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Medieval Magic. A Handmade Outdoor Real Wedding In York – Lisa & Mark

June 10th, 2014 | Julia Braime

(c) MH Visions Photography at Escrick Park

(c) MH Visions Photography at Escrick Park

Lisa says: We got engaged in April 2011 at Alpsee Lake, Bavaria, Germany by the Neuschwanstein Castle. It is the castle that Disneyland’s Cinderella Castle is based on.

(c) MH Visions Photography at Escrick Park

We had a Medieval themed wedding. All the wedding guests were invited to wear Medieval attire to suit the theme of the wedding.

(c) MH Visions Photography at Escrick Park

Our wedding date was Saturday 20th July 2013. We got married at Escrick Park, Escrick, near York, using Papakata tents. We wanted an outdoor wedding and Escrick Park has a huge estate that we were able to book out for the full weekend for a really good price. We had plenty of land all to ourselves where children could run off and play safely while the adults could party. We were completely secluded, which we thought was important to immerse ourselves in the magic of the Middle Ages. Regardless of the theme, we thought it was nice to have the place to ourselves and we didn’t need to worry about noise or curfews

(c) MH Visions Photography at Escrick Park

I wore a bespoke, handmade medieval style wedding dress designed and made by KMR Bridal. Kelly helped me with the design, choosing fabric and the details of the dress to help create exactly the dress I wanted. I really valued her knowledge and advice on which fabrics would suit the theme, wouldn’t crease and would hang beautifully. Her attention to details helped tie it all together, I was very happy with it.

Sylvia from White Gables Patchwork and Quilting helped made a fabulous embroidered trim for my dress

(c) MH Visions Photography at Escrick Park

My bridesmaids wore medieval style dresses, also designed and made by KMR Bridal. Kelly helped me find the exact shade we wanted for the bridesmaids; all four dresses were perfect and created the medieval faerie feel we were looking for. The groomsmen all wore various medieval outfits, each one looking different.

(c) MH Visions Photography at Escrick Park

(c) MH Visions Photography at Escrick Park

I carried daises, white roses, other yellow and green flowers and lots of ivy. Fiona from Firenza Floral Design is used to working with Papakata and dressed the teepees beautifully. She made a crown of flowers for both of our heads (Mark’s was more of a bush really, which is just what he asked for). My bouquet and top table flowers were lovely.

(c) MH Visions Photography at Escrick Park

(c) MH Visions Photography at Escrick Park

(c) MH Visions Photography at Escrick Park

(c) MH Visions Photography at Escrick Park

We had a honeymoon teepee at the bottom end of the field, which I managed to sneak in to get changed. My bridesmaids, my parents and I were escorted from there by Paul from Trouvere, playing bagpipes. I didn’t want to make an extravagant entrance, I walked barefoot from the tent, it did feel quite dramatic on the day though, but lovely.

(c) MH Visions Photography at Escrick Park

It was so exciting to emerge from the honeymoon teepee to the sound of bagpipes and drums and see a sea of colourful costumes and happy, excited faces. The whole ceremony was beautiful and very personal, we helped write the vows and made precisely the eternal promises that we wanted to.

Trouvere did us a beautiful hand fastening ceremony, medieval music and storytelling.

(c) MH Visions Photography at Escrick Park

(c) MH Visions Photography at Escrick Park

We designed and forged our own wedding rings under the guidance of a talented bespoke jeweller at Silver & Moor.

(c) MH Visions Photography at Escrick Park

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Grow Your Own. Supplier Showcase: Firenza Floral Design

March 5th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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A few weeks ago we welcomed Brides Up North Featured Supplier and award winning Yorkshire wedding florist Fiona Pickles, director of Firenza Floral Design, to the wedding blog to tell us all about her home grown wedding flowers. 

Laura Calderwood Photography for Firenza Floral Design

Image by Laura Calderwood 

This afternoon I’m doing something rare and reposting that content for you here, following controversy last month about a supposedly British grown Valentine’s bouquet supported by the Royal Horticultural Society … that turned out to contain no British grown flowers at all, as they were out of season!  The story was covered in The Telegraph, The Daily Mail and other titles and after much pressure from the British flower growers (under #britishflowers on twitter) the RHS removed the incorrect labelling and personally responded to every single tweet of complaint (and there were lot!).  The RHS are also working with British growers now for something for Mother’s Day.  

Guaranteed:  all the flowers you see in the piece that we share here this afternoon have been home grown by Fiona’s fair hands.  That’s something pretty special.  Imagine choosing your wedding flowers and seeing them grown from seed!  Fiona is passionate about her love of British flowers and is here to tell us how she continues to develop her own crop to incorporate more locally grown blooms into her beautiful wedding bouquets.  Let’s hear from her…

James Melia for Firenza Floral Design

Images by James Melia

James Melia for Firenza Floral Design

James Melia for Firenza Floral Design

Fiona says: I’ve always had a passion for flowers and really love being at work in my garden. Even though the weather isn’t great at the moment we’ve been outside in the wind and rain preparing the cutting beds, and in a few months, with a bit of luck, we’ll have flowers in bloom and I can’t wait!

Having locally grown flowers and herbs adds an extra special and personal touch to a wedding knowing the flowers have been grown right here, in the Yorkshire countryside.

Laura Calderwood Photography for Firenza Floral Design

Images by Laura Calderwood 

Laura Calderwood Photography for Firenza Floral Design

Laura Calderwood Photography for Firenza Floral Design

Laura Calderwood Photography for Firenza Floral Design

As a wedding florist we are incredibly busy – especially during the spring and summer – and growing our own flowers does mean extra work, but it’s something I love and am passionate about, plus it’s very rewarding, so the extra work is worth it, which is why we started to grow more of our own wedding flowers last year, with wonderful results.  We’re based in West Yorkshire and whilst we seem to have a very pleasant micro-climate, we are still in the Pennines, 1,220ft above sea level and on a substantial slope, so conditions can be a little testing. Before growing in earnest, I wanted to get some good advice from other growers so I attended a “Flower Farming for Beginners” course at Common Farm Flowers run by the fabulous Georgie Newberry, she has a real passion for British grown cut flowers and her business was a real inspiration to me.

