December 12th, 2017 | Aislinn Thompson
We’re getting your Tuesday off to fine start with this styled shoot which features ones of the dreamiest colour palettes for the time of year. Rich berry and golden tones turn up the heat at the opulent Soughton Hall, a Georgian country house in North Wales that once was a bishop’s palace.
Award-winning make-up artist Cathryn Kerwin-Rawlinson engineered the shoot, having witnessed a dramatic change in the interior style of the venue since it changed ownership in the last couple of years. Here she shares her story behind the shoot and introduces us to the talented suppliers who assisted her in achieving her vision…
With images by Teresa C Photography.
cathryn says: I regularly work and exhibit at Soughton Hall, which is close to Chester in the North Wales countryside. I love the details outside the property and the décor inside and wanted to create a rich and romantic look to complement the high-end venue.
As a wedding venue, it is my personal favourite and I thought it was a great place to do an autumn/winter styled shoot, so I spoke to friends and contacts in the industry to see if they were interested in a collaboration. Everyone I asked was interested in the shoot and venue and wanted to take part. The theme we chose was romantic styling with rich berry and autumnal tones.
The interior décor of the main room at Soughton is navy blue and gold, so we wanted to pick up on the colours of the room but use rich colours to complement. We opted for a colour scheme of gold, navy, deep reds and burgundy. A Pinterest board was created and everyone knew that the look and feel for the shoot was opulence and richness.
For the table decorations, Vikki Sweeney from Sapphire Bespoke Events went for very rich golds and jewel colours, while the flowers by Carol Anne’s were a mix of deep reds, again taking inspiration from the Pinterest board we all created before the shoot. Lindsey Devlin of Devlin Designs created invitations and table cards, again picking up on the chosen colour scheme.
In the summer, I did a wedding for a bride who wore an Essense of Australia gown from Bellissima Brides and I rated it my top dress for 2017. And so, when Carol Ellis-Thompson, our hair stylist, contacted Bellissima to see if they would like to take part, we asked them to bring some of their Essence gowns along. Our model, Gaby, suited these gowns perfectly and they fitted her like a glove!
June 8th, 2016 | Julia Braime
If you’re looking for inspiration for a fun city centre celebration then you might want to take note of today’s real wedding, which took place in Liverpool.
Opting for a church ceremony and restaurant reception, Zoë and Shaun’s big day had both traditional and modern influences. There are so many elements to it that we love, including the city bus tour, pastel colour scheme, personal stationery, live entertainment and Zoë’s stunning Charlote Balbier gown!
All in all a very enjoyable and relaxed big day!
With images by Ruth Atkinson Photography.
zoe says: We got engaged a couple of weeks before Christmas in 2013, when we hosted a party for our friends. Once it was suggested that we did Secret Santa at the party, Shaun’s plan came together. It was engineered so that my present was last and after opening up a notebook with a message leading to a ring in the back, I looked up and Shaun was on one knee!
Our wedding was on Friday 25 March 2016, which was Good Friday. We chose the date as we were looking for a time in spring when everyone could come together so the long weekend seemed like the perfect time. We didn’t want to get married in summer as we were worried the British weather might not be up to scratch.
We chose the church because, aside from being completely beautiful, the Minister was very open-minded about our ceremony and allowed us to have the relaxed service that we wanted, with secular readings and our own choir. The church also had beautiful cloisters and library where we were able to hold a drinks reception after the ceremony. We chose Oh Me Oh My for the reception as it is a stunning former bank serving amazing food and with a roof terrace that has the best view of the Liver Building you can possibly get.
We didn’t have a theme as such; we tended to pick elements we liked and everything fell into place. We ended up hand-making lots of elements, such as signs, table decorations, favours, all of the stationery and one thousand paper cranes. We didn’t necessarily set out to make so much ourselves but since Shaun is a designer, it made good sense.
We chose a fresh a spring colour palate, mostly pastel yellow and grey with a splash of blue and white. However we weren’t too strict with this so we could incorporate other accent colours where we wanted to.
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July 20th, 2015 | Julia Braime
After a romantic, if not soggy, proposal in the heart of Disneyland Paris today’s music loving bride and groom decided to give their big day a festival wedding theme, complete with wristbands and live bands!
Keen that her wedding day also had a pretty edge to it, Lucy incorporated a few vintage touches into the styling and décor using sweet pastels in yellow, blue and pink.
We love all the elements of their big day and find that the festival theme and pretty colour scheme actually blend together really well.
So let’s head to the main stage so you can see all the wedding action for yourselves!
With images by David Walters Photography.
lucy says: We got engaged in front of Cinderella’s Castle in Disneyland Paris – not quite as romantic as it sounds as it was pouring, and I mean pouring, with rain and we were wearing Mickey rain ponchos!
Our wedding day was on 2nd May 2015. We chose this date as it fell on a bank holiday. We had a lot of family and friends travelling from all over the country and we thought this way people could make a full weekend of it.
Thistle Atlantic Tower in Liverpool was our wedding venue which we chose primarily because of the fabulous view. The hotel overlooks the River Mersey and has the most beautiful view of the famous Liver Building and the waterfront.
We incorporated a festival theme throughout our big day. We had ticket style invites, wristbands, tables named after famous stages and a band themed cake. I also tried to add a vintage twist to make it a bit more girly using pastel colours and birdcage and candelabra centre pieces.
