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A Year On Film. Supplier Showcase: Jonny Draper Photography

January 14th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Jonny Draper Photography

Jen & Jim

This afternoon I’m letting my great friend, Brides Up North Featured Supplier and absolutely amazing (jah-mazing!) wedding photographer Jonny Draper Photography hijack these pretty pages with his round up of the year that was.  What do I mean “letting him”?!  This man would find some way to do it anyway!  

In any case, it’s a win-win, since for me, Jonny’s favourite selection of images from 2013 brings home what a fantastic year the last one was here on the wedding blog too.  I spot more than a few Brides Up North Real Weddings in his selection!

So many love stories, so many gorgeous brides, handsome grooms, happy families, beautiful settings, touching moments, rip roaring celebrations, hi jinks, laughter and excitement.  I’m all about a recap, but here’s hoping that 2014 has even more of all that good stuff (And even more of it) to come:  behind Jonny’s lens, on Brides Up North and in your very own wedding days and special times too. 

Let’s get going. 

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Abi & Tom

Jonny says:  2013.  What a year.  I shot some of the most amazing weddings you could ever imagine, LOVE Bridal Boutique had an immense first full year and I launched Jonny Draper Photography Training, which was absolutely brilliant.

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Ella & Lee

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Ash & Paul

Jonny Draper Photography

Jenny & Ross

I’m so excited for 2014 – I’ve got a diary packed with incredible weddings, there are some VERY exciting plans where LOVE Bridal is concerned, I’m just about to release dates for spring Masterclasses in wedding photography along with one or two other very exciting things that are in the pipeline – it’s going to be an awesome year! 

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Ange & Mark

Jonny Draper Photography

Emma & Chris

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Fiona & Giles

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Jenny & James

Jonny Draper Photography

Karin & Joe

So before I get properly stuck into 2014, I wanted to look back on 2013, on the weddings that I’ve shot and the wonderful moments I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in.  And who better to share that with than Brides Up North?

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Fun Romance. A Real Wedding At Eaves Hall – Emily & Nick

December 17th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Jonny Draper Photography

Today we join Brides Up North reader Emily and her new husband Nick for their traditionally elegant yet fun filled celebration (because isn’t that what matters most?) in Clitheroe, all captured beautifully by Brides Up North Featured Supplier and friend, Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Emily says:  We got engaged on 5th October 2012 at Beetham Tower in Manchester in the same spot that he first told me he was falling in love with me.

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

We were married on 19th October 2013 at Eaves Hall, Clitheroe.  It was one of the only venues we could find that was stunning from the outside but also modern and intimate on the inside. It brings together a stately home and a boutique hotel under one roof – oh and the best bit of it was, it was all ours.

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Our theme kind of evolved over time, we took all the things we loved and that defined us as a couple, together with our venue and put them down on a board – when it all came together we recognised we had a kind of fun, romantic, British elegance theme – we ended up summarising it as playfully romantic.

We chose an ivory colour palette with shades of purple – from pinky purples to dark purples – we didn’t want a consistent or regimented block of colour. 

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

I got my amazing, stunning and beautiful wedding dress from Emma Draper at the fabulous Love Bridal Boutique. Emma not only helped me find it, but helped me modify it to fit my individual style.

I also got my veil, jewellery, shoes and garter from Love Bridal Boutique – in fact on the day I was a Love Bridal bride from head to toe.

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Our groomsmen suits came from Whitfield & Ward in Wilmslow and our bridesmaid dresses came from Bespoke Brides in Mollington, Chester. 

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Eaves Hall has a fantastic little bridal lodge at the end of the drive, where my bridesmaids and I stayed the night before and got ready the morning of the big day.

Although they offered us their very plush cars to take us up to the hall in the morning, I wanted to walk up with my dad and the girls so I could take in the beauty of it all and soak in the moment.

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

One of the most important things for us was to get a photographer that understood us and what we wanted. That’s why we choose Jonny Draper Photography.

He instantly understood the best way to capture our day so that our photos would show the fun, relaxed essence we were looking.

We didn’t want lots of posed shots, we just wanted everyone to have a good time – we wanted our photographer to blend in with our guests and become part of the wedding- and Jonny is amazing at doing this.

He made our wedding day even more enjoyable than we could have imagined, by not only capturing every single moment and emotion but doing it in such a fluid and relaxed way that it blended into the day rather than felt like a chore for either us or our guests.

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

We worked with the very talented Flower Design not only for beautiful neutral tone flowers I carried on the day but for all the button holes, bouquets and venue dressing. The flowers were central to bringing our theme and wedding to life; they were stunning and brought the entire day together perfectly.