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Last year, we had a lot of snow in March so it wasn’t the best start to the growing year, but the beautiful summer meant that our herbs and flowers were very, very happy on our fully south facing plot. We even had a photo shoot here in late June, with a small team of trusted suppliers, all the flowers used in the shoot were grown by us, including the buttercups, which I just adore!

Laura Calderwood Photography for Firenza Floral Design

Images by Laura Calderwood 

Laura Calderwood Photography for Firenza Floral Design

Laura Calderwood Photography for Firenza Floral Design

Laura Calderwood Photography for Firenza Floral Design

Laura Calderwood Photography for Firenza Floral Design

We use a lot of mint, rosemary, thyme, lavender, lemon balm, oregano and sage as well as many beautiful cottage garden-style flowers. We’re extending our herb terraces even further this year, so lots more scented beauties to come hopefully. I love using herbs in our wedding flowers, it really adds a beautiful dimension and helps to create those lasting memories.

We will never be able to grow enough flowers for all of our weddings, but as well as growing more of our own, I am working closely with Gill Hodgson from Flowers from the Farm, a network of flower growers, large and small, across the country, to supplement our flower needs, so we can use as many British Flowers as possible.

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Looking ahead for this year, the beds are being filled with compost, the cold frames are ready, the seed catalogues are being perused and my tools are being sharpened ready for another busy year of weddings and growing. The workshop is being fitted out with shelves and storage to create more space, we are even planning a lean-to greenhouse on our beautiful but rather shabby shed to give us more space for all our beautiful British flowers and I can’t wait!

If you’d like to make an appointment with Fiona to create your wedding flowers please contact visit www.firenzafloraldesign.co.uk or ring 01422 835540.

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Flower Power. Supplier Showcase: Firenza Floral Design

October 30th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Image (c) James Melia for Firenza Floral Design

It’s bloomin’ beautiful on the wedding blog today isn’t it?!  After this morning’s gorgeous wildflower wedding, I’m proud to introduce you to Yorkshire based florist and Brides Up North Featured Supplier Fiona of  Firenza Floral Design.  This talented lady is a wizard with wedding flowers. You need her in your life. 

Image (c) Ann Kathrin Koch for Firenza Floral Design

How and when did you become a floral designer?

I’ve always had a passion for flowers and love being at work in my garden, although I actually trained and worked for many years in the print industry. I loved what I did but it was very technical and I am a naturally creative soul. Having always wanted to venture into floristry, I realised I’d regret not trying and so, in 2005, I decided to bite the bullet and do something about it.

I continued working full time and spent my weekends gaining invaluable work experience at a local flower shop. I volunteered help on an ad hoc basis for almost two years before I had the confidence to leave full time employment, retrain and pursue my dream career as a florist.

So, in 2005, I waved goodbye to my company car and pension and headed off to London to attend the Jane Packer Flower School career course. I rented a flat opposite Selfridges, within walking distance of the Flower School and had an inspirational and liberating month living back in London and learning the skills that I’d dreamt of.

Image (c) Laura Calderwood Photography for Firenza Floral Design

Image (c) Lissa Alexandra Photography for Firenza Floral Design

Where does the name Firenza come from?

The business is named after my nana, Florence, or “Firenza” in Italian. I wanted to make the business name personal to me and after I had chosen it I found out that the meaning of the name “Florence” is “flowering” or “blossoming”, so it was even more appropriate than I had first realised!

Image (c) Laura Calderwood Photography for Firenza Floral Design

Where are you located and will you travel?

Our large workshop is near my home just outside Halifax, West Yorkshire, overlooking the hills towards Ripponden and beyond. It consists of a large consultation area, an office, workshop, and of course, the all-important cutting gardens. We are very close to the Yorkshire/Lancashire border and we also have a private workshop near Cheadle in Cheshire. Distance isn’t a problem and we regularly travel far and wide – wherever the weddings take us!

Image (c) Lissa Alexandra Photography for Firenza Floral Design

What services do you offer for Brides To Be?

Firenza Floral Design is a specialist wedding and event florist and provide flowers for every part of the day. We aim to make the whole process enjoyable and special; from the initial meeting; to the wedding itself where we set up the church and/or venue flowers; delivering the bridal flowers on the morning of the wedding; then taking all the hired items away again afterwards, so our couples don’t have to worry about a thing.

Our style is a very natural, relaxed, garden style, using the sort of flowers you would see growing in a beautiful cottage garden, especially scented flowers and herbs.

Image (c) Laura Calderwood Photography for Firenza Floral Design

What about extra little details?  Do you offer a hire service for accessories and decorations?

We have a large collection of accessories including vases, lanterns, candelabra and tea-light holders, to name a few, all of which are available for our couples to hire. All these are on view at our workshop in Halifax and provide a source of inspiration during consultations.

Image (c) James Melia for Firenza Floral Design

Tell Brides Up North about your “home grown” flowers?

I am already growing a large amount of herbs and foliage for use in our weddings, but this year I have started work to convert an area of ridiculously steep waste grassland within our gardens to grow more cut flowers and herbs, which combined with our established gardens will provide a lot of flowers as well.

Work is well underway on our cutting beds – we have three raised beds all ready to start growing properly into 2014. They are on the steepest land imaginable and have been a challenge to build, especially when combined with a very busy wedding season!

This is something I feel really passionate about, I have always adored gardening and the last few years have been so busy with weddings my poor garden has just been totally neglected, which was making me very frustrated. So my (possibly rather strange) logic was if I make it part of the business I HAVE to do it and it has actually proved to be the case! I must admit though my first foray into serious seed growing was not particularly successful but I don’t yet have a greenhouse so that’s going on my list to Santa!

As part of this process I have met some fabulous growers across the country and I always use British growers where possible. I am also part of the lovely “Flowers from the Farm” network where I keep in touch with, and support, local flower growers.

Image (c) James Melia for Firenza Floral Design

What sets your business apart from your competitors?

