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autumnal amour. charlotte balbier for a magical lake district wedding – laura & rich

January 26th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

Charlotte Balbier for a magical Lake District Wedding (c) James Tracey Photography (41)

Today’s gorgeous couple were married at Broadoaks Country House in the heart of the Lake District.

Shabby chic vintage vibes? Check. Moody autumnal skies? Check. Jaw-dropping lakeside photographs? Check. Readers, you’re going to love this.

And flower fans, get those Pinterest-clicking fingers ready – I guarantee that this is the most beautiful bouquet you’ll see this year.

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Charlotte Balbier for a magical Lake District Wedding (c) James Tracey Photography (33)

laura says: We got engaged on 29th September 2015. Rich took me to the Lake District, our favourite place, and had set up a proposal at Broadoaks Country House – we’d stayed there before and loved it. Rich had arranged for his brother to be there to secretly photograph the proposal. We had afternoon tea out on the terrace and Rich had bought a mug that said ‘Does this ring make me look engaged?’ The staff brought it out with the afternoon tea and Rich said ‘I think this is for you.’ Suddenly he was down on one knee and proposed with a ring that he’d chosen himself.

We wanted an autumn wedding and so we set the date for the 27th October 2016. We chose Broadoaks where we got engaged for our venue. Rich set up an appointment with the wedding planner there and we knew that was the only place we would want to get married.

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We had a small wedding and didn’t want everyone to have to wear matching suits and so on. In fact, the whole day was really laidback. Our theme was vintage/shabby chic because I just love that style.

We didn’t really have a colour scheme. I don’t particularly like reds and oranges but wanted my flowers to reflect autumn; I eventually opted for berry colours and dusky pinks. My sister was my bridesmaid and I told her she could pick her own dress to go with the flowers, so she chose a dress in a mink colour.

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I knew from the start what style of wedding dress I wanted and I had an idea in my head. I must have tried on more than 50 dresses, but none of them were right and then I found my dress at Lace and Co Bridal in Horbury, Wakefield. I knew it was the one as soon as I put it on. It was a Charlotte Balbier dress and was called Tabitha. I absolutely loved it. I thought it needed something extra, though, and my mum found a sparkly brooch which I added to the front of the dress to personalise it.

My bridal makeup was done by Lisa from Lime Beauty at Equinox in Bowness, and my hair was by Louise from Equinox. They came to the venue and were absolutely fab! I’d recommend them to anyone, they’re so friendly and put us completely at ease.

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Rich decided he didn’t want to hire a suit and so he bought one from Hugo Boss that he could keep. It was a blue two piece and he added a grey waistcoat also from Hugo Boss which went really well.

For our wedding party we just had my sister, Amy, as my bridesmaid and Rich’s best friend Matt as best man. As Rich had bought his own suit, we asked Matt and my dad to wear what they wanted – they didn’t have to match.

My sister’s dress was a mink coloured 50’s style dress, which we ordered online. She also bought a pink petticoat which she wore to make her skirt flare out more.

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muted magic. pronovias for a vintage wedding in the north west – lisa & ben

June 9th, 2015 | Julia Braime

Pronovias for a vintage wedding in the North West (c) Toni Darcy (38)

It’s difficult to know where to start with today’s wedding as it features so many perfectly pretty touches!

To achieve their vision of a vintage wedding, Lisa and Ben used tea pots, cup and saucers along with dainty ornaments to decorate their chosen venue. And though you are likely to have seen some of the decorations in your Nan’s house, the result is anything but fuddy-duddy. When combined with lace, flowers and ribbon in the gorgeous colour palette of muted greens, pinks and purples everything comes together perfectly for a beautiful and romantic setting.

We could go on forever picking out elements of this well-styled wedding that we love (that bouquet!) but instead we will let you see the gorgeous for yourselves!

With images by Toni Darcy.

Pronovias for a vintage wedding in the North West (c) Toni Darcy (11)

lisa says: We got engaged on the 15th November 2014 at home. Ben surprised me when I got home from work – he’d filled our apartment with candles to set the scene.

Our wedding date was the 6th December 2014. We really wanted a winter wedding but not too close to Christmas so the 6th seemed perfect.

Pronovias for a vintage wedding in the North West (c) Toni Darcy (9)

We got married at The Shireburn Arms in Clitheroe. We chose the venue as it has a really cosy feel and amazing views of the countryside. We love the food there too!