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Our beloved bulldog couldn’t be there – but we didn’t want to leave him out of the day – so we not only incorporated him into our save the date, wedding cake and favours but we also had a cocktail hour in his honour – with a chubby bulldog cocktail served in a mini milk bottles with his face on them – using stickers from moo.com

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We worked with Joe from Specialized Cakes to design and make a bespoke wedding cake that incorporated our Bulldog topper (made by Sarah at Character Creations).

It was three tiers – vanilla, chocolate and lemon sponges. With sugar paste flowers to match our wedding flowers by Flower Design– with little dog bones and paw prints leading to the top of the cake.

Specialized Cakes also made our favours which were little chocolate cupcakes with dog bones on top – placed in a purple cake cases and boxed with a purple ribbon.

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

We had an evening DJ included in the Eaves Hall package, however, as we had an 11am start we had bits of entertainment throughout the day for our guests.

We had Steve Christie as our pianist as he was used his classical training to deliver modern, relevant music – which is more our style such as Rhianna and Kings of Leon. He played as guests arrived and during our drinks reception.

We also had Evan Young – an acoustic guitarist – who played modern ‘band style’ music in the bar during our cocktail hour. Giving it a relaxed pub feel.

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

If I had to pick my favourite part of the day I think it would be our first dance.

When we got engaged our first dance was the one thing I was dreading – never having danced in a formal way before.  Now the song choice was easy to make – because it was ‘our’ song, but we quickly learnt wasn’t that easy to dance to. We choose Celo Green ‘Forget You’.

However, we were very lucky to have the amazing Ailsa Baker Dance, who worked out a simple yet fun routine for us and brought us together as dancing partners. She made us feel so relaxed and confident.

On the day it was so much fun to do and such a surprise for our guests – I think we literally took their breath away with our fancy footwork. It is a memory that will stay with us forever.

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For our honeymoon we went to Vegas, baby!

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What advice would I give to my fellow Brides Up North?  Well, the best thing I did was have an open mind and a relaxed approach to the fact everything didn’t need to match. This meant it took the pressure off everything and everyone, making it all so much more enjoyable and relaxed.

The fact we didn’t have one consistent block colour also meant our wedding appeared to have more layers and textures and had quite a laid back feel to it.

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Congratulations Emily & Nick!

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Terry Fox Couture 2014: A 1920s Styled Bridal Shoot At The Bowdon Rooms

November 1st, 2013 | Julia Braime

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

So, have you got the message yet?  We are hosting another fabulous Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham THIS Sunday 3rd November – and we’d really, really like you to be there.  Click here for all the details and to pre-register as a VIP Bride to Be.

The Bowdon Rooms Autumn 2013

Meanwhile…

Combining a bit of wedding dress eye candy of a Friday afternoon and showing off just how versatile this unique venue is (watch our for another real wedding from the venue this afternoon showing it looking completely different!) I’m proud to welcome Emma and Jonny of LOVE Bridal Boutique and Jonny Draper Photography, along with the brilliant Terry Fox, as they introduce Terry’s latest collection.  Enjoy!

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

Tell us about the new collection by Terry Fox?  What was the inspiration behind the collection? Which fabrics were chosen for the new collection and why?

Terry Fox HQ: The 2014 collection from Terry Fox was a particular treat – sizzling with sex-appeal and inspirational in its sheer creativity. Our couture-trained designer makes it look easy and that, perhaps, is the secret of her success; she layers fabrics and colours, patches together delicate pieces of the finest materials to create something that is always surprising and reliant on finish and texture rather than formal silhouettes.

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

Who would be a Terry Fox bride? 

TFHQ: A Terry Fox bride knows her own mind, is fabulously gorgeous and is looking for a bridal designer as individual as them!! Let’s say ‘classic with a twist’. Terry Fox brides understand the important aspects of a dress from fit to finish.

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

What sizes are available?

TFHQ: All sizes, all shapes, any fit! Each Terry Fox dress is uniquely created to the brides individual measurements.

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

What sort of price point?

LOVE Bridal Boutique: Prices start from around £2,100 up to and around £3,000. This cost includes the dress being made to a bride’s measurements and any minor modifications to a gown. Here at LOVE we believe Terry’s dresses to be great value for money, particularly considering the dresses are made from the finest silks and laces and are created in the UK.

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

What is the process from finding “the one” to final fitting?

LOVE: When a bride finds her dress here at LOVE, it’s a very special experience indeed, celebrated by the bride and her family with a glass of bubbly and lots of jubilation! At this point a bride’s full measurements are taken in order to ensure a perfect dress fit and also any special requests/requirements are agreed with the bride. All Terry Fox gowns are made-to-measure for every bride. The great thing about a Terry Fox gown is that they can also be modified to suit the bride – silks are available in a multitude of colours, and dress detailing/embellishment can be tailored to the bride’s individual requirements.

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

After this initial order stage a bride will usually revisit the boutique in advance of her first fitting to choose any accessories she might need, and there are a wide range of Terry Fox accessories available to compliment this dress collection perfectly.