As well as the above, we specialise in using scented flowers and herbs, a lot of which are grown in my own garden. The unique ability of a particular smell to remind us of times, places and memories, is the reason why I’m so keen to use scent as much as possible in my weddings.

We use a lot of typical garden flowers like forget-me-nots, aquilegia, clematis and even buttercups, which give our flowers their very distinctive natural, garden style.

Image (c) Laura Calderwood Photography for Firenza Floral Design

Image (c) Laura Calderwood Photography for Firenza Floral Design

Tell us about some of the industry connections you have made and shoots that you have worked on since launching your business?

We have met some lovely people along the way and have built up some fabulous relationships with many fellow suppliers. We’ve worked a lot with the lovely people from PapaKata and have worked on many of their 2013 weddings, they are great to work with and our natural style flowers particularly suit their tipis.

Since setting up in 2005, we’ve worked on several shoots with great photographers including Damian Hall, Barnaby Aldrick, Shelly from Toast, Sarah Mason and Lissa Alexandra, to name a few. One of our former brides has recently set up her own photography business, Laura Calderwood Photography, her work is beautiful and we have worked a lot together this year as well. We’re currently working on a series of shoots with local photographer James Melia and make up artist Jo BLiham. We all share a similar style and the shoots we’ve worked on so far have been truly beautiful, some of which have been picked up by the wedding media.

Image (c) Andy Sutcliffe Photography for Firenza Floral Design

What have been your professional highlights to date?

In July 2012 we were commissioned to provide flowers for Her Majesty The Queen. This was so exciting, although a little terrifying, if I’m honest. The brief was not to be “too weddingy”, so I stuck with my natural, gathered, garden style and imagined the sort of flowers that she would choose. I opted for bright cerise Yves Piaget rose, which is gloriously scented, with lilac delphinium, blackberries, purple clematis, mint, pink campanula, Artemisia, antirrhinum, stocks and hydrangea. The presentation bouquet for Her Majesty had a selection of these, with pink peony and monarda – it was an absolute honour and a very proud day!

What are your favourite wedding floristry looks for 2013?  What trends do you see emerging?

Our style of floristry is timeless and not particularly trend-led and I will always be a huge fan of very natural and unfussy designs. The just-picked look is still very popular and will remain so into 2014. There is a move towards more mixed and bright colours and in a much more unstructured style – less rose domes and more wild, natural and untamed designs.

Image (c) Lissa Alexandra Photography for Firenza Floral Design

Image (c) Lissa Alexandra Photography for Firenza Floral Design

Image (c) Laura Calderwood Photography for Firenza Floral Design

What would be your top tips for a Bride To Be when choosing her wedding flowers?

Allow your florist to have as much free reign as possible – I don’t mean just let them do what they want, but rather guide them with an idea of the sort of look you are after, what flowers you like and dislike, and then let the florist do the rest. This way you benefit far more from their creativity and you get a totally bespoke look designed specifically for you. If the florist understands your vision, it gives them the confidence that if they see the most beautiful but unexpected flower at the market that week, they can use it and you will love it. The more prescriptive a bride to be is, the less creative the florist can be.

Also, take some time to look at previous work the florist has done and consider whether it is in line with what you want, before asking them to give you a quote. I wouldn’t expect someone to come to us looking for a contemporary and off-the-wall design, because that just isn’t our style. All florists have their own natural style and pictures on their website blog or Facebook page or displays at wedding fairs will reflect this and help to show you their signature style.

Finally, don’t feel you always have to use the colour of the bridesmaid dresses in the flowers, especially if it is an unusual colour, instead you could use the dresses as a backdrop for a different colour scheme. For example, if you have a royal blue colour scheme you could consider opting for flowers that compliment it instead, perhaps using ivories, greens and blush pinks or maybe ivories, peaches and oranges. If your chosen colour scheme is particularly dark, I would always recommend using tones of the colour as well, to prevent a clash of dark and light colours, so instead of just using red and white flowers for example, introduce ivories as well as pale and darker pinks as this gives a far more cohesive appearance.

Image (c) S6 Photography for Firenza Floral Design

What would be your no-nos?

I really dislike dyed or artificially coloured flowers, especially the rainbow rose, which in my eyes is just wrong I’m afraid! Nature is so beautiful on it’s own so we should use what nature gave us. I would suggest finding other ways of bringing in unusual colour schemes, maybe through ribbon, or brooches.

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Who would be your dream client and why?

George Clooney. He seems to be the sort of person who would choose our flowers, his style is so understated and classy, with nothing too glitzy or bling. I think he would want very natural and beautiful flowers. He has a villa on Lake Como (one of my favourite places) and I have a vision of a ceremony outside, under rose covered pergolas on a late spring/early summer day, it’s sunny but not too hot, with the lake in the background and oodles of displays of scented garden roses, scented stocks, herbs, peonies, delphiniums and hydrangea. His bride is carrying a very simple but beautiful bouquet of herbs, roses and peonies in blush pinks and ivories…ah well…we can all dream… (the number is below George if you’re interested)!

Image (c) James Melia for Firenza Floral Design

Image (c) James Melia for Firenza Floral Design

Are there any really memorable weddings that you have worked on?

They are all memorable in their own way, but a recent one we worked on was a little different. Flowers were really important to Georgie, she wanted a very natural, forest floor type theme, which all worked fabulously with her tipi wedding and we created a lot of beautiful displays for her. But, the memorable thing for me was that she arrived at the wedding breakfast on a white horse (something I’d always wanted to do) and I just love this shot of her with her bouquet. Apparently the horse bucked at one point but she clung determinedly onto her bouquet throughout!

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Which weddings or shoots do you have coming up that you are really excited about?

We worked on a wedding a couple of months ago where not only did the bride wear a crown of ivy and daisies in her hair, but the groom wore a flower crown as well, which he was most excited about. I imagine this will be the first and last time I design a flower crown for a groom and it was great to get creative!