Our wedding had a vintage feel in terms of the table and room decorations. It’s a style that I love and it fitted perfectly with The Shireburn Arms. In terms of colour, we went for muted tones of sage green, dusky pinks and purples. I really like these understated colours and it all worked well together with the flowers and dresses.

Pronovias for a vintage wedding in the North West (c) Toni Darcy (15)

I bought my dress from Dan Kerr in Preston. It was Leonela by Pronovias made of tulle and lace. My bridesmaids meanwhile wore sage green floor length dresses from Debut at Debenhams with mink coloured faux fur shrugs from Monsoon.

Myself and my bridesmaids had our makeup done by Laila Miller – she is so talented and we were all over the moon with our makeup. We all had a trial with Laila previously and she listened to exactly what I wanted, which was a natural look. Samantha Collins (who is brilliant) did our hair for the wedding. The bridesmaids all had their hair in different styles but all incorporated a plait for consistency. Sam created gorgeous hair styles and we were all very happy.

Ben wore a Ted Baker suit called Tails of the Unexpected, which we hired from Moss Bros in Preston. The best man and dads wore the same suit as Ben and the groomsmen wore Lingfield suits, also hired from Moss Bros.

Pronovias for a vintage wedding in the North West (c) Toni Darcy (14)

Our photographer was the fabulous Toni Darcy – we couldn’t recommend her enough. From day one she made myself and Ben feel totally comfortable. On the day she helped calm my nerves and it was like having a friend there taking our pictures. Toni is fab, she manages to capture all the special moments and her photography is absolutely beautiful. We couldn’t have asked for a better photographer.

Pronovias for a vintage wedding in the North West (c) Toni Darcy (19)

My bouquet and the flowers consisted of a mixture of different coloured vintage roses, thistles and berries. The buttonholes were tied with twine and the bouquets with hessian and lace. The flowers were amazing and went with the dresses so well. They were provided by Passion Florists in Clitheroe.

We had flowers at the ceremony table with church candles provided by Passion. Our tables were decorated by Beautifully Vintage and were a mixture of brass birdcages, tree trunks, lots of vintage ornaments, jam jars, teapots and candles. When I walked into the room it left me speechless as it was exactly as I had pictured it to be. Beautifully Vintage also provided gorgeous china tea cups, saucers and plates.

Pronovias for a vintage wedding in the North West (c) Toni Darcy (21)

As favours we gave the women small vintage glass animals and the men superhero Lego key rings.

We had a cheese cake from Dewlay which was really yummy (I’m cheese mad). We also had a fruit cake that Ben’s Auntie Heather kindly made for us which was equally lovely.

Pronovias for a vintage wedding in the North West (c) Toni Darcy (28)

To decide on our wedding breakfast we had a menu tasting at the Shireburn but found it incredibly hard to pick as it was all delicious. As such we decided to have a menu choice for our guests.

Pronovias for a vintage wedding in the North West (c) Toni Darcy (27)

To provide entertainment on the day, we hired a violinist called Elliott Moore and he set the perfect atmosphere for the ceremony. It was one of my favourite parts of the day hearing him play before I walked down the aisle. He plays beautifully and I would recommend him for any wedding. Then, for the evening reception, we hired a sweet cart from The Wedding Box Lancashireand it looked great. We also hired a photo booth from Dave Spink Photography, which was great fun.

Pronovias for a vintage wedding in the North West (c) Toni Darcy (29)

We would most definitely recommend The Shireburn Arms to any couple getting married. It’s a gorgeous venue with stunning views. The staff are so lovely and helpful, they made the day extra special for us.

Pronovias for a vintage wedding in the North West (c) Toni Darcy (30)

My favourite part of the day was saying our wedding vows surrounded by our family and friends. My brother Ian and Ben’s brother Mark both did readings in the ceremony which were brilliant and the speeches by Ben’s brother Tom, my Dad and Ben were also great.

Pronovias for a vintage wedding in the North West (c) Toni Darcy (34)

For our honeymoon we went to Florida to the theme parks for a few fun filled days, then we went to Antigua for a week to chill out and sunbathe. We ended our honeymoon in New York for shopping and sightseeing. We had a fantastic time!

