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winter wishes. justin alexander for a personal wedding at abbeywood estate – kate & chris

May 2nd, 2016 | Julia Braime

A Winter Wedding at Abbeywood Estate (c) James Tracey Photography (26)

There’s nothing that makes our day more than hearing how newlyweds used Brides Up North to help shape and style their wedding day.

As such, to celebrate Bank Holiday Monday (hope you’re enjoying the long weekend!) we’re sharing the big day of loyal reader Kate and her beau Chris, who tied the knot in a pretty and personal ceremony before partying hard with their 150 guests!

Along Kate’s planning journey we were thrilled to find out that Brides Up North had helped her to find local suppliers whilst also providing décor inspiration for her special day. Because ladies, that’s exactly what we are here for!

With images by our lovely Sponsor, James Tracey Photography.

A Winter Wedding at Abbeywood Estate (c) James Tracey Photography (18)

kate says: We got engaged on Christmas Eve. I’m an only child but Chris is from a fairly big family and so for Christmas 2014 he suggested that our families spend it together.

Christmas Eve came around and we were preparing food and waiting for my family to arrive. Chris and I had to go out and collect the turkey and on the way back he suggested we go for a drink before everyone descended. We headed off for a drink and I had a sense that Chris was acting a little strangely. After a quick detour to de-turkey we went to the Queen and Castle in Kenilworth, a lovely pub overlooking Kenilworth Castle. Getting out of the car I checked his pockets for a ring box but there was none to be seen. He went to the bar to order, quickly ran to the car and then came back with my ‘Christmas Eve present’ in a big box. When I opened it, a ring was inside and he asked me to marry him, then the whole family was waiting back at his parents to celebrate!

A Winter Wedding at Abbeywood Estate (c) James Tracey Photography (47)

We decided to get married on 19th December. We didn’t want to worry about rain in the summer and that time of year when the air is crisp is my favourite; plus everyone would be high on Christmas cheer and finishing work for the year. It also happened to be Chris’ grandparent’s anniversary, so that made it all the more special.

We got married at my parent’s village church, All Saints Daresbury or the Lewis Carroll church as it’s known (where he was born and his father was pastor). Though we live in London now, I’ll always be a northerner and Cheshire holds many special memories so it was important that we get married there. David Felix, the vicar there was brilliant and really made the ceremony, he put everyone at ease.

We personalised our order of service with a little story about each of the wedding party so that everyone knew who was who. We also had our family friend organise a string quartet for us of him and his university friends; I walked down the aisle to Hoppipolla and then they learnt some others songs like Jesse Glynn, Rather Be for while we were signing the register. We had three of our friends read; one religious reading and the Edward Monkton’s ‘The Lovely Love Story’ as it is a little silly (like Chris!) and we wanted it to be light-hearted.

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fabulous florals. a pretty & personal homemade wedding in oldham – jennifer & warren

March 10th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Homemade Wedding in Oldham (c) Tim Simpson Photography (39)

Some may think that staging a big day at home makes the whole planning process that bit easier, but as this morning’s real wedding goes to show there’s a lot to consider and organise when hosting the celebrations in your own back garden.

Bride Jennifer and groom Warren, chose Jennifer’s parents’ garden as the perfect location for their wedding, enjoying an open-air humanist ceremony followed by a marquee reception.

Though thoroughly beautiful from beginning to end, the element that stands out to us most is all the fabulous florals, from the arch on the lawn to the suspended arrangements in the marquee and the beautiful 3D detailing on Jennifer’s dress – we’re in love!

With images by Tim Simpson Photography.

A Homemade Wedding in Oldham (c) Tim Simpson Photography (37)

jennifer says: We got engaged on 11th October 2013, at Rex Lookout, East Coast Australia, which is located approximately half way between Cairns and Port Douglas. We were embarking on a tour of the East Coast and had just collected our campervan from Cairns. On route to our first stop of Port Douglas we came across this amazing beauty spot and this is where Warren totally and utterly surprised me by asking me to marry him.