Image (c) James Melia for Firenza Floral Design

Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

It’s a bit “how long is piece of string?” I’m afraid. That is almost impossible to answer as everything is totally designed around each couple, I will say that working on a percentage of your wedding spend, which a lot of magazines seem to suggest, is not always the way to go as it doesn’t take into account whether you want a lot of flowers at the church, whether there are a lot of bridesmaids or table centres, how time consuming the set-up is, or even the sort of flowers/herbs you want and it seems to result in some very unrealistic expectations! It may seem very obvious but the more flowers you want the more it will cost. There is a very rough price guide on our website which can help with budgeting purposes but we always suggest a full consultation before giving more specific ideas on price.

Image (c) Laura Calderwood Photography for Firenza Floral Design

Image (c) Laura Calderwood Photography for Firenza Floral Design

How can Brides Up North see examples of your work or find out more?

We offer consultations our beautiful studio and workshop in West Yorkshire. For more information visit www.firenzafloraldesign.co.uk or ring 01422 835540.

You can follow Firenza Floral Design on Facebook and on Twitter

Image (c) James Melia for Firenza Floral Design

 

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THIS SUNDAY! The Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition At Beautiful Thorp Perrow!

May 11th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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And it’s here (!!) – our Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Thorp Perrow, North Yorkshire on Sunday 12th May 2013 – FREE ENTRY – 12pm till 4pm.

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This is a brand new exclusive use wedding venue and private stately home that we are opening to the viewing public for just one day only – and this you have to see!  Even if you already have your venue booked, this is still for you.  Come and make a day of it, visit our marquee full of absolutely outstanding wedding vendors (the very best in the business, I promise you), enjoy the beautiful gardens, ornamental lakes and the stunning arboretum, and explore the never before open stately pile. 

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“At Thorp Perrow you’ll find trees covered in blossom, carpets of bluebells and bold drifts of wild flowers.”

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This wonderful house has only very recently been opened to the public for weddings (having previously only been used as a private home) can hold up to sixty people for smaller events such as lunches and dinner parties. For larger occasions a marquee can be attached to the house or erected at the front of the house close to the lake.

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Come and visit the team behind these images as well as a collective of the region’s very finest suppliers this Sunday. 

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On site this Sunday you’ll be able to sample the talents of Buttercream Cupcakes, Make Up By Jo, Amy Sunley Photography, Glen Roughead Swing, Cat Hepple Photography, Cordelia & Co, Curvy Bridal, Peter Boyd Photography, It’s A Wind Up!, Limelight Photobooth Hire, Perfectly Practical Parties, Victoria Farr Hair & Make Up Specialist, White Petal Design, Gray Events Ltd, Kelly’s Event Boutique, DJB Photography, Firenza Floral Design, Twisted Willow Floristry, Joe Dodsworth Photography, Love on Location, Lissa Alexandra Photography, Elise Flowers, Kiss The Bride Magazine, The Wedding Guide, Simply Bows & Chair Covers, Travel In Style (Wedding Cars), Noble Fine Art, Swing Thing Duo, C & J Rentals, White Wedding Company, Ruby Shoes, Brides & Belles and more…

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If you would like to beat the queues, gain speedy entry and grab yourself a FREE Brides Up North Welcome Pack packed with little treats from Brides Up North, the regions’ best bridal glossy mags well as some fab on-the-day-only exhibitor discounts – while stocks last only – you can pre-register for VIP Bride to Be access now. What are you waiting for?

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To register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag fill in your details below, marking YOUR EVENT VENUE OF CHOICE e.g. “THORP PERROW” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag upon entry to the Luxury Wedding Exhibitions.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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You can also email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk if you do not wish to use the contact form. Goody bags are limited and subject to availability. We operate a first come, first served policy.

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Photography – Joe Dodsworth Photography

Venue – Thorp Perrow & CWC Malings Catering

Wedding Gowns – Curvy Bridal

Hair & Makeup – Debonnesse & Love Hair & Beauty, Ripon

Hats & Ribbons – Quaintrelle: Millinery by Claire Spooner

Flowers including hair pieces – Twisted Willow Floristry

Models – Ruth Sturdy & Katie Dewar

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Exhibitor enquiries for all Brides Up North events in 2013 – please email contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk – and brides to be, you can also pre-register for all of these events NOW! Click here

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Thorp Perrow, North Yorkshire – Sunday 12th May 2013

(Luxury Wedding Exhibition)

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The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham – Sunday 19th May 2013

(Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition – 40 exhibitors)

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Rise Hall, East Yorkshire – Sunday 9th June 2013

(Luxury Wedding Exhibition – 40 exhibitors)

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Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham – Sunday 8th September 2013

(Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition – 100 exhibitors)

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Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire – Sunday 15th September 2013

(Luxury Wedding Exhibition – 40 exhibitors)

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Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield, Co Durham – Sunday 29th September 2013

(Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition – 80 exhibitors)

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The Mansion, Leeds – Sunday 6th October 2013

(Luxury Wedding Exhibition – 40 exhibitors)

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Nostell Priory, Wakefield – Sunday 13th October 2013

(Luxury Wedding Exhibition – 40 exhibitors)

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  – Images © 2013 Joe Dodsworth Photography

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All Things Bright & Beautiful: Annasul Y For A Vibrant Real Wedding At Adlington Hall – Joanna & Tom

May 3rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Today’s Real Wedding is vibrant, bright and basically beautiful in every single way.  What a way to kick off the long weekend as we join Joanna and Tom for their Real Wedding in Cheshire.  With images by Andy Wardle Photography.

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Joanna says:  We got engaged on 16th December 2011 in Paris and were married on 15th June 2012 at Adlington Hall & Hunting Lodge, Cheshire. 

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We chose the venue because of it’s stunning buildings and grounds. Adlington Hall is a very traditional and beautiful building and we knew immediately that we wanted to say our vows there. The Hunting Lodge is just next door and housed all of our guests perfectly. We were fortunate enough to be able to appreciate the gardens as well. It was the perfect venue.

