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autumnal opulence – a seasonal styled shoot at eyam hall, derbyshire

November 8th, 2016 | Alexis Forsyth

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This afternoon on the blog, we’re escaping to Derbyshire, to the beautiful 17th century Jacobean manor of Eyam Hall for a rather stunning styled shoot.

Keen to showcase this enchanting property and its walled gardens – photographer Ellie Grace teamed up with a number of top local suppliers to create this definitive autumnal shoot. With a gorgeous, rich palette of berry tones and plums laced with white and gold, this is a dreamy vintage-inspired shoot where the beautiful bouquets take centre stage.

We’ll now hand over the blog to Ellie, to tell us more about the capturing the captivating set.

With images by Ellie Grace Photography. Model, Francesca Gregory.

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ellie says: The photo shoot showcases the history and beauty of Eyam Hall – a National Trust property that’s recently introduced wedding packages.

The shoot was themed around seasonal autumnal flowers from Frances and Rose, with the venue perfectly framing the rich colours and its gardens reflecting the stunning floral arrangements. The flowers featured in the shoot were 100% British grown, with some grown just a stone’s throw away from Eyam Hall, and others coming from English Country Roses down in Suffolk.

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Amy Bate, a wedding stylist and planner based in Derby, styled the shoot, which exuded an autumnal Midsummer Night’s Dream feel; magical and ethereal but with deeper colours and opulent, quirky styling. The florist and the venue had been talking about working together on future weddings so it seemed like a great opportunity to pool the skills of other local wedding suppliers to create this styled shoot.

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The venue has such beautiful, historical architecture and stunning gardens, which were the perfect backdrop for the photography, and in the autumn light this all came together beautifully to create a wonderful seasonal shoot. The flowers were the focal point, with seasonal blooms and rich autumnal colours creating warmth against the cold daylight.

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The table arrangements, supplied by prop and table decoration specialist The Magnolia Tree, showcased a beautiful mix of gold and plum tones, playing on the rich and magical feel of the shoot. We also featured an elegant three-tiered cake, topped with an assortment of flowers by Little Zoe Cakes, a baker and cake decorator located near Stafford.

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our adventure. spring pastels for a disney wedding at aston hall – natalie & james

August 24th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

Disney Inspired Wedding (c) Ellie Grace Photography (27)

Today’s real wedding has to be one of the cutest to have appeared on the blog.

Bride and groom Natalie and James centred their big day celebrations on the adventures that they’ve shared together so far, taking inspiration from the adorable Disney Pixar film Up (one of our very favourites) along the way.

The result is a loved-up, honest and personal wedding featuring touching homemade décor, beautiful blooms and some rather sweet flower girls.

With images by Ellie Grace Photography.

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natalie says: James proposed to me at home once I’d returned for work. It was my first job since having our daughter Martha. He made me my own ‘Book of Spoilers’, Doctor Who style with memories from our time together and the ring was in the back within a hollowed out heart. It was just lovely.

We set the date for 18th March 2016 as we both wanted a spring wedding because it’s our favourite time of year. It was also two years (nearly) to the day that James proposed. Having an out-of-season wedding reduced our costs and helped us to keep within our budget too.

Disney Inspired Wedding (c) Ellie Grace Photography (17)

Our chosen venue was Aston Hall Hotel in Aston, Rotherham. We fell in love with it instantly. It’s a beautiful venue with gorgeous grounds with an excellent twist of traditional glamour and modern class – plus it was super handy for guests to travel to and stay at.

We chose our theme from the Disney Pixar film Up. People often tell us that we are like Carl and Ellie. We then took the theme a little further by adding adventure aspects, including a world map table plan and tables named after places we’d been.

Disney Inspired Wedding (c) Ellie Grace Photography (32)

Our colour scheme was spring pastels. We wanted to carry through the season with wild flower type colouring and so we went with hydrangea blues and lilac purples.