When it comes to fittings, the bride will come back into the boutique to try her personalized gown and any minor adjustments required will be made by my in-house seamstress.

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

Why are you so excited to stock Terry Fox at LOVE?

LOVE: When we first saw Terry’s collection down at Terry’s amazing studio in Suffolk (which is a complete treasure trove by the way and just how every girl’s dream bedroom would look!), we were completely blown away and knew instantly they would be the perfect partnership with LOVE. It is clear to see that Terry lives and breathes dresses and beautiful fabrics and that comes across with every gown she creates. Every single last embellishment, intricate embroidery and drape has been carefully thought through and just takes your breath away.

We also knew that these gowns offered our brides a more unusual dress choice, and this is something which I hear time and time again from my brides. When a ‘Terry Fox bride’ (she might not know it yet!) walks through our door her eyes light up instantly. She couldn’t figure out before what she was looking for and why she couldn’t find it… until the moment she sees this beautiful collection!

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

The fact that each gown can be tailor-made to a brides requirements too, with a vast colour selection of silks to choose from is something which offers a fabulous point of difference compared to a lot of other designers on offer.

This stunning collection is definitely for the bride who wants something that little bit different and to express her creativity. Her selection of dress shapes and styles is so refreshing too in a completely inimitable Terry way!

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

What was your inspiration for the shoot, why did you choose the venue/ styling and who was involved?

LOVE: When we saw the new Terry Fox collection at The White Gallery, there was a clear 1920′s, Art Deco feel to it which was one of the reasons we loved it so much. When we realised that the new dresses we had chosen would land at the boutique around the same time as The Great Gatsby was released in the cinema, our overall inspiration for the shoot was born.

We went to see The Great Gatsby & there was such a wonderful nod towards this era in the new Terry Fox collection that we knew we just had to base our shoot on this film.

We got in touch with Neil at the amazing Bowdon Rooms in Cheshire which is an original Art Deco venue and the concept began to come to life!

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

Cue a call to vintage model, Laura Norrey (we had seen her work on Facebook & knew she would be perfect for this shoot), our amazing friends Paisley Gamble (hairdresser based at Macleod Bradley) and Gemma Hallowell (Make Up Artist), Sian and her gorgeous floral creations at The Didsbury Flower Lounge and award winning photographer (and co-owner of LOVE Bridal Boutique) Jonny Draper and our team was ready! With a simple brief of creating six completely different looks in one single day!

We were also delighted to showcase the new headdress collections from our amazing accessory designers Donna Crain and Halo & Co, and these pieces worked perfectly with Terry’s new collection.

The shoot was amazing.  Since we had a small team on the day, communication was easy, everybody relaxed very quickly and we had a lot of fun. 

Each look & set up worked perfectly & Neil and his team at The Bowdon Rooms could not have been more helpful. We were able to use literally anywhere we wanted and I think that is what ultimately gave us this great set of photographs.

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

How can brides find out more about the new Terry Fox collection at LOVE?

To find out more please contact Emma at LOVE either by phone on 0161 941 6446 or email emma@lovebridalboutique.co.uk

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

LOVE Bridal Boutique will be exhibiting with Brides Up North at The Bowdon Rooms this very Sunday 3rd November.  Do pop in and say hello, open 12pm till 4pm, completely free (because we are nice like that)!

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

Little Black Book

Photography – Jonny Draper Photography

Venue – The Bowdon Rooms, Cheshire

Dresses – Terry Fox at LOVE Bridal Boutique, Altrincham, Cheshire

Accessories – Donna Crain and Halo&Co

Model – Laura Norrey

Hair – Paisley Gamble at Macleod Bradley

Make-up – Gemma Hallowell

Flowers – Didsbury Flower Lounge

 

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Jonny Draper Photography

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Coming Up Roses. Pink & Mink For A Real Wedding At Mere Golf & Country Club, Cheshire – Angela & Mark

October 11th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Jonny Draper Photography

Finishing up an exciting week here at Brides Up North HQ with another dose of beautiful, as we join Brides Up North reader Angela and her new husband Mark for their stunning Real Wedding in Knutsford.  Angela offset her gorgeously girly palette with cool minks and an abundance of blooms for a celebration that looks as a fun as it was elegant.

With images by Jonny Draper Photography (a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, don’tcha know)! 

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Angela says:  Mark surprised me and took me to Paris in February 2012. He didn’t do the traditional Eiffel Tower as he knew I wanted something a bit different so proposed as we were walking along the River Seine.

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We were married on 30th August 2013 at All Saints Church, Cheadle Hulme and Mere Golf Club, Knutsford. 

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Mere Golf Club had just been refurbished when we were looking for venues and it was looked lovely and had the views we wanted. One of the other reasons was the neutral carpet, which a lot of other venues didn’t have!

