wedding Barn (c)  Mr & Mrs W (14)

I wanted to start with outdoor pursuits and end with a debauched party and feast with a dark undertone, using antlers, feathers and the odd skull here and there.

tweed & country styled bridal shoot at Owen House Wedding Barn (c)  Mr & Mrs W (4)

The team we used for the shoot are local to the area.  We worked together before and I knew that each supplier would provide exactly what I envisaged, which sometimes even I can’t do!

To realise my concept, the venue was always going to be Owen House as its so rustic, quirky and rural and there is nowhere quite like it in the North West.

For menswear it was no contest with the tweed experts at Whitfield and Ward being close at hand, and the beautiful wedding dresses came from The Wedding Boutique Cheshire. Fiona actually hand designs and makes her own styles so was able to make all the little extras I needed.

The outstanding hair and make up was by Nicholas Austen, the flowers were by Living Colour Floral Design and our props came from The Authentic Hire Company and Pretty Little Trio.

tweed & country styled bridal shoot at Owen House Wedding Barn (c)  Mr & Mrs W (9)

The shoot was such good fun.  Everyone got so involved and really understood the brief. We hope that you like the results! Going forward I have another couple of shoots in mind and I might even go a bit darker next time, but in the meantime I am looking forward to creating some enchanted woodlands and a sequin extravaganza in a Tipi for some real life brides.

tweed & country styled bridal shoot at Owen House Wedding Barn (c)  Mr & Mrs W (7)

tweed & country styled bridal shoot at Owen House Wedding Barn (c)  Mr & Mrs W (10)

All the suppliers, props and styling are all available in and around the Knutsford area.

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

October 1st, 2014 | Julia Braime

a fairytale styled bridal shoot at Bolton Castle by JB Creatives (30)

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.

a fairytale styled bridal shoot at Bolton Castle by JB Creatives (37)

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.

a fairytale styled bridal shoot at Bolton Castle by JB Creatives (48)

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.

a fairytale styled bridal shoot at Bolton Castle by JB Creatives (20)

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.

a fairytale styled bridal shoot at Bolton Castle by JB Creatives (9)

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.

a fairytale styled bridal shoot at Bolton Castle by JB Creatives (1)

a fairytale styled bridal shoot at Bolton Castle by JB Creatives (8)

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!

Jim Poyner Photographer

Jim Poyner Photographer

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.

Jim Poyner Photographer

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.

Jim Poyner Photographer

Jim Poyner Photographer

Jim Poyner Photographer

Jim Poyner Photographer

Jim Poyner Photographer

Jim Poyner Photographer

Jim Poyner Photographer

Jim Poyner Photographer

Jim Poyner Photographer

Jim Poyner Photographer

Jim Poyner Photographer

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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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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.

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Jim Poyner Photographer

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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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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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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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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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