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We originally chose a “Peaches & Cream” colour scheme but our bridesmaid dresses were in more of a vibrant coral and we incorporated apricot, peach, coral and ivory colours into our flowers.

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The Father of the Bride supplied his car & Step-father of the Bride was the proud chauffeur.

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I wore a lace, vintage-style fitted wedding dress by Annasul Y from The White Closet, Didsbury. 

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I carried a bouquet of David Austin ‘Juliet’ roses, peonies and gypsohila handtied with lace and pearls. The men had David Austin roses and some eucalyptus as their buttonholes.  All our flowers were by Firenza Floral Design

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We had a “Sweetie Table” that ran the length of the room in the Hunting Lodge, which included lots of homemade cakes & goodies baked by family members, old fashioned sweets and bowls of peaches & apricots to match our colour theme. It was thoroughly appreciated by our guests who tucked in right through the night.

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Announcing us as “Husband & Wife” was the most amazing feeling. The speeches were fantastic too and are still being talked about!

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We chose a classic three-tier fruitcake by Hilary Bennett in Glossop, Derbyshire iced in ivory and peach and decorated with flowers matching the bouquets. 

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Tom is in a band called ‘The Zetlands’ and they played a mixture of their own music and some covers selected by us. Lots of Elvis Presley, The Beatles, the Kinks, and general rock&roll to get everyone on the dancefloor.

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Our only regret is not having a videographer, particularly for the ceremony. Andy managed to capture some fantastic shots that made up for it though, including the dance moves later on in the evening!

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After the wedding we flew to Italy and spent a week relaxing in Sardinia followed by a city break in Venice.

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Congratulations Joanna & Tom!

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Darling Buds: Perfect Flowers For A Spring Wedding With Firenza Floral Design

April 16th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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With Spring well and truly in the air, expert wedding florist Fiona Pickles, from Brides Up North Featured Supplier Firenza Floral Design, takes the business of choosing perfect arrangements in her stride. Having recently won Best Wedding Florist for the North East Region from The Wedding Industry Awards, she knows a thing or two when it comes to choosing the perfect wedding flowers.

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With her expert knowledge and awareness of seasonal availability, not to mention a champion for locally grown flowers, Fiona is prettifying these pages this morning with her seasonal creations, as she shares some advice and tips on choosing the perfect flowers for a Spring wedding.

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Fiona says: Spring is all about fresh new beginnings and optimism and it is my favourite time of year for flowers, they are all so beautiful. To keep the feeling that Spring is in the air, choose lots of fresh, local and readily available blooming flowers.

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When choosing flowers for a Spring wedding one must consider the seasonal availability to hand and the abundance of colour on offer, which makes Spring time the perfect choice for both a soft, muted and romantic look as well as a vibrant, bright and fresh wedding.

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Growing my own flowers means all sort of options are open to me that just aren’t available at the flower markets, such as beautiful pale lemon cowslips, ever-so delicate forget-me-nots, honeysuckle, stately dicentra (little white or red heart shaped flowers), and aquilegia (grannie’s bonnets), to name a few.

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There are so many different flowers to choose from and to help you decide, here are some of my favourites…

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Tulips are a popular Spring flower and perfect for weddings as they come in a huge variety of colours, making it easy to fit in with themes. They look great mixed into a bouquet or grouped together on their own.

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Narcissi (daffodils) are the flowers that signal the beginning of Spring. As well as the familiar bold and cheery yellow daffodil, with a beautiful open bloom there are also some beautiful muted narcissi in buttermilk (cheerfulness) and even white varieties (paperwhites). They work beautifully in bridal bouquets giving a delicate almost frilly effect, as well as adding a beautiful scent. They make wonderful table centrepieces and can be potted up as favours for guests.

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Cherry blossom is available in pink (usually pale) and white and are fabulous for table centrepieces – they work equally as well in an informal “jug style” display as well as in tall, dramatic statement pieces.

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Lilac stunning heads of lilac or white flowers offer a delicate scent. They add a beautiful extra dimension to bridal bouquets. A bouquet of lilac on its own is really stunning.

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Ranunculus - like gorgeous mini peonies, they come in a wide range of colours and are one of my absolute favourites. A bouquet of just a single colour ranunculus is so delicate and striking. Equally they work well mixed with other spring flowers.

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Viburnum opulus (guelder rose, snowball) is a versatile spring flower in a vivid acid green, which fades to almost white as it ages. They work brilliantly in large pedestal displays and go with every colour of spring flower available.

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Hyacinth come in many colours and have the added bonus of being highly scented (although it may be best to avoid for people with allergies) and are very versatile in all styles of design.

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Anemone are so delicate and many have a beautiful dark blue/purple, almost black centre, so even the pale colours become a fabulous choice to tie in with darker coloured bridesmaid dresses in a very subtle way. As well as a large range of whites and pale pastel colours, they do come in strong colours such as vibrant magenta and red.

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Hellebore is a beautifully delicate flower which ranges from white, pale green through to a more acid green, to shades of mauve and purple right up to a beautifully moody dark purple. A hellebore head with twigs and herbs makes for a striking buttonhole.

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Spring flowering clematis – a pretty climbing flower that works when trailing over a candelabra or around vases for a stunning centrepiece. They also work really well in garlands.

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Bluebells provide a vibrant blue in late spring and when combined with a fresh zingy lime green offer a beautiful bright option whilst retaining a natural look.

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Snakeshead fritillary are a native British flower and grow wild in grass meadows, they come in either the usual mauve checkerboard effect or a white variety of the same. They are so delicate and make a beautiful addition to a mixed spring flower display.

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Fiona will be exhibiting her beautiful blooms and floral displays next Sunday 21st April 2013 at The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Grand Wedding Exhibition at The National Railway Museum in York.  Do you have the date in your diaries? Click here for all the info and to pre-register as a VIP Bride To Be. 

