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relaxed romance. stephanie allin for a wedding at ellingham hall – sarah & bryan

February 5th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Relaxed Wedding at Ellingham Hall (c) Barry Forshaw Photography (27)

Ah Friday, how we love you! To kick-start the weekend (and give you a lovely distraction from your ‘to-do’ list) we’re sharing the stunning wedding of Sarah and Bryan on the blog today.

Having found the perfect venue in Northumberland’s Ellingham Hall, Sarah had her heart set on a relaxed wedding day that was both simple and elegant.

Looking at the images below, we’d say she most certainly achieved it. From Sarah’s gorgeous Stephanie Allin structured gown, to the regal wedding transport and pale blooms, everything about this beautiful big day says ‘class’.

So while you await wine-o’clock, pour a cuppa and enjoy the pretty

With images by Barry Forshaw Photography.

A Relaxed Wedding at Ellingham Hall (c) Barry Forshaw Photography (25)

sarah says: We got engaged on 8th September 2014 on Gwithian beach in Cornwall. We had both done the Great North Run the day before and then driven down to Cornwall to our family’s holiday chalet on the beach. It’s a very special place for us with lots of happy memories of family holidays. One of our traditions when we are there is to go down into the sand dunes and watch the sun set. On this occasion we were both pretty sore from the run and feeling a bit tired and grumpy but still went to watch the sunset. When we got to our usual spot, Bry called out my name and as I turned round he was down on one knee and asked me to marry him. When we returned to the chalet we opened a bottle of fizz and rang our friends and family to tell them the happy news.

We got married on 24th September 2015, the day after my birthday. We didn’t intentionally pick the date for that reason, but it worked out lovely as it meant I got to see all my friends and family the night before the wedding for my birthday.

A Relaxed Wedding at Ellingham Hall (c) Barry Forshaw Photography (22)

Our venue was Ellingham Hall in Northumberland. We knew we wanted a really relaxed wedding but not in a hotel – as soon as we arrived at Ellingham we just knew it was the venue for us. The house is stunning and set in beautiful grounds, with the reception room being just perfect for a relaxed family wedding. Our ceremony was at St Maurice’s Church, in Ellingham village, which meant guests were able to walk through the grounds of the hall and down the lane to the church. Luckily we had the most perfect weather and it all worked out exactly as we planned!

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Sports & Sweeties! A Styled Wedding Inspiration Shoot In The North East

May 29th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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This morning I was up with the lark and off in the motor to assist on a shoot at a very exciting private new wedding venue that I am thrilled to be working with shortly.  I’ll be back soon to share some gorgeous images and tell you more, but until then, I’ll leave you with a fun and fabulous mini wedding inspiration shoot in the North East, send to me by friend of the wedding blog Kerry of Daisychain Events

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Kerry says: After working on a couple of inspiration shoots with some amazing North East suppliers, I was keen to give it another go as I really enjoy the whole creative process of starting with a mood board and then developing the ideas and culminating in an amazing shoot!

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This shoot was one which came about through Emma from Little Bundles Bunting when she was chatting with Shelley who is the events coordinator at Newcastle Falcons Rugby Club. The club were planning a re launch of their wedding packages and wanted to promote it to potential brides and grooms. The venue has some fab spaces and is also one of the few in the North East large enough to cater for Asian weddings which often have in excess of 200 – 300 guests.

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The theme was a no brainer and I chose the sports and sweeties theme so that we could highlight the masculine image of the venue and the rugby element with a girlie edge.

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The day of the shoot was fabulous and everyone pitched in to help with setting up shots. We even had a little helper in the form of Jamie’s two year old daughter who thoroughly enjoyed herself running around the function rooms trying to grab sweeties before eventually falling asleep!

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We hope that by pulling together our ideas that couples can draw little snippets of inspiration for their own day.   We are now looking at doing another shoot in the near future with a completely different and altogether more theatrical theme! Watch this space!

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Little Black Book

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Styling, chair covers, candy, vintage crockery from Daisychain Events

Bunting & Chair bunting: Emma Weston Scott from Little Bundles Bunting

Hair accessories & garter: Katy Howieson from What Katy Did Next 

Photography: Chris Ord from Xtraordinary Photography 

Stationery: Jamie Higgins from Sweet Pea Paper

Dresses: Joy from Mia Sposa Bridal & Menswear 

Lanterns & paper pom poms: Poppy Lee from Papaver Designs 

Cake: Shona Morland from Little Town Bakery 

Hair & make up: Tracey Taylor from Beautiful Bride Make Overs:

Table runners & feathers: Mairi from Event Diva

Venue: Shelley from Newcastle Falcons

Model: Ellis Bartlett Tyne Tees Models

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  – Images © 2012 Xtraordinary Photography

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Wedding Blog Fashion Exclusive: What Katy Did Next? She Named Couture After Meeee!