Pronovias for a vintage wedding in the North West (c) Toni Darcy (40)

My top tip to other Brides Up North would be try to keep calm even when the wedding is getting closer. Make sure you are as organised as you can be as it helps to take the pressure off. I found when choosing things for the wedding to just go with my gut instinct and it worked out just how I wanted, don’t over think everything. Finally enjoy the day and try to take in every moment because it goes so quickly.

Pronovias for a vintage wedding in the North West (c) Toni Darcy (43)

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Sparkling Romance. Justin Alexander For A Twinkly Vintage Wedding At Mitton Hall – Jennifer & Ryan

March 10th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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We’re all smiles in the Brides Up North office this morning after a very, very lovely day at our Brides Up North Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition yesterday at Ramside Hall Hotel.  I commented on Facebook last night that I’ve not seen so many excited brides and grooms in one place for a while, and it was great to see you all – another cracker of a day!  Thank you to our fabulous exhibitors who packed the huge banqueting spaces with wedding pretty and each and every one of you who came along to support the Northern Revolution.

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Right back to it this morning as we join Jennifer and Ryan for their twinkly vintage Real Wedding at Mitton Hall.  With images by Project Valentine, this is one sparkling celebration.  Take it easy this Monday morning, and feel the love…

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Jennifer says:  On my birthday (21st December 2012) there was an extra present under the tree which was a bunch of cupcakes made to look like roses with ‘Will You Marry Me?’ written on the centre one.

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We were married on 23rd December 2013 at Mitton Hall, Mitton, Whalley.  We chose the venue because it was a mixture of old and new. It is a 15th century building with old dark wood and balconies and has a new extension that is light and modern. 

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I chose a vintage theme for the wedding.  I wanted to find a bridesmaid dress first that everyone would be happy with and decided that would be the colour scheme. These were ivory, pink and purple so we used this throughout the decorations.

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I bought my dress from Lulu Browns in Whalley. It was a Justin Alexander dress, I fell in love with it when I saw it. It had the vintage lace feel but it was heavily embellished with sequins and beads.

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The bridesmaid dresses were from Debenhams, they were so different from anything else we had seen.  We bought all the suits from Next so everybody could keep them.

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Our photographers were called Project Valentine and they did a fabulous job. They focus more on natural shots and you hardly notice they are there which made the day very relaxed.

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We found a lady called Chris who has a company called Beautifully Vintage. She did all the vintage table settings and decorations in the room and it looked stunning.

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We bought a four tier lemon cake from Marks and Spencer and decorated it the day before with matching flowers. 

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I bought some artificial roses and made our bouquets myself. I used Christmas decorations and fancy beads to give them the vintage look.

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Our favourite part of the day was when all the ceremony and speeches had been done we could finally relax and enjoy the party with our guests. We used SJ Enterprises and they provided a DJ, chocolate fountain and casino tables so there wasn’t a gap between the night and day.

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For our honeymoon we are looking forward to going to Greece in the Summer. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to seek help where appropriate.  I am quite creative and found it hard not to do everything by myself. I made all the stationery but it did stress me out slightly. The best thing I did was get suppliers to do the table dressing – it just made it so special. I even considered making the cake myself but I am glad we bought one in the end!

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Congratulations Jennifer & Ryan!

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Behind The Blog: Brides Up North Goes Vintage At The Bowdon Rooms, Cheshire

May 23rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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If you follow the wedding blog over on Twitter or Facebook (and why ever not?! – go get involved) and catch my feeds of a Sunday, you will know that the last few months have been absolutely manic behind the scenes here at Brides Up North HQ.  And I’m talking every. single. weekend. 

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We are verrrrry near to completing a full season of fabulous Brides Up North branded luxury wedding exhibitions for Spring 2013, with just one to go (diarise this: we are at Sarah Beeny’s Rise Hall on Sunday 9th June, bringing together the best wedding suppliers in East Yorkshire under Ms “Restoration Nightmare”’s very, very lovely roof) and with eight (EIGHT!) under our belt since the season kicked off back at Allerton Castle on a frosty morning in early February, I’m ready for a summer holiday!

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I think I have aged at least ten years since New Years Eve.

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Each event is hard, hard work and takes months of planning, promoting, sales and admin.  Oh the admin!  Luckily I have a full time assistant here at Brides Up North HQ now (hello Kate!), but this blog and it’s related events are my (other) baby, and I invest a lot of time and energy into making sure that each and every event is individual, venue appropriate and just right.