We set the date for 27th June 2015 as we wanted an outdoor ceremony and thought this time of year was our best chance for dry weather. We set a date pretty quickly as we had guests from Australia, Sweden and France and wanted to make sure that we gave people as much notice as possible.

A Homemade Wedding in Oldham (c) Tim Simpson Photography (28)

Due to us having a humanist ceremony it was necessary to also have a legal ceremony at our local registry office – we did this one week before the actual wedding day. It was an intimate affair with just family and two close friends. It was just lovely, a very simple ceremony and then a pub lunch which brought everyone together to mark the start of the official wedding week!

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glamour amour. a classically beautiful wedding at colshaw hall – naomi & tom

January 26th, 2015 | Julia Braime

a classically beautiful wedding at Colshaw Hall (c) James Tracey Photography (35)

Brides Up North reader Naomi’s wedding to her new husband Tom was a super glamorous affair. From her bespoke headpiece to his classic black tie, everything about their big day has that classic twinkle.

Just what we need to pep up the spirits on a dull January Monday morning.  Bring on the sparkle..!

Images by Brides Up North Sponsor, James Tracey Photography.

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Naomi says: We had booked a holiday along with my family to travel to Varadero in Cuba in August 2011. On the 4th August 2011 we hired a beautiful boat for a day of deep sea fishing in the Caribbean sea. I remember my family acting very strange and looking back I remember Tom was not being himself. He asked me to sit down and opened this box which somehow he had secretly bought with him and asked me to marry him. Best day ever!

We set our date for Friday 12th December 2014 back in October 2013. Tom and I had always loved the idea of a winter wedding, with the sound of open fires crackling, crisp frosty mornings and the ambience that time of year brings. We also wanted to tie our wedding in with our honeymoon in Thailand, where we are very lucky to have Tom’s relatives living in Chiang Mai.

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We got married at Colshaw Hall, Cheshire. We looked at only a few of venues before we came across Colshaw Hall. When we arrived at the venue and met the team we knew it was the place for us, it was perfect. The team were so helpful and welcoming and above all the venue was absolutely beautiful. Nothing was ever too much for the David, Georgie and the team!

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As the wedding was planned for the winter we knew the ideas/themes of what we wanted from the beginning. The idea of the winter wonderland worked perfectly not only with the venue but with the time of year we had chosen. We both love candles and this was one thing we wanted lots of!

We went for a crisp white and a dove grey colour scheme for the wedding. Since I was a little girl I had always dreamed of a white wedding and Tom chose the grey which worked out to be the perfect match.

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My dress was a fishtail Alexia Bridal design in ivory from J&J Designs in Newcastle Under-Lyme. I had tried on many types of styles from a range of designers but I was really struggling in finding the perfect dress for me.  It was only by chance we drove past this wonderful bridal shop to find my perfect dress was there! They had a designer weekend so were only stocking this designer.

The makeup and hair was done by Jodie A Smith. I met Jodie back in July for my trial and she knew what I wanted before even I did. I completed trusted her instinct for the day even with last minute idea’s I had thought of. She made me feel like a princess. I need Jodie on speed dial!

I had my hair pieces made by the very talented Ann McKavney at Eleventh Heaven. Ann was fantastic at helping me design not only my hair pieces by also the bridesmaids.

I carried a handtied bouquet of white avalanche roses with a crystal detail which was provided by Springbank Flowers.

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Tom wore a dinner suit which we hired from L&J Formal Hire. Tom wanted something slightly different and as soon as we saw the evening suits he had made his mind up. He wanted to look different from his groomsmen so he chose to wear braces. The idea worked great with our theme and of course the venue. I think we both felt like we should have been on a red carpet!

