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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May 17th, 2016 | Julia Braime
If you follow our social media feeds you’ll know that Team Brides Up North have been down in the smoke this week, checking out the latest collections from the British and International leading labels at White Gallery London, a trade and press event where all the big names in bridal reveal what your local bridal boutique is likely to be stocking and what you’ll be wearing down the aisle in the season to come.
More on that later, but meanwhile, one lady we were keen to catch up with this week was one of our very favourite dress designers and Brides Up North Headline Sponsor (and now personal friend), the fabulous Charlotte Balbier. This afternoon we’re fortunate once again to be bringing you a first look at her stunning new collection, Untamed Love.
Known in the industry for her pretty princess like dresses, Charlotte both surprises and delights us year on year with her girly, fun and fashionable designs that enable a bride to really reflect her individual style and personality.
Following on from her gorgeous Willa Rose collection and the incredibly stylish Balbier Separates range, we sensed we were in for a real treat with Charlotte’s 2017 designs – and ladies, we weren’t wrong! From the moment we set eyes on the first images of her totally dreamy Untamed Love collection, we were sold!
In true Balbier style, the new collection features exquisite back detail, fine fabrics and edgy separates, meaning there is an oh-so-pretty design in there for everyone!
The signature gown ‘Untamed Love’ is perhaps the biggest show stopper of them all as one of two floral print designs within the collection. Enough to make any bride fall head over heels, the delicate pattern is made up of soft, sugary sorbet tones of lilac, apricot, plum, pink and muted greens.
Charlotte’s love of playing with colour palettes is evident in the collection; as sitting alongside the traditional ivory hues are antique golds, silver pewters, apricot and, of course, Charlotte’s favourite blush and rose pinks shades.
And there’s no shortage of fabrics for brides to pick from either, with diverse designs in the finest quality tulle, silks, French laces, and rich Mikado. In addition, exclusive to Charlotte Balbier is the specially designed chiffon that is made in house.
Drawing on inspiration from Charlotte’s playful nature and free spirited style, Untamed Love is the creative vision of over 12 months of love and attention, making it the strongest collection to date.
charlotte says: A Charlotte Balbier bride is a free spirited feminine woman who is confident in both her fashion and bridal style. Expressing her unique individuality, personality and style through her Balbier gown.
The new Untamed Love collection celebrates all that encompasses a Balbier bride as well as who I am as a designer and as a woman. I think I dare to say I am the most excited about this new collection than I have ever have been over my 13 year career, I am in love.
May 4th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
If you’re currently on the venue hunt for a setting that has both beauty and character, this afternoon’s blog post could just signal the end of your search. As the styled shoot that we’re sharing today opens up the doors to one of the oldest buildings in Manchester’s centre, which also happens to be one of the newest venues to join the city’s splendid wedding offering.
Dating back to 1421, Chetham’s is a unique setting that boasts beautiful old sandstone walls and magical medieval features. Keen to show off its potential to brides and grooms-to-be, wedding photographer Stephen McGowan got together with a group of fellow North West suppliers to help inspire couples who are currently on the venue search.
The result is a wonderful set of images with gorgeous blooms, styling and lighting, which showcases both the building and the team’s skills beautifully. To tell us how it all came together, we’ll hand over the blogging reins to photographer Stephen…
With images by our lovely Brides Up North Sponsor Stephen McGowan Photography.
stephen says: Chetham’s is a new and exciting venue available to brides and grooms looking to get married in a gorgeous medieval Manchester city centre setting.
Our overall aim was to complement the medieval ambiance and architecture of this unique wedding venue and so I chose to photograph using natural light inside the main hall as I absolutely loved how the light fell on the models’ faces through the large gothic windows in the Baronial Hall.
In terms of styling we wanted to keep things simple and fresh with undertones of 1920s and 30s bridal styling. The models were therefore dressed in stunning Charlotte Balbier gowns supplied by 7th Heaven Bridalwear. We picked designs that we felt worked well with the historic setting and stuck to fresh, natural makeup looks created by makeup artist Emma Culbert, that didn’t detract from the dresses or surroundings. Hairdresser Jessica Shelley then styled the models’ hair to complement our 1920s theme.
