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pretty blooms & antique gold. a stylish wedding at middleton lodge – jemma & david

January 22nd, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

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Today’s picturesque wedding is all about the elegance, pairing a gorgeous ivory, blush pink and antique gold colour scheme with the grand and impressive backdrop of Middleton Lodge in North Yorkshire.

Bride and groom Jemma and David, had their heart set on a summer’s wedding, and we can easily see why they fell for this stunning venue, which just so happens to be a Sponsor of Brides Up North.

Their special day featured a traditional church ceremony (the couple’s personal highlight from the whole day) followed by the wedding breakfast in a marquee beautifully adorned with peonies, roses, hydrangeas and witch hazel – the epitome of a classic country estate wedding.

Other Pinterest-worthy elements include the three-tiered cake with its oh so pretty ruffle and marble design, and the bride’s dreamy satin ivory dress with a mermaid tail.

Diary date: We will be holding a Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Fair at the stunning Middleton Lodge Estate on Sunday 4th March, 12 noon to 3pm, FREE ENTRY. Be sure to join us then to view this beautiful venue firsthand, including its new Fig House and Kitchen Garden wedding space, plus the beautiful Lodge House and Garden Marquee. 

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Jenny Maden.

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jemma says: We got engaged in April 2016, at Arthur’s Seat Edinburgh! I had actually planned the trip to celebrate Dave’s birthday and couldn’t have been more surprised! Having no clue what he had planned, on our way up to the top we passed a beautiful lake with some swans. To which I said: “Wouldn’t this be a nice place to get engaged?” Little did I know that ten minutes later we would be!

We got married on 4th August 2017. We were quite flexible on the date as long as it was in the summer.

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We tied the knot at Middleton Lodge in Richmond, North Yorkshire. We wanted an exclusive use venue that our guests would love and Middleton Lodge has it all. It is a Georgian manor house set in acres of beautiful Yorkshire countryside. The wedding breakfast was held in a marquee adjoined to the house and then late night partying in the red bricked Cellar Bar sold it for us!

There was no specific theme. We very much wanted a classic, elegant wedding. Tones of ivory, blush pink and antique gold were used in our wedding stationery and blooms.

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When it came to wedding dress shopping, I told myself that I would try on literally every style! Of course, I liked some styles more than others, but I really wanted to get the perfect dress that suited my figure and that I felt amazing in. So many of my friends have said they chose a dress that they never would have thought they would go for – so this fuelled my thought process!

In the end, I went for a very elegant satin ivory gown with a strapless, sweetheart neckline. There was a mermaid tail littered with diamond and it had buttons down the back. I chose a diamond belt to add some more sparkle. My dress was from Abigail’s Bridal in Leeds and I can’t recommend them highly enough. Margaret and the whole team were fabulous and so accommodating!

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Dave wore a traditional navy morning suit. He was not a fan of wearing blush pink (surprise surprise!) so instead we opted for a light silver/ grey waistcoat and gunmetal grey ties.

The groomsmen wore the same as Dave; meanwhile the bridesmaids wore blush pink multi-way dresses that they looked beautiful in!

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perfect prep: capturing the morning of the wedding

January 17th, 2018 | Julia Braime

Bridal Prep (c) Jenny Maden Photography (11)

When asked to pick their favourite part of their wedding day, our featured brides on the blog often pick the ceremony (as one would expect), closely followed by the morning of the wedding. For this is precious time that they spend getting ready for their big day with the most important ladies in their lives.

We personally adore looking at professional images taken at this stage in the day, when the prosecco, laughter and tears, are often in full flow. One lady who is in full agreement on this being a super-special stage of the day is Brides Up North Sponsor and Yorkshire-based photographer Jenny Maden.

We’ve therefore invited Jenny to take over the blog this morning, to tell us all about the fabulous images that can be captured during the bridal prep – from the reactions and relationships to the all-important details – so these elements of the wedding can be relived when the big day has been and gone.

With images by Jenny Maden Photography.

Bridal Prep (c) Jenny Maden Photography (2)

Why do you think the bridal prep is such an important part of the wedding day to capture?

jenny says: My main objective when photographing a wedding, is to ultimately ‘tell the story’ of the wedding day through pictures. For me, missing the bridal preparations would omit the first chapter in the story, as the bride gets ready for the ceremony with her closets family and friends. It captures the excitement of the imminent ceremony. It’s a really lovely time and a privilege to capture.

What is it you enjoy most about being present for this part of the day?

It’s great to spend some time with the bride and her crew, before the wedding day gets into full swing. There’s usually a lot of laughing, a lot of tea and prosecco drinking and some fab hair and makeup tips flying around.

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Image-wise, what elements do you tend to photograph during this time?

A typical set of bridal prep images would include bridal ‘detail’ shots, such as the dress, shoes, jewellery. But I also document the morning unfolding, from hair and makeup, the giving and receiving of gifts, the bride getting into her dress and the reactions of her family and closest friends. But above all, what I really aim to capture is the ’vibe’ of the morning, so that the morning can be re-lived, through photos, after the wedding day is over.