We chose a colour palette of light pinks, mink and ivory. 

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

My dress was from Sense and Sensibility and was my second dress as I had decided the first was not ‘The One’. I saw the second and knew it was right. It was a fitted dress with one shoulder, with a slightly Grecian feel to it. 

Jonny Draper Photography

The bridesmaid dresses were from Coast and our flowergirl’d dress was from BHS.  Our groomsmen wore suits from Moss Bros.

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

My bouquet – by Red Floral Architecture – was a mass of avalanche roses, enhanced with occasional sweet avalanche, metallina, quicksand and amnesia roses. A diamante section was included within the bouquet in a small crescent shape to match the gown and the headpiece. 

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

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Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

We choose to have Howard Wing to entertain the guests throughout the day and into the evening; he also performed our first dance. In the evening we had a photo booth, which was a big hit with the guests. 

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

We wanted different table names rather than the usual number and it worked out nicely that we had seven tables for the seven years we have been together. Each table was Year 1, Year 2 etc. with a photo from that year.

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

My uncle made our cake for our wedding present, we asked for a plain ivory three tier cake and Red Floral decorated it with ivory flowers between each tier and one the top.

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

I loved the ceremony but my favourite part was during the meal when Howard entertained us all and when the guests really started to relax and enjoy themselves. The photos just show how much fun we were all having. 

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

We knew that our honeymoon  was once in a lifetime so we fulfilled our dream of going to Australia. We started with a stop off in Singapore and then travelled down the east coast of Australia and then stopped at Bangkok on our way home. It was the best four weeks we have ever had.

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

My top tip is that once the day is here there is no point worrying. You have done everything you possibly can, this is your day so relax and enjoy every minute of it – have fun!

Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Congratulations Angela & Mark!

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Snap Happy! Brides Up North Wants You To Love Your Wedding Photographs

October 3rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

Unveiled Autumn Winter 2013

After he’s up off one knee, you’ve bought your first bridal magazine, subscribed to a half dozen wedding blogs and thought about setting a date, what’s next? The dress? A honeymoon somewhere exotic? Or how about 200 hand knitted heart favours that your guests are sure to treasure forever?

Stop right there.

Every wedding will have a budget and whether large or small, it’s up to you to spend it wisely. After a venue, a pretty frock and something good to eat, I’d say that a quality photographer should be right at the top of your shopping list.

This wording comes from a feature I wrote for the Autumn/ Winter issue of Unveiled Magazine, but I thought that you lovely lot might benefit if I was to share it on these pretty pages too.  Please do leave me a comment to let me know if you found it useful, or if you are a professional photographer reader (howdy!) I’d love to know what other advice you might offer our brides. 

With images kindly provided by Jonny Draper Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

As a professional wedding blogger, I receive a lot of real wedding submissions and believe me, there is a big difference between a just-ok photographer and a really good one. A bad photographer? Let’s not even go there.

But why are good wedding photographs so important anyway? Aren’t your memories of the big day enough?

The reality is, wedding photographs are your memories. Crack open your album and your big day will all come flooding back. For better or for worse. If done right, they’re also memories that you can share – with future children, grandchildren, family and friends. You want your images to be as beautiful as the celebration itself.

So, that friend who’s just keen with a camera? Ask him to take some fun shots of the party instead and book the best professional that your budget will allow. You’ll be so glad that you did.

Now that’s clicked, where to start?

Jonny Draper Photography

Start Early

It’s simple: the best get booked, and fast. If there’s a photographer whose work you already know that you love, you want to be securing their services as soon as the date is saved. If you do miss out, then ask them to recommend a trusted industry colleague with a similar style.

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Narrow Your Options

If you’ve no idea where to begin, wedding blogs like this one and personal recommendations are your best bet. Decide what look you like, then search out the photographers who deliver consistently within that style. Ask online and across social media platforms for reviews and honest commentary.

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Do Your Homework

Once you think you’ve found your man (or woman), request to see a variety of examples of their work. Rather than a load of great photos from lots of different days, you should be looking for a few excellently captured complete weddings. It’s relatively easy to get one lucky shot, but a whole day’s worth takes real skill. While you are there, check out your options for aftercare and albums and that you like your photographer’s editing style and presentation choices.

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Budget For The Best

It’s a big ballpark, and very dependant on location, coverage and experience, but a photographer at the top of their game usually costs between £1,000 and £2,500. When discussing prices, check what the total figure covers to avoid any nasty surprises. How long will the photographer be there on the day? Does the price include an album? What about digital images and who will own the copyright to the photographs? What sort of timescales does the photographer work to and how soon after the wedding will you see your proofs?

