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roses & gold. enzoani for a sophisticated wedding in oldham – philippa & kallum

August 25th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A Sophisticated Wedding in Oldham (c) Kate McCarthy Photography (35)

Instantly falling in love with their venue, today’s couple Philippa and Kallum, swapped their original idea of tying the knot abroad for the beautiful Saddleworth Hotel. And we’re glad they did, as their wedding features so much gorgeousness, with dramatic images set against moody skies and captivating woodland.

With lots of rose gold and shimmer, and a punchy hot pink accent throughout their colour scheme, this glamorous yet understated wedding is beautifully complemented by cherry blossom trees, pretty rose petals and peonies galore.

Throw in a spectacular fireworks display, photobooth fun, disposable cameras and even a magician, and you’ve got one wonderfully entertaining and memorable line-up for their special day, as Philippa now reveals…

With images by Kate McCarthy Photography

A Sophisticated Wedding in Oldham (c) Kate McCarthy Photography (28)

philippa says: We got engaged in Sri Lanka in December 2016. I had been looking at what trips we could do whilst we were there and found on Instagram all these beautiful photos of people at the top of a mountain called Adams Peak. You’re so high you are above the clouds and it just looked magical, so obviously I made Kallum do it. After a full day trip from our hotel to our accommodation at the bottom of Adams Peak we had to wake up at 2am to get to the top of the mountain to watch the sun rise. After a 3ish hour hike up the mountain we got there way too early and didn’t realise how cold it would be so we just sat there cuddling for an hour to try keep warm; waiting for this once in a lifetime sunrise to happen.

When the sunrise finally came up, it was like nothing we had ever seen before – you really did feel like you were in the heavens. It was quite busy at the top of the mountain now with tourists so Kallum pulled me to one side to take some photos of us without anyone else being around. We walked down a few steps to a secluded spot looking over the mountains and rolling clouds and all of a sudden Kallum got down on one knee and pulled out the biggest diamond I have ever seen in my life and asked me to marry him! It was so surreal, it was the most wonderful and overwhelming surprise of my life. It wasn’t until after we got back down the mountain Kallum told me how stressed he had been (as we got engaged nearly a week into our holiday) keeping it a secret and trying not to lose the ring as we climbed the mountain!

A Sophisticated Wedding in Oldham (c) Kate McCarthy Photography (38)

We got married on 10th June 2017. The only reason we chose this is my mum found the wedding venue and this is the only date they had available in the summer. We always said we wouldn’t want a long engagement so we thought, why not?

We tied the knot at The Saddleworth Hotel, in Oldham. We always thought about getting married abroad or outside somewhere more rustic but when we viewed the venue, it was so glamorous we just instantly fell in love with it.

A Sophisticated Wedding in Oldham (c) Kate McCarthy Photography (46)

We didn’t have a specific theme, we just wanted everything to feel super sophisticated and glamorous to match with the venue. The tables were covered in gold sequin cloth, which made it feel so luxurious.

Colour-scheme-wise, I’m obsessed with anything rose gold, glittery or shiny which was reflected in the table décor. I was going to have the bridesmaids in a sequin rose gold dress, which looked amazing, but then they tried on a bright lipstick pink dress and they just looked so incredible we had to add that into the day too, so we added the bright pink to the flowers and the groomsmen’s socks.

A Sophisticated Wedding in Oldham (c) Kate McCarthy Photography (24)

I wore a beautiful Enzoani backless wedding dress from Scarlett Poppy, in Pudsey. In my mind, I always wanted a very fitted wedding dress that was quite figure hugging and backless. It was the first wedding dress I tried on and nothing else compared to it.

Miley Gardner did my makeup and she was amazing – I felt so lucky to have found her! The makeup she did on the bridesmaids and myself was beautiful and lasted all day long. As for our hair, my amazing friend Vicki did mine and also the bridesmaids’ hairstyles and made everyone look so flawless for the day.

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Wednesday Wed-spiration: Peacock Paradise

July 25th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Wednesday Wed-spiration Peacock Paradise

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1. Bowtie Flats 2. Coloured Bouquet 3. Pashona Dress 4. Name Place Baubles 5. Marchesa Bridal Gown 6. Moroccan Glass Lantern 7. Peacock Aisle Swag 8. Plaid Ring Pillow 9. Peacock Button Hole

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Getting the day off to a gorgeous start, our regular guest blogger Katy of What Katy Did Next is back with a peacock inspired Wednesday Wed-spiration mood board that has got our feathers all of a flutter here at Brides Up North HQ. 

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Katy says: Bride Fiona contacted me and requested possibly one of the hardest boards I have put together yet! Fiona marries in November and is having Indian and Scottish influences with peacock blue as a main colour with flashes of hot pink and lime! Not one to pass up a challenge, I have created a jewel toned affair with subtle Scottish hints and luxurious pops of peacock…

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With the beautiful colour palette Fiona provided I leaned towards intricate Indian detailing using coloured glass lanterns which would make amazing centrepieces. Alternatively you could have a chilled out seating area for your guests with the soft lighting of hanging lanterns and colourful cocktails. The gorgeous name place baubles from Cox and Cox flow with the theme perfectly and are priced at £12.50 for a pack of 10.

