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Steel The Limelight! Silver Wedding Dresses For 2014

May 26th, 2014 | Rachel Parry

Cocorico, Ian Stuart

Cocorico by Ian Stuart

Back at your screen already?  We wouldn’t leave you hanging over the whole bank holiday weekend Brides Up North! Instead, here’s a pop of cool coloured eye candy to take you through till Tuesday. 

Non-traditional toned wedding dresses have gradually crept onto the scene as bold brides have ventured beyond the standard white and ivory options.  It started with just a handful of designers daring to push the boundaries but now more and more collections feature a coloured creation or two.

Violet, Monique Lhuillier

Violet by Monique Lhuillier

Last year pink was huge, particularly warm, playful blush tones which attracted a few celebrity fans, including the gorgeous Jessica Biel. By contrast, designers have turned down the heat for their 2015 collections, switching to steely, iced hues such as silver, grey and blue.

The only celebrity I’ve known to recently wed in such a shade is actress Helen Worth, yes that’s right Gail from Corrie, but please don’t let that put you off. While Mrs McIntyre is no style icon, steely tones can dazzle on the aisle for all the right reasons.

Alicia, Jenny Packham

Alicia by Jenny Packham

Tipped as a top trend for the coming year, frosted frocks are favoured by several designers, notably Jenny Packham, Ian Stuart and Monique Lhuillier.

Caracas, Ian Stuart

Caracas by Ian Stuart

Vivaldi, Ian Stuart

Vivaldi by Ian Stuart

Boudoir, Ian Stuart

Boudoir by Ian Stuart

Although fantastically flamboyant, many of Stuart’s designs are available in a pale blue hue, offering a quiet alternative that won’t rock the traditional boat too much. His Frill Me collection has some particularly stunning steely options. Boudoir and Coco Rico are slim-line, structured designs with stand-out detailing while Caracas and Vivaldi are two larger silhouettes, featuring another top trend for the coming year – ruffles.

Grace, Jenny Packham

Grace by Jenny Packham

Packham meanwhile gives brides the opportunity to sparkle in her embellished silver gowns. Both Alicia and Grace are simple yet striking designs with intricate detailing, perfect for brides who want to add a touch of glamour to their steely themes.

Floressa, Monique Lhuillier

Floressa by Monique Lhuillier

A further sterling option comes in the form of Monique Lhuillier’s Violet frock with a structured, high-detailed bodice and soft ruffled skirt. Those set on stealing the limelight however may prefer Lhuiller’s Floressa dress. An icy blast of blue, this dress packs a punch with its dropped waist bodice and full A-line floral skirt.

Raven, Claire Pettibone

Raven by Claire Pettibone

For me personally, if it’s a steely dress with a difference that you desire, Claire Pettibone’s Raven design is hard to beat. Combining last year’s top hue of pink with this year’s on-trend grey tones, this dress combines the best of both worlds – warm and frosty shades. A stunning example of the exquisite detailing Pettibone is renowned for, Raven boasts a dramatic black tulle overlay embroidered with pink and red roses complete with silver sequins, pearl silk and long flowing train. Perfection!

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Perfect Peace. A Blue 1950s Vintage Wedding Dress For A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Charlotte & Lee

November 18th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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And that’s a wrap! 

I’ve just called time on our seventeenth luxury wedding exhibition of the year at the National Railway Museum in York, and our last of the autumn/ winter season 2013.  It’s been epic, and I have you lovely lot to thank for that.  I have the best readers and wedding industry supporters (but then we always knew that, didn’t we?)!

My legs are killing me and I’m cream crackered, but my head is all of a buzz with big ideas, new plans and daring dreams of how to take this Northern Revolution to the next level in this our 4th year and into 2014.  Whilst I have a cheeky lie in (come on, I deserve it!) and attempt to decompress a little – a plan built on hyperactivity is no plan at all after all – I’m leaving you with something pure and pretty to greet you this Monday morning.

