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Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Shows Spring 2017

a posh picnic. a boho wedding at the national wildflower centre in liverpool – hannah & leon

February 2nd, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A Boho Wedding in Liverpool (c) Hannah Blackledge Photography (27)

For today’s real wedding, we’re escaping to the serene and picture-perfect backdrop of the National Wildflower Centre for Hannah and Leon’s special day.

After seven years together, the couple said ‘I do’ at Runcorn Town Hall before celebrating with family and friends in the unconventional Wildflower Centre, set in the 35 acre Victorian Court Hey Park, for a wedding with a boho twist.

There are so many wonderful and heartfelt touches to this wedding – from the couple’s ‘posh’ picnic and specially crafted cocktails, to their handmade decorations and blessings in the pretty surroundings of a meadow.

With images by Hayley Blackledge Photography

A Boho Wedding in Liverpool (c) Hannah Blackledge Photography (2)

hannah says: We got engaged on our first real Christmas living together. We had opened all our gifts and Leon said he had forgotten one, so he went to get it while I opened my last gift. I turned around and there he was on one knee. He did the traditional full name and full question – it was perfect. My last gift was a Westlife album of all “our songs” from when we first started going out as kids. On the back, he had written me a full proposal that I could keep forever.

We were married on 30th July 2016, exactly one week after our seven-year anniversary. Leon is a teacher so we wanted the wedding to take place while he was off school, which meant this date was perfect.

A Boho Wedding in Liverpool (c) Hannah Blackledge Photography (8)

We had two separate venues for our wedding day. The first was Runcorn Town Hall for the ceremony, and the reception was hosted at the National Wildflower Centre in Liverpool. The first time we visited, we walked through the wildflowers, explored the park and sat by the pond with my parents and sister, and we fell in love with the place. I noticed a tiny poster offering venue hire for events and we never looked back once we were given the price. Our parents were married in Runcorn Town Hall so it held a lot of sentimental value for us. Plus, it’s very beautiful.

A Boho Wedding in Liverpool (c) Hannah Blackledge Photography (36)

We didn’t aim to have a theme, but ended up with a laid-back posh picnic – quite a mix! We wanted to create a beautiful space and that meant the right decorations rather than one set theme or colour.

The colour theme grew over time and became much more relaxed the closer we got to the big day. We started with navy (Leon’s suit), white (my dress) and peach (bridesmaid dresses). Over time we added gold, greens, wood tones, pinks and other pastel colours in the same shade. It looked great!

A Boho Wedding in Liverpool (c) Hannah Blackledge Photography (52)

When it came to my outfit, I didn’t want to look like the “classic bride” and wanted something a touch more vintage and boho. There was one store on Bold Street in Liverpool, Cherry Blossom Boutique, which I tried to call into at least three times. Every time I called over, I’d mistimed it. I managed to make it along one afternoon though and found my dress. I tried two dresses on and then there it was: my Gino Cerruti. The full-length gown had an illusion neckline, a waist synching band and low back, and was covered in hoops of clear beads. I paired my dress with chunky heeled T-bar New Look shoes and a handmade veil from my nan. I then swapped my heels for white flats for most of the day.

Leon wore a navy three-piece suit, with a waistcoat of a different texture from Next. He teamed this with a white shirt with handmade Marvel Spiderman cufflinks and socks, and a pink tie from Burton, with a pink pocket square. To complete his ensemble, he wore brown brogues from Tesco and a squirrel silver tiepin.

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poppies & tweed. a bespoke dress for a boho wedding at home – emily & kingsley

July 13th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Boho Wedding in Yorkshire (c) Photogenik Photography (54)

There’s no better way to lift your spirits at this mid-week point than by sharing this absolutely delicious real wedding with you.

Keen to make their wedding day a reflection of their personalities, today’s bride and groom planned a traditional church wedding followed by a relaxed tipi reception at the bride’s parents’ house.

We adore both the rustic and bohemian touches, particularly the fashion-forward attire worn by the happy couple as well as the bridesmaids and groomsmen. Pushing the style stakes sky-high guys!

Images by Photogenick Photography.

A Boho Wedding in Yorkshire (c) Photogenik Photography (20)

A Boho Wedding in Yorkshire (c) Photogenik Photography (27)

emily says: We got engaged in September 2015. Kingsley convinced me to take the dog for a walk with him at dusk. We arrived at a spot in the woods above our house which overlooks the whole village. Kingsley had laid out candles in jars but I still didn’t cotton on as to what was happening until he got down on one knee – then there were lots of tears!

We set the date for 21st May 2016. Kingsley plays professional football and his off season is May to June so a spring wedding was a no-brainer for us. I love all the wild flowers and blossom around that time of year too so I knew it would make a beautiful setting.

