April 27th, 2017 | Rachel Parry
Thursday evening’s don’t come much better than this! It’s very nearly the beginning of a bank holiday weekend and to top that, we’ve got an uber-gorgeous styled shoot packed with wedding inspiration to share with you. Ladies, it’s time to let down your hair, fill up your glass (with bubbles, we hope) and feast your eyes on this bridal beauty.
Lead by award-winning Sheffield florist Tracey Campbell, of Campbell’s Flowers, this shoot is the work of a talented team of South Yorkshire suppliers who relished in the opulent ‘fine romance’ brief.
True to form, Tracey created some truly breath-taking designs, which were complemented by the stunning choice of bridal attire, hair, makeup and details.
The backdrop of the misty Peak District hills adds to the romantic tale, and we are thrilled to see a little cameo appearance from some rather gorgeous greyhounds.
With images by Shelley Richmond Photography. Models: Jessica Fletcher and Jessica Leatherday.
tracey says: The big idea behind the shoot was to really visually explore the growing trend of floral wedding designs moving away from the meadowy, just-picked look so dominant in recent years, and towards a very opulent, luxe look. It’s an incredibly romantic look, so we worked with the shoot title ‘A Fine Romance’.
To create that style, I used lots of textures when crafting the floral designs, and maximised contrasts, by juxtaposing more traditional blooms, like amaryllis with exotic flora, such as King Protea.
Much of the inspiration came from the wonderful Marilyn gown by Sassi Holford, particularly in terms of the colour palette, which featured silvery grey eucalyptus and pinks in a range of hues from soft, baby blushes through to some magnificently vivid magenta. The stunning gowns for the shoot, including Marilyn, were provided by Sheffield-based bridal boutique, The White Room.
When it came to the shoot location, we decided on Losehill House Hotel and Spa. We’ve long been fans of this superb venue, and as preferred suppliers we adore working with them. For us, its incredible location is hard to beat as the rolling hills of the beautiful Peak District will always hold a very special place in our hearts; constantly inspiring us and drawing us back.
Losehill also perfectly matched our theme, as the whole place is brimming with luxury details and feels very special. We also love to collaborate with other businesses who share our ethos, and Losehill really does, particularly when it comes to insisting on quality and supporting local artisans and suppliers, for example, the lounge and restaurant furniture was all hand crafted to their design by a nearby company.
To create our romantic, high-end look with our flowers for the shoot, we focused on a contemporary classic look that was all refined elegance with a muted, soft and incredibly feminine colour palette, which we then contrasted with vivid colour pops like cerise. We also incorporated rich colours that were reminiscent of oil paintings, such as a deep emerald green as seen in the simple ivy crowns.
July 14th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
We’re feeling all loved-up this morning and it’s down to this gorgeous styled shoot that we are sharing on the blog.
These super-romantic images were captured by Yorkshire based photographer Nicola Dixon whilst attending a wedding photography workshop hosted by Sheffield wedding photographer Shelley Richmond, of Kindred Photography.
Set against a rural backdrop in the city, Nicola and fellow photographers on the workshop, were tasked with capturing the love and emotion between two models, who were a real life couple. Looking at these images we’d say Nicola earned herself a gold stay during the workshop as we think these images are both stunning and honest.
To explain more about the shoot we’ll hand over to the lady who was behind the lens…
With images by Nicola Dixon Photography.
nicola says: This lovely styled shoot was part of a workshop I attended in rural Sheffield, which was hosted by professional photographer Shelley Richmond.
The setting for the shoot was gorgeous woodland and fields with far fetching views, which made it perfect for couple’s portraits. We went out at sunset to capture our lovely models and real couple, Billie Mo and Oliver. The light was fading and it started to rain, but you can’t really tell from the images as the couple kept in high spirits and laughed all the way through the bad weather.
They styling of the models was taken care of by an amazing team of Sheffield suppliers, who were busily working away in the background while Shelley was inspiring us with her advice and tips. Jenn Edwards Wedding Hair & Make-up took care of the relaxed and romantic hair and makeup while the stunning bridal separates were provided by KMR Bespoke Bridal Designer. The lovely blooms were supplied by Campbell’s Flowers, including the incredible bouquet.
For me I love attending workshops and having the opportunity to hone my craft. I enjoyed this workshop and shoot in particular because it featured a real couple which I find is always so much better than doing a styled shoot with regular models as there is a real connection between the ‘bride’ and ‘groom’. I love story-telling and when it’s a real couple like this, there is more of a story to try to capture and reflect.