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Practice Makes Perfect

I’d recommend an engagement shoot to everyone. Even if you’re already a pro in front of the camera, you can practice your make up, get to know your photographer better and check that you get on. If you’re a little more hesitant in front of a lens, a warm up shoot can really help to relieve pre wedding nerves and instil confidence.

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Smile For The Birdie

Once the big day arrives, remember to relax. You’ve done your research and paid a fair price. Trust that your photographer will do a good job and let them get on with it. Strike a pose!

 

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A Little Party Never Killed Nobody! LOVE Bridal Boutique Celebrate A Roaring First Year

September 17th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Ayesha Rahman for LOVE Bridal Boutique

If you regularly stop by these swirly silver pages, you’ll know that I spend a lot of time championing the brilliant Northern suppliers that I come across as I scour the regions for the very best wedding industry talent out there.  Two such gems are the lovely Emma of LOVE Bridal Boutique and her husband Jonny of Jonny Draper Photography

A nicer, more talented pair – who really do care about their customers – would be hard to find.  That’s why, when I got the call to head North West and celebrate their first successful year in business with them I was on the phone to a babysitter faster than you can say “Where’s the bubbly?!”. 

A lovely evening, celebrating a fabulous first year.  Cheshire brides, I think we all know where you should be starting your dress hunt…  Happy Birthday LOVE Bridal Boutique!

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James Jebson for LOVE Bridal Boutique

James Jebson for LOVE Bridal Boutique

James Jebson for LOVE Bridal Boutique

James Jebson for LOVE Bridal Boutique

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James Jebson for LOVE Bridal Boutique

Emma and Jonny say: What a first year!  We can’t believe how quickly it’s gone and we’re so pleased with the response we’ve had from all the brides who’ve visited LOVE Bridal Boutique, whether they’ve bought a dress or not.  We set out to create an unrivalled wedding dress shopping experience and the feedback that we continue to get is that we’re delivering on all levels which makes us so proud. 

James Jebson for LOVE Bridal Boutique

James Jebson for LOVE Bridal Boutique

James Jebson for LOVE Bridal Boutique

James Jebson for LOVE Bridal Boutique

We want every bride to feel special, to feel that she’s being given her own personal shopping experience and to feel that should she find the dress of her dreams with us, this experience will continue right up until and after her wedding day.

Danielle Boxall for LOVE Bridal Boutique

Danielle Boxall for LOVE Bridal Boutique

Danielle Boxall for LOVE Bridal Boutique

Danielle Boxall for LOVE Bridal Boutique

Danielle Boxall for LOVE Bridal Boutique

Danielle Boxall for LOVE Bridal Boutique

When we realised our first birthday was coming round a little quicker than we expected we only had one thought on our minds – PARTY!  We wanted to spend some time with some of the people who have helped make our first year so successful – family, friends, wedding industry friends – everybody who has been there for us every step of the way.  Which we realised included our brides too!  So our initial idea of having a small gathering at the boutique, quickly developed into something a bit bigger!  The new collections from our designers were starting to arrive into the boutique around the time of our birthday, so how about we include a catwalk show as well as drinks and celebrations?!  We decided that if we were going to have a party, we might as well make it a proper one!

Danielle Boxall for LOVE Bridal Boutique

Danielle Boxall for LOVE Bridal Boutique

Danielle Boxall for LOVE Bridal Boutique

Danielle Boxall for LOVE Bridal BoutiqueDanielle Boxall for LOVE Bridal Boutique

Our wonderful friends, the Higham family (owners of Cheshire’s most amazing bespoke wedding venue, Styal Lodge) threw open the doors of their beautiful venue which gave us a space appropriate to the number of people that were making it onto our ever growing guest list and also the room to have a catwalk show too.  And that’s when the serious planning started.

Ayesha Rahman for LOVE Bridal Boutique

Meetings with our lovely friends from Styal Lodge, Sian from Didsbury Flower Lounge, Emma & Jill from Special Days Events and Tansy, Scott and Victoria from Hipswing Entertainments ensued and we quickly developed an overall design and layout for the event with their help.  Lighting, staging, decoration, flowers – everything we asked about was greeted with the same response – "Yes, of course we can do it"! And for that we are so grateful.

Ayesha Rahman for LOVE Bridal Boutique

Ayesha Rahman for LOVE Bridal Boutique

Ayesha Rahman for LOVE Bridal Boutique

Ayesha Rahman for LOVE Bridal Boutique

Ayesha Rahman for LOVE Bridal Boutique

Award winning wedding entertainer (and very good friend) Howard Wing had said "yes" to compering the evening for us before we’d even finished asking him the question and he ensured the smooth running and wonderfully entertaining flow of the evening – thanks Howie!

Ayesha Rahman for LOVE Bridal Boutique

Every party needs some food and it was an honour to have top London chef, Tomos Parry create some amazing canapés for us – they went down an absolute storm!

