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Deco Does It Better! An Art Deco Bridal Inspiration Shoot

March 30th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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If you are looking for a classic and vintage yet cool and clean style for your wedding, then you’d do worse than adopting Art Deco influences into your theme. 

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The Art Deco era flourished during the 1920s and 1930s and is seeing a resurgence in popularity in fashion, film (looking forward to The Great Gatsby anyone?) and yes, bridal styling.  It’s one of my favourite eras for style influences as it’s elegant yet modern, plus a drop waist is so very flattering.

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Today’s absolutely stunning location shoot was sent to me by Jan of Erica Stacey Bridalwear, with images from a pair of fabulous North West wedding photographers, Jenny and Keith of McAvoy Weddings (they shot all the images of the Brides Up North Tweet Up North West don’t you know), and I’ve been desperate to share it with you lovely lot.

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Happy Friday – enjoy today’s visual treats along with a bacon sarnie and an extra sugar in your tea!

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Jan tells us about the shoot and it’s inspirations: We originally met Jenny & Keith McAvoy at the Tatton Wedding Show in January 2012. When Jenny contacted us to say she had secured the beautiful Art Deco The Midland Hotel at Morecambe for a shoot, we jumped at the chance to showcase our gowns.

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We approached Adi Thomas at Verdure, who was also really excited to be involved in the project. The gorgeous hair and make up artist Hayley Stott Makeup did her magic and also modelled for the shoot as well.

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We all arrived at the fabulous venue on Monday. The weather was beautiful and it really was a perfect day to be beside the seaside. We were able to get lots of shots inside the stunning venue and also plenty of shots on the beach itself.

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The theme of the shoot was ‘Art Deco’ . The Venue obviously fit the bill perfectly as do many of the dresses in our debut Ready to Wear Collection for 2012. Adi Thomas of Verdure embraced the Art Deco brief and created a gorgeous 1920’s inspired shower bouquet with lots of trailing asparagus fern. He decorated a delicate lace fan with beautiful pale pink orchids and filled ‘cosmopolitan’ glasses with pretty roses. Beautiful floral hair pieces and a crystal candelabra completed the look.

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Jenny & Keith have achieved some wonderful shots and we are delighted with the results. The images are a real inspiration for any brides wanting to create an Art Deco inspired look for their big day.

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Erica Stacey Bridalwear was launched at the very end of 2011. It is the partnership of Erica Stacey and Terry Keane. Both have a vast experience in the clothing industry. Erica is a trained pattern cutter and designer whilst Terry has over 30 years experience in pattern creation, pattern grading and has worked as an advisor to global clothing manufacturing companies.Both have a love of the history of fashion and are passionate about keeping the Clothing Manufacturing Industry in the UK, alive. Erica Stacey creates couture gowns for weddings, parties, proms. We also cater for Mother of the bride and bridesmaids.

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Erica says: In January 2012 we launched our first Ready to Wear Collection under the Erica Stacey label. The collection comprises 7 dresses. All of which are unique so we hope there is something to suit everyone. The inspiration for the collection was The Hollywood Age of Glamour, the Art Deco movement and also fashions from the 1930’s & 40’s.  We are very proud of the fact that all our dresses are handmade in Manchester, England – (Yes… you heard right Mary Portas!) We use only quality silks and lovingly finish our gowns with laces and unusual trims.

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Dresses: Erica Stacey Bridalwear

Images: McAvoy Photography

Hair, makeup and modelling: Hayley Stott Makeup

Floristry: Adit Thomas at Verdure

Venue: The Midland Hotel at Morecambe (English Lakes Group)

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Fuchsia Fantastic! A Real Wedding In The North West – Emma & Gary

March 18th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Oooooh! I do love it when I get to feature the Real Wedding of a couple whose engagement shoot I featured on these very pages a couple of months before, and such is the case with today’s lovebirds – Emma and Gary.  We first met these two when McAvoy Weddings captured them surrounded by drills and paint cans in their new home, indulging in a spot of DIY.  You can see the shoot by clicking here

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Thankfully, they left the ripped jeans at home on their gorgeous wedding day in Knutsford. 

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Over to Emma:  We got engaged on 1 December 2010. The ring was hidden in the first box of the advent calendar but unfortunately by the time I opened it Gary had gone to London for work & I was in Manchester!