Is the bridal prep included as standard as part of your packages and, if so, how much of the prep to you tend to capture?

Yes, bridal prep is included in my wedding package. I typically arrive at around the same time as the hair and makeup artists.

Bridal Prep (c) Jenny Maden Photography (4)

Can you do groom prep as well, either yourself or with a second shooter?

It’s not a common request, as I usually meet the groom and groomsmen at the ceremony venue, in advance of the ceremony. But yes, if a couple wanted groom prep coverage too, this can certainly be arranged (the travelling distance between the bride and groom on the morning, would generally dictate whether I would need a second shooter).

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What is the feedback like from your brides about images you have taken of the bridal prep, what do they love about the images?

Brides are always surprised at quite how much I have captured of the morning! My coverage at this point in the day is very much ‘fly on the wall’; I just let things unfold around me, but capture them in a discreet yet artistic way. Furthermore, while a wedding day is predominately focused on the bride and groom, the bride’s relationships with her parents and close friends really comes through in the images taken during the bridal preparations.

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lady of the manor. a rustic wedding styled shoot in yorkshire

September 4th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

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Today’s styled bridal shoot is sure to appeal to the outdoorsy brides out there, thanks to its fiery autumnal colour palette, captivating moorland backdrop and felled logs aplenty. There’s even a horse; the perfect four-legged wedding guest if ever we saw one!

Set in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, this spellbinding shoot was captured by the talented Jenny Madden and brings together a host of local suppliers and businesses. Going all-out with the country chic theme – the team peppered the shoot with pretty details, from pheasant feathers and a hunting horn to a bronze fox and even a hunting jacket (who knew this would make the ultimate fashion accessory to a wedding dress?).

The orange smoke bomb adds a dynamic burst of colour to the all-natural setting, beautifully offset against the bride’s flamboyantly rustic bouquet. The model’s berry lip, copper eyes and textured up-do complete the rural, seasonal vibe perfectly.

Tempted to incorporate the great outdoors in your special day? We think this rustic wedding styled shoot might just win you over…

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jenny says:Styled shoots are just a great excuse to get creative, with fewer time constraints than an actual wedding day. I also get to work with some awesome suppliers across the industry, who love what they do – and do it brilliantly.

A Rustic Styled Shoot in Yorkshire (c) Jenny Maden Photography (12)

We called this shoot Lady of the Manor – a nod to country chic styling. The colour palette was very earthy, with oranges, reds, coppers and greens featuring heavily. All these tones came together in the floral pieces, supplied by Floral Dance, with the colour accents picked up in other elements of the styling too; coppers in the table display and eye make-up, the khaki green hunting jacket, the chestnut horse, red lips and an orange smoke bomb adding a bit of fun to the final few frames.

A Rustic Styled Shoot in Yorkshire (c) Jenny Maden Photography (74)

As with other styled shoots we’ve worked on, we wanted to keep the look both pretty and rustic and incorporate the beauty of the great outdoors as much as possible. We chanced upon a really nicely lit woodland area with a huge pile of felled logs. With a bit of persuasion, we were allowed in! We then moved on to a nearby country path and then on to the moors where we met Snip the horse from Langbar Livery for a few frames, before trying out the smoke bombs.

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Rustic shades and texture were key to capturing the country feel. The bouquet and button holes incorporated coppers, browns, oranges, dark burgundies and a touch of cream – all colours that perfectly complimented the pheasant feathers, which were an integral part of the floral arrangements. The fiery colours of the kniphofia (red hot pokers), viburnum berry and rosa esplanade set against the continuous (burgundy foliage) added depth and drama. Dried weeds from the hedgerow added a rustic feel, while the cream astilbe and miscanthus softened the look slightly and added a touch of femininity.

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hold back the river: a serene styled yorkshire wedding shoot

May 31st, 2017 | Rachel Parry

Floral Styled Shoot (c) Jenny Maden Photography (28)

If hump day has hit you twice as hard following the long weekend, join us as we escape to a peaceful part of Yorkshire to indulge in this idyllic styled bridal shoot.

Headed up by photographer Jenny Maden, the shoot features the handiwork of a small collaborative of Yorkshire wedding suppliers who have combined their skills to produce a whimsical set of images with beautiful styling inspo for your big day.

Now, put that spreadsheet to one side and enjoy scanning through the pretty as Jenny explains how it all came together…

With images by Jenny Maden Photography

Floral Styled Shoot (c) Jenny Maden Photography (13)

jenny says: I absolutely love styled shoots as they provide an opportunity to get creative with all things pretty, and with fewer time constraints than an actual wedding day. It also allows me to work with some awesome suppliers across the industry, who love what they do – and do it brilliantly.

For this shoot, I once again teamed up with the lovely Angela of Floral Dance to provide the wonderful blooms and to help on the styling. The gorgeous bridalwear was provided by Amelia’s Bridal, while makeup was taken care of by Carolyn Christina Beauty and hair was styled by Marisa at Bijou, based in Horsforth.