Our great friends at And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon produced the most beautiful dessert table that you’ve ever seen – which we didn’t ‘open’ until after the catwalk show.  And as soon as we did, it looked like a plague of locusts had flown through the building!  Not a crumb left!

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James Jebson for LOVE Bridal Boutique

James Jebson for LOVE Bridal Boutique

James Jebson for LOVE Bridal Boutique

James Jebson for LOVE Bridal Boutique

Our catwalk show simply would not have happened without our #dreamteam.  Ailsa Baker Dance – our choreographer extraordinaire opened the show and choreographed our amazing team of models, Sarah T, Sarah H, Izzy, Lizzie & Akvilé who were amazing as always.  Our catwalk show was built on the foundations of an amazing team behind the scenes – Gemma Hallowell MUA and Paisley Gamble from Macleod Bradley hair salon created some amazing looks, perfect for our 20′s inspired show.  And we also have to thank the unsung heroes, our friends and family dragged backstage to assist with the quick changes between scenes – my sister Lisa, Jonny’s sister Clare and our bestest friend, Betty. 

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As we went along with the planning we were starting to get the feeling that this was going to be a pretty special event – which would of course need documenting.  Jonny shoots a lot of our events (he’s a wedding photographer!) but we knew he would be required ‘front of house’ so just wouldn’t have the time to shoot anything, so we asked some of his photographer friends if they would come along and shoot it for us – so a huge thank you to Danielle Boxall, Ayesha Rahman and James Jebson for all their hard work and the amazing images you see in this feature. 

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We also wanted to inject a bit of fun into the evening, so Matt Bowen brought along ‘Florence the Caravan’ – his very cool and very unique photo booth.  It was a LOT of fun looking through the images of all our guests having a riotous time in there!  Thanks Matt!

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Florence the Vintage Caravan

Florence the Vintage Caravan

Overall, it was the most perfect celebration of a wonderful first year, it was lovely to see so many of our brides who are already married and our future brides there on the night and it was so lovely to be able to raise a glass to all the people who mean so much to us and have helped us out from minute one.

We have to say though, it was a real reminder as to just how much planning goes into a wedding (as the scale of this party and the number of suppliers that we were coordinating really felt like we were organising our own wedding all over again!) so it was great to have that reminder as to how much our brides have to do in the build up to their day. 

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We joked on the night with all the suppliers and wedding friends that helped us out that they needn’t worry – we won’t be having a party of this scale every single birthday… but the organising was quite addictive and the celebration itself was as much fun as our wedding day!  So maybe we will do it all again next year..!

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Real Wedding Recap Summer 2013: Cheshire Fling! A Real Wedding In The North West – Sarah & Andrew

June 21st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the team take a break until to rest and recharge for the second half of what’s set to be the biggest and best year year yet at Brides Up North HQ, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding pretty. 

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Usual service will recommence on 1st July 2013,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings so far in 2013, plenty of eye candy, new features that we won’t be able to wait to share, some special supplier showcases and a couple of surprises too!

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One of my very favourite Real Weddings ever featured here on the wedding blog,  Sarah and Andrew’s riotously gorgeous real wedding in Cheshire courtesy of Brides Up North fave, Jonny Draper Photography first appeared on these pretty pages in February this year. 

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There are stunning details, beautiful gowns, super cute kids and men in kilts… what more could you want?!

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Sarah says:  We got engaged in Andrew’s home town of Stonehaven, 11th August 2012. We were visiting Andrew’s family and went for a lovely lobster meal at the Tollbooth, overlooking Stonehaven Harbour. Andrew then suggested a walk to the pier head to admire the view and before I knew it he was down on one knee with a beautiful ring and asked the words every girl wants to hear!

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We were married on 19th January 2013 at Sandhole Oak Barn, Congleton.  When I saw the barn I fell in love! The views are amazing and there is such a wonderful feel about the whole place. The family who own the barn were so friendly and made the decision very easy… we booked there and then!

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We didn’t have a theme as such but we really liked the idea of the barn being lit up with fairy lights as in January, it would be dark early and we thought it would make the place more magical. I’d been looking at quite vintage colours for flowers and the mercury silver glass just seemed to follow, along with tealights everywhere! The moustache and lips on the wedding stationary seemed fun and our friend Rebecca Morris sourced letter pressing, designed and printed them all for us.

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The colour scheme found itself really, grey/silver for the bridesmaids with the Tartan having grey and purple thrown in. I chose quite muted colours for the flowers, amnesia, memory lane and ivory to stick with the vintage glamour look, and of course had sea holly (thistle) to keep the Scottish heritage up!

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I decided on the Pronovias Alcanar gown as I loved the corded lace. I bought it at Dan Kerr Brides in Preston. Kaye was fab and couldn’t have been more helpful.  The gown was nothing like I had imagined I would wear but everybody says don’t rule anything out until you’ve tried it on and it’s true!