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Real Wedding Recap 2012: Enchanted! A Real Engagement In Yorkshire – Amy & Grant

December 30th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Over the festive period I’ll be recapping some of my very favourite Real Weddings from the last 12 months on the wedding blog. It’s been a tough choice! In true Brides Up North style, each wedding featured on these pages is unique, beautiful and gorgeously personal. It’s been an exceptionally fabulous year! Enjoy…

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Not technically a Real Wedding, granted, but I just couldn’t leave this super duper stunning shoot sent to me by fabulous Brides Up North Featured Supplier Sarah Mason Photography and Brides Up North reader Amy out of my Real Wedding Recap 2012.  You’ll soon see why.  I die!

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Sarah says:  Fiona from Firenza Floral Design approached me about working together on this shoot. All her floral loveliness had been created for a seasonal inspired wedding fair and she saw it as a fab opportunity for us to work together the following week. We’ve included a few detail shots of the beautiful flowers as it was these that inspired the dreamlike, ethereal quality to the shoot. I knew Amy and Grant were the perfect couple and we brought our pre-wedding shoot forward.

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The location is Hardcastle Crags, a mile out of Hebden Bridge. I have used this amazing place as a backdrop to a few of my shoots – it’s an enchanted woodland! It’s National Trust owned. They actually have an amazing venue in the middle of the woods called Gibson Mill, just stunning!

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Bride to be Amy says: We got engaged on 27 November 2010. We’d been together 7 years and talked about marriage a lot so it wasn’t unexpected, but it was lovely! I had just finished my first teaching placement so Grant took me to a fine dining restaurant in Leeds during the day as a treat, and we went to the Christmas Markets, so we’d had a really nice day. Then he told me we needed to drop in at his brother’s. On the way he took a diversion and drove to the bus stop where we’d shared our first kiss, 7 years earlier! The snow was glistening all around us and Grant was down on one knee – he presented me with a ring he’d bought from my favourite jewellers in Sydney 6 MONTHS EARLIER! He had been waiting to ask my parents’ permission before asking me!

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We are getting married in June 2012 at Clay House in West Vale, Halifax. It’s lovely Jacobean house that’s licenced for civil ceremonies, and we’re having the whole day there.

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We met while we were in Romeo and Juliet – we are both members of an acting group called The Actors’ Workshop, but had never met or been in anything together until then. The first time Grant laid eyes on me, I was at a costume call, wearing an Elizabethan gown! I thought ‘Who is that guy in the hat?’ (he wore a lot of beanies back then) and he thought ‘Who is the girl in the dress?’ . We got to know each other through rehearsals, and I managed to get his number through a mutual friend after the play finished. I was so nervous when I first got in touch, but he was very happy that I did!

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The first time we met up after getting in touch after the play was in a local pub. We chatted for hours and totally lost track of the time.

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For me, there wasn’t a ‘moment’ when I knew that he was the one. I think I always knew! Grant has always told me that he knew when, one night, I was at a friend’s house and Grant and his friend came over. I saw the car out of the window and ran down to greet him. He says that when he saw me running towards him, excited to see him, he knew that he never wanted to be away from me.

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I love Grant’s loyalty and his desire, every day, to make me happy. He supports me in everything I do and makes me feel like together, we can do anything! No dream is too big! I also love his silliness; he can always make me smile. And he has the most beautiful, kind eyes.

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We chose to have an engagement shoot because it was a good way to get to know our photographer before the wedding day, and learn some poses and angles that we like! We were both a bit nervous, but Sarah immediately put us at ease and it was a really enjoyable couple of hours. It was nice to have some time together, away from work and home. It felt really intimate, even though there was someone taking our picture! The setting, with all the gorgeous props and flowers, was incredible and we felt so lucky to be a part of it! It has definitely made us feel more relaxed about the day. We’re going to use some of the images around the venue and as part of the Order of the Day.

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I’m a Brides Up North reader because I love reading the real wedding and real engagement features for inspiration. I’ve done lots of DIY for the wedding to try and keep costs down, and I’m always on the lookout for ideas! It’s also a great place to look for local suppliers as they’re all from the North.

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Our biggest wish for married life is that it doesn’t pass as quickly as the last 9 years! We hope to emigrate to Australia and at the moment, our biggest wish is that this happens! We’ll be delighted to come back and share our Real Wedding photographs on the wedding blog.

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Grant says: I love how much Amy makes me laugh, she has a brilliant sense of humour which for me is very important. In a lot of ways we are opposites, I am very laid back and Amy is a worrier and Amy is sensible whereas I can come across as a bit of a joker. She is the ying to my yang.

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Real Wedding Recap 2012: New York, North Yorks! A Real Wedding At Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire – Antony & Kristy

December 29th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Over the festive period I’ll be recapping some of my very favourite Real Weddings from the last 12 months on the wedding blog. It’s been a tough choice! In true Brides Up North style, each wedding featured on these pages is unique, beautiful and gorgeously personal. It’s been an exceptionally fabulous year! Enjoy…

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If you are in any doubt about why you should visit one of our Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Fairs at Allerton Castle in 2013, then Kristy and Antony’s beautiful Real Wedding by one of our exhibitors, Chris Chambers Photography should make your mind up for you.  Like the venue itself, their big day was simply stunning. 

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Kristy says:  Antony proposed on New Years Day 2011 at the top of the Rockefeller Centre in New York with a jelly sweet ring and we were married on 30th June 2012 at Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire. 

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We were blown away with the grand presence of the building both inside and out. The moment we saw the grand hall and stunning staircase we knew this was our perfect venue. It actually brought tears to our eyes and we were overwhelmed.  It was an important factor to consider the weather may not be perfect and we knew Allerton Castle could accommodate all weathers.

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We based our theme around New York and the colour was based on a Tiffanys box where my engagement ring came from. We made a conscious effort to bring New York into our day without being NYC over the top.

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Antony was surprised by the NYC Yellow Cab from Hi-Life. He and his groomsmen travelled in style whilst the girls and I got ready at Allerton Castle, with hair and make-up by Debonnesse. 

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My dress was bespoke; I had very clear ideas of how I wanted the dress to look. Suzanne Neville designed and created my dream dress.

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The bridesmaids wore Dessy dresses in Spa, with matching shoes. The flower girl and page boy wore ivory to compliment my wedding dress.

