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friday fabulous!

October 31st, 2014 | Julia Braime

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gorgeously gothic to celebrate the season.

As far from ghoulish as you can get.

Shella Headband in black by Rock N Roll Bride for Crown & Glory, £30.

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halloween is here.

October 31st, 2014 | Julia Braime

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Is it just me, or did things suddenly get a little freaky around here?

I can’t resist a bit of Halloween mischief, especially when it’s executed as stylishly (and as eerily) as this gothic bridal shoot by Abi of Wooden Hill Images and her clever team.

Look out, she’s behind you…

Halloween Bride from Sarah MacVean on Vimeo.

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Be honest, who checked?

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Abi says: With a background in theatre and a passion for literature and transforming it into the visual, I wanted to be able to celebrate the change of season and create a Halloween ‘bride’.

My team researched the idea of a gothic bride and took influences from novels, listened to music and found a great location next to Lake Gormire at the bottom of Sutton Bank near Thirsk.

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Brides and Belles supplied a wonderful dress from Victoria Kay Gowns which suited the brief and then we found the black velvet coat we wanted from gothic clothes supplier The Dark Angel.

We met on a day in October and our model Simona was transformed by Deborah from Love Hair and Beauty, who never fails but to understand what we ty to achieve and knows exactly how to create it.

Jane from Wedding and Events Floral Design had created wonderful bouquets and a head dress, collected fabrics and rabbit skulls, skilfully made a bustle for the back of the coat and finished off the detailing to the top hat.

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It was a walk into the woods, with bags, boxes, a dog, wellies, umbrellas, smoke bombs and some cameras… and in a race against weather, we created!

It has to be noted that Bill the greyhound, despite shaking with nerves was a total professional.

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Black & White & Red All Over: A Delectably Dark City Wedding At Malmaison Manchester: Laura & Simon

May 13th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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It was their way or the highway for Laura and Simon’s simple yet gorgeously gothic Real Wedding in Manchester city centre, with beautiful results.  With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Andy Wardle Photography this black and white and red all over wedding (organised in just four weeks!) is a little monochrome masterpiece. 

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Laura says: Simon asked me to marry him on my birthday at a little pub in Rowley near Matlock which is special to us and we tied the knot on 30th of August 2012.  The ceremony was at Manchester Town Hall and our reception was at Malmaison Manchester. 

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We didn’t want to get married in a church as neither of us are religious but we did want a bit of gothic grandeur so the Town Hall was the perfect place. We also spend a lot of time in Manchester so it was nice to have our wedding venue as somewhere we pass on a regular basis. We chose Malmaison for the reception because we love the bold style of the decor. We also wanted somewhere we could go back to on our anniversary – oh! and they had to make good non-alcoholic cocktails which was essential as I was five months pregnant!

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We wanted laid back and intimate, city centre chic with an edge which Andy has captured beautifully in his photos. Neither of us wanted a big production, so we kept it simple and did everything ourselves. We built everything around us as a couple – the venues, the music, the guest list, the decorations – if it didn’t mean something to us it wasn’t part of our wedding.

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I bought my dress online from a bridal shop in Kent, I wanted a Grecian style dress and I fell in love with the simplicity of this one.  Simon wore a Ted Baker suit.  We didn’t have bridesmaids or groomsmen as we wanted to keep things informal. 

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My bouquet was really simple red and white roses with beargrass and green foliage . 

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Andy Wardle Photography was our only supplier – it was important that we got a set of photographs that told the story of our day, with a style that we loved – Andy was the perfect choice.

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We tried to do as much as possible ourselves because we wanted our wedding day to reflect us – we even dressed the rooms the night before the wedding ourselves.

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Our special touch was to select and mix our own music – music is important to both of us so we spent a lot of time getting it just perfect.

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We had three playlists – one for the ceremony, one for the meal and one for the party. We made the mixes from songs that meant something to us, it meant we had the perfect atmosphere and gave the guests something to laugh at when the more embarrassing selections got played.

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We had a Daisy and Donald wedding cake, made by Simon’s brother in law. I didn’t see it until the day and I was so happy, he did such an amazing job. 

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The whole day was really special – it is really difficult to pick one highlight. We had some time to walk around Manchester’s Northern Quarter with our photographer to get some shots of just us – that was fun and we got some great photos. 