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I had quite a challenge with choosing the bridesmaids’ outfits as my chief Bridesmaid, Jackie, was 34 weeks pregnant on our wedding day! Also, Andrew had decided to have his sister as Best Woman so we thought it would be nice to have her in the same dress as the bridesmaids but in black. In the end, I decided on the Two Birds Bridesmaid dresses as they were so versatile, maternity friendly and I loved the way the girls all wore a different style but were actually in the same dress! I bought them from Swan Brides in Congleton, the colour was Charcoal (and I’m very jealous that I don’t have one myself!)

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We were very aware of the cold, snowy weather so we provided an old vintage suitcase full of blankets for our guests to use when the were outside to stop them freezing! We had lace cones of confetti to hand out to guests during the ceremony and lace handkerchiefs to wipe away any tears! My Dad organised a bagpiper to pipe Andrew and the guests into the Barn as he was getting married so far from home. It was a total surprise and so touching to her the pipes over the wind. Just perfect, it made many shed a tear! The poor piper was frozen though!

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The whole day was amazing, but my favourite part was standing in front of our family and friends and saying my vows to my husband… and walking out of (practically skipping!) the service through a confetti cloud to Stevie Wonder’s Signed Sealed Delivered!

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My Dads’ side of the family still own and run Cornall’s Market Garden in Walton Le Dale, Preston so having them design our flowers only seemed right! The bouquet was very informal, made up of amnesia, memory lane and avalanche roses for the vintage feel with sea holly brought in to tie in with Andrew’s Scottish heritage. I had photographs of our grandparents pinned onto my bouquet , and I carried a photograph of my Aunt who recently passed away so that they were with us on our special day.

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We had the fabulous Top Table catering on the day and they couldn’t have been better. Annette organised the day wonderfully, ensuring every last detail was executed to perfection! I’ve had texts, phone calls and emails galore saying how wonderful they all were and that the food was amazing! They really are a brilliant team and couldn’t recommend them highly enough.

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We gave the task of organising our wedding cake to my dad, which he did very well! We just asked for a pretty, simple cake that tasted good, and it ticked the boxes! Made by 2nice2slice in Preston.

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The entertainment was really important to us as we both love a good party and wanted everyone to dance their socks off! We chose The Coolers Band and Andy Murphy DJ to entertain and they did just that! The dance floor was never empty and everyone had a fantastic time! Even uncles who normally watch from afar were up chucking some shapes…

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We’ve got a lovely 14 month old son, Thomas, so leaving him for a honeymoon wasn’t an option and we are moving to Abu Dhabi in March so we’re pretty tight on time! We did however manage to squeeze our first night away together since Thomas was born and we went to The Mere Hotel and Spa in Knutsford.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to plan your morning so you’re all made up and hair done a good hour before you have to leave. The last moments before you walk down the aisle are so precious and you need time to treasure them with those that mean the most around you (and if you’ve chosen your girls well, you’ll have a few tears and a bloody good laugh!) Oh, and Pinterest is fabulous for getting together lots of ideas…

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Latin Flavour! Heritage Bridal For A Real Wedding At Nunsmere Hall Hotel – Luciana & Mike

June 14th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I just couldn’t sign off for the week without sharing one last beautiful Real Wedding with you – this one sent to me by fantastic Brides Up North Featured Supplier Jonny Draper Photographer and bride and groom Luciana and Mike.  The couple added lots of personal touches at this stunning Cheshire venue to bring some authentic Brazilian spirit to their big day.

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Luciana says: We got engaged on 13th October 2012.  We rented a beautiful cottage in Snowdonia with a group of 10 friends to celebrate a 30th anniversary of one of our friends. Because we would be all together, we decided to do a pre Christmas Dinner, because I am Brazilian and I wasn’t going to spend Christmas in the UK.  Mike asked me after the dinner in front of everybody.

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We were married on 3rd May 2013 at Nunsmere Hall Hotel, in Cheshire.  My mother in law used to have a hotel in Cheshire, and the venue that we chose was the local competitor of her hotel. When we started to look for places, she mentioned Nunsmere and it was love at the first sight and exactly what I was dreaming of. 

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I wanted a high neck dress with short sleeves, but it was really difficult to find exactly what I was looking for, until I got to Emma Draper’s shop, Love Bridal Boutique in Altrincham. First I fell in love with a lace jacket from Mia Mia, and then I chose a lace dress from Heritage Bridal. Then I asked to Emma add the jacket to the dress.

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I decided to do something different with the bridesmaids’ dresses.  I had seven bridesmaids, so I chose seven pastel shades (Lavender, Nude, Yellow, Pink, Orange, Green, Grey). Then I made a raffle to choose what colour would go to each girl. I said that I wanted a long dress, but I gave them freedom to choose the shape of the dress as they liked.

