September 2nd, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Is there anything more romantic than blooms and botanics? Whether blousy, trailing or dainty, we love to see them blossoming throughout all elements of a wedding. Most would automatically think of flowers taking centerstage in terms of bouquets, buttonholes and table centres, but the floral detailing we’re spotlighting on the blog today comes in the form of gorgeous wedding gowns!
Currently a lead trend in bridalwear, there are lots of ways to introduce an au naturale twist to your big day attire, be it intricate embroidery to the bodice, understated embellishments, or delicate appliques speckled across your train and skirt.
And let’s not forget about the impact of colour in embodying all things garden-inspired. For a truly show-stopping moment, think about introducing subtle accents of pastel hues like pink or lilac, or even bolder shades like red to really bring your wedding gown to life. Perfect, too, for the bride who wants to break from tradition and deviate from the minimalist, and shall we say it, more predictable palettes of plain ivory and white.
If you’re looking for a sweet and ultra-romantic bridal look showered in pretty flowers and leaves – the following designers come top of our list when it comes to nailing this ever so beautiful and enduring bridal trend. And the good news is that a floral gown isn’t just for the summertime boho wedding, it’s perfect all year round.
Main feature images, Savin London.
First up, we’re showcasing Claire Pettibone’s graceful gowns, which are best described as a true vision of nature’s beauty. The gorgeous Maia dress is the true essence of this collection, combining a delicate tulle gown with soft yet colourful embroidered roses, leaves and hydrangeas, not to mention the brand’s signature illusion back and neckline. The Papillon gown, meanwhile, is adorned with beaded floral embroidery and tinted butterfly appliques for an ultra-feminine bridal look that’s got us dreaming of secret gardens and sunnier climes. Continuing along a similar vein is the Santorini which comes in dreamy shades of porcelain, almond or mocha, adorned with beaded silk flowers, all beautifully offset by luxurious pearls and stones. By contrast, a Dutch floral masterpiece comes to life in the Raven gown which – as the name rather nicely alludes to – features shimmering silver sequin lace and black tulle tempered by painterly pink and red roses – an exquisite palette for a winter’s wedding, if we do say so ourselves!
Galia Lahav’s Florence by Night collection is something quite extraordinary, delving into the world of scents and perfumery and the role each bud, petal, herb and leaf plays in creating the perfect fragrance. These dresses, in turn, showcase the brand’s interpretation of this intangible world in the most fantastical of ways. We think you’re going to fall in love with these creations. The Casablanca Lily, for example, brings together a ballgown with 3D rose motifs, a sheer corset, pleated skirt and ruffle detailing to the shoulder. Another favourite of ours is the Rose Water gown with its dainty silver beads and crystal stardust effect for a real fairy-like princess moment. Leaf motifs, organza flowers and a hand embroidered neckline are the gorgeous details to take note of from the Bryony gown, perfectly paired with a low back and plunging sweetheart neckline for something a little more sultry. And we couldn’t feature Galia without mentioning the Cinderella gown from its La Reves Bohemian collection, an ice blue dress complete with sheer corset, divine appliques and off the shoulder details. Simply stunning!
August 1st, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
There’s a regal and romantic vibe running through today’s wedding with every element complementing each other beautifully; from the grand venue to the delicate blush colour scheme and the soft candle-light glow.
The floral displays are a real triumph, with glorious pink hydrangeas and roses taking centre stage. We also particularly love the luxurious flower garlands that line both sides of the staircase, where Carla and her mother made their entrance and proceed down the aisle. A truly beautiful spectacle – no wonder it was Martin’s favourite moment of the day!
Carla is breath-taking in a spectacular Ian Stuart gown with a tremendous silk train that gathers to deliver a sumptuous, ruffled effect. Topped with a detailed cathedral-length veil and a pretty headdress, she’s every bit the princess she hoped to be on her big day.
With images by Joel Skingle Photography.
carla says: We got engaged at Yorebridge House, Yorkshire, in October 2016. We were in a beautiful room called Rahmoune, a Moroccan hot tub room with a private garden. It was our two-year anniversary and Martin had surprised me with a night away. We were drinking prosecco in the hot tub while listening to our favourite singer Frank Turner. Martin came back to the hot tub after refilling our drinks and he literally slipped on to one knee and asked me to marry him! My step sister had got married at Yorebridge House the year before, so it was all that much more personal.
We got married on 2nd June 2018. We chose the date because we wanted spring/summer wedding and, on a personal note, my grandma has dementia and we wanted to make sure it was in enough time to ensure she really could enjoy it the best she could!