The bridesmaids wore a Jordan Fashions dress which was a floor length dove grey dress with an ivory lace bodice. This was ordered directly at missesdressy.com. The company based in New York were fantastic in both the regular contact and ensuring the dresses arrived in the UK on time. The groomsmen wore the same dinner suit from L & J Formal Hire, the only difference was they didn’t have the braces.

a classically beautiful wedding at Colshaw Hall (c) James Tracey Photography (15)

The best part of the day for us was when we saw each other at the ceremony. Seeing everything come together and knowing we were going to become husband and wife was the best feeling in the world.

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Our photographer was James Tracey. I first spoke to James towards the end of 2013 and after our first skype conversation I knew he was perfect for us. I felt like I already knew him. We finally met James in August 2014 for our Engagement shoot which was also at the venue. He made both myself and Tom feel so comfortable in front of the camera, and the pictures turned out amazing.

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Springbank provided all the decorations and flowers for the day. For the wedding we had 42 guests so we wanted the room to have an intimate feel to it so we chose to have a u-shaped table. The top table had a water trough which was dressed with floating candles, petal heads and to the side’s candles, snow and white branches. The other tables were dressed with mirrored runners which were then dressed with a winter theme.

a classically beautiful wedding at Colshaw Hall (c) James Tracey Photography (29)

For our favours, we provided handmade soaps by Ceri at Oakwood Soaperie. We had both a girl’s soap which was Jasmine and boy’s soap which was tea tree. Ceri beautifully wrapped the soaps in line with our theme. The boys wrapped in a grey paper and the girls in pearlised ivory paper.

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Barretts Caterers provided the wonderful food for our wedding. We chose a spicy butternut squash soup for starters and breast of chicken in a brandy and shallot sauce for our mains. For our desserts we decided on something a little different as whenever me and Tom choose a dessert we always choose something different so we can share. We incorporated this into our wedding day. For girls we choose a sticky toffee pudding and for the boys a mixed fruit crumble.

We chose our cake from Marks and Spencer and Springbank dressed the cake and the cake table for us. We decided to go with a four tier cake consisting of fruit, lemon sponge and a jam sponge.

a classically beautiful wedding at Colshaw Hall (c) James Tracey Photography (42)

We decided to use The Word is Love to provide light up N & T Letters for our wedding. They looked amazing and provided us with some fantastic photographs. Ollie and Suzy helped us to decide where they would look best and have the best impact.

a classically beautiful wedding at Colshaw Hall (c) James Tracey Photography (46)

Wedding Stationery was provided by Louise at I Do Designs. Louise sent us a sample of her work which we fell in love with, and she was so helpful even up to a couple of days before the wedding in making last minute changes.

a classically beautiful wedding at Colshaw Hall (c) James Tracey Photography (51)

We chose Grant Niblett from Nocturnal Revolution to DJ for our evening. We met Grant before the day to discuss our music tastes and he made sure everything went to plan for us.

Our evening Sweetie Table was provided by Tess at Sweets and Feathers. Tess designed the cart to suit in with our colours and theme and everyone commented on how professional Tess and her team were on the evening. Tom and I will be looking at every opportunity to taste these lovely sweets again.

 

a classically beautiful wedding at Colshaw Hall (c) James Tracey Photography (39)

I would completely recommend Colshaw Hall to any couple who are looking for a unique and beautiful wedding venue. The team are fantastic and when you meet them you feel like a friend and not just a number.

a classically beautiful wedding at Colshaw Hall (c) James Tracey Photography (54)

We spend three weeks in Thailand for our honeymoon. Starting off for 5 nights in Krabi in the south and working our way to Chiang Mai in the North. We are very lucky that Tom has much of his family in Thailand so we ensured they got to celebrate the wedding by having a blessing there. It was a fantastic day and a wonderful experience. Some of the activities in Thailand were once in a lifetime experience, and we are grateful to have made those memories as husband and wife.

a classically beautiful wedding at Colshaw Hall (c) James Tracey Photography (61)

My top tip for other Brides Up North is when it comes to your special day, take a few moments away from your guests as husband and wife and take in everything that is going on around you. From family and friends having a fantastic time to looking at how all your hard work has paid off. The day goes by far too quickly.