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As with our prior styled shoots, we wanted to keep the look both pretty and rustic and incorporate the beauty of the great outdoors as much as possible. As such we chose a scene riverside location in Yorkshire to capture the shoot. It’s a real hidden gem, with such a great variety of backdrops and shooing angles, in a relatively small area. The bridge, the pebbles, the water and the foliage all added to the final collection of images.

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lovers’ lane: a rustic wedding styled shoot in yorkshire

January 30th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

Floral Dance Styled Shoot (c) Jenny Maden (35)

One of the things we love most about our Luxury Wedding Fairs, that we host across the north of the UK, has to be the efforts exhibitors go to in order to showcase their talents and capture brides’ imaginations.

During our Denton Hall wedding fair in October last year, we were particularly impressed by the stunning display created by florist Angela Naylor, of Floral Dance, based in Ilkley, Yorkshire. Her creative stand was a beautiful botanical show for the eyes, with green and white flowers and foliage mixed in with accents of luxe copper. How heavenly?!

So, when Angela mentioned that she was teaming up with Yorkshire-based photographer Jenny Maden for a styled shoot the following day to make full use of her wonderful creations, we jumped at the chance to feature it on the blog.

And so, here’s the lovely Jenny to tell us how it all went whilst inspiring us with lots of pretty petals…

With images by Jenny Maden Photography.

Floral Dance Styled Shoot (c) Jenny Maden (14)

jenny says: The shoot was an opportunity for both myself and Ange to get creative! We had discussed collaborating for a styled shoot since the week that she opened her gorgeous new florists.

So, when Ange pulled together such a fab collection of floristry pieces for the Brides Up North wedding fair at Denton Hall, we thought that scheduling the shoot for the day after the fair would be a perfect opportunity to make the most of the beautiful floral arrangements.

Floral Dance Styled Shoot (c) Jenny Maden (30)

The shoot took place in the rural hamlet of Denton, which is a really beautiful place, just outside the town that both Ange and I live in. It’s pretty wild and bleak there in the winter month, but just beautiful and fit the ‘rustic’ theme perfectly. Luckily, on the day of the shoot, we had relatively mild weather, so the props didn’t blow away and Ange didn’t freeze!

Floral Dance Styled Shoot (c) Jenny Maden (21)

We called the shoot ‘Lovers Lane’, after the name of the lane that ran through the shoot location. Apparently, it was the place for lovers’ liaisons back in the day.

We both had a rural and rustic theme in mind, with lots of greens and whites, with hints of copper and burgundy.

Floral Dance Styled Shoot (c) Jenny Maden (7)

All the floral arrangements were created by Ange; from the stunning table arrangements, to the dreamy bouquets and flower crown, which we hope will help inspire styling ideas for Brides Up North readers.

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telling the story of your day: jenny maden photography

June 15th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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If ‘photographer’ is the next task to complete on your wedding ‘to do’ list then this morning’s post just might help, as we’re introducing you to our fabulous new Brides Up North Sponsor, Jenny Maden Photography.

Having fallen in love with photography from a young age, Yorkshire-based Jenny was committed to making her passion her full time job and is now thrilled to witness and document couples’ big days for a living.

Filled with enthusiasm, Jenny loves to get to know her couples and all their plans, striking up a real connection with her clients that encourages them to relax in front of the camera.

To explain more about passion, we’ll let Jenny do the talking…

Wedding Photography

How did you get into wedding photography?

jenny says: My love of photographs goes back as far as I can recall. As a young child, long before I took photos, I’d love digging out the family albums and I could spend hours rummaging through holiday snaps. I then went on to take pictures myself – initially on a film camera and then on my first digital camera; a Casio Exilim.

It was in early adulthood that I became a real photography enthusiast. I was bought my first semi-professional camera as a birthday present and taken to Knowsley Safari Park to photograph the animals. My love and appreciation for photography grew from there. I enrolled on a photography course and spent many weekends on photography workshops, with other professional photographers, to really get inside the technicalities and hone my photography techniques.

As my skills developed and my portfolio grew, the bookings came and I’ve really never looked back! My passion is my job – and that’s pretty awesome!

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer? 

There are so many things I love about being a wedding photographer!

I love getting to know my couples before the big day; getting a feel for their personalities, how they like to spend their time, what they have planned for the big day etc. I’ve stayed in contact with many of my couples, long after their weddings, in fact I’m meeting one of my ‘brides’ next month with her brand new baby!

I just love weddings! The dress, flowers, jewellery, shoes, table décor, cake, the food and drink, venue, bunting, games on the lawn, musicians – you name it! Sometimes couples incorporate quirky and unique touches into their wedding day, which I’ve perhaps not photographed before, which is a real treat for me.

Lastly, and I think perhaps my upmost favourtite thing, about being a wedding photographer, is capturing the emotion of the day; happiness, laughter and love. The feelings between the bride and groom are so evident, but the love between them and their parents, siblings and friends, is so clear to see too.

I get to witness this close-hand and document it. Being a hopeless softie with a passion for photographs, this is an absolute pleasure!

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How do you get couples to relax on the day?

Have a giggle and allow the couple to just be themselves. It’s worked a treat so far.

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