After the full on, high octane activity and inspiration of this weekend, blogging Charlotte and Lee’s stunning yet simple Real Wedding was an absolute joy.  Their images, by Kirsty Mattsson, capture a calm and sincere celebration, that’s a little different and a lot beautiful. Bliss.

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Charlotte says:  We got engaged in October 2010 at Oktoberfest in Munich (whilst in a beer hall!) and were married on 7th September 2013 atHensall Church for our ceremony and Womersley Park for our reception. 

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Hensall is the village where I grew up so the church has a long family history; I was the 4th generation to marry in this church on my mum’s side so it was important that we got married here. Womersley Park is a beautiful venue not far from the church

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I chose an ice blue 1950’s vintage dress. It was from a wonderful shop in York called Glory Days Vintage.

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Kirsty Mattsson

The bridesmaids wore a vintage style ivory lace dress from Monsoon  and the Lee wore a Paul Smith suit, shirt and tie.

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My flowers were a mixture of country flowers, with lavender and gypsophila by Lisa’s Flowers in Selby. 

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The owner of Womersley Park drove us back to the venue in his vintage Bentley convertible.

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Kirsty Mattsson

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We went for a vintage tea party with a country, village feel.  We hired a beautiful marquee by Shades Of India and kitted it out using Bar Hire Yorkshire and Wendy’s Vintage Tea Parties

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Our colour scheme was quite mix and match, but with lots of pastels and blue.  A lot of things were made by me, my family and friends which gave the day a personal touch. We made the invitations, favours, seating plan (which was a suitcase to show off our honeymoon), macaroons and wishing tree. 

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Our wedding cake was a vanilla sponge with beautiful cream and blue icing.

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Our wedding video was by Silver Sixpence Films and our beautiful images by Kirsty Mattsson. 

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In the evening we had a fantastic band called Alex Graham and the Concords who I can’t recommend enough! They got everyone on their feet and really started off the evening with a bang! We also used a great DJ called Craig Halligan who created a great atmosphere and played the songs we wanted, again I would wholly recommend him. 

Kirsty Mattsson

Kirsty Mattsson

The whole day was amazing.  The ceremony was lovely and the band really transformed the day.

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Kirsty Mattsson

For our honeymoon, we have booked a self-drive tour of the American deep south, from Nashville to new Orleans in May 2014.  We can’t wait! 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is to create the day that you want, find suppliers that you trust and add lots of personal touches!

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Congratulations Charlotte & Lee!

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Style A Rainbow: Could You Rock A Colourful Frock?

July 15th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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As well as the usual – and still beautiful – ivories and whites adorning the bridal catwalks for the past few seasons, they have also been awash with watercolour hues as wedding gown designers step away from monochrome and explore the further reaches of the rainbow.  Our regular guest blogger, Rachel Parry of Mosaic Brides has fallen head over heels for colour. 

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Rachel says:  As part of my job (and in my spare time) I spend a lot of hours swooning over beautiful wedding dresses which often results in a daydream of my very own white wedding. However recently I’ve found myself dreaming in colour as many wedding dress designers have dared to dip their gowns in beautiful blush tones and even vibrant hues, posing a controversial question to brides – would you marry in a colour?

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While many brides do stray from pure white to the heady heights of ivory, very few dare to go that step further. But with an influx of coloured gowns on the bridal catwalks for several seasons now the trend is gradually growing in popularity and has picked up several celebrity endorsements along the way. Last year the gorgeous Jessica Biel married Mr JT in a pretty pink gown and actresses Anne Hathaway and Reece Witherspoon have also walked the aisle wearing the girly hue.

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While I wouldn’t dare to go as far as fashionista Sarah Jessica Parker who married in black, I would consider the option of a pastel wedding dress. I think soft hues such as taupe, peach, powder pink and baby blue give gowns a romantic and whimsical appearance, perfect for a fairytale wedding.

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Some of my favourite designs come from Claire Pettibone who often injects bursts of colour into her delicate and detailed creations.  For those not wanting to stray too far from tradition, Pettibone has many flattering and fashionable designs in subtle gold and blush tones with elegant embroidery detailing.

