Brides Up North Wedding Fairs

look book: hue honed heels

April 27th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson


This season the bridal catwalks have dared brides to go beyond a traditional ivory dress, with blush, blue and even dazzling gold gowns making an appearance on the runway.

We understand however that a colourful gown, no matter how subtle, is still considered a more niche option, with many choosing to stick with a pure shade of fail-safe white. But this doesn’t mean that brides have to forgo colour altogether, as big day footwear provides an ideal area in which ladies can add a pop of pizazz and personality from any end of the spectrum.

When it’s time to get the shoe search underway, we highly advise looking to specialist bridal shoe designers who craft their creations with both comfort and style in mind – meaning you can keep your heels firmly on from the ‘I dos’ to the dance moves!

So, for those of you that crave a colour-pop, we’ve rounded up our favourite heels from the top designers in the industry, which we’re pretty sure will help inspire your choices. Ladies, let’s shop!

Main post images from Rachel Simpson.


First up is our fabulous Sponsor, Charlotte Mills, where each shoe sole is embossed with the phrase, “Something old, Something new, Something borrowed, Something Blue and a silver sixpence in her shoe.” And yes, each left shoe includes an original silver sixpence to bring you luck on your big day. Sticking with wedding traditions, why not add your ‘something blue’ in the shape of a shoe? The April Blue peep toe sandal is delicate in pale blue with a heart design at the back and cross-over ankle straps, while the Cece Blue is a T-bar peep toe with a low block heel and an iridescent pearl blue tonal glitter bow. Ms Mills also has some fab options if you want a stand-out heel. Check out the Becky range, each with a show-stopping glitter block heel and the Eve, a court shoe also rocking a pretty, shimmering heel.

Next, another stylish Sponsor of Brides Up North, Paradox London, where you can expect to find some bold blues in the shape of the Adaline Navy and Catrina Navy. The Adaline is ideal if you want a bit of height but don’t fancy teetering on a stiletto, while the Catrina has some lovely embellishment detail. Add pizzazz with the Alandra Red, a bejewelled stiletto sure to make an entrance, or tone it down a tad and plump for the Manhattan Blush or Macpherson Blush. The Manhattan sports a chunky jewel embellishment on the strap, while the Macpherson is a beautiful sandal with a sexy strap design to flatter the foot.


Taking a step into Rachel Simpson’s collections, the Mimosa shoe is heart-stoppingly beautiful. The soft petal design is inspired by nature – choose it in the pale mint leather, which is overlaid on metallic champagne gold leather to beautifully highlight the petal design. For a darker shade of green, look to the Olivia peep toe in luxurious velvet, which is enhanced with a luxe copper glitter heel. For your ‘something blue’, slip into a pair of Isabelle Ice Blue peep toes, with an art deco vibe and subtle metallic leather detailing, or the Valentina Cobalt – the perfect footwear for that kingfisher flash. And, if you’re looking for ruby red, check out the Bonita Red glitter courts, complete with full red satin bow.

continue reading

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterGoogle+share on TumblrPin on PinterestShare on LinkedInEmail to someone

get down tonight. a 1970s disco wedding inspired styled shoot in manchester

August 10th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

Studio 54 Wedding Shoot by McAvoy Photography (38)

It might only be Monday but we have something that’s going to get you well and truly in the mood for a party! This ultra-glam Studio 54 disco wedding styled shoot, courtesy of Caroline from Words To Glow Light Up Letters & Venue Décor.

Caroline came up with the cool concept for the shoot whilst exhibiting at The Deaf Institute in the heart of Manchester’s city centre, and got some fabulous North West suppliers on board to bring her hip vision to fruition.

So join us as we enter this Boogie Wonderland, filled vibrant lights, retro décor and shiny disco balls!

With images by McAvoy Photography.

Studio 54 Wedding Shoot by McAvoy Photography (33)

caroline says: The shoot was entitled ‘Studio 54’ and was a Studio 54 1970s disco inspired concept, taking inspiration from the 1970s/80s style decor and musical roots of the shoot location: The Deaf Institute, which can be hired for weddings.