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scout’s honour. a wedding with handmade decor at holdsworth house – kala & andy

November 13th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

A Teal Wedding at Holdsworth House (c) Ellie Grace Photography (46)

If you happen to recognise today’s beautiful bride and groom that’s because this isn’t the first time they’ve appeared on Brides Up North.

A few months ago we shared their beautiful pre-wedding shoot at Bolton Abbey, which also featured their cute dogs, Beren and Roxi.

Today we’re welcoming Kala and Andy back to the blog (along with their handsome hounds) to share their handmade wedding day with us too. Oh how we love a good follow-up!

With images by Ellie Grace Photography.

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kala says: We got engaged on 25th December 2006 at my grandparents. Andy and I had been looking at rings a few months before, but then he surprised me by proposing on Christmas Day and had a bottle of fizz ready for us.

We set the date for 20th August 2015. Our wedding ceremony was Halifax Minster as it’s a beautiful building with history behind it. We’d also been attending the minster and so had got to know people there – it’s a lovely community. After the ceremony we went onto the Ring O’Bells pub next to the minster before going to Holdsworth House for our reception.

A Teal Wedding at Holdsworth House (c) Ellie Grace Photography (50)

Our theme was very outdoors. Andy and I are very outdoorsy people, we have lots of hobbies and wanted our interests and personalities to reflect in our wedding. We went with a wood theme and Andy made all the table decorations, so it was very personal too.

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our love story. kala & andy

August 13th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

An Engagement Shoot at Bolton Abbey (c) Ellie Grace Photography (21)

This afternoon we’re heading to North Yorkshire, to meet husband and wife-to-be Andy and Kala, as they share their gorgeous engagement shoot with us.

The shoot took place at the beautiful Bolton Abbey where Andy and Kala spend a lot of their time walking their cute dogs, Beren and Roxi. Photographers are often warned not to work with animals, but in this case the handsome hounds look good as gold, posing obediently in front of the lens.

It’s just a matter of days now until these high school sweethearts tie the knot at Halifax Minster. Good luck guys, we can’t wait to see the photos!

With images by Ellie Grace Photography.

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kala says: We got engaged Christmas day 2006. Andy proposed to me at my nan and grandad’s house when we went for Christmas dinner. It was a complete surprise to me, although we had been looking at rings. He later revealed that he had nervously asked my dad’s permission then had been secretly arranging it with my grandparents.

We get married on Thursday 20th August 2015 at the beautiful Halifax Minster, West Yorkshire.

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We met at school, high school sweethearts! Our first date was on my birthday, we went into town and then to the cinema. We both have a great passion for films and still have our ‘date nights’ at the cinema now. It was true love and here we are 12 years later.

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I knew that Andy was the one from the word go! I felt so comfortable with Andy; he gets on great with my family and our friends. We both love sharing our hobbies and we just have such a laugh. Naturally he does my head in most of the time but we really are best friends and I couldn’t be without him.

Andy says he knew I was a keeper when I didn’t freak out after I nearly drown when he took me kayaking with my friends for the first time!

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I love Andy’s personality. He gets on with everyone, he’s adventurous and very caring. The only thing that really drives me mental is his habit of tapping his feet all the time!

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Our biggest wish for married life is simply for nothing to change! We just want to continue as we have been for the last 12 years, best friends and totally in love.

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We chose to have an engagement shoot for a number of reasons; we wanted relaxed pictures with our fur babies Roxi and Beren, Bolton Abbey is such a beautiful place and we wanted a chance to get to know Ellie, our photographer, a bit more before the big day

We loved the shoot! Although a little nervous at first, Ellie made us very relaxed and everything was very natural. I think it’s made us more excited for the day and it think it’s made me (I’m a bit camera shy) a bit more relaxed about having my picture taken all day.

We have already picked our favourite pictures from the shoot and have had them printed for family.

An Engagement Shoot at Bolton Abbey (c) Ellie Grace Photography (22)

I love Brides Up North for all the ideas and inspiration that people share about their weddings. We’d love to come back and share our big day on the blog, if you’ll have us?

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