Personally I was a big fan of her pale pink ‘Dew Drop’ dress, complete with eye-catching rose bolero.

Several designs in her recent collection ‘An Earthy Paradise’ feature on-trend pops of mint green and the full coloured ‘Venus’ dress.

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The expert in theatrical bridal wear, Ian Stuart is also an advocate of coloured wedding dresses.

His ‘Killer Queen’ collection featured many dramatic designs in muted palettes such as taupe, honey, rose and lilac as well as bolder options including the ‘Verbier’ dress in blue and ‘Broadway’ in bright peony pink. Coloured dresses also feature in his latest collection ‘Supernova’ but the confident designer has gone one step by with the addition of a floral print dress, ‘South Pacific’ which is both bold and beautiful. Australian designer Wendy Makin has also included a statement floral print dress (‘Katelyn’) in her couture collection which is attracting a lot of attention..

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Of course these aren’t the only designers experimenting with colour. Maggie Sottero, Charlotte Balbier, Veromia and Elie Saab but to name a few have also come up with colourful creations.

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Perhaps the queen of coloured wedding dresses though is Vera Wang who never fears to push the design boundaries. Previous collections have included the cute yellow Isabella dress and the dramatic grey and black Josephine gown. She also turned up the heat with an all red collection for Spring 2013 and her latest Spring 2014 saw the catwalk awash with striking monochrome creations for fashion-forward brides.

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So, would you, could you, should you?  Leave us a comment and let us know!

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Message In A Bottle! A Real Wedding In Aberdeen – Lucie & Josh

October 13th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Happy Saturday Brides Up North!  What are your plans for the weekend?  I’m off to a wedding myself (!), helping my great friend Leah to say “I do” to her lovely boyfriend Ben.  Congratulations to the happy couple, and save some cake for me (if I know Leah like I think I do, there’ll be plenty of cake involved)!

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Whilst I’m having fun eating cake, I’ve a fab Real Wedding just for two to share with you all today.  Lucie and Josh didn’t need anyone else to make their day special (except from Branco from AB Weddings), as they rocked their day the way they wanted it: a bright blue dress, fish and chips and fairgrounds.

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Lucie says:   We were married on 23rd December 2011 at Aberdeen Town Hall.  We love the Hall because of it’s amazing architecture, but wanted to have a non traditional and punk rock wedding – with just the two of us!

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We opted for dark colours and didn’t have a strict dress code, we just wore what we felt comfortable in – which was a bright blue dress for me, to match my hair.  I carried a bouquet of black imitation flowers.

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Our wedding breakfast was fish and chips from the chip shop on Aberdeen beach called ‘Captain Jax’ which was opened especially for us.

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We had a toffee cream cake from Tesco and a plastic play sword to cut it with.  We had loads of fun posing for photos on the beach with our photographer Branco from AB Weddings. 

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We sent a message in a bottle to commemorate the day (I wonder if it washes up on foreign shores?) and we also brought along a “Magic Umbrella” to fly us to our honeymoon destination!  

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My favourite part of the day was the photo shoot at the beach even though it was extremely cold and saying “yes” to my lovely husband.

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After the wedding we flew with our magic umbrella to Edinburgh and spent Christmas there.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to do your own thing, and make sure you get a photographer who is fun to work with and is genuinely interested in your big day.

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Wedding Inspiration Wednesday: Something Blue?

October 3rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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1. Elle is For Love Stationery 2. Crashing Waves Gown 3. Wedgewood Blue Cake 4. Ice Blue Silk Dress 5. Blue & Nude Table Decor 6. Marie Antoinette Heels 7. Tulle Dress Image 8. Doreen Feather Headpiece 9. Eclectic Bouquet 10. Carved Topaz Ring

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Refreshed and relaxed after her hols, our regular guest blogger Katy of What Katy Did Next is back and better than ever.  She may have a touch of the post-holiday blues, but I just knew that even that was sure to be gorgeous!  Just check out that powder blue tulle.  Enjoy. 