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Last Sunday, it was time for my tiny team to head North West for the very first time, to the unique and authentic vintage venue that is The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham.  Just on the doorstep of Hale and Bowdon, this delectable dance hall with it’s high cornices and sprung floors is prime for a wedding party.

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And what a swell party it was!  Our wonderful team of wedding industry suppliers decorated the venue from head to toe with their vintage and luxury loveliness.  Feathers, sequins, beading, antique lace and the odd cloche hat sat beautifully alongside fresh blooms and pretty printed papers. 

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It didn’t stop inside either, outside Matt Bowen Photography brought along his gorgeous new girlfriend: Florence The Vintage Caravan (available for hire as a photo booth on your big day) and Event In A Tent and Woodland Weddings invited visitors into their cosy tipi for delicious canapes by Greengages.  As the weather – amazingly – was in our favour, the garden also played host to an impromptu jam session from Dominic Halpin and his swing band, who also entertained hourly on the main stage. 

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Pretty florals from Barkers The Florist, who beautified the whole venue with their blooms

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And oh! the music.  The venue is an operating jazz club, so I was keen to reflect this on the day.  Performances from Dominic and the boys along with Minerva Ensemble, It’s A Wind Up! vintage DJs and with Phil Lyons and his New Vintage Band on site kept the place buzzing all day long. 

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There wasn’t much time to chat once doors opened!  My wonderful friend Ellie and I (big love to Ellie) were on our feet all day greeting brides to be and their families, and shifting a whole lot of Brides Up North goody bags. 

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Luckily, my friend and fellow exhibitor Martin Hambleton Photography was around to catch a bit of the action in these beautiful images showing off the talents of our other suppliers, although even he got a little bit side-lined! 

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Martin says: Well done on organising such a brilliant show!  I’m sorry there aren’t as many images of brides browsing – every time I moved away from the stand looking for shots, someone stopped to look at my albums so I had to dash back (that’s not a complaint)!

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Martin, that kind of distraction I absolutely do not have a problem with!

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If you didn’t make it on Sunday, we are doing it all over again in November!  As part of our Autumn tour, we’ll be back in Altrincham on Sunday 3rd November 2013 for another beautiful event filled with wedding inspiration and some winter vintage sparkle.

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But first, a little rest, if you please!

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Enjoy these images and do visit our wonderful exhibitors’ websites when sourcing your wedding suppliers.  I would personally recommend each and every one of them.

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Until next time North West!

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Pearls, lace and sparkle by Beautifully Vintage and Melanie James Bridal

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Cakes that taste as gorgeous as they look by Marie Antoinette Cakes.  Doing my diet no favours whatsoever.

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Fancy frocks by The Little Bridal Company

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Lovely linens and delicious details by Perfection On Linen

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Pretty paper by All The Little Details and favours by Romantica UK

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Elegant styling by Look Darling

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That date for your diaries again – Sunday 3rd November 2013 at The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham – save it!

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THIS SUNDAY! The Brides Up North Vintage Wedding Exhibition At The Bowdon Rooms, Cheshire

May 17th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Are you ready to rock and roll Cheshire?!

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I’m headed North West this evening to get things ready for our first ever show in the region this Sunday at the unique venue that is The Bowdon Rooms in Altrincham.  Just the right side of retro, with amazing vintage features set into high, high ceiling, a sprung dance floor for jiving the night away, spot on location and plenty of room – this venue is the business.  I can’t wait to pack it to the rafters with wedding industry talent and give it a special vintage twist this Sunday. 

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Come along and see Brides Up North and our fabulous exhibitors (plus a few exciting surprises – wait and see!) this Sunday 19th May 2013.  If you are looking for an authentic and friendly venue with a real vintage vibe, yet big enough to hold a proper party – this is for you.  We are open from 12pm – 4pm and entry is FREE!

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The Bowdon Rooms team, All The Little Details, Amanda Morgan Photographer, Barkers The Florist, Beautifully Vintage, Event In A Tent, Greengages Catering, it’s a Wind Up!, LCH Jewellery Design, Look Darling, Marie Antoinette Cakes, Martin Hambleton Wedding Photography, Matt Bowen Photography, Melanie James Bridal, Minerva Ensemble, Perfection On Linen, Pretty Little Trio, Richard Milnes Photography, Romantica UK, Spiritus Bars, The Little Bridal Company, The Wedding Guide, Uberfly Invites, Unforgettable Memories, Wonderful Weddings By JT, Woodland Weddings and Your Perfect Day can’t wait to meet you!