November 30th, 2015 | Julia Braime
To get your week off to a pretty start, we’re sharing with you Elizabeth and Rory’s elegant wedding day that took place in Yorkshire.
Deciding to stick with tradition for their ceremony, Elizabeth and Rory picked the church connected to their son’s school in which to say their ‘I dos’. Once wed the bride, groom and their guests then all enjoyed a marquee reception in a rural location which boasted beautiful countryside views.
With images by Sarah Brabbin Photography.
elizabeth says: We got engaged in October 2014. We’d been over visiting Rory’s friend in Cheshire for the weekend and we went out to Peckforton Castle. We were in the great hall when Rory said ‘look at that over there’ and pointed at some coats of arms on the wall. When I turned back around he was on one knee! Our little boy who was five at the time got down on one knee with him too, totally unrehearsed and unprompted. Rory proposed with his mum’s engagement ring. Sadly she’d lost a two year battle with cancer a month earlier so it was pretty emotional.
We were married on 26th September 2015, at Hoylandswaine Church and then had our reception in a marquee supplied by Black Cherry Events, at Smallshaw Farm Cottages in Millhouse Green, near Sheffield. I always wanted to get married in a church and we chose Hoylandswaine as it’s the church connected to our son’s school. It meant a lot as it’s where we go for his harvest festival, carol concert etc. It’s not our parish church but I went to services regularly to ensure we were eligible.
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November 10th, 2015 | Julia Braime
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.
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.
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.
September 24th, 2015 | Julia Braime
Today’s real wedding captivated us as soon as it landed in the Brides Up North inbox. Not only because it’s up there with the prettiest weddings we’ve seen, but also because so much thought and love has been poured into all the different elements of the day to ensure it is both personal & pretty!
When submitting her wedding, bride Lisa said some very kind words about our blog, which she used as the main source of guidance and inspiration for planning her own big day. We are blown away with the results and are so pleased that what we post on our pretty pages is of such use to our creative and stylish brides.
Prepare to swoon (a lot)…
With images by Helen Russell Photography.
lisa says: We got engaged all the way back in July 2013. We used to date in Matlock Bath, Derbyshire, and James proposed where we used to frequent on the cliff top ‘Lover’s Walk’ overlooking the town, on one knee with an amazing vintage inspired engagement ring! It was how I’d always imagined us getting engaged, and luckily he’d had the same idea without us ever speaking about it!
We chose July 31st as our wedding date as we wanted a weekday summer wedding and knew for family with children the summer holidays would be best. We chose to wait two years to give us enough time to save up and have the wedding we wanted without rushing things or compromising on what we wanted, which really took the pressure off! The date is also one day after my grandparents’ wedding anniversary date, so tied that in beautifully.
We came across The Ashes venue whilst searching Derbyshire wedding venues. I’m from Derby, and the place has always been special to us, as well as the Peak District and the North of England generally being stunning anyway! As soon as we walked into the ceremony barn at The Ashes for our first viewing we knew it was where we were meant to be married, and didn’t look anywhere else, it just felt right! We wanted somewhere beautiful but with a laid back and rustic feel at the same time, and The Ashes had all of that and more.
The theme naturally evolved into an English rose/country theme the more we chose! My dress started that as it’s covered in lace and chiffon roses, and the flowers followed suit. I’m so pale I’ve always been called an English Rose anyway! James works on a farm and as a tree surgeon, so lots of the country elements were inspired by him and his job, such as incorporating lots of wood (he cut all the centrepiece tree logs himself), the wheat in the boutonnieres, and the peonies, which he grows. The venue really helped complement our choice of theme. We’re quite laid back people, so things like just having the rolled up shirts and braces and mismatched bridesmaids dresses just worked for us.
We chose pale pinks and mint greens as the colour scheme to keep things natural but pretty. The venue was a great blank canvas, with lots of natural earthy wooden and stone colours, so pinks and greens stood out as soft and summery without being too over the top and distracting.
My dress was Justin Alexander style 8711, a lace ball gown with a sweetheart neckline and cathedral length train in ivory, with lace and chiffon laser cut roses. I went into Courtyard Bridal Boutique in Kettering near where we now live to try a different Justin Alexander dress, but that one just wasn’t quite ‘the one’. I chose this to try on too while we were waiting as I loved the quirkiness of the roses, and once I tried it on and came out of the dressing room I was convinced – everyone gasped and there were a few tears! The dress was the perfect combination of fairy tale wedding with a fun quirky twist that suited us well. For the evening I switched to a Chi Chi London lace midi dress from ASOS, as I knew I couldn’t run about and dance all night in my daytime one!