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I carried a lavender bouquet and the bridesmaids carried freesia bouquets by The Green Room. 

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My favourite part of the day was when I entered the ceremony room and I saw Mike looking at me. I was also blown away by the number of family and friends that came from Brazil just for the wedding.

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After the ceremony Carlton Ensemble string quartet played in the garden. 

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Our invitations and on the day stationery were by Emma Jo. 

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The cake was from Slattery. The cake had three tiers: the bottom of chocolate, the middle vanilla with strawberry jam and the top fruit.

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We added our own flavour to the day by giving everyone a pair of Havaianas flip flops and I brought some props from Brazil (funny sunglasses, moustaches, funny fascinators), and we bought 100 sky lanterns to set off during the sunset.

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We have two entertainers: A Samba School called Sambaman and a DJ called Russ Cooper who came across from Dubai.

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We haven’t gone on honeymoon yet but we will go to South Africa and Mauritius in January.

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DIARY DATE: Battle Of The Wedding Bands At The Baltic Centre For Contemporary Art

May 21st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Well, good evening everyone!  I’m a little late for today’s opening post aren’t I?  Well, I’ll be honest with you, sometimes even the most enthusiastic blogger needs some down time.

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The last week or so has been an utter whirlwind here at Brides Up North HQ.  Two fabulous Brides Up North Wedding Exhibitions at two very different locations (I can’t quite believe our beautiful event at Thorp Perrow was only just over a week ago – that is madness, madness I tell you!), all the prep that goes with it, a handful of freelance deadlines, signing the contracts on some amazing new venues for our shows – more news soon – a full wedding blog schedule and a flying visit to the Smoke for White Gallery London.

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Sometimes, you just have to hit the stop button.  After a day away from my little daughter (I left for London at 5am yesterday morning and fell into bed last night at 1:30am) baby cuddles were my absolute priority.  The two of us have spent the most blissful day snuggling up and I feel relaxed and recharged.

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I did think about taking the whole day off, but writing is my thing, and it feels strange not to check in with a few lines whilst the little one naps, so I thought I would break silence to remind you about a date for your diaries this coming Thursday.

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My colleagues and Featured Suppliers AMV Live Music are hosting another of their brilliant Battle Of The Wedding Bands evenings at The Baltic Centre For Contemporary Art, Newcastle Upon Tyne on Thursday 23rd May 2013 from 7pm.  These events are so good that I am happy to put my branding on them in support (and I hardly ever do that without complete control) .

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I can’t be there on Thursday (see nine week old baby excuse above), but having seen how these evenings go down first hand, I know that you are going to have an absolutely rocking night out, cut through the confusion of choosing a wedding band and come away knowing that your big day entertainment is going to be the utter business. 

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Basically, just a great night out that’s useful too.  How often can you say that?

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To book a place on the guest list call Fresh Element on 0191 440 4949 and for more information on the bands visit AMV Live Music or call then on 0191 372  9731.

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The Editorials: Maids In Heaven In Wedding Magazine

May 14th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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The Editorials is a series bringing the offline bridal freelance writing that I do on a monthly basis for numerous glossy magazines (both National and regional) online. 

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Although the blog has been whirring away as usual these last eight weeks, with a small baby it’s harder to get to the shops – so my lovely friends at Wedding Magazine have just sent me a job lot of glossies to catch up on.  Today, we visit their April/ May issue, and my column about keeping your team on side.  After all, you want some friends at the end of it all, don’tcha?

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I wrote: These days, bridesmaid duty doesn’t have to equal sartorial disaster. There are plenty of options out there for dressing your best girls and still staying friends at the end of it all. Not a hoop skirt or Little Bo Peep impersonator in sight, unless you are being intentionally ironic!

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Whilst a strong vintage, alternative or high glamour focus might demand a certain look, there’s nothing worse than overstepping the mark between theming and fancy dress. Once you’ve chosen your own dress, the best bet is a set of bridesmaid frocks that will flatter and contrast with your own styling and suit your chosen venue. And when it comes to adhering to a chosen dress code, the bridal party always should lead by example.

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Be fair. If you wouldn’t be seen dead in it, why should your best mate? Do show some consideration of their shape, size and usual style. Do they all have to wear exactly the same? Equally, remember that your guests do know you, and how tall you are. Forcing your girls into unflattering flats or sky high heels when they would rather be wearing the opposite is just cruel, and discourages dancing. That’s never a good thing.

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Don’t feel pressured to buy for your bridesmaids in the same boutique as your wedding gown. Whilst this can be advantageous in terms of ease and pricing, there is no need to narrow your options if you want to look elsewhere. Gems can be found in independent fashion boutiques, online, via the big name bridal houses and never, ever rule out the Great British High Street.

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