A Boho Wedding in Yorkshire (c) Photogenik Photography (38)

Our wedding ceremony took place at our small local church, which is surrounded by strawberry fields, in Ryther, North Yorkshire. It is just down the road from my parents’ house which is where we had the reception. We hired three big Papakata tipis and had them on the land around the back of my mum and dad’s farmhouse. We wanted a low key and relaxed day and for everyone to feel welcome at our family home.

We had a whole medley of themes for the day – rustic, festival, bohemian. My bridal look was very bohemian to reflect my everyday style. Kingsley and the groomsmen had a rustic look as they wore tweed, though the relaxed the look a bit by wearing skinny jeans, which was very them.

We didn’t have a colour scheme as such, it was just very relaxed so anything went. Everything in the tipi was very rustic coloured and natural. My bridesmaids however were in red watercolour poppy dresses, which a lot of people said was a bold choice, but I wanted them to look kick ass and to really make an impact.

A Boho Wedding in Yorkshire (c) Photogenik Photography (52)

My mum made by wedding dress by hand. She’s a very talented seamstress in her past time and I felt honoured to have her sew for me. I designed the whole thing by sketch and she brought it to life. We bought Italian lace from Soho for the sleeves and a piece of vintage lace from a local car boot for the lace insert in the front of my V-neck and used the rest to make a vintage dolly bag for my lippy!

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midsummer night’s dream: an ethereal styled shoot in the north west

June 6th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Midsummer Night's Dream Styled Shoot (c) Boho Lane Photography (44)

This afternoon on the blog we have some dreamy eye candy in the form of a stunning styled shoot to ease away those Monday blues.

Put together by a talented group of Cheshire wedding suppliers, this shoot centres round A Midsummer Night’s Dream theme with relaxed, ethereal styling and beautiful boho dresses and accessories.

Here to fill us in on all the pretty details is Rebecca from Gypsy Rose Vintage, who provided the beautiful hair accessories featured in the shoot. We need to get us one of those rose flower crowns #lush.

With images by Boho Lane Photography.

A Midsummer Night's Dream Styled Shoot (c) Boho Lane Photography (19)

rebecca says: The purpose of the shoot was to bring together a group of like-minded bohemian and vintage inspired creatives to create a Midsummer Night’s Dream inspired shoot.

A Midsummer Night's Dream Styled Shoot (c) Boho Lane Photography (7)

The chosen location was a local hidden gem, Maggoty Wood in Gawsworth, Cheshire, which fit perfectly with the theme of the shoot. The open space woodland was perfectly quiet and tranquil on the day we shot, allowing us to have free reign to create a series of different backdrops, capturing the natural beauty of the area.

A Midsummer Night's Dream Styled Shoot (c) Boho Lane Photography (40)

The styling, which Pretty Creative assisted on, revolved around the Midsummer Night’s Dream/floral theme. We specifically wanted to include lots of feathers/dreamcatchers, colourful fresh fruits, such as figs and grapefruits, and, of course, lots of lovely flowers, which were supplied by Verity & Thyme. The stationery was created by Hattie Boo Designs and added a romantic pop of colour.

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a wonderful world. a pretty boho wedding at abbeywood gardens – hannah & joe

December 14th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

A Pretty Boho Wedding (c) Jessica O'Shaughnessy Photography (37)

We’re getting your week off to a very beautiful start here on the blog by reliving the wonderful wedding of Hannah and Joe.

When the two of them see today’s post they will be in Australia on a somewhat mammoth honeymoon as they decided to leave for a year’s travelling the day after saying their ‘I dos’. Guys, we salute you!

Their departure therefore made their boho wedding a leaving party also which meant it was all the more important for the big day to be an enjoyable one. Looking at the pictures we think it’s fair to say the memories will be living on back home in their absence.

With images by Jessica O’Shaughnessy Photography.

A Pretty Boho Wedding (c) Jessica O'Shaughnessy Photography (9)

hannah says: We got engaged while on holiday in the South of France with my parents, Gran and my two brothers. On our second day we went to a beautiful village in the mountains called Minerve. We all had lunch together and then went off in smaller groups to explore. Joe walked me up a steep hill with stunning views of the mountains and whilst shaking with nerves, got down on one knee and proposed. I burst into tears and when we’d finally calmed down we ran off to tell my family who were thrilled.

We set the date for the 14th August 2015. As I’m a primary school teacher we knew we wanted the wedding in the summer holidays and we were hopeful for good weather around then! It also meant my brother and his family could come over from Australia to be part of the celebrations.

A Pretty Boho Wedding (c) Jessica O'Shaughnessy Photography (14)

As Joe is from Derbyshire and I’m from Cheshire, we looked in both areas for a venue but finally fell in love with Abbeywood Gardens in Cheshire. We love the outdoors and this venue has stunning gardens surrounded by fields and forests. The staff were also really friendly, laid back and helpful – we just knew straight away it was the right place for us.