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Paris and Disneyland Paris. 

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We organised and had our wedding within four weeks of setting the date and got everything we wanted. We worked really hard and everything fell into place. The best thing about doing it this way was that there was no post wedding ‘come down’ as I think some people get, we were so happy to have pulled off our perfect day in such a short space of time!

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Congratulations Laura & Simon!

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Get in touch to see your own Real Wedding featured on Brides Up North – here’s how

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The Haunting, A Styled Bridal Fashion Shoot By White Room Sheffield

November 22nd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Something a little different this evening on the wedding blog, as The White Room Sheffield explore a very different look for their most feminine of wedding dresses.  Whilst I personally prefer The White Room Sheffield’s usual more clean and classic styling of these high end designer gowns, I think it’s interesting that this gothic take on frothy ivory tulle and the purest French lace actually kinda works. 

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Don’t be afraid to think outside the box, or be afraid of the dark…

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: James Stewart Photography

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Chloe from The White Room Sheffield explains the concept behind the shoot: For our third photo shoot in as many months, were asked to be part of a very gothic take on bridal, orchestrated by the lovely Emma at Orchis Florist, right here in Sheffield. 

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We decided that ‘vintage’ was been done to death and it was nice to see gowns in another way… so we took three of our favourite gowns to a very cold manor house in Sheffield and this is the end result! It was great to see just how versatile our gowns can be, and how they pop with even the most blood red lip and Tudor inspired hair. 

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We shot Cymbeline’s new diffusion range "Pour Une Oui" and our lovely gown "Oui 3" a high neck lace gown which we paired with our mantilla lace veil. Wigs and Warpaint not only did an amazing job on the hair, but made the nails look exceptional!

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We paired the usually very fun and flirty "Fauvette" by Cymbeline with DC Bouquets "Vivienne" and "Natalia" headpieces and Rachel Simpson "Mimi" shoe.

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Eternal Flame: A Real Wedding – Kait & Mark

November 9th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I’m back in the UK today after a girly break visiting a friend who lives over in the UAE.  We had a blast and it was lovely to get some winter sun, although there really is no place like home, even if the welcome at Newcastle Airport yesterday morning was a little on the dark, dank and dreary side!

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So, on with the show – and I’ve brought a little bit of sunshine back with me!  Today on the wedding blog we have a Real Wedding with a distinctly gothic twist, sent in by Andy Pickard of Peacock Pix.  Andy says: When Kait and Mark chose 30th September for their wedding in the Victorian gothic splendour of Bestwood Lodge in Nottinghamshire they probably didn’t expect it to be the hottest day of the year, but despite the sultry weather this English rose & her dashing groom had the most fabulous wedding day, flourishing in the baking heat.

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Kait and Mark are both Live Action Role Play enthusiasts along with many of their friends and they made this wedding a ceremony to remember with a vintage feel.  After the ceremony a party atmosphere with impromptu song and dance routines from the guests added extra pizazz!

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They wanted me to record the day as it unfolded and what I captured was a love affair, hot as the weather and the bride’s flame red hair.  When it came to taking the wedding portraits you could see the obvious passion that these two have for each other.  The evening party had a distinctly gothic feel with a DJ sporting a magnificent Mohawk and good old fashioned loud rock music, my kind of wedding.  

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Let’s catch up with the bride herself!  It’s over to Kait: We got engaged a little spontaneously, having crawled into our tent when a thunderstorm hit absolutely covered in mud. I was cold and a bit grumpy and Mark just wrapped his arms around me and proposed.  We married on 30th September 2011 at Bestwood Lodge Country Park, Nottingham  – we were very lucky having believed we would get a rainy day to end up with a heat wave!  We were both blown away by the venue’s gorgeous Victorian features, huge green grounds and lovely staff. 

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Most people expected me to be in a black dress, red or purple at a push. So I decided to surprise them and went for a simple ivory fishtail dress from Karolanne in Nottingham.  I chose a red, white and black colour scheme and my two bridesmaids wore lovely 50’s style black dresses from Collectif Clothing.

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I carried a tear drop bouquet of red roses, red carnations and long ivy trails from Roma Flowers in Beeston. 

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