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When There’s Somethin’ Strange, In Your Neighbourhood…

October 31st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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This is definitely one for the ghostbusters.

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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

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© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

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!

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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!

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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.

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© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

I’m off to hide under my duvet till morning!

 

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Frightfully Fabulous. Did You Get Spooky At #WeddingHourLive? A First Look

October 28th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

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. 

Peter Boyd Photography for #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

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

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. 

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

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. 

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

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.  

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

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

Event Prop Hire

Black Event Furniture Hire

Molton Brown for the Best Dressed Prize (yes, it went to Teen Wolf aka Joel Skingle Photography)

Alex & Lisa of 2 People 1 Life, for their help in stuffing 150 goody bags (honestly, I’d still be there now!)

Peter Boyd Photography for #WeddingHourLive

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Gothic Romance. A Day Of The Dead Inspired Engagement Shoot In Liverpool – Bex & Cara

October 14th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Nick Kennard Photography

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.

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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!

Nick Kennard Photography

Nick Kennard Photography

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!

Nick Kennard Photography

Nick Kennard Photography

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.

Nick Kennard Photography

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.

Nick Kennard Photography

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.

Nick Kennard Photography

Nick Kennard Photography

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!

Nick Kennard Photography

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.

Nick Kennard Photography

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.

Nick Kennard Photography

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!

Nick Kennard Photography

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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Wednesday Wedding Inspiration! More Treat Than Trick!

October 31st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Happy Halloween Wedding Inspiration

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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

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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. 

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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…

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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.

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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.

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Definitely more treat than trick – I hope you like it!

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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.

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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.

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Click here to see previous Wednesday Wedding Inspiration Mood Boards

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A Year In Bloom – A Bouquet For October

October 29th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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The clocks have gone back, the ghosties and ghoulies are gathering, the bonfires are ready to be stoked and our monthly bouquets by my friend and guest blogger Sarah of Yorkshire florist Leafy Couture are just getting more and more beautiful.   

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This vibrant October bouquet wards off the winter gloom, gives a stylish nod to Hallow’een and is my favourite yet. 

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October Bouquet by Leafy Couture

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Cherry Brandy Roses

Cotinus

Scabious Seed Pods

Crespedia

Hydrangea

Chines Lanterns

Crab Apples

Berried Eucalyptus

Viburnum Steel Berry

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Sarah says: We are fully embracing Autumn with this month’s bouquet. We love all the textures and deep colour tones at this time of year, the changing leaves on the trees, that smell in the air, berries in the hedgerows and apple harvests. We have tried to bring it all together in this bouquet. A great choice of colour tone to bring warmth on a cold crisp autumn day.

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October Bouquet by Leafy Couture

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We have used cherry brandy roses, deep cotinus foliage, scabious seed pods, crespedia, hydrangea, chinese lanterns, crab apples, berried eucalyptus and viburnum steel berry. We finished the bouquet with a jute ribbon. This bouquet would look great with brown, ivory or rich orange bridesmaid dresses.

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October Bouquet by Leafy Couture

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The bouquet has lots of layers and every time you look you see more details. The cherry brandy roses with their two tone appearance and cotinus with its variegated leaf reflect the changing autumn leaves. The wired crab apples and lanterns add a different dimension and we love to use these in arrangements this time of year.

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See more of our Year In Bloom series by clicking here

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October Bouquet by Leafy Couture

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And if it’s nearly the end of October, that that only means one thing:  Christmas is coming (wahoo)!

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If, like me, you fancy trying out your floristry skills before you hear the jingle of sleigh bells, then Leafy Couture’s festive classes are for you.  I signed up back in July!  Who is for joining me in decking the halls this December?

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Sarah says:  Our festive wreath class takes place on Saturday 8th December from 10am -1pm. Learn how to make and decorate a stunning seasonal mossed wreath whilst nibbling mince pies and drinking spiced hot chocolate and we will also be demonstrating how to make some festive decorations for your home.

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Or try our festive table arrangement class on Sunday 15th December from 10am -1pm. Learn how to make a beautiful scented arrangement for your home with candles, dried fruits and decorations. We shall also be showing you other tricks to inspire you at Christmas.

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We are also opening a pop up shop for all your festive needs, we will be taking orders in the weeks leading up to the big day and will be open 20th, 21st and 22nd December in the Garden School at Courtyard Planters in Otley, we can’t wait! Come and see us for a mince pie or two!

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All course materials supplied with refreshments, courses to be held in the garden school at Courtyard Planters in Otley. Places limited to twelve for maximum flowery festive fun! Both courses £55+ VAT each. Contact sarah@leafycouture.co.uk to make a booking.

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Trick Or Treat? Eye Candy: Dia De Los Muertos

October 31st, 2011 | Julia Braime

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The foulest stench is in the air
The funk of forty thousand years
And grizzly ghouls from every tomb
Are closing in to seal your doom

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And though you fight to stay alive
Your body starts to shiver
For no mere mortal can resist
The evil of the thriller…

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Dia De Los Muertos

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Happy, happy Halloween! You didn’t think I would let one of my favourite days of the year go past without a mention, did you?

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This afternoon on the wedding blog, a wedding inspiration collage paying homage to the Mexican celebration of Dia De Los Muertos (or Day of the Dead) an increasingly popular theme for alternative ceremonies and a colourful celebration of lost loved ones with marigolds, sugar skulls and colour pops galore.  Read more about Dia De Los Muertos here

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Be inspired.

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  – Song Lyrics from Michael Jackon’s Thriller, Inspiration Board © 2011 Brides Up NorthImages sourced via: ohsobeautifulpaper.com, sparrows-and-arrows.blogspot.com, ageminirising.blogspot.com, poptasticbride.com, kaboodle.comgothamist.com, projectwedding.com, lamode.co.nz, trendhunter.com, misanthropoet.tumblr.comcakelava.blogspot.comfineartamerica.com, jessicamonnichphotography.com, weddingbee.comweheartit.com, dailymail.co.uk, Emerson Photography 

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