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Taking away the colour but carrying on the pattern is the Marchesa bridal gown which could be brightened up with coloured statement earrings and beautiful peacock B

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Fiona is having hot pink roses and lime lilies in her bouquet – to reflect the peacock blue you could frame the bouquet with peacock feathers! As a nod to the Scottish theme why not add a few purple thistles? I also added a  fun ring pillow with a lime and hot pink tartan ribbon! The pillow is handmade so you could even ask the designer to use peacock blue fabric in place of the white.

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I hope I have managed to make your theme work, I had a lot of fun and look forward to the next challenge! Keep your requests coming in!

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Remember: the plan is to share a new inspiration board in this time slot every 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 Wed-spiration Mood Boards

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Pretty In Pink: A Real Wedding – Amy & Michael

August 23rd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Wedding blog favourite Andrew Ward Photographer sent in this pretty Real Wedding for me to share with you lovely lot.  I just love it when a couple’s personality shine through in their wedding pictures.  I don’t know Amy and Michael, but I can tell that they are a fun loving couple who like a dash of glam!  Enjoy it. 

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Andrew Ward tells Brides Up North about the day: A little while ago I had the pleasure of photographing Amy and Michael’s wedding and it was a fabulous day.

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In the morning the house was a very calm place, plus fresh strawberries and champagne were there for all!

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We all heard the car arrive, a big Oldsmobile V8, it sounded as good as it looked, Amy sure did travel to the church in style.

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Keep reading for more loads more gorgeous images after the drop…including some beautifully emotional church scenes…

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Colour Splash! A Real Wedding – Louise & Gareth

July 21st, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Jenny & Keith McAvoy Wedding Photographers sent me these joyful Real Wedding images to share with you on the wedding blog this morning.  If you are stuck in a grey office block this Thursday morning, this should lift your spirits – and provide some inspiration too!  Vibrant colours and a smiley bride make this wedding blogger happy :-)

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The wonderful McAvoy Weddings have a treat in store for a lucky group of Brides Up North readers too!  Be sure to check back later today to see what it is. 

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Meanwhile, over to Louise:  Gareth and I met when we worked together during the holidays whilst at separate Universities.  We have been together for six years now. Gareth proposed on 24 December 2009, he nipped to the supermarket to get a few last minute nibbles for the evening buffet (a family tradition) and unbeknownst to me, he went to the florist and bought a dozen gorgeous red roses.

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I was amazed at how beautiful the roses were and didn’t see a silver rose (where the ring was hidden) in there at first until Gareth said “There’s a special one in there!”, as I pulled it out and opened it he proposed. .

He had asked my Dad in November and the whole family had kept it a secret! It was so romantic and the best Christmas ever!

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We were married at St Mary’s Church in Mold, Flintshire with the reception at Rowton Hall in Chester.  Our florist, Alison’s Pot Pourri in Mold did a great job in bringing our hot pink and jade green colour scheme to life. 

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I wore an Alfred Angelo dress from Karen Lesley in Northop, Flintshire with shoes by Rainbow Club.  I’d always said I’d get my wedding dress from there right from being 12 years old! It turned out to be the first I tried on – my Mum cried!

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Brides and photographers – get in touch to share your Real Weddings on the wedding blog.

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Super Sunday!

July 3rd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Welcome to another brimming full of fabulousness Super Sunday instalment.  I’m having a planning day today – fine tuning the details of some awesome stuff that I have planned for Brides Up North, plus working on some freelance articles for some of the wedding glossies. 

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Make sure to check out Brides Up North tomorrow to see the results of the Brides Up North Wedding Belles Photo Shoot – plus some special behind the scenes footage from Forever Film.

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Whilst I graft away, enjoy some gorgeous bridal inspiration from the wedding blogophere at large…

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This week, we are thinking PINK!

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Style Me Pretty

 Cute as a button California wedding via Style Me Pretty

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Oh so pretty.  Oh so pink.  Cake.  What’s not to love?

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Borrowed & Bleu Christmas Arizona wedding via Borrowed & Bleu

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I’ll apologise to my husband in advance.  Our Christmas tree will be pink themed this year.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Project WeddingPastel pink wedding via Project Wedding

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With pink as your wedding colour, pale really is interesting.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Ruffled Beautiful Jewish wedding via Ruffled

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Proving very beautifully that blooms don’t have to be big to deliver a knock out effect. Simple and stunning.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Sparkle and HayRustic chic wedding via Sparkle & Hay

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Pink doesn’t have to be cutesy.  These gals rock it, proper. 

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Planning a pink wedding?  Check out this wedding blog’s Bridesmaid Rainbow: Pink, by clicking here.

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Catching up on Brides Up North blog posts?  Get your fix here…

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The date and venue for the Brides Up North North East Tweet Up is announced!

A very cool beachy messy dress shoot at Tynemouth

A gorgeous Liverpool Spring affair – Mary & Sam

A vintage style supplier showcase

A Durham engagement shoot by Fyzal Photography

A Bridesmaid Rainbow: White

Brides Up North Wedding Belles – A Sneak Peek

An amazing Little Town Bakery giveaway

Fabulous Photographer: Blue Lights Photography

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Remember to check the wedding blog later today to see if you are the winner of a bespoke bouquet worth £200 with Bels Flowers!

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