Our ceremony and reception took place at Allerton Castle near Knaresborough. Martin and I wanted a venue that was personal and inviting – kind of like a large house/garden-party vibe. We both fell in love with Allerton Castle the minute we walked in. Its aura, its beauty and the atmosphere just had exactly what we wanted in a venue. I would recommend Allerton Castle to anyone; the staff there are so incredible, the venue is stunningly beautiful – they go above and beyond to make sure your day runs perfectly without you having to worry about anything. Jessica and Hannah, the two main wedding co-ordinators, are amazing!
Theme-wise, we wanted to go for a romantic, classic style that would accentuate Allerton Castle, with flowers being a focus and a noted presence of roses. Martin’s late dad had grown amazing roses, so it was our nod to him throughout our day. We also carried the theme of music throughout the day, with lots of live music as the day went on.
Our colour scheme was dusky/blush pinks with a hint of blue. We chose this to lighten the venue with a summery vibe and to keep the soft and romantic look.
When it came to my dress, I knew what kind I wanted as soon as I got engaged. I kept looking close to home and everyone mentioned Ian Stuart as a designer that I needed to see. I went to Ian Stuart’s Blewcoat boutique in London and fell in love with my dress. Ian Stuart made changes to the dress to suit what I wanted and added a longer train and cathedral veil. The dress was fitted to the hip and then flowed with silk layers. It had that romantic princess look I was dreaming of. It was my dream dress.
December 15th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
Though we didn’t need anymore reason to get the mulled wine heating on the hob and the Baileys chilling in the fridge, Friday has arrived signaling the ok for a little indulgence. As such we’re treating your eyes to this true beauty of a real wedding, which took place in the beautiful city of York.
Lisa and Steve chose the stunning Grays Court, for their big day celebrations – a stunning, historic building which dates back to the 11th century. As luck would have it, the sun shone brightly on their wedding day and they unexpectedly ended up saying their vows in the venue’s garden, surrounded by candelabras, plinths, candles and flowers – a dreamy outdoors ceremony if ever we saw one! What we love most about the venue though, is that it looks like a secret hideaway – you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in the midst of a serene countryside setting as opposed to the heart of a city.
From the inspired grey colour scheme and Lindt chocolate favours, to the string quartet and elegant red velvet cake – there are lots of wonderful details to pore over. Our highlight though has to be the photos captured after dark, with fairy lights and dark shadows at play for some truly romantic shots!
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Richard Perry Photography.
lisa says: We got engaged on my birthday, 10th April 2016. I love history and one of my favourite places is Hever Castle in Kent; Anne Boleyn’s childhood home. Steve surprised me with a trip to Hever. We stayed at the castle and while in the gardens, he proposed on one knee with a ring! He arranged for champagne on ice in our room for our return. It was perfect.
Our wedding date was 14th October, and we chose Grays Court in York as our venue. We love York and go whenever we can. I love Grays Court because it dates back to the 11th century, it’s beautiful with the gardens backing onto York wall and boasts views of the Minster. We’ve stayed there a few times and I knew that’s where I wanted to get married.
Our colour scheme was grey which matched the venue, as well as being my favourite colour. I didn’t have a theme in mind but realised along the way I’d chosen grey for quite a lot of things!
I chose an Ian Stuart gown. I loved his style straight away and found a bridal shop which stocked his gowns. The dress is called Angelica. It originally had a high neck and was sleeveless with a low back, but Ian Stuart made the dress strapless at my request.
Steve wore a light grey suit from Spencer’s in Liverpool. Meanwhile, our bridesmaids wore Dessy and the colour choice was stormy.
I didn’t need transport on the wedding day as I stayed at the venue the night before. Steve stayed at The Grand and walked through York with his friends to Grays.
September 28th, 2017 | Rachel Parry
For some couples, there’s no better setting for their big day than their home. Given that there is space, we can see the attraction – a place that the couple feel comfortable in and know inside out, the ability to style the wedding exactly as they wish and the opportunity to party late into the night. What’s not to love?
Favouring an at home for these very reasons, today’s real wedding couple Katie and Jordan planned a traditional church ceremony followed by a marquee wedding at their house in Cuddington.
Now people, don’t let anyone ever tell you a wedding marquee can’t be glamorous because Katie and Jordan, with the help of some talented suppliers, absolutely aced the styling. They transformed the plain white canvass into a luxurious setting complete with opulent blooms, chic mirrored décor and gorgeous ghost style chairs.
We also have to say that we’re totally in love with Katie’s big day look; from that super-pretty Ian Stuart gown to her pale blue M&S shoes – pure top-to-toe perfection!
