October 31st, 2014 | Julia Braime
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…
Be honest, who checked?
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.
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.
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.
October 31st, 2013 | Julia Braime
This is definitely one for the ghostbusters.
I’ve seen the piles of pumpkins outside the supermarket. Read the tabloid spoofs. Spooked myself silly reading “The Orphan Choir” by Sophie Hannah (just don’t). Bought my baby a pumpkin outfit. Dressed as a skeleton for #weddinghourlive…
There was no way I wasn’t going to share something frightful to celebrate the spirit of the season (see what I did there?) Ladies and gents, beware the Bridezillas this Halloween night…
Styled by Donna Hartley Redfern of North East Wedding Planner and images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Jamie Penfold Photography, let me make this clear: I do not suggest that you use this shoot as wedding inspiration!
Just horrible. But so very Halloween.
Donna says: This week the wedding industry decided to take advantage of old hallows eve and show the fun side of those who work within the wedding industry. The new folly at Woodhill Hall in Otterburn gave Jamie and I a wacky idea. So after a few phones calls lots of industry specialists offered their services to help us get spooky!
Corrinne, the quirky owner of Woodhill Hall loves seeing the hall re-created with each wedding, so leapt at the opportunity to show the dark side of the stunning wedding venue to show future grooms what happens if you don’t give your bride what she wants on her wedding day!
The team transformed models into bride zombies. The brides all received a make under by the unbelievably talented team including KF Make up and Amanda Williamson hair stylist, complete with wedding dresses by House of Mooshki.
I’m off to hide under my duvet till morning!
October 28th, 2013 | Julia Braime
My recovery rate isn’t what it used to be. It’s taken me the best part of a week to shake off the fug following a frightfully good night at our first ever #WeddingHourLive.
Lisa of The Wedding Affair and I have been wanting to collaborate for a while – and we wanted to do it in style – so we decided to get together to bring the wedding industry’s Twitter feed to life for a spooky Halloween soiree. This was an entirely not for profit event, and our way of saying thank you to an industry that is so supportive of our businesses. Plus, being in the events game, we like to show off what we can do!
And what a night it was.
Whenever you throw a party, there’s always that 12 year old girl inside shrieking “Oh my god! Will anyone come?! Does anyone like me?! Will there be enough cake?! Will people dress up?!”. The party bags were packed, but we needed a crowd.
We weren’t disappointed!
They came. They costumed (beyond all expectation). They cocktailed. They casino’ed. And they teared up the dance floor.
We really do love you all. A huge thank you for your amazing support and making this event so much fun. Thanks-not-so-much for the week long hangover.
If you follow this blog on Facebook and Twitter (ahem!) then you’ll have already seen some candid and photo booth shots from the night (thank you Peter and Susie at Booth Revolution), but here’s a first look at what went down from behind our roving photographers’ lenses. There’s more to come… no one’s safe (!)… but here are a few of our favourites so far!
Images by Peter Boyd Photography.
Watch this space for more updates and maybe, just maybe, news of another event soon…
Big love to our team of supporters, without whom this event would have been absolutely rubbish:
Zoe and The Cedar Court Hotel
Lucy of Lucy MacNicoll Flowers
Phil & Jennie from Phil Lyons & The Swingettes
Susie from Booth Revolution
Mike & Michelle from MissDeal Fun Casino
Mark Waddington Yorkshire Wedding Magician
Sarah from Cake!
Ryan from Mulhern Media
Peter & Kelly from Peter Boyd Photography
Jo from Sprae PR
Alex & Lisa of 2 People 1 Life, for their help in stuffing 150 goody bags (honestly, I’d still be there now!)
This was a Brides Up North / The Wedding Affair Event
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October 14th, 2013 | Julia Braime
I’ve been spending the morning planning our BIG Halloween party for #weddinghourlive (are you coming?! click here for all the details), so how better to finish off the day with a gothic inspired engagement shoot in Liverpool? Bex and Cara plan to tie the knot on Halloween next year, and judging by these photographs and hearing their plans, these cool chicks are going to have one hell of a wedding.
Let’s hear their love story. With images by Nick Kennard Photography.
Cara says: Deciding to get married was a bit spontaneous really! We were on a romantic night out at our favourite bar, and after a little reminiscing we sort of just agreed to it – it’s not the most romantic proposal, but we’re just happy to be engaged! That’s good enough for us!
We’re going to get married at Thornton Hall on the Wirral, we fell in love with the venue after we realised we could have an evening wedding under the arbour outside – it might be a bit chilly, but I’m looking forward to the magical look of lots of fairy lights and lanterns in the dark! Call us unconventional, but we’re getting married on the 31st October 2014 – spooky!