Our colour scheme was pastel yellow, blue and pink, inspired by the vintage twist. I also decided early on that as my bridesmaids were all so unique and different from each other that it would be nice to dress them in varying colours.
My dress was Payton by Maggie Sottero which I got from Aristocrats of Chester. I chose this dress because it had the vintage feel I was after and beautiful detail. It was also unlike any wedding dress I had seen before and I think I surprised a lot of people with my choice!
Craig wore a three piece grey suit by ONESIX5IVE from Slaters. Craig doesn’t do tails and top hats, so the slim fit simple tailored suit was perfect for him.
Our groomsmen wore identical suits to Craig’s while our bridesmaids wore Mark Lesley dresses, also purchased from Aristocrats of Chester, in pastel yellow, blue and pink.
On the wedding day I travelled to the venue in a vintage VW campervan provided by Nick Connah from Connah’s Cars. Craig’s Mum and I also surprised Craig on the day with the same transport to take him to the venue.
David Walters was our photographer and we could not recommend him highly enough! Throughout the whole experience he was creative, supportive and fun. We had a pre-wedding shoot which enabled us to get to know him before the day which was really important. On the day itself he was energetic and made people feel at ease. His photography is documentary style, and has provided us with stunning photos and memories of our day.
I carried artificial silk flowers with pearl and diamanté decorations. I wanted flowers that I could keep forever.
Our wedding breakfast and reception decorations were provided by Karla Pritchard from Add A Little Sparkle. We had birdcage and candelabra centre pieces with yellow, pink and blue flowers. The flowers were also incorporated into the back of the chair covers, which looked stunning. My Mum and I made bunting for the ceremony table and top table which was a really nice personal touch.
We gave each of our guests a festival style wristband as favours when they arrived at the ceremony. At the wedding breakfast we also had ‘Team Lucy’ and ‘Team Craig’ pin badges on the tables.
Craig and I are very passionate about music and so we had a band themed cake. It consisted of three ‘drum’ tiers, with our favourite band and festival logos on the side. It was made by a family friend, Janet Hamer.
To keep guests entertained at the wedding and to tie in with our theme, we had the Ukulele Club Liverpool to perform after the ceremony and then in the evening we had an awesome band called Slinky, who literally kept the dance floor filled all night.
Following our wedding, we could not recommend our venue highly enough to other couples. Our day was stress-free and no request was a problem. The staff really made our day special, they were so helpful and fun. We had mentioned to the waitresses previously about our theme, and I said to them about wearing flowers in their hair. I couldn’t believe on the day that they all did, it was really lovely.
It’s hard to pick one part of the day over another as my favourite, but I’ve got to say our wedding band Slinky really rocked, and being on the dance floor with all my friends and family around me is something I will never forget.
As we got engaged in Disney we decided to go to Orlando, Florida on our honeymoon. We spent ten days in Disney and four days in the Universal resort. It was the holiday of a lifetime for us, and the weather was unreal.
My top tip to other Brides Up North would simply be – don’t worry about tradition, do what makes you happy.
November 5th, 2014 | Julia Braime
This afternoon its all about the finishing touches, as we join Brides Up North exhibitor Rocks For Frocks as the debut their gorgeous new collection on these pages. What will be your crowning glory? With images by Morgan Wiltshire Photography.
Gail says: Our Rocks For Frocks collection this year is called So Pretty Bride and features pieces with hand made Swarovski crystal and freshwater pearl flowers. Coming slightly away from the heavy vintage influence, it has plenty of sparkle, beading and subtle shades of colour, including pale golds, chalk white, ivory and white opals.
The brand new 30 James Street Hotel were delighted to be involved in our collection launch and gave us free reign in the hotel to shoot whereever we wanted. We made the most of their amazing roof terraces and entrances which have stunning views of the Liverpool skyline and the river. We started the shoot with a “pretty princess” feel and finished with a dark and dramatic look, which so suited the interior of the hotel lobby. A large field next to our boutique at The Wedding House had been planted with poppies and wildflowers for the Remembrance Sunday and it looked so pretty that we stayed outdoors for the first shots, before moving to the hotel.
Morgan Wiltshire Photography created these beautiful images. Based in Shropshire, Morgan has a serene, relaxed working style, she is so easy to work with and she captures the details and the backgrounds wonderfully. Make Up was by Cathryn Kerwin Rawlinson. The brief given to Cathryn was very much a ‘pretty and romantic bride’. Cathryn used Airbase airbrush makeup to give our model the perfect flawless base and for the eyes she opted for a lovely pinky/lilac look using a Kiko Cosmetics quad palette in lilacs, pinks and dark burgundy. For contour Cathryn used her HD Makeup contour palette and on cheeks she used a pinky glow using Illasmasqua shades Lover and Hussy. Finally for the lips she finished with two different colours starting with Lollitint by Benefit and moving onto a lip gloss by Mac. Hair was by Carol Ellis Thompson. A stylist with over 21 years experience, Carol is a Rocks For Frocks bride. With a passion for wedding hair, she creates wonderful curls, up dos and plaits and is not phased at all by the constant need for hair changes on the go in photo shoots. All gowns were from Cloud 9, and accessories by Rocks For Frocks.
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