Studio 54 Wedding Shoot by McAvoy Photography (28)

I fell in love with the quirky decor and retro vibe of the venue whilst exhibiting at a wedding fair there and quickly saw the fabulous potential to create a styled shoot showcasing some great locally based wedding suppliers; whilst simultaneously highlighting the key retro focal points of this great city centre venue.

The overall look and aim was ultra-1970s glam, based on dance clubs of that era. Locating the shoot in the city’s Deaf Institute instantly provided the edgy, yet retro look we were looking to achieve. With theatrical style seating and balconies and individual booths tucked into the recesses of each room, the venue had an undeniable ‘dance club’ feel. Adding in the parquet dance floor, huge glitter balls, vintage wallpaper and a retro bar, featuring wall mounted vintage stereo speakers, and the scene was set for a disco!

Studio 54 Wedding Shoot by McAvoy Photography (25)

Understanding the overall look for the shoot, it was important to choose not only well respected North West wedding suppliers with complimentary styles, but those who had a previous history of professional collaborations to ensure a smooth and seamless feel to the whole day.

Studio 54 Wedding Shoot by McAvoy Photography (8)

With models handpicked by Nicole from Bridal Chic in the City and the theme agreed, the shoot was organised by Jenny from McAvoy Photography, who was key in leading the coordination of the chosen suppliers on the day and was responsible for determining an all-important photo shoot schedule and brief to work towards for all suppliers.

Jenny, who is based in North Manchester, seamlessly offers a unique blend of ultra-glamorous, fashion inspired photography; whilst expertly capturing what are undeniably beautiful and emotive images as they happen – making her the perfect lady for the shoot.

Studio 54 Wedding Shoot by McAvoy Photography (32)

Adding to its already cool interior, we decorated the venue with accents of gold and white, with large feather plumage in dramatic table centre vases, sparkly glitter balls, candles and large sparkly light up letters, to set the disco themed scene.

The ornate cakes were provided by Caroline’s Cake Company, based in South Manchester, who offer a bespoke cake design service and specialise in beautiful and unique celebration cakes that taste as good as they look.

The light up letters came from my business, Words To Glow Light Up Letters & Venue Décor. We have a vast range of beautiful light up letters, numbers and signage to hire, including options such as ‘DANCE’ letters seen in the shoot, as well as ‘PARTY’, ‘MR&MRS’ and ‘LOVE’, plus initials and ampersands (&), bringing that added sparkle to the dance floor!

Studio 54 Wedding Shoot by McAvoy Photography (29)

The theme took further inspiration from style icons of the era, such as Bianca Jagger and Farah Fawcett. This equalled big hair, smoky eye makeup with bold red lipsticks, floaty fabrics with sequins or satins in colours of cream, gold and chocolate brown, brown fur stoles and lace capes, as well as big sunglasses.

Studio 54 Wedding Shoot by McAvoy Photography (39)

Dresses were provided by Isla Jean Bridal from their lovely two-storey shop in the north of Manchester, which stocks the likes of Aire by Barcelona, Belle and Bunty, Cymbeline, Cabotine, Eliza Jane Howell, Maria Senvo, Stephanie Allin and Lou Lou.

The gorgeous gowns were complemented by gorgeous accessories from Dream Veils, who have been designing and making wedding veils for more than 20 years, footwear from the fabulous Charlotte Mills Shoes and additional accessories from Jo Barnes Couture, who creates hand crafted and bespoke vintage headdresses and accessories.

Studio 54 Wedding Shoot by McAvoy Photography (35)

Our models Tanya and Sam, had their made up done by Lorna Elizabeth, who trained at Manchester’s prestigious School of Make Up and has a genuine love and passion for the industry. She offers a specialist freelance make-up service for any event, from bridal and special occasions to make-up parties, fashion shows and tutorials.

Completing the team was Verdure Floral Design, a highly respected and award winning floral design team based in North Manchester, who created all the fabulous flower arrangements.

continue reading

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterGoogle+share on TumblrPin on PinterestShare on LinkedInEmail to someone