James wore a pair of grey/brown tweed trousers, with a white shirt rolled up at the sleeves, brown leather braces and brown leather shoes. All the groomsmen were similar but with different braces. This was to keep with the laid back style and just to suit us. James also wanted to show off his amazing half sleeve tattoo, which had elements inspired by our engagement, and we had hoped it was going to be a hot day (we were right!) so opted to have no jackets.
The bridesmaids were all in pale pink, but all the dresses were completely different. I wanted them all to feel comfortable on the day, and we didn’t want the uniformed look of all girls being the same. This way they all got to pick a dress they felt suited them and their body types. The dresses were from Debenhams, BHS, and ASOS. The flower girl’s dress was from Monsoon, and she looked like an angelic little fairy princess!
Jenn Edwards hair and makeup team were on hand to help me and my bridesmaids complete our looks. Jenn and the team really put us at ease on the morning of the wedding. They were so professional and got to work right away making everyone look fabulous and were a great girly addition to the wedding morning, which should be a fun and girly part of the day. I would highly recommend!
On the morning of the wedding the girls and I got ready on site in the lovely Old Dairy cottage, which meant we didn’t require transport. For James, as a surprise a hired a DeLorean! This wasn’t in keeping with the theme of the day at all, but I wanted to do everything I could to make sure the day was as much about him and his loves as much as it was mine, and he does love that car! It collected him from where he was staying the night before and he was in total shock! It was great fun to have in the pictures too, and a once in a lifetime experience for him.
Our photographer was Helen Russell Photography. Choosing a photographer was one of the most, if not the most important element for us, as once the day is over the photos are what you have left to treasure. We wanted a photographer that had a slightly more artistic and soft almost vintage style, without being too over processed and cheesy, and after lots of Googling we found Helen! We had an amazing engagement shoot with her, and she was a joy to work with, so professional and creative. On the day she was like a wedding ninja, appearing everywhere at the right place at the right time to get some amazing shots. She captured some really great moments for us, and the images feel soft and romantic.
The flowers were all provided by Campbell’s Flowers in Sheffield. After finding them online and meeting the owner, Tracy, we knew they were the florist for us. They really care about creating the right flowers for your day, and have a wonderful fresh, handpicked feel to their arrangements. The bouquet was mostly roses, with hydrangeas, dahlias and peonies, and was a great mix of soft pastel colours. They also provided the flowers for my hair, which was perhaps one of my favourite elements of the day! The most beautiful big pale pink rose, with smaller foliage and tea roses – they just finished off my outfit and looked stunning.
The flowers used for decoration were also from Campbell’s. We had an assortment of vases for the centrepieces on the tables and windows to add to the relaxed feel, and Campbell’s filled them with gypsophila, roses and dahlias. It all just looked so fresh picked and colourful. They even filled our teapot and teacups on the top table which suits our love of tea so well! We had rose petals to decorate the aisle, and hydrangea petals for confetti.
Most of the decorations were handmade, and my good friend Angela really helped craft some of the more amazing decorations, such as our welcome sign, Mr & Mrs light up letters, and our amazing wreath for our ceremony. We had more than 70 meters of bunting in the reception barn, and lots of lovely handmade lace bunting in the ceremony barn too. We wanted little personal handmade touches everywhere to bring our personalities and love of crafts into the day, so we had handmade confetti cones and programme fans too.
We decided not to do favours on people’s places, as so often they seem to get left behind, so we opted to do napkins with personalised luggage tags and engraved wooden cookies with wheat and lavender for the tables, and had a separate table with homemade jams, honey, teabags and wild flower seeds for people to collect after the meal. That way guests could choose what they wanted to take home and nothing was wasted or left behind.
Our cake was from Pretty Fancy Cakes in Derbyshire. Faye at PFC was brilliant in listening to us describe our day and create a cake around that. It was four tiers of white icing, with the same lace piped on that was on my dress, icing peonies and petals, and our tattoo emblem (we have a matching LJ logo tattoo on both our wrists!). I also, as another surprise for James, had a Lego cake made with little Lego toppers – I know he loves Lego, and again wanted him to have special touches on the day that I knew would represent him and his hobbies.