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The groomsmen wore light grey suits from Next with spa ties and handkerchiefs.

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Antony choose to have a bespoke suit made in total contrast to the groomsmen’s suits. This was made my Michelsberg Tailors.

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Seeing my father’s reaction when he saw me in my dress for the first time was a memory I will cherish forever. Chris captured this moment perfectly and it brings a tear not only to my eyes but to everyone that sees it.

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I carried a bouquet of Picasso calla lilies with a matching button hole for Antony.  The bridesmaids wore wrist corsages of roses and the other buttonholes were roses too.  We choose the Picasso calla for our candelabras and service flowers and the deep purple complimented the Tiffany blue perfectly.  All our flowers were by Firenza Floral Design

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I chose to wear my grandmother’s wedding ring as my wedding ring. Sadly my grandmother passed away some years ago. The ring was dipped in platinum to match my engagement ring.

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We chose Jelly Rings as favours – to symbolise the Jelly Ring Proposal!  Cande Cakes made our wedding cake. 

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The wedding breakfast room looked beautiful, with chair covers by Ambience Venue Styling.  Our caterers, hosts and wedding coordinators for the day were Dine Services

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My father’s speech was both genius and filled with a rollercoaster of emotions it was absolutely brilliant and made us both extremely proud and overwhelmed.

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The Event Music Company played during our service and reception.

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Our Strictly Come Dancing first dance including personalised voiceover from Alan Dedicoat (The voice of Strictly Come Dancing)!  Then we organised a DJ from Exclusive Entertainments and fireworks as a surprise to our guests.

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We had a mini moon to Sorrento, Italy to relax and reflect our magical day.  Our honeymoon is to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas and New York.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to relax on the day, enjoy every second of it together and take in as much as possible.  Do not get stressed, if things go wrong laugh about it. Remember the reason you are there it’s about two people who love each other and want to get married sharing their day with friends and family. Nobody is bothered if things go wrong after all we are all human!

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Nothing can spoil your day not even the bad British weather. The crazy weather we experienced was actually a plus and delivered the most amazing photos we could never have dreamt of by our brilliant photographer Chris Chambers Photography.

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Congratulations Kristy & Antony!

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Its The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year! A Vintage Glam Bridal Fashion Shoot With A Festive Twist

December 1st, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Advent calendars at the ready Brides Up North!  It’s only ruddy December!  How the bejeezus did that happen?

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I personally love the festive season, twinkly winter weddings, chestnuts roasting on an open fire and all that, and will be bringing you some seasonal treats on these wedding blog pages over the next month.

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So, lets start as we mean to go on with a festively gorgeous vintage glam bridal fashion shoot at gorgeous Yorkshire wedding venue The Mansion at Roundhay Park.  I can personally vouch for this venue and the amazing team from Dine Services as it was the setting for the inaugural Brides Up North Yorkshire Tweet Up back in September.  It is also the venue for one of the Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive Wedding Fairs next February.  Do you have these dates in your diary ladies?

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Sunday 12th February 2012

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Allerton Castle, Knaresborough

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Nostell Priory, Wakefield

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Your exclusive invitation to three days of bridal brilliance at Yorkshire’s most desirable wedding venues.   A choice selection of the region’s finest wedding suppliers will be on hand to inspire and advise.  With fabulous giveaways and on the day discounts too,  only the best will do for Brides Up North and Dine.   Details of how to register as a Brides Up North VIP Bride To Be coming soon. 

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EXHIBITOR BOOKINGS: email me at julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for details. 

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This shoot, sent to me by Shelly of Toast, is a mash up of bauble bling, giant windmills, twinkles, vintage bunting and stunning dresses.  By ‘eck it works. 

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The shoot was organised by Vicky at Sugarplum Creations to showcase her new 2012 collection ‘Vintage Glamour’. 

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Vicky says: Last year was all about the Sparkly Crystal Bride but this year is all about the chunky Vintage Glamour look.  Each piece is handmade from vintage brooches and jewellery broken down into new and exciting things; such as tiaras, necklaces and bracelets. I knew this would work with Ian Stuart’s Killer Queen Collection so I quickly got in touch with the girls to organise the shoot!

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I really wanted to convey the elegance and creativity of everyone involved. Being able to work with Ian Stuart, Cymbeline Paris and Jenny Packham all in one day was an honour and I wanted to make pieces to compliment every aspect of the different designers.

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Shelly says:  Vicky got in touch with me to shoot her new collection along with a selection of beautiful dresses from Hayley at The Bridal Collection in Harrogate. I don’t normally do straight up shoots – I usually like to do something a little bit more rock n roll, but the chance to shoot Ian Stuart frocks was too good to miss. I invited Rachel at Simply Vintage Events to provide us with a beautiful eclectic vintage backdrop to go with our Jenny Packham and Cymbeline Paris dresses, whilst I created the giant pinwheels which were real talking points and the paper flower backdrop. Rachel also provided the enormous Christmas baubles. 

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The amazing flowers including the frilly tulips in the birdcages and the set with the candles and orchids, were created by the genius Fiona at Firenza Floral Design – her talent knows no end.

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Hair and make-up was by the lovely Emma at Make Me Up by Mac and of course the backdrop was the stunningly beautiful The Mansion in Leeds – we all love that staircase (although I must have gone up and down it a million times on the day!).

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Photography: Toast and Paul Joseph Photography

Venue: Mansion, Leeds

Dresses loaned by: The Bridal Collection 

Accessories: Sugarplum Creations

Make-up & Hair: Make Me Up by Mac – emmamilner@live.com

Vintage china and accessories: Simply Vintage Events

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An Eye For Detail – A Real Wedding, Rebecca & Richard

November 21st, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Oh my goodness.  Talk about getting the week off to gorgeous start on the wedding blog! Brides Up North Featured Supplier Damian Hall Photography and newlyweds Rebecca and Richard sent me this gorgeous wedding in Yorkshire recently, and I have been really looking forward to sharing it with you.  Rebecca is a wedding planning planner at her family’s wedding venue, the Crow Hill Country House Estate and boy, did she bring it for her own Real Wedding!

