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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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eastertime frolics. a chic wedding at styal lodge, cheshire – liz & jon

November 29th, 2016 | Alexis Forsyth

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Today, we bring you Liz and Jon’s special day, set in the beautiful National Trust village of Styal in Cheshire.

Pretty paper lanterns, candles and fairy lights create a charming backdrop to their nuptials, but for us, it’s the couple’s Great Wedding Bake Off that steals the show – with so much cake to tuck in to, what’s not to like?

As a lovely touch, Liz even enlisted the help of her Year One class and the couple made a donation to two charities close to their hearts.

So, sit back and relax as Liz shares all the dreamy highlights.

With images by Jonny Draper Photography

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liz says: We got engaged in April 2015, in New York. I had wanted to find an Alice in Wonderland statue in Central Park that I had heard about and when we got there Jon insisted that I sit on one of the toadstools for a photo. As I turned around to refuse him, he was down on one knee! I was blown away – it was all caught on camera too as Jon had arranged for a photographer to capture the moment!

We got married on 25th March 2016. It was Good Friday and the perfect opportunity for us and our guests to enjoy a lovely long Bank Holiday weekend. As a teacher, I wanted to get married close to a holiday so we could have a honeymoon straight after the wedding.

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We tied the knot at Styal Lodge in Cheshire; it was the only venue we viewed. As soon as we arrived we knew it was the place for us, it was perfect – relaxed, spacious but still intimate.

Our invitations and table names featured a New York skyline but apart from that we kept everything quite simple with a relaxed but elegant feel, complete with lots of beautiful fairy lights everywhere.

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Our colour scheme leaned towards white, green and grey, from the bridesmaids’ dresses to the flowers.

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My dress was from Felicity Cooper Bridal in Knutsford. I knew it was the dress for me as soon as I saw it; something drew me to the dress even though it was everything I hadn’t set out to have! I loved the dress as soon as I put on; it felt like ‘me’ and was light and comfortable, too. Fiona, who designed my dress, couldn’t have been more wonderful and encouraged me to have the dress exactly as I wanted.

Jon wore a grey suit from Next and a tie from Reiss. My very talented mum made the four bridesmaid dresses, and for the best men and groomsmen we hired navy suits from L&J Formal Hire near Middlewich. Colin, who owns the company, couldn’t have been more friendly, helpful and accommodating.

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diary date: felicity cooper designer day at the little pearl bridal boutique

November 15th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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There’s nothing better than seeing two of our fabulous Sponsors join forces to bring brides super special events – and that’s exactly what will be happening on Saturday 26th November, when The Little Pearl Bridal Boutique in Pickering, North Yorkshire, will be hosting a Felicity Cooper Bridal designer day.

The fabulous event will not only include an exclusive preview of the gorgeous Felicity Cooper Natural Soul 2017 collection, but those who order a gown on the day will also receive a 10% discount. Oh and there will be cake and fizz too!

Tempted? We thought so! Here’s the lovely Diana, owner of The Little Pearl, with all the details.

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Tell us a little about what brides-to-be can expect from the designer day…

diana says: The event will include an exclusive preview of the Felicity Cooper Natural Soul 2017 collection, along with a few new pieces that have yet to be seen! We will have 10% off any gown order placed on the day, plus we will be surrounded by fizz, cakes and a goody bag for every bride who comes along.

What are the benefits of the event?

Brides to be will get an exclusive preview of the full Felicity Cooper 2017 collection, plus a one to one styling appointment with the designer herself! This is a total treat for any bride-to-be, where they can chat about creating their dream bridal look.

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How many appointments will be available on the designer day and how long will the appointments last?

Appointments last for one-hour-and-a-half, with appointments from 9am to 6pm.

Tell us a little about the Felicity Cooper collection…

Creative Director, Fiona Cooper, has sourced the most beautiful free-flowing fabrics, delicate laces and exquisite beadwork, taking inspiration for the Natural Soul Collection from the desires of real brides to look and feel absolutely stunning on their big day. The 2017 collection consists of 18 new pieces and appeals to every bride, from the modern and quirky, to the elegant, vintage and bohemian. The beautiful cuts and fabrics offer a stunning selection for the cool, fashionable and confident bride.

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Any particular favourites or stand out pieces within the collection for you personally? 

I love a full skirted gown, so the amazing Bravely has certainly stolen my heart. For more of a soft, boho look, I just adore the open back detail on Matilda too.

What sizes are Felicity Cooper designs available in?

All of the gowns can be ordered in sizes from a 2 to a 24.

What is the price range of the Felicity Cooper dresses that you stock?

The price of the collection ranges from £1,350 to £1,900.

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What are you looking forward to most about the designer day event?