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Katy says:  After the fabulousness of Zooey Deschanel’s Powder Blue Reem Acra Dress at the Emmy’s last week, Julia requested a wedding inspiration board themed around having your dress be your “Something Blue”!

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There is more and more pale powder blues emerging on the catwalk and on the bridal scene and I love it. Not quite the traditional shade for your wedding dress, brides are becoming increasingly daring and adding colour to their big day attire.

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This particular blue is so beautiful I’d be tempted to leave it as the only colour in your wedding palette. However, I have added touches of a faded gold and nude to make the board sophisticated and chic. Metallic shades can instantly make this colour look amazing, i have picked subtle touches of gold in the chairs, bridesmaid belt and matching lace on the gorgeous Marie Antoinette style heels.

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There is a regal style running through the board from the Wedgewood wedding cake, stationery and shoes but the palette can easily be styled down for a casual outdoorsy wedding. Simply use wild flowers in your decor and more props such as pale blue Mason Jars, painted wood signs and delicate bunting.
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What do you think, are you brave enough to have your dress be your Something Blue?

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Remember: the plan is to share a new inspiration board in this time slot every other week, either compiled by myself, regular guest blogger Katy or YOU: get in touch with your own ideas and inspiration boards! We’ll be discussing our inspirations behind the images too so it’s simply going to be a whole load of lovely.

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If you are a little less arty but in need of inspiration and still want to play along, we will also be taking requests for colour schemes and themes and making bespoke boards for my readers. Please contact me to suggest a theme or colour scheme.

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She’s A Star! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Steph & Nathan

May 11th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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For me, Friday has always been a day of celebration – the end of the working week, the start of the weekend, a few cheeky drinks, a long lunch and a sneaky Crunchie.  Totally floats my boat.

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What better way to get the Friday feelings flowing than with a simply stunning real wedding sent to me by real bride Steph and Matt of Agan Photography.  This wedding has it all – fashion, fun and food. 

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And oh!  The fashion and the food… swoon.

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Over to Steph: We got engaged on 10th August 2009 at Center Parcs Elvedon and were married on 10th September 2011 at The Star Inn, Harome, North Yorkshire.  The venue is filled with a quirky, rustic charm – and made an impression on us as soon as we walked in. The village setting is also lovely – and we already knew the food would be fantastic too, so it was a very easy choice!

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We tried to keep everything simple, local and handmade if possible. All the food cooked at The Star is locally sourced and our evening menu was all from local suppliers in our home village (including a homemade wedding cake). The table decorations and favours were all handmade and the confetti was hand-dried petals donated from different friend’s and family’s gardens

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I chose to wear Maxime in Azure by Ian Stuart Belle Epoque Collection from Blush in Uppermill. My head dress was by Vivien Sheriff and dyed to match.  I carried a bouquet of roses, calla lilies, gladioli, heather, elderberries, bear grass and lavender by Gerts Flowers in Honley. 

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My bridesmaids wore eggplant gowns by Jim Hjelm from Limelight Occasions in Lepton. 

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The boys wore suits from Marks and Spencer.

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The most memorable part of the whole day was definitely the wedding ceremony itself, walking down the aisle and seeing each other for the first time. The speeches were also a lot of fun.

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To add a special touch to the day we hosted an after dinner quiz with homemade chilli vodka as the grand prize. We also invested in some fun outdoor garden games (quoits, petanque and swing ball).  We created our own disco on the laptop with handpicked songs playing inside and outdoors!

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Dessert was a feast in itself – cheese cake (actual cheese of various kinds), pork pie cake and Mum’s fruitcake. 

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After a brilliant wedding, we honeymooned in Las Vegas and Mexico.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to take time making all your decisions and give yourself plenty of time to make them. Try not to worry about small details on the day – nobody else will notice tiny things that might not be quite right in your eyes.

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Congratulations Steph & Nathan!

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Contact me to share your Real Wedding memories with Brides Up North. 

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