We wanted an outdoor wedding and the venue had a beautiful pagoda near a pond which we thought would be perfect for our ceremony. Of course, we live in England and so it rained for most of our wedding day but we didn’t mind as we had a beautiful ceremony in the huge glasshouse where you could still look out at the flowers.

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autumnal allure: a boho wedding shoot in sheffield’s botanical gardens

November 10th, 2015 | Julia Braime

An Autumnal Boho Styled Shoot by Key Reflections for KMR Bespoke Bridal(11)

We’ve spoken before on the blog about our love for autumn, and so when this dreamy styled shoot inspired by the season fell into our inbox, we just knew we had to share it you, our lovely readers.

Put together by a very talented bunch of Sheffield wedding suppliers at the city’s Botanical Gardens, the theme and concept behind the images was simply to inspire brides who would like a rustic bohemian themed wedding. Having been totally captivated by the images below we’d say they’ve easily achieved their goal.

To tell you more about the team work and styling that went into creating the shoot, we’ll hand over to Kelly Marie Redhead, of KMR Bespoke Bridal, who supplied the stunning dresses and accessories seen in the images. Over to you Kelly…

With images by Key Reflections.

An Autumnal Boho Styled Shoot by Key Reflections for KMR Bespoke Bridal(57)

kelly says: Inspiration for the bohemian themed shoot came from the warm autumnal colours within the beautiful Botanical Gardens in Sheffield. We created two looks to provide inspiration for brides who desire a rustic bohemian themed wedding by shooting within the woods to create a ‘rustic picnic’ and shooting within the beautiful conservatories and gardens to give a true ‘bohemian’ feel.

For the picnic setting, set stylist Julia Jeckell, created a rustic feel using old wooden crates for the picnic table and old canvas sacks and cushions for seating. The picnic table was styled with a delicious selection of outdoor picnic food – fresh French bread and cheese, red wine and autumnal fruits in shades of burnt oranges and reds. The finishing touches were made with candles in old jam jars, pine cones, rustic hearts, and props in reclaimed materials all sourced in Sheffield.

An Autumnal Boho Styled Shoot by Key Reflections for KMR Bespoke Bridal(7)

Hair and makeup inspiration for our shoot came from the rustic bohemian theme and autumnal colours. The makeup look was created by Sheffield based professional hair and makeup artist Julia Jeckell for our model, Hannah, with this in mind.

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bohemian luxe: a 1920s inspired styled shoot in sheffield

November 5th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

Lovely Pretty Things at Cutlers Hall (c) RJH Photography (32)

Do we have a treat for you on the blog this morning – a super opulent yet dreamily undone wedding shoot complete with stunning styling and models, all captured in the steel city of Sheffield.

Organised by Yorkshire-based jewellery and accessories designer, Gemma Trebble of Lovely Pretty Things, this captivating shoot takes inspiration from the glamorous 1920s but pares things back a little for a breezy bohemian twist, which we love!

As well as featuring Gemma’s splendid designs, the shoot also showcases the talents of some of Sheffield’s finest suppliers, and those from further afield have joined in too.

So here’s Gemma with all the details of the shoot and also an exclusive Brides Up North reader discount off her lovely collection:

Gemma is offering Brides Up North readers an exclusive discount of £5 off any purchase over £25 on her Etsy shop, using the code BRIDESUPNORTH. The online shop can be reached via Gemma’s website www.lovelyprettythings.co.uk, or directly by clicking here.

With images by RJH Photography.

Lovely Pretty Things at Cutlers Hall (c) RJH Photography (10)

gemma says: I’ve wanted to plan a styled shoot for years, but didn’t really know where to start. They’re a fantastic way to network, meet other suppliers and get creative! The theme for the shoot was glamorous 1920s mixed with bohemian luxe. We wanted to avoid the Gatsby look that has been done so much in recent years, and wanted to go for something a little different. The plan was to really strip that style back and make it much more muted down, creating a timeless and edgy look.

Lovely Pretty Things at Cutlers Hall (c) RJH Photography (28)

Having decided on the style of the shoot, we knew we wanted a really grand venue for our backdrop and Cutlers Hall was top of the list to contact. I sent a tentative email asking if we could use the building, thinking it might be a long shot, but was pleasantly surprised when Chloe got straight back to me with a definite yes!

The venue is right in the middle of Sheffield city centre and even though I’d walked past it every day for years, I’d never actually been in. I was amazed by the scale and the grandeur of it when I went inside for the first time. I felt like I’d stumbled upon some sort of secret, and straight away knew it was the right venue for our vision for the shoot.

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