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never gonna let you lego. a summer wedding at hyde bank farm, cheshire – ali & dave

December 14th, 2016 | Alexis Forsyth

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Today on the blog, we escape to Cheshire, to the captivating 17th century Hyde Bank Farm for Ali and Dave’s glorious summer wedding.

We’ve seen all kinds of unique and curious wedding themes on Brides Up North, but this is the first time we’ve encountered Lego – and we love it!

From cute Lego-inspired cake toppers and snazzy cufflinks and socks to Christmas baubles (yes, you read that one right!) – this is a wedding brimming with originality.

With images by Steven Rooney.

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ali says: We got engaged in Mykonos in Greece. Dave had secretly purchased the ring and asked my dad beforehand. He was almost caught out by airport security staff who decided to go through his bag twice! Unable to wait any longer, he proposed on the first night, at the hotel, under the air conditioning, boiling hot as we had got lost on the way back from dinner!

Our wedding took place on 25th June 2016. We chose this date as there were only three dates left for 2016 at our reception venue, Hyde Bank Farm, and as I am a massive Christmas lover, it was fairly significant being six months to/from Christmas.

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We got married at Norbury Church in Hazel Grove. I have connections with Norbury having grown up going there, and my dad is a clergyman there too (although he didn’t do the service!). We both wanted a church wedding so it fitted the bill perfectly.

We had a Lego theme. Our cake toppers were Lego figures and the groom, best man, groomsmen and father of the bride/groom all had different coloured Lego cufflinks with matching socks. We chose this theme as we’re both big kids at heart.

As for the colour scheme, we picked mint with a hint of blush. We thought this combination was quite summery and mint is one of those colours that suits everyone. The bridesmaids looked gorgeous in their mint dresses.

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I eventually went with an Enzoani strapless mermaid wedding dress after trying on quite a number of different dresses. I saw the dress online, spent a while tracking it down, tried it on – and that was it – job done! It was very flattering and easy to get around in. The dress ticked all the boxes and also gave me the option of wearing a lace topper so I had two looks on the day. It was from the Wedding Boutique in Knutsford, which has since rebranded to Felicity Cooper bridal. Shoes wise, I got a pair of Rachel Simpson Matilda shoes online – only two inches high, and so lovely and comfortable.

My grandma kindly offered me her veil to wear for the ceremony which was a really special touch. She and my grandad got married in 1948 so it was very old! Unfortunately though it didn’t match my dress, so instead of wearing it, we draped it over the table that we signed the register on at the wedding to have it on show. I’m not sure how many people were aware of it but it was very special to us that it was there.

For hair and makeup, I booked Rebecca Anderton for my four bridesmaids and myself. She was so lovely and everything turned out great.

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Dave wore a navy suit from Moss Bros with a mint coloured cravat, and paired the outfit with a pair of brown shoes from Next. The groomsmen also wore the same navy suit and mint coloured cravat from Moss Bros. They wore navy waistcoats whereas Dave donned an ivory waistcoat.

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vintage love. a cath kidston inspired wedding in the peak district – gemma & richard

December 7th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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Today we’re giving you a second helping of gorgeous real wedding inspiration in the form of Gemma and Richard’s big day at Upper House.

Taking inspiration from an expert in prettiness, Cath Kidston, Gemma got busy sourcing lots of sweet, vintage buys online to help set the scene before roping in groom Richard to assist with some handmade décor.

The result is a wedding day that’s beautiful, colourful & fun, just as the bride desired!

With images by Lissa Alexandra Photography.

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gemma says: We got engaged on 22nd Dec 2013, whilst on a ski holiday in France. After a spectacular gondola ride across to the glacier in La Plagne, Rich suggested we ski away from the crowds to take some photos. We stopped and Rich took off his skis. After rummaging in his coat, he handed me a half bottle of champagne. He continued to rummage. Next appeared two small plastic pots, which transformed into champagne flutes. He got down on one knee and said “Gemma, will you marry me?” and I replied “I absolutely will!” Cue a random Frenchman that took our photo!

We set the date for 18th July 2015. We wanted a summer wedding and we needed to save up – so summer 2015 was an easy choice.

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Our wedding took place at Upper House in Hayfield, Derbyshire. We knew from the start that we wanted a venue that was in the Peak District. Rich and I relocated from St. Albans a couple of years ago to live in the Peaks, so we really wanted to show our southern friends why we had moved north!

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LOVE – The Great & The Wonderful – The Movie!

March 21st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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You’ve all been loving the fabulous Oz inspired bridal shoot that I have featured this week, and now it’s time to take to the silver screen, with one last look behind the scenes…

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With videography by Rebecca Reville Wedding Films

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Click here to catch up on our main feature and our behind the scenes feature too.