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LOVE, The Great & The Wonderful!

March 19th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I’ve been so excited to share the work of this North West collaboration with you for a while now!  Inspired by the release of the movie “OZ The Great & The Powerful” this clever group of wedding industry suppliers have put their heads together to come up with a stunning bridal shoot inspired by Glynda the Good Witch & Co.  Introducing their concept – LOVE The Great & The Wonderful

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The shoot will feature in the upcoming issue of North West bridal magazine Lucia Rose Wedding, but they contacted me as they wanted to bring you all the images here first.  Innovative and inspirational collaborations like this one showcase exactly what the suppliers right on your doorstep can do. 

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Follow the yellow brick road, be inspired, and remember Northern gals, there’s no place like home! 

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Phoebe Caramitsos at Flossy & Leigh Makeup Artists Company says:  Who says all the talent is in the South?!  This Spring saw the release of Warner Bros new movie, and with themed weddings becoming more and more popular, this gave the Flossy & Leigh team a fabulous idea.

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We brought together some of the finest creatives and suppliers in the North West and simply gave them the ‘Wizard of Oz’ creative brief.  See what happens when this talented team of eight are charged with creating the perfect contemporary ‘Oz themed’ wedding for Spring.  Join us as we follow the yellow brick road and journey somewhere over the rainbow… to Staffordshire!

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Since starting the bridal hair and makeup styling company Flossy & Leigh, we’ve had the pleasure of working with some truly inspirational wedding suppliers and creatives in some stunning locations.

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What people don’t realise about the wedding industry, especially in the north, is how close the suppliers are. Some of the most successful weddings of the year, rely greatly upon the union and communication between the photographer, the hair & makeup stylist, the accessories, the dress, the flowers, the cake and the stationary supplier. One influences the other, and when you can get a team to work together, the result is one of seamless coordination and beauty.

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When it came to putting together a themed wedding for the purpose of this shoot, we went straight to a number of some of our favourite wedding suppliers to bring this idea to you.  The end product is a sterling example of how well everybody works together on any given wedding to produce something extraordinary and beautiful.

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Although the Oz theme itself can be interpreted as quite bold, we still wanted to treat it like it was a real wedding, and make it marketable, so that people who wouldn’t normally have thought about a themed wedding before, may see the results and think, "I’d love that".

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"To be the best you have to work with the best, and we work with the very best!" Carol James at Fairytale Brides

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"Shooting a wedding is very much like a fashion shoot.  You have a lovely location, church or hotel, fabulous props, cars, flowers, rings, and beautiful models, our bride and groom.  The great thing about the Oz shoot was working with some of the top suppliers in the northwest and seeing the creativity and care that they put into their work.  It was truly inspiring.  A stunning venue.  Original bouquets made of crystals.  Dresses to die for.  Artistic invitations.  Inspired videography.  Cakes that look, and taste delicious.  Exquisite flowers that create a wonderland.  Heaven made jewellery.  Beautiful models, both inside and out.  Inspired and gifted make-up artists who bring out the hidden beauty. We really couldnt go wrong, or to quote Dorothy in OzIf I ever go looking for my hearts desire again, I wont look any further than my own back yard.”  Christine Harrison Wedding Photography

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“The main head piece we used is an Eleventh Heaven exclusive which is proving to be hugely popular. It is so adaptable and can be worn many different ways, as a cuff, necklace, attached to a sash or added to your shoes!  Creating bespoke designs allows all of my brides to retain their individuality as no piece is ever the same.”  Eleventh Heaven by Ann McKavney

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"When working on weddings I focus on the detail, the tiny things that make a shot beautiful. This shoot was no exception, not only focusing on the intricacies of the flowers, dress and head wear but reflecting the personalities of all those involved. It’s great to work with a tight knit bunch of people who take what they do very seriously, but are not serious people, just good fun! "  Rebecca Reville Wedding Films

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“There’s just something magical at working with brides and grooms up North. There’s a popular misconception that there’s a general lack of anything cool up here but all the clients we see have the most amazing and eclectic ideas and we get to create some fabulous cakes for them all.