With images by Jess Yarwood Photography.
katie says: We got engaged in June 2015 while on our first holiday as a family after having our son, Jenson. We were in Portugal and went to one of our favourite restaurants, Piri Piri. I was already suspicious as family were acting strange! Jordan had picked the ring himself and it was perfect fit – everything, we celebrated with champagne!
We set the date for Saturday 8th July 2017. Our ceremony was at St John’s church, Norley, followed by marquee reception at our home in Cuddington.
We both wanted a marquee for the reception as we felt it would be more personal would give us control over everything. It also meant that we could carry on partying as long as we wanted, and could invite as many as we wanted!
Jordan and I had attend a lot of marquee weddings and so we wanted to make sure that ours stood out. We wanted it to look classy, glam and luxurious and so we picked a white, grey and silver colour scheme.
My wedding dress Paradis was by designer Ian Stuart. I got it from Maria Modes in Macclesfield. After trying on numerous dresses in numerous shops this dress just stood out as it was completely different to all the others!
I picked a pair of blue shoes from Marks & Spencer. I wanted to be able to wear them again after the wedding – which I have done many times already!
Jordan wore blue suit with a grey tweed waistcoat, silver tie and tan shoes, all from Maria Modes’ menswear department. The groomsmen had suits to match and Jenson also wore a matching suit to his daddy.
On the day of the wedding we travelled to church in a white Rolls Royce Ghost and matching white Range Rover from Cheshire Luxury Cars.
September 20th, 2016 | Julia Braime
Today on the blog we have some beautiful inspiration for those of you planning winter weddings as we share the details of Emma and Mark’s big day.
Following an Ikea proposal (don’t worry, he made up for it), Emma and Mark set about planning an atmospheric November wedding, complete with lots of soft candlelight and sparkling décor.
Going all out on the opportunity to wear a big dress, bride Emma chose a stunning Ian Stuart gown with accents of shimmering silver to match both the colour scheme and season. Now that’s what we call a dress with the wow-factor!
With images by Jonny Draper Photography.
emma says: We got engaged in Ikea over meatballs! Honestly! But then we had my engagement ring specially made and Mark surprised me with a trip to London to see the Lion King (I love Disney). He got us box seats and had champagne and chocolates put in the box. It was amazing!
As we loved the idea of a Christmas or winter wedding we set the date for 28th November.
Our chosen venue was Armathwaite Hall in Keswick. We both love the Lake District and when we went to look at venues Armathwaite felt really personal. I like modern venues and Mark likes old fashioned and Armathwaite had the perfect blend of both.
To fit the time of year we went for a sparkly wedding theme (with a hint of Disney!) As we knew it would be dark outside we thought lots of sparkles and candles would look great.
When it came to the colour scheme we knew that we didn’t want everyone in the same colour as we had an unconventional bridal party in that the maid of honour was male and we had female groomsmen. I also wanted each of the bridesmaids to have dresses that suited them, rather than sticking to a certain theme. In the end we went for pale pastel colours accented with a silver shimmer.
I chose to wear an Ian Stuart dress from Ava Rose Hamilton. I instantly fell in love with it. I’d tried on about seven or eight dresses beforehand but none of them made me excited, or felt quite so special. I knew I wanted a big dress – the sort that you can only ever wear on your wedding day – but also wanted something that really suited me. I loved the silver woven into the lace of the dress and that it had a huge skirt but fitted silk body. I never thought I would get a strapless dress but the minute I tried it on I knew it was right.
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December 7th, 2015 | Julia Braime
Today we’re giving you a second helping of gorgeous real wedding inspiration in the form of Gemma and Richard’s big day at Upper House.
Taking inspiration from an expert in prettiness, Cath Kidston, Gemma got busy sourcing lots of sweet, vintage buys online to help set the scene before roping in groom Richard to assist with some handmade décor.
The result is a wedding day that’s beautiful, colourful & fun, just as the bride desired!
With images by Lissa Alexandra Photography.
gemma says: We got engaged on 22nd Dec 2013, whilst on a ski holiday in France. After a spectacular gondola ride across to the glacier in La Plagne, Rich suggested we ski away from the crowds to take some photos. We stopped and Rich took off his skis. After rummaging in his coat, he handed me a half bottle of champagne. He continued to rummage. Next appeared two small plastic pots, which transformed into champagne flutes. He got down on one knee and said “Gemma, will you marry me?” and I replied “I absolutely will!” Cue a random Frenchman that took our photo!
We set the date for 18th July 2015. We wanted a summer wedding and we needed to save up – so summer 2015 was an easy choice.
Our wedding took place at Upper House in Hayfield, Derbyshire. We knew from the start that we wanted a venue that was in the Peak District. Rich and I relocated from St. Albans a couple of years ago to live in the Peaks, so we really wanted to show our southern friends why we had moved north!
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