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And yes, of course Dominic Halpin’s Swing Band are coming along too!

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If you would like to beat the queues, gain speedy entry and grab yourself a FREE Brides Up North Welcome Pack packed with little treats from Brides Up North, the regions’ best bridal glossy mags as well as some fab on-the-day-only exhibitor discounts – while stocks last only – you can pre-register for VIP Bride to Be access now. What are you waiting for?

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To register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Welcome Pack fill in your details below, marking YOUR EVENT VENUE OF CHOICE e.g. “THE BOWDON ROOMS” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Welcome Pack upon entry to the Luxury Wedding Exhibitions.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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Rose Gold: A Vintage Inspired Dusky Pink Styled Shoot In The North West

May 2nd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Today we join a very talented collective of North West wedding suppliers for a dreamy vintage inspired bridal shoot sent to me by Emilie of Dotmoxee Photography.  Be inspired, and let this loveliness get you excited about something very special coming up your way soon North West…

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Dotmoxee Photography say:  As wedding photographers we’ve always found ourselves flicking through a good home and fashion magazine, reading about the latest wedding trends, and thinking about our next inspiration shoot.  We always aim to keep our work up to date, as well as working with like minded suppliers in the North West.

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We met Francesca (Cheshire Cat Cake Company) back in November at a wedding fair and where amazed by her talent. Naturally we both liked the idea of collaborating and decided to extend the invitation. 

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Francesca from The Cheshire Cat Cake Company says: When Emilie (Dotmoxee Photography) approached me to join her in a vintage shoot in Sale, Cheshire, I jumped at the chance. Having great photographs of my work is essential to capture intricate elements of my bespoke designs and also appeal to the modern sophisticated bride.

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We agreed to use the gorgeous palette of dusky peach and rich gold colours as our theme and after showing off our mood board we soon had our bridal shop, florist, venue stylist & head pieces on board. Now we just required our model for the day and a make up artist to complete the team. 

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The biggest challenge was finding a date when everyone was available, but once it was set we were all committed to the shoot. The day itself was gloomy at best (chance of snow, light showers) but with a glimmer of sunshine we took our chances.

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As the rain came down Chris Gratin (Beautifully Vintage) worked her magic and styled an area in Pearl Bridal Boutique (Sale). Chris is a real treat to have on a shoot – her enthusiasm counter balanced the poor weather with charm and stunning vintage props. 

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All the while Make Up Artist Jenny Reddiough was giving our model Bernadette a bridal makeover, the lovely Nicole (Pearl Bridal Boutique) had selected the dress ‘Dulcie’ (by White Rose) from her 2013 collection and with Rachel of Penny Brown providing her wonderful hand made head pieces, Bernadette’s look was complete.

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The stunning bouquets were provided by Sale based Laurel Weddings, the colours and button details worked perfectly and complemented the rest of the styling; shoes by Rainbow Club (as part of their lace collection). Francesca took the opportunity to experiment with different techniques. Her use of a tinted, copper leaf gilt with the addition of large ruffle rosettes looked adorable.

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For the companion design, she created a double tiered cake swathed in ripples of buttercream, with wired pearl detail , emulating folds of cascading fabric. Finally topping this with an additional tier, again using the copper gilt, and punctuating with a giant, copper edged, single rosette to complete the design.

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With one eye on the weather our chance finally came to venture outdoors. Walkden Gardens is one of Sale’s hidden gems and this was our opportunity to make the most of it. Nicole provided Bernadette with a second dress (‘Payton’ by Sweetheart Gowns) and after a quick touch up from Jenny we were on our way.

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We all worked together to create an inspiring set of images and hopefully provided you with some insight into each suppliers work. 

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Bridal Dresses – Pearl Bridal Boutique

Cake – Cheshire Cat Cake Company

Styling – Beautifully Vintage China Hire & Vintage Accessories

Makeup & Hair – Make Up By Jenny Reddiough

Headpieces – Penny Brown

Flowers – Laurel Weddings

Photography – Dotmoxee Photography

Model – Bernadette

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Fancy more beautiful luxury and vintage inspiration?  Mark your diaries with the first Brides Up North North West Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham on Sunday 19th May 2013!  VIP Pre-Registration is open now, click here, don’t miss out!

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