February 7th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Sally Thurrell Photography/ What Katy Did Next

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OMG OMG OMG I am all of a flutter!  Not only to I have a wedding blog fashion exclusive to share with you this morning that is possibly one of the most well executed bridal inspiration shoots that I have seen yet (and trust me, I see A LOT!), but one of the fabulous stars of the show is actually named after me!

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And it isn’t a coincidence!

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When the lovely Katy of What Katy Did Next got in touch to tell me that she had named a piece in her new collection after me, I was super excited.  Then I saw the “Julia” (above – far too beautiful and refined to have my name attached to it – I’m writing this in joggers and a hoody at 1am!) and was out of this world excited.  And then I saw these images.

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If you are planning a vintage/ Alice themed/ onehelluvagorgeous wedding… take note.  Oh, and p.s: who doesn’t have a total girl crush on Alice right now?! 

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Lets hear from the lady herself: After itching to get creative with styling another photo shoot, one of my Real Brides from the Summer got in touch to tell me about her vintage china & prop hire venture.  My fiancé and I designed and built Lynsey’s website for her and thought it only right to celebrate with a photo shoot.  It may sound clichéd but with the Vintage china and tea party vibe, it felt only right to have a go at the Alice in Wonderland theme.  Our idea was to keep it timeless, pastel and vintage themed without sinking in to the overdone slightly cheesy style.
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With the theme in mind I was able to work on something a little more extravagant and flouncy in my collection. I had had a few Mother of the Bride’s approach me at wedding fairs enquiring about fascinators, so I used this opportunity to showcase some of my ideas. I wanted the collection to be primarily influenced by a demure, Victorian style ‘Alice’ whilst reflecting the fun of the book with a little twist, which is where the idea to use another model and flip the idea of a male white rabbit to make it glamorous, flirty and fun.

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The collection consists of 7 pieces –

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Julia (eeep!) – Beautiful blush peony with pearl centre, pewter sinamay loops, hand beaded silver leaves, a flourish of pale feathers and vintage velvet millinery leaves.

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Queenie – A regal curved Ivory base holding a pale peony with crystal beaded centre, vintage velvet millinery leaves, heather coq feathers, hand beaded silver leaves and a nest of Russian veiling.

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Olive – A steam punk teardrop base hair comb featuring hand cut leather flowers with vintage watch face centres, beaded floral areas, spots of beautiful lace and hand cut vintage paper leaves.

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Florence – A flouncy ostrich feather covered bow with delicate Lace applique, transparent baby blue leaves and hand beaded flower centre.

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Amelia – A wired string of sparkling silver beads, twisted into a foliage vine shape to be worn any way you wish.

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Lena – A petite piece featuring two hand beaded silver leaves and a beautiful vintage brooch.

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Ivy – Jewelled head piece featuring vintage velvet millinery leaves, grey pearl accents and sparkling hand beaded silver leaves.

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Photographer Sally Thurrell was only too happy to help as she had previously shot one of my collections and also photographed Lynsey’s Wedding.

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Hair and Make up was done by Tracey from Beautiful Bride Makeovers and she was an absolute dream to work with, full of inspiration and knew exactly what was going on in my head without me having to attempt to explain!

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After getting a few other amazing suppliers involved I managed to find a little gem of a venue in Riding Farm Cottages. The cottages were in a little cluster not too far from Beamish and surrounded by peaceful countryside. The early January weather was slightly windy and wild for our shoot so we made the most of the beautiful country style that the cottages had.

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The shoot was amazing fun, despite the Wintery weather and the fact that our photographer’s car broke down, conked out and died on the way there! It was great to work with so many talented suppliers from up and down the UK, including our two gorgeous models Nathalie and Katie. I would thoroughly recommend each and every one of them.

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Little Black Book:

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Head Pieces: What Katy Did Next
Vintage China Hire: The Whistling Bunting Travelling Tea Party
Photography: Sally Thurrell Photography
Hair & MUA: Beautiful Bride Makeovers
Venue: Riding Farm Cottages
Clothing: Alexandra King – Make Me a Dress
Petticoats: Doris Designs
Cupcakes: Daisy Cupcakes
Reception Stationary: Vicky Trainor
Lace Rabbit Ears: Talulah Blue
‘Eat Me/Drink Me’ Tags: Through the Cottage Door
Steampunk Brooches: Christopher Ainsley

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  – Images © 2012 Sally Thurrell Photography

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