The wedding breakfast food was a quite traditional, an English three course meal with ratatouille tart or salmon for starters, and a choice of chicken with a duck farce, beef with a Tio Pepe reduction, or butternut squash and pecorino crumble for mains. The dessert was a selection of three mini desserts so everyone could enjoy a bit of a variety. The food was so well presented at The Ashes – Jenkinsons were the caterers. For the drinks reception we kept it laid back and fun with Pimms with fresh fruit and fruity Old Mout ciders for the summer’s day.
As entertainment, we chose to have Dan and Jess from Replay Acoustic Duo sing throughout the day. They were a fantastic touch, as they played a great variety of non-cheesy songs from all genres with their own lovely laid back acoustic feel. Jess’ voice was angelic, and it again added to that laid back summer fun vibe.
We also had Polly’s Parlour vintage ice-cream van for an alternative to traditional canapés for the drinks reception post-ceremony. We’re big Volkswagen fans (all our tables were named after VW cars!) and Florence is such as fun and beautiful campervan. All the guests commented on how tasty and refreshing the ice-cream was, and it looked amazing in the photos, so colourful and cute.
We also chose to put on some lawn games on the grassy area and hired some huge light up ‘love’ letters for the dance floor. These were a great focal point for the day and the evening, especially as we opted to have an iPod disco rather than a DJ. Our first dance, which was a waltz (as we ballroom dance anyway) looked lovely against the sparkle of the letters.
We would definitely recommend The Ashes venue to other couples. First of all the location is stunning, the views are breath-taking and it’s immaculate inside and out! With its stone walls and wooden beams it’s a great blank canvas, no crazy carpets or curtains to try and work around, it’s just yours to play with! The other brilliant thing is that they set everything up and pack everything away for you – I can’t tell you how much of a help that was, you can just sit back and enjoy arriving on the day to everything being decorated, and at the end of the night can leave without a worry!
My favourite part of the day was our first look shoot. We knew it was something we wanted to do for a while, and we were so right to do it. It was probably the only part of the day that we got to experience just for us. No crowds of people watching. We got to keep the moment of seeing each other for the first time for ourselves, and weren’t at either ends of an aisle. We got to hug, kiss and high five and say how we felt before all the madness began! It really helped calm our nerves pre-ceremony, and made us feel like we went into the ceremony already united. We also got some lovely photo and video moments from it. I’d recommend a first look shoot to anyone considering it, as it really is a special moment to share.
We chose to visit Sri Lanka for our honeymoon. We wanted somewhere that was paradise with beauty and beaches, but also plenty to see and do, as we can’t sit still for long! This worked really well, as we spent some days lazing on the beach and by the pool with a good book and a cocktail, and some days seeing Sri Lanka, riding elephants, visiting tea and spice gardens, seeing the wildlife on boat tours, and taking in the culture. The weather and surroundings were incredible, and the people so friendly. We really got chance to unwind.
My top tip for other Brides Up North, apart from the first look shoot, would be to really enjoy the planning and the lead up to the wedding. The wedding day is just a few hours and goes so quick, so try to really stop and enjoy the time choosing lovely things with your suppliers, crafting those special details, trying on that dress, and having the family and friends time. There won’t be another time in your life like it, and it’s important to enjoy the wedding as a journey and an experience, not just for the day.
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April 27th, 2015 | Rachel Parry
Today’s real wedding couple are such fans of the north of England that they chose to tie the knot in Sheffield where their family roots lie rather than in the South of France where they currently live.
James and Ruth’s dreamy day says glamour and romance and is captured beautifully by Jon Dennis of S6 Photography – we particularly love the moody countryside shots!
We’re also huge fans of the ladies’ faux fur jackets, Ruth’s gorgeous lace bolero and those incredible blooms!
ruth says: We got engaged in Barcelona in a beautiful hotel called Gran hotel La Florida overlooking Barcelona up on Mount Tibidabo. I had no idea as we had just returned from a trip to Dubai and I thought we were taking a connecting flight back to France (where we live). James had other ideas! It was very romantic with champagne and a stunning suite. He got down on one knee to pop the question and of course, I said yes!
We had a Valentine’s Day wedding. Although we don’t really celebrate it, we didn’t want a long engagement so we decided to take advantage of my work holidays (I work in an international school) and get married during the half term. The date worked, so we booked it!