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We were married on 17 December 2011 at Belle Epoque, Knutsford.  We wanted an intimate wedding & the venue was perfectly suited to this. 

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We didn’t have a theme as such, but the mood of the wedding was centred around a classic & opulent look, with fuchsia accents. 

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I chose a classis, fitted style of wedding dress called Tatum by Victoria Jane for Ronald Joyce from Broadbents in Middleton, Manchester and carried a hand tied bouquet of David Austin Emily roses with

Astilbe, Claret astrantia and eucalyptus foliage by Jemma Holmes.  

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For a personal touch, we made the favours ourselves with retro sweets (from A Quarter Of) which all the adults loved. The kids also had personalised party bags which we again made ourselves and kept them occupied & happy during the speeches.

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We chose a three tiered wedding cake with fruit, vanilla sponge and carrot cake. Topped with a gingerbread bride and groom!

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Entertainment wise we kept it simple – a DJ to get the dance floor filled!  It worked!

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After the wedding we jetted off on honeymoon for a Christmas break in Berlin. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be when planning the day, try not to lose sight of the fact that it’s actually about pledging your commitment to each other and at the end of the day it doesn’t matter how many bridesmaids you have, whether you have a chocolate fountain or who sits next to each other in the seating plan!

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A Really Real DIY Engagement Shoot In The North West- Emma & Gary

February 4th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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What are you up to this Saturday afternoon?  Hitting the shops?  Lunching with friends?  Wedding planning?  Getting wed?!

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Or, like Emma & Gary, the stars of today’s original shoot sent to me by Jenny of McAvoy Weddings, getting stuck into some home improvements…

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Although it doesn’t look like they are getting much done!

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Jenny says: Emma and Gary were married in Cheshire at the Belle Epoque Knutsford on 17 December 2011. Before this we met up with them at home for their DIY engagement shoot in Worsley. Their lives have been taken over with renovating their new home so it was fitting that their engagement shoot revolved around this project. We had fun with tools, paint and funky lights- a massive contrast from their elegant wedding – coming soon to Brides Up North!

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Congratulations Emma & Gary!

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.If you are newly engaged and want to share the news with your friends and family here on the wedding blog – please contact me!  What a Save The Date that would make!

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Pink Ladies! A Real Wedding In The North West, Louise & Will

January 18th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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So you think things are pink here at Brides Up North?  You ain’t seen nothin’ yet…

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Today’s rose tinted Real Wedding comes to us from North West Wedding Photographer, Jenny of McAvoy Weddings

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Real bride Louise says: We were married on 16 September 2011 at St Paul’s Catholic Church Hyde, then The Midland Hotel, Manchester.  Our venue choice was easy: St Paul’s is my family church (with the most fabulous Priest!) and we love the atmosphere at The Midland. 

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We went for a hot, hot pink theme, with a dash of monochrome.  I fell in love with a gorgeous black and white dress from Berketex called Brooklyn, and my bridesmaids wore hot pink mid length 50s style dresses.  The girls all chose their own fabulous matching heels.

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I carried a bouquet that I made myself using special jewellery, buttons, hot pink material, roses and gerberas.  I also made my bridesmaids’ bouquets from artificial giant gerberas in white, pink and black. 

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We chose McAvoy Weddings as our photographers who were everything we hoped they would be and more. They blended in so well on the day that our guests thought they were our friends. Apart from that we did most of everything else ourselves.

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We continued the pink theme right through to the wedding breakfast, arriving in a candy coloured Rolls Royce, and for our place settings used titles and lyrics from our favourite rock songs.  It was an eclectic mix, but I think we pulled it off!

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One standout memory will be that my Dad could make it and shared our day. He has been seriously ill over the past year and it was touch and go whether he would be able to walk me down the aisle – he did and we shared a dance too – making me so happy.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is pay extra for those things that are important to you and use wedding blogs for inspiration, discounts and to save money in other areas.

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Congratulations Louise & Will!

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Hollywood Vogue – Issue #7 – Jean Harlow

December 15th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Our daily dose of Hollywood glamour draws to a close today, with the final instalment in the Hollywood Vogue series by Jenny & Keith McAvoy Wedding Photographers.  I’ve gotten kind of used to all this slinky fabulous, haven’t you dahlings?  I guess its time to shrug off my sable and go back to blogging in my PJs… but not before we enjoy today’s copy of Hollywood Vogue. 