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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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Behind The Yellow Brick Road… A Peek Behind The Scenes

March 20th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Now, I’ve been known to organise a styled shoot or two here at Brides Up North (click here, here, here, here and here to see a few) so I know just how much effort and hard work goes into bringing an initial concept to print in a magazine, or published online.

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I know that lots of my readers are interested in how a shoot comes together, so here’s a sneak peek behind the scenes at the fabulous LOVE The Great and The Wonderful shoot – inspired by the Wizard of Oz – for the latest issue of Lucia Rose Wedding Magazine. 

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Phoebe at Flossy & Leigh Makeup Artists Company, who put together the team, says:  Our first stop was to find a wedding photographer with a creative vision who would be able to take the idea and put their personal touch to the shoot.  It simply had to be the Christine Harrison Wedding Photography Team. Christine and Ian were given the brief and literally, their ideas blew us away. Both Christine & Ian have had years of experience shooting massively successful campaigns for top clients such as Barbour and Hunter, but nowadays they are concentrating their talents on the wedding world. HALLELUJAH!

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Next we sourced our number one floral venue dresser. By now if you’re researching floral suppliers for your wedding, you’d have to be living under the sea to not have heard about Red Floral Architecture, the award winning company based in Hyde.  The owner and visionary Mat Hepplestone, took the brief and went off to create his Red Floral Interpretation. The results speak for themselves.  If you’re thinking flowers were just something you held down the aisle, think again.

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Mat collaborated with the exquisitely talented Manchester-based Eleventh Heaven by Ann McKavney to create some of the unique sequin chairs you see featured. Ann also designed and created all of the bespoke hair accessories for the shoot. They often collaborate together to incorporate Ann’s crystal creations into his floral work (Red Heaven Rocks).

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Just like with any bride, finding the dress is probably the biggest decision you’ll face. You need to go somewhere with lots of choice and honest friendly staff. We went straight to Prestwich to our friend Carol James at the twice County Bride award-winning Fairytale Brides.

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The choice was endless. They stock Ian Stuart, My Lady, Justin Alexander, Essence of Australia also their Occasions shop stocks Ian Stuart Mother of the bride and John Charles, bridesmaids by Kelsey Rose, True Bride and Venus. The ‘black witch’ or ‘alternative bridesmaid’ dress featured, was from the Fairytale Occasions shop. Very unique and stunning to say the least.

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All of the dresses used in the shoot were by Essence of Australia and are in stock now.

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Then, we went straight to the stationery extraordinaire Deanna, at Deannamic Designs based in Clitheroe. Deanna was the natural choice here, as not only can she literally create anything and everything you want with her background in graphic design, but she can then use her creative and feminine touches to put her spin on the project.

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Deanna created the solid hot air balloon seating plan that was designed to be hung up so that you could see the seating plan from both sides. She also was responsible for the production of the most imaginative wedding invitations and place settings one could ever imagine. The detail on all the stationery has to be seen to believed.

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The number one choice for our themed cake had to be none other than the awesome Abi at Rotherham-based Butterflies and Angels.

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Having shared so many brides with Carol Clayton, the designer at Crystal Bouquets by Tilly based in Leigh, we knew we there was nobody else for the job, when sourcing an Emerald crystal bouquet.

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Ben and Sarah at The Ashes Exclusive Country House Barn Wedding Venue, in Staffordshire were as ever, only too happy to help. Any couple would be lucky to find such an obliging and friendly team around them on their wedding day. Nothing is too much trouble for the Ashes Team, winners of the 2013 Wedding Industry Award for venue in the North West.

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The whole day was captured on film by one of our favourite videographers, Hale based Rebecca Reville Wedding Films. 

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So although the original theme idea was ours, the success of this production lay in the team we picked.

However, for those of you wondering what sort of makeup and hair styling equipment (we do hair as well) we used to accomplish these looks, we would have to say the secret lies in our flawless and waterproof airbrushed makeup technique.

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We used a number of different high-end cosmetics including: Temptu, Tom Ford, Shu Uemura, Chanel, MAC, Dior, Clarins, Urban Decay and Estée Lauder. A big secret styling weapon is always the lashes. For this particular shoot we used the awesome lash range by the ND Makeup Artists range, based in The North East. These can be found online for only £8 a pair, and can be reused.

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In order to achieve the hair looks we prefer to use the state of the art salon equipment known as Cloud 9, for amazing results.

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As with the everybody involved, we travel the entirety of the UK (and beyond), but have a base in Barrowford in Lancashire. We have very close links with everyone involved in the shoot and many more.

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If you missed it yesterday, to catch up on the final results and to see the cover shot, click here…

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And remember, there’s no place like home!

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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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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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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

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