I love welcoming our very talented designers to the boutique and giving brides that special one-to-one styling opportunity. Who wouldn’t love to meet their own gown designer and create their dream bridal look together?

Do you have any advice for brides-to-be attending the designer day?

I would recommend coming to the designer day having already tried on some gown styles so that you have an idea of what you are looking for. This will help to get the most out of your appointment, so that you can really get into the detail of your whole bridal look.

How do ladies go about booking an appointment for the events?

They can email me at diana@thelittlepearlbridalboutique.co.uk, call the boutique on 01751 798080, or send me a message via our Facebook page.

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fashion-forward flair: introducing felicity cooper bridal

June 13th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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If you’re still on the hunt for that one perfect dress for your wedding day, this afternoon’s post may be of extra interest as we introduce new Brides Up North Sponsor, Felicity Cooper Bridal, to the blog.

Set up by talented designer and boutique owner Fiona Cooper in 2010, the stunning brand has gone from strength-to-strength and is now stocked at select dress shops in the UK and Europe, with Fiona’s own shop, The Wedding Boutique, in Cheshire, being the Flagship store for Felicity Cooper.

Dress designs are created with brides’ requests in mind resulting in fashion forward gowns that are guaranteed to turn heads. From dreamy lace Boho designs to elegant silk chiffon gowns, ladies making a decision on just one could be tricky!

Here to fill us in on all the details of the beautiful brand is the creator herself…

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When and why did you first set up Felicity Cooper Bridal and what is your background in the fashion and bridal industry?

fiona says: I opened The Wedding Boutique Cheshire back in 2008. From listening to brides’ like and dislikes we decided to create a bridal label that would fill the gap we had in the boutique. This went from strength to strength and in early 2016 we made the decision to relaunch The Wedding Boutique as the flagship store for Felicity Cooper.

What type of bride is a Felicity Cooper bride?

A Felicity Cooper bride ultimately wants to have fun; she’s relaxed and fashion forward, she wants to stand out from the crowd through flair not fuss.

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How would you describe the look and feel of Felicity Cooper designs?

Both First Love and the 2017 Natural Soul collections have an emphasis on fabric and cuts, flowing lines and low back detail. The new collection is bringing more embellishment and beading with a hint of colour.

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midsummer night’s dream: an ethereal styled shoot in the north west

June 6th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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This afternoon on the blog we have some dreamy eye candy in the form of a stunning styled shoot to ease away those Monday blues.

Put together by a talented group of Cheshire wedding suppliers, this shoot centres round A Midsummer Night’s Dream theme with relaxed, ethereal styling and beautiful boho dresses and accessories.

Here to fill us in on all the pretty details is Rebecca from Gypsy Rose Vintage, who provided the beautiful hair accessories featured in the shoot. We need to get us one of those rose flower crowns #lush.

With images by Boho Lane Photography.

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rebecca says: The purpose of the shoot was to bring together a group of like-minded bohemian and vintage inspired creatives to create a Midsummer Night’s Dream inspired shoot.

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The chosen location was a local hidden gem, Maggoty Wood in Gawsworth, Cheshire, which fit perfectly with the theme of the shoot. The open space woodland was perfectly quiet and tranquil on the day we shot, allowing us to have free reign to create a series of different backdrops, capturing the natural beauty of the area.

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The styling, which Pretty Creative assisted on, revolved around the Midsummer Night’s Dream/floral theme. We specifically wanted to include lots of feathers/dreamcatchers, colourful fresh fruits, such as figs and grapefruits, and, of course, lots of lovely flowers, which were supplied by Verity & Thyme. The stationery was created by Hattie Boo Designs and added a romantic pop of colour.

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made in knutsford: an autumn wedding shoot in the north west

December 1st, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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This afternoon on the blog we have a gorgeous autumn wedding styled shoot full of rich tones and truly beautiful styling.

Organised by wedding planner Kristin, who makes up one half of Mr & Mrs W, the shoot was a collaboration of top suppliers from Knutsford to show off the talent that can be found within the North West town.

To give more details on the vision of the shoot and the wedding enthusiasts that were behind it, we’ll hand you over to the lovely Kristin.

With images from Mr and Mrs W.

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kristin says:: The inspiration behind this shoot was to bring together all the wedding suppliers from the town of Knutsford into the absolutely stunning autumnal setting of Tatton Park.

Here in Knutsford you can get everything you need for a stunning wedding day, so we wanted to bring it all together at this spectacular venue to show all the brides-to-be out there, just how special Knutsford is.

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When it came to picking a photographer for the shoot, there was nobody else I would ask other than Mark, who is the other half to me and our business. With his fashion and commercial background and his natural wedding photography style, he was perfect for what I wanted to achieve.

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