We were married at Christ Church Gleadless in Sheffield and our reception was held at Whirlowbrook Hall, Whirlow. We chose the church as it is the church where James’ parents and grandparents were married. We chose the reception venue because we loved the setting, grounds and the rooms there. As soon as we visited it we knew it was right because the Whirlowbrook team were so welcoming and helpful. Nothing was too much trouble.
There was no specific theme, although navy blue was the colour of the bridesmaid dresses and boys’ cravats. The flowers and decorations were a little rustic and my dress had a slight vintage feel.
I’d say the colour scheme was navy blue and white. James is a Sheffield Wednesday fan and they are the colours of his team so it worked quite well!
My dress was a simple evening gown with a long sleeved lace bolero jacket over the top. It had a slight train at the back and was an A line shape. I chose it because I wanted something simple and elegant that I wouldn’t struggle to move around in.
James wore the Royal Ascot morning suit from Moss Bros in grey and black with the navy cravat.
The best men wore the same as James and the bridesmaids wore long navy blue evening gowns with lace and beading around the neck line.
I travelled in a Rolls Royce Phantom III Wraith which we hired from Cupid Carriages in Wales Bar.
Jon Dennis from S6 Photography was our photographer and he was just perfect. I would highly recommend him to anyone for their wedding as he is so friendly and professional and the photos he took were stunning.
Jon took us out towards Derbyshire for some photos in the countryside on the day which was a great idea and really added to the photos. It was special because the area was a big part of both mine and James’ childhoods so it felt important to include that in our wedding shots.
I carried a bouquet of seasonal flowers and berries in blues, purples and greens. It had ivy trailing down and a fabulous succulent that we named Stanley! The succulent is now growing in a pot at my sister’s house. The bridesmaids had bouquets of gypsophila and some in the hair too. All of the flowers were provided by the lovely Tracey Campbell of Campbell’s Flowers in Sheffield. She was an absolute dream and I couldn’t have been happier with everything that she created for us.
Tracey also provided the flowers for the centre pieces which were candelabras with a wreath of gypsophila. The top table had a wreath of gypsophila at each end around lots of candles. It was very elegant and simple, exactly what we hoped for. She also proved a beautiful garland to go down the staircase at Whirlowbrook Hall and few extra vases of gypsophila.
Favours were three macaroons in a box. We wanted to have a little nod to our French life so it seemed the perfect choice.
We chose a three tier cake; one tier of chocolate, one of sponge and a top fruit tier. It was made by a wonderful friend called Sarah Axe who makes cakes and just asks for donations to her charity; Memories from Isla which creates memory boxes for grieving parents who have lost babies early on. The cake was delicious and was decorated with white icing and white cake lace with navy ribbons. Tracey the florist added some gypsophila for the top of the cake.
For our wedding meal we went for the Whirlowbrook gala buffet which included lots of delicious meats and salads. A whole poached salmon and lamb. There was also a curry and everything was delicious! We wanted to keep it reasonably informal and allow people a huge choice. We chose a white French wine; Colombard Ugni Blanc, Richelieu and a red Rioja Tempranillo as we used to live in Spain and it’s one of our favourite wines.
We chose a band called Downtown Underground to provide the entertainment who were a soul/funk seven piece band that we found online. They were fantastic and the dance floor was full all night.
We also had a photo booth from Meridian Entertainment which was so much fun and everyone stuck a copy of their photos in a photo album for us so we had a lot of laughs looking at the photos after the wedding.
We would absolutely recommend our venue to other couples. It was beautiful inside and out and the whole day ran smoothly due to the professional team there. We didn’t have to worry about anything from the planning, to the setup, to the running of the day. They took care of everything and were so friendly and fun.
For me my favourite part of the day was saying our vows in front of all of our family and friends. It’s something I will never forget and was so special. James loved having a big party with everyone – we love and watching me walk down the aisle to him!
We went to Budapest and Vienna on our honeymoon. We had tonnes of fun – eating, drinking and exploring the cities. We love city breaks and as we only had a week due to our work commitments it was the perfect ‘mini-moon’. In Budapest we went to the Thermal spas and food markets and did a walking tour. In Vienna we went to beautiful restaurants and took in the sights of the city.
My top tip to other Brides Up North is organise your budget early on and try to stick to it. Invest in a great photographer. On the day, relax! It’s so much fun if you take it as one big party and celebration. The day goes so fast so make the most of every second!
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