We’re both alternative models, so we met on the job! Our careers as models take us to all sorts of exciting events and places, with unconventional themes, and we get to work for some weird and wonderful companies! I guess our jobs meant we already liked a lot of the same things, tattoo culture, alternative clothing and colourful hair! We met over 3 years ago now.
Our first date was at an awesome boutique bar in Liverpool called Santa Chupitos, I suppose it was just a night out, but if you’re with someone you love even the little everyday things become amazing.
We’re both a bit in love with the paranormal, so we went on a Shiverpool tour! I know ghosts aren’t the first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions a romantic date, but Beth was so scared she jumped straight into my arms! I didn’t want to let her go. That’s when I knew she was the one.
We’re adventurers at heart, so we’d like to buy a little retro motorhome and travel the world – maybe we could go and enjoy the Day of the Dead festival in Mexico that inspired this shoot!
I know the engagement shoot trend is only just catching on in the UK, but we loved the idea of capturing how happy and in love we are – you’re full of electricity just after you get engaged, and that feeling is indescribable, so we thought we’d describe it in pictures instead! We spent the day at Maya in Liverpool.
We loved it. It’s made the whole thing seem very real, and now we’re just counting down the days! We also got to have fun with the fashion – which is something we both love. We got these amazing bespoke shoes designed by Elegant Steps – we just drew up designs for what we wanted and ES dyed and embellished some of their shoes for us to make the designs a reality!
Our favourite images are going to get framed and put on the wall – but we’re also going to start a scrapbook of all our experiences together – a bit like the film ‘UP’. Hopefully when we’re old we can look back on it and shed a happy tear or two.
We think the wedding industry is so concentrated in the South and in America that sometimes people forget that Northern brides are often more creative, thrifty and more willing to experiment with non-traditional weddings! We love that Brides Up North is highlighting this.
We’ll be back to share our Real Wedding images. It’s going to be an experience like no other, and it’s going to take a lot of planning, but I can’t wait for it!
Congratulations Cara & Bex!
If you’d like to share your love story, engagement news or Real Wedding on Brides Up North, all you have to do is get in touch.
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October 31st, 2012 | Julia Braime
1. Gold Leaf Cake 2. Painted Leaf Bunting 3. Alfred Angelo Dress 4. Pumpkin Escort Cards 5. Dip Dye Wedding Dress 6. Emma Stine Earrings 7. Letterpress Stationery 8. Bouquet Image 9. Burnt Orange Heels 10. Painted Pumpkins 11. ‘Martha’ Haircomb
Happy Halloween Brides Up North. This post comes to your from under the duvet, where I’ll be hiding until the undead stop walking the Earth and all the trick or treaters have gone home. In the meantime, I’ll hand you over to our regular guest blogger Katy of What Katy Did Next, who has been brave enough to face the day head on – and give it her own beautiful twist. Enjoy.
Katy says: Happy Halloween! I couldn’t believe my luck when this week’s Wednesday wedding inspiration landed on the most bewitching day of the year! Then it became a case of should I go all out spooky Halloween with black lace galore and cobwebs? I’m sure you’ll agree the board is anything but. Whilst I love the time of year and the Halloween spirit, I’m not a huge fan of tying the theme into your wedding in a big way. There is tons of amazing inspiration for tasteful and elegant Gothic Weddings, but I decided to opt for something a little different – and in a largely selfish way I put together the wedding that I would want if my date was 31st October…
With a large nod to the turning of the leaves I’ve used a beautiful palette of burnt orange, pumpkin amber, gold, ivory and aqua. An unusual mix but the clash of pastel versus bold gels in an amazing way. I’m not sure many brides would be daring enough to feature orange in their wedding dress but the delicate dip dyed hem of the bridal gown is gorgeous. Adding those beautiful auburn heels gives the ensemble a fashionable ombre look. With the high neckline of the dress I’ve opted for statement earrings in gold and aqua shades.
Rather than decorate with bright pumpkins have a DIY day with your friends and family and paint your pumpkins in shades to match your colour themes – much less mess than carving and a chance for you and your groom to put your own stamp on the decor. I also carried the pale pumpkin theme on to the seating arrangements and kept the floral arrangements pale too. Another beautiful DIY decoration are the painted leaf bunting, which I might try out myself to decorate at home.
Definitely more treat than trick – I hope you like it!
Remember: the plan is to share a new inspiration board in this time slot every other week, either compiled by myself, regular guest blogger Katy or YOU: get in touch with your own ideas and inspiration boards! We’ll be discussing our inspirations behind the images too so it’s simply going to be a whole load of lovely.
If you are a little less arty but in need of inspiration and still want to play along, we will also be taking requests for colour schemes and themes and making bespoke boards for my readers. Please contact me to suggest a theme or colour scheme.
Click here to see previous Wednesday Wedding Inspiration Mood Boards
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