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Jenny McAvoy says: The original vamps of Hollywood began as dark haired vixens, ready to attack for whatever they wanted, be it a man, money or respect. Good girls were always blonde until Jean Harlow entered the scene. She was sexy, funny and ultimately one of the brightest shining stars on the Silver Screen.

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Inspired by Jean’s magnetic sex appeal and strong screen presence, we created these scenes featuring Alex Outhwaite in a divine 30s style Jenny Packham dress, and marabou feather shrug provided by Aphrodite Bridalwear and to complete the picture. Greg McAvoy played her leading man in these embraces.  These shots was taken against the exquisite backdrop of the brasserie of Belle Epoque, Knutsford. Cakes by Cakes By Beth and flowers by Rosa and Co

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To find our more about how you can star in your very own Hollywood romance, please visit www.mcavoyweddings.co.uk for more information on the Hollywood Vogue service.

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Photography – McAvoy Weddings, assisted by Bethany Charles

Dresses – Aphrodite – Knutsford

Venue – Belle Epoque – Knutsford

Flowers – Rosa and Co

Wraps and shrugs – Wrapor

Jewellery – Tiny Gems

Cakes – Cakes by Beth

Hair and Make-up – Maritza Make Up

Models – Alex Outhwaite, Greg McAvoy

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Hollywood Vogue – Issue #1 – Veronica Lake

Hollywood Vogue – Issue #2 – Jane Russell

Hollywood Vogue – Issue #3 – Ginger Rogers

Hollywood Vogue – Issue #4 – Marlene Dietrich

Hollywood Vogue – Issue #5 – Greta Garbo

Hollywood Vogue – Issue #6 – Rita Hayworth

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Hollywood Vogue – Issue #6 – Rita Hayworth

December 14th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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"After all, a girl is . . . well, a girl. It’s nice to be told you’re successful at it."

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Are you feeling glamorous yet Brides Up North?  I think I might break early today, mix up a martini and slink around in a fab frock.  The Hollywood Vogue series, a decadent Christmas treat from Jenny & Keith McAvoy Wedding Photographers and a very talented team of North West wedding industry greats, continues this morning on the wedding blog

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Jenny McAvoy explains the inspiration behind the shoot: Nicknamed the “Love Goddess” Rita Hayworth was one of the most glamorous actresses in cinematic history, but she was much more than a beautiful face. Rita was an exceptionally talented dancer, and her performances embodied a combination of strength and sensitivity that set her apart from other screen sirens, and made her just as popular with female audiences.

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From the top of her head to the tips of her fingernails she was the ultimate screen siren, who was as famous for changing her hair colour, notably to red, as for her acting.

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Rita’s pin up model looks and red hair were recreated in these beautiful scenes on the Belle Epoque terrace and hall. Model Rebecca Scott captures the Hollywood heyday in a simple Jenny Packham dress from Aphrodite.  Flowers were arranged by Rosa and Co and hair and make-up created by the talented hair and make-up team Beth Davies, Maritza Haydon and Romy Richardson.  Jesse Bradbury doesn’t take centre stage in this scene emphasizing Rebecca’s beauty and strength and of course stunning red hair.

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Are you a love goddess? To find our more about how you can star in your very own Hollywood romance, please visit www.mcavoyweddings.co.uk for more information on the Hollywood Vogue service.

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Photography – McAvoy Weddings, assisted by Bethany Charles

Dresses – Aphrodite – Knutsford

Venue – Belle Epoque – Knutsford

Flowers – Rosa and Co

Wraps and shrugs – Wrapor

Jewellery – Tiny Gems

Cakes – Cakes by Beth

Hair and Make-up – Maritza Make Up

Models – Rebecca Scott, Jesse Bradbury.

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Hollywood Vogue – Issue #1 – Veronica Lake

Hollywood Vogue – Issue #2 – Jane Russell

Hollywood Vogue – Issue #3 – Ginger Rogers

Hollywood Vogue – Issue #4 – Marlene Dietrich

Hollywood Vogue – Issue #5 – Greta Garbo

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