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Let’s hear from Rebecca:  We got engaged on Kos, the Greek Island in May 2010. Richard booked a surprise holiday for the two of us to a five star hotel on the sea front! He proposed on the last night on a sandy beach at sunset. Afterwards, we went back to the hotel and drank Pina Coladas!

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We married on Saturday 3rd September 2011 at St Bartholomew’s Church in Marsden, West Yorkshire and held the reception at Crow Hill Country House Estate.   I’ve always wanted to get married at home and had dreams of a marquee on the lawn (I am a Wedding Planner at my family’s venue, Crow Hill Country House Estate). The country house is the perfect setting for a vintage wedding and the Marquee was ideal for the reception. Crow Hill offers the wedding weekend, and all my guests stayed for two nights on the Estate. Our guests arrived to afternoon tea of handmade treats served on vintage cake stands and vintage china in the walled Victorian gardens followed by a rehearsal supper and a pre wedding pamper session. The Sunday morning after the wedding guests enjoyed a full English Breakfast cooked by our head chef served in the Red Dining Room followed by an Archery Competition for the men to finish the weekend off in style!

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I wanted my wedding day to be a celebration of vintage glamour with a dusky pink, gold, ivory, pearl and diamante theme.

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My dress was made and designed by Caroline Titterington Couture Bridal designer.

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The dress was made of silk, satin and chiffon encrusted with diamante. The bodice was made of handmade pearl lace with ivory ribbon lacing and a long train. The style was based on a vintage 1950’s ball gown design. Unlike most other brides, we went for more than five fittings to ensure the dress was a perfect fit! Throughout the process of making the dress, together with Caroline, we changed the original design to include a long train, a huge satin bow, a diamante and pearl brooch and the cape with a large satin bow, for the ride in the horse and carriage complete with a diamante buckle at the back, so it was truly unique to me.

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The two older bridesmaids wore Vintage Vogue inspired gold floor length gowns made from chiffon and satin. They featured handmade gold fabric roses which went from the top of the dresses to the hip and then created a waterfall effect of chiffon at the back. The two younger bridesmaids had individual dresses designed to suit them. One was a puff ball design with a large gold bow at the back and a chiffon waist band and the other was a 1950’s inspired dress with lots of net and again a large gold bow and a chiffon band. Both dresses also had corsages of handmade gold fabric roses and a large feature rose on the waist band.

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The dresses were also made and designed by Caroline Titterington Couture Bridal designer. I didn’t want the traditional kind of bridesmaids dresses in all the same style so having Caroline was perfect – the dresses were designed and fitted to suit each person individually, as well as featuring the handmade roses to add to my theme.

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My bouquet was all roses: ‘Avalanche’, ‘Pink Avalanche’ and ‘Norma Jean’ with large pearls, gold satin ribbon with a large gold satin bow and an antique gold and pearl brooch.

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The bridesmaids’ bouquets were a mixture of the same roses as well as freesias, ivory ’Bombastic’ roses, rosemary, mint and hydrangeas, all tied with an antique gold satin bow and with a pearl pin.

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The younger bridesmaids had pomanders full of small ‘Bombastic’ roses in pink and ivory, entwined with pearls and a gold satin ribbon.

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For the Church ceremony we had a string quartet who played as guests were arriving and during the ceremony. They also played during the drinks reception. Croquet was set out during the drinks reception for guests on the formal lawn. In the evening we had two casino tables as well as the DJ playing all the hits. We also had a video booth set up where guests could leave messages for the bride and groom. The evening entertainment, especially the casino tables proved to extremely popular, with a bottle of champagne for the winner!

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After deciding on several different cakes and changing at the last minute, we finally decided on a four tier cake! The bottom tier, a sponge cake, decorated with gold bows and swags, was surrounded by a wreath of the same fresh roses used in the bouquets. The next tier was a stunning double height chocolate cake with a baroque style gold scroll effect. The third tier was covered with delicate and intricate gold lace. The final tier, which stood on an antique crystal cake stand, had our initials iced in old fashioned scroll writing. It was topped with a beautiful arrangement of ‘Avalanche’ roses. The whole effect was truly stunning and had a serious ‘wow factor’!

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If I have to choose a favourite moment, I’d say walking down the aisle! Seeing all my family and friends together after so many months of planning was truly moving. I also thought the excitement and chaos of the wedding morning with bridesmaids, mums and grandmas, as well as photographers and videographers all in the bridal suite (luckily there was lots of room!) was one of my favourite bits.

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We spent our two week honeymoon in America. The first three days we went to Las Vegas, staying in Caesar’s Palace, the hotel which featured in ‘The Hangover’. The next five nights we stayed in Honolulu –a welcome break from hectic Vegas and the last four we spent in New York, shopping and taking in the sights! We were exhausted but had a fabulous time; I only wish we had longer in the paradise of Hawaii!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is that you might think you can save money by cutting corners on the food but you have to look after your guests! Next to you and the bridal party, they’re your best friends and all your family so don’t let them go hungry in the drinks reception while you have photos taken and a menu that they will enjoy for the wedding breakfast!

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We used some amazing local suppliers including: Big Fat Wedding Videos for the wedding video, Damian Hall Photography Leeds for the Wedding Photography, Firenza Floral Design for the flowers, Stems Design for the thank you bouquets, Caroline from Delicate Elegance for the makeup, Joanne from Hairs and Graces for the hair design, The Northern Carriage Company for the Horse and Carriage, Style Wedding Cars for the Bridesmaids’ transport, Diva Cakes for the Wedding Cake, Jacks Casinos for the casino tables, Quadraphonic’s String Quartet, Joanne from Bake! for the cupcakes and favours, Caroline Titterington Couture Bridal designer for the wedding dress, the bridesmaid’s dresses and the mother of the bride outfit and Lindsay Salvini at Home and Away Travel for the bespoke Honeymoon.

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Congratulations Rebecca & Richard!

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  – Images © 2011 Damian Hall Photography

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