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We wanted to bring this eclectic feeling to the cake we created for the shoot – to show that you can still have something stunning for your wedding but it doesn’t have to be boring! The basket is created from layer upon layer of multi-coloured cake to create a rainbow effect but then adorned with quilting, pearls and delicate frilled flowers to echo the current trend of opulent and elegant design. The balloon is just chocolate (what more did you expect from us) which was then appliquéd with lacework flowers and hand piped with chocolate filigree work to finish the effect.”  Abi at Butterflies & Angels

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“I take nothing in my work for granted and every bride to be I work with is very special to me. My bouquets are my babies and I gain an immense amount of pleasure from each peace I make. As a wedding supplier I feel privileged to be trusted to play a small part in the most special day of any ladies life. The nice thing is everyone I deal with is happy and very excitable, not many people can say they enjoy their work and it is such a pleasure.”  Carol at Crystal Bouquets By Tilly

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Little Black Book

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Photography:  Christine Harrison Wedding Photography 

Flowers:  Red Floral Architecture

Wedding Dresses:  Fairytale Brides

Make Up: Flossy & Leigh Makeup Artists Company

Wedding Cakes:  Butterflies & Angels

Wedding Stationery:  Deannamic Designs

Sequin Chairs & Accessories:  Eleventh Heaven by Ann McKavney

Crystal Bouquets:  Crystal Bouquets by Tilly

Video:  Rebecca Reville Wedding Films

Model:  Annabella Johnson from Boss Model Management (Manchester)

Venue:  The Ashes Exclusive Country House Barn Wedding Venue

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Christine Harrison Wedding Photography

Flossy & Leigh Makeup Artists Company is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, but this is not a sponsored post

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Lunch At The Lake: A Styled Bridal Shoot In The North West

March 7th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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In this last set of images from Emmylou of Lilybud Cupcakes and her collective of North West wedding industry suppliers, we find ourselves down by the water’s edge to conclude an afternoon of pretty.

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You can see the rest of the day long shoot across three sets – including beautiful floral bowers, giant pom poms, a rainbow of colour and wedding dresses to die for – by clicking here and here

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Little Black Book (for entire shoot)

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Styling, cakes and cookies, picnic, vintage crockery, pompoms  – Lilybud Cupcakes 
Flowers and bouquets – Mat Hepplestone at Red Floral Architecture

Gold artisan bouquet – Ann McKavney at Eleventh Heaven

Make up and bridal hair styling – Clare Arden at Harry Jon Make Up Artist

Bridesmaid hair styling – Maria Santoro 07966 230 293

Venue – Styal Lodge 

Bridal dresses – Charlotte Balbier and Amanda Wyatt 

Bridesmaid dresses – Amanda Wyatt 

Menswear – Groom

Hair accessories – Charlotte Balbier 

Stationery – David Spoor from Acushla

Photographers Lorna Roberts Photography and Sue Westwood- Ruttledge Photography

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Frou Fabulous Thing! Pom Poms & Tulle: A Styled Wedding Inspiration Shoot In The North West

March 7th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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A little dash of heaven this lunchtime as we continue yesterday’s beautiful styled North West wedding inspiration shoot here on the wedding blog… check back later for the final gorgeous finale!

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Styling, pompoms  – Lilybud Cupcakes
Gold artisan bouquet – Ann McKavney at Eleventh Heaven

Make up and bridal hair styling – Clare Arden at Harry Jon Make Up Artist

Bridesmaid hair styling – Maria Santoro

Venue – Styal Lodge

Bridal dresses – Charlotte Balbier and Amanda Wyatt

Hair accessories – Charlotte Balbier

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Check the wedding blog shortly for EVEN more styled wedding inspiration from this talented team. 

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