Verdure Floral Design were brilliant and let us have a choice of three bouquets, along with floral headpiece and table centrepiece, to use in the shoot. We wanted the floral colours to subtly complement our look but not to overpower and Verdure Floral Design fully understood the brief and pulled this off perfectly.
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March 1st, 2016 | Julia Braime
This afternoon we’re bringing a little warmth to your day with this beautiful tuscan style wedding shoot that was captured right here in the UK.
Featuring stunning dresses from fabulous designer and Brides Up North Sponsor Charlotte Balbier, we were instantly taken with effortless simplicity of this elegant shoot, which draws inspiration from the Mediterranean. With contributions from talented suppliers in the North West and Yorkshire, the wonderful styling just goes to show that you don’t have to leave the UK to add a little Italian charm to your big day.
To tell us more about the details included, we’ll hand over the blogging reins to lady that captured it all, Yorkshire-based photographer Hayley Baxter.
With images by Hayley Baxter Photography.
hayley says: The aim of the shoot was to create a beautiful Tuscan Italian style wedding in the heart of England. A typical Tuscan style wedding is elegant yet rustic, charming, warm, passionate – and full of life!
We sprinkled our shoot with Tuscan magic through rustic touches, including displays of lemons, bouquets of pretty pink flowers and a beautiful flower crown to complement Charlotte Balbier’s gorgeous gowns. Of course, there was also a bottle of Amaroni della Valpolocel present at the shoot – a rich Italian red wine.
The backdrop for the shoot also added to the romantic rustic feel. We chose The Upper House for its stunning architecture and remote location. The pretty courtyard and rustic doorways are reminiscent of an Italian retreat. It’s such a peaceful and tranquil venue – you really could be anywhere!
February 18th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
Those of you still on the hunt for the perfect wedding venue to fit your big day visions might just want to sit up and pay extra attention to this morning’s post. For we’re sharing a beautiful styled shoot which takes place at the incredible Chetham’s Library – one of Manchester’s oldest buildings, which has recently opened up its doors to brides and grooms.
Keen to make full use of the fascinating 13th Century building, managers at the library have teamed up with Cheshire bespoke catering company Vanilla in Allseasons, to deliver atmospheric weddings for parties of up to 80 guests, all year round.
To mark the collaboration whilst also giving brides and grooms a taste of what a Chetham’s Library wedding could look like, the medieval venue and Allseasons caterers teamed up with further talented suppliers in the North West to create this enchanting styled shoot.
Here with all the details is Adam Evanson, Hospitality Director at Vanilla in Allseasons.
With images by Chelsea Shoesmith Photography.
adam says: We were really keen to do a styled shoot to celebrate the new partnership between Chetham’s Library and us here at Vanilla in Allseasons, who supply fine dining food and premium service for events across the region.
The collaboration means the fabulous library, which dates back to 1421, will now be able host weddings in a truly unique setting in the heart of Manchester, all year round.
The shoot took place in a number of different rooms as the venue can cater for weddings of various sizes; from small and intimate weddings of up to 20 guests in the Reading Room, to larger celebrations of up to 80 guests in the Baronial Hall.
With the history of the building and sheer character round every corner, we wanted to create a quintessential English wedding theme with classic, sophisticated décor to sit alongside it.
February 2nd, 2016 | Julia Braime
Our lead Sponsor here at Brides Up North, Charlotte Balbier is famous for celebrating a bride’s individuality and style and sometimes, just sometimes, breaking all the bridal rules (kinda why we love her)!
With great delight we are proud to debut the new Balbier separates collection on our pretty pages. Charlotte has created 11 inter-changeable separates all designed for the bride to build and create her own individual look.
Maybe a satin slip with a lace topper and satin sash, or a ball gown skirt, crop top and lace reverse bolero? Whatever your personality and look the new separates collection offers a diverse way of creating your very own bridal syle.
charlotte says: Now, more than ever before, a Charlotte Balbier bride is a free spirited feminine woman who is confident in both her fashion and bridal style, expressing her unique individuality, personality and style through her Balbier gown.
Girls, get ready for some serious dress crushing…
Harper: A slipper satin dress with shoestring straps and low back. Fabulous with one of the lace overlay gowns, lace toppers or worn simply as it is.
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