February 10th, 2017 | Rachel Parry
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We’re seeing lots of exciting bridesmaid trends coming up in 2017, which means that come the big day, your leading ladies can be looking as stylish as you (well, almost!).
This afternoon we’re putting the blog in the safe hands of our guest writer, the lovely Izzy Hicks of our media partner, Love Our Wedding Magazine, to tell us about the top bridesmaid trends for the year ahead.
Izzy says: Floral wedding gowns were popular in designers’ 2016 collections, so it’s no surprise that bridesmaids are jumping on the bandwagon too with stunning flower print dresses. This trend can be worn a few different ways: in different colours for a cute vintage vibe, in different lengths but a matching print for an updated take on mix and match maids, or with just the maid of honour in floral print to make her really stand out! A top label for floral prints this season is Allure.
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One of our favourite bridesmaid trends this year is sequins! Luckily for magpie brides, this trend is appearing in more and more 2017 bridesmaid collections, meaning they can pick sparkling gowns in a number of different styles and colours. Try full-length sequins for Jessica Rabbit glam, mixed metallics for an Instagram-worthy bridal party or sequin tops with chiffon or tulle skirts for just a hint of sparkle.
Look to Christina Wu Celebration for some dazzling options.
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Another bridesmaid trend taken from bridal is the separates. Instead of dresses, designers are including separate tops and skirts (or even trousers!) in their bridesmaid collections so that brides can mix and match styles for their maids. Not only does this mean that you can change up the styles depending on your bridesmaids’ preferences and body shapes, but they’re more likely to be able to wear the separate pieces again. We especially love this look combined with an on-trend crop top, perfect for boho or destination weddings. Our favourite label for separates this season is Kelsey Rose.
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With more brides opting for 1950s-inspired tea-length wedding dresses, 2017 will be the year to have matching bridesmaids. Tea-length tulle gowns look cute on young bridesmaids and elegant on adult maids, and make the perfect choice for a vintage-inspired wedding theme. Add brightly-coloured petticoats for a fun retro twist! Special Day Ireland has some stunning tea-length tulle examples in its collection.
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This pretty detail updates a classic bridesmaid dress and brings it right into 2017. The cold shoulder silhouette is the ideal way to balance coverage with just a little skin showing, and flatters bridesmaids of all shapes and sizes. Wear it in pastel colours for a dreamy, summer boho vibe, or switch it up for winter with rich jewel shades. A great label for this look is Jasmine B2.
November 21st, 2016 | Laura McDonagh
Today’s real wedding made everyone here at Brides Up North go weak at the knees. First, there was the romantic New York proposal story. Then we got a glimpse of the stunning blush, gold and ivory detailing. And then we saw the photographs of Louise’s backless fishtail Berta Bridal gown.
So. Insanely. Beautiful.
With images by Jonny Draper Photography.
louise says: Glen and I got engaged in New York in December 2013. We’d just enjoyed a horse and cart ride around Central Park before we were due to go for a meal at the Rockerfeller Centre. After the horse and cart ride had finished Glen got down on one knee and proposed. I think it’s safe to say that neither of us will forget that day!
Our wedding date was Sunday 29th May 2016. We chose the date as it was the bank holiday weekend and May is usually a really sunny month – and fortunately for us, it was!
Our venue was Styal Lodge in Cheshire. We chose our venue as it was local, but it’s also one of the most beautiful venues in Cheshire. Lucky us!
There was no theme to the wedding as such, but we did choose to name our tables after our favourite Manchester United and Liverpool players. Glen is from Liverpool and I’m from Manchester and it added a fun touch to the day.
We chose blush, ivory and gold for our colour scheme. We thought it looked simple, but beautiful and elegant.
My wedding dress was the real star of the show. It was by designer Berta Bridal and purchased from The Wedding Club in Knightsbridge, London. It was a backless, fishtail style with lace detail. It was truly exquisite. It even sparkled in the sunlight!
Glen wore a navy blue and black tuxedo with black velvet bow tie from Moss Bros.
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July 12th, 2016 | Julia Braime
This morning we’re heading to the North East to relive the stunning wedding day of Lerina and Joelif.
Having fallen head over heels for The Grand Hotel in Tynemouth, Brides Up North reader Lerina set about organising a fun and fancy wedding in just six months! Certainly no mean feat but she pulled it off perfectly with a big day full of smiles, tears and laughter, as well as lots of pretty hearts and flowers. Who run the world? Girls!
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Paul Liddement Photography.
lerina says: We got engaged the day after my birthday last year. Joelif decided that we should have a wonder into Tynemouth, where we live, for some food. We went down to Riley’s Fish Shack which is on King Edwards’s beach. It was a lovely bright, crisp afternoon. We had a hot chocolate and fresh grilled lobster salad whilst we sat overlooking the beach. When we finished, we walked back up the stairs from the beach when Joelif suddenly stopped and got down on one knee and produced a red ring box. He opened it and there was the biggest diamond ring inside. My jaw almost hit the round. He asked if I would marry him and I instantly said yes. He put the ring on my finger then was quick to tell me it wasn’t a real diamond, he’d decided that we could go ring shopping together as he knows I’m fussy with jewellery. After that we went to one of our favourite bars and sat outside in the sun drinking champagne to celebrate. I then called my family to tell them the exciting news! Just over a month later we had our engagement party at a local bar/bistro called The Sandpiper. It was a fantastic night.
Our wedding date was 7th May 2016, exactly 15-and-a-half years to the exact date that we first got together.
We got married at The Grand Hotel in Tynemouth, which is just a five-minute drive from our house. The Grand was the last venue we looked at as we had been guests at a number of our friends’ wedding there and didn’t think it would feel special if we held our own wedding there. However on the day that we attended an open event there we instantly felt excited about it. The venue had been refurbished since we had last been. It was so much brighter and fresher and had new furniture in the bar area. The ceremony room looked stunning, so classy and exactly what we wanted. When we went up the grand stairs to the main room where the wedding breakfast takes place, it over looks Tynemouth Longsands beach and it just took our breath away. Instantly we knew that we had found our venue. We thought we would enquire about availability or late summer 2016, however the latest summer date was 7th May so we immediately went for it and paid the deposit. This gave us just six months to plan everything.
We wanted the style of the wedding to reflect the venue, which is grand, classy and romantic, but at the same time, we wanted the wedding to be fun and relaxed to match our personalities as a couple.
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April 27th, 2016 | Julia Braime
What we love most about today’s real wedding is the expressions of happiness, excitement and joy on the faces of the bride and groom – and their (200 plus!) guests.
A wedding day, of course, involves some very serious commitments, but we think it should also be a fun occasion filled with laughter, love and emotions, which Emily and David’s big day certainly was.
From their traditional ceremony and breakfast to their ‘party style’ evening reception, it’s clear to see that everyone is having an amazing time! Throw in the fabulous styling, attire and venue and you’ve got one pretty perfect wedding!
With images by brilliant Brides Up North Sponsor Lee Brown Photography.
emily says: We got engaged on 19th April 2014, in New York City. David had arranged a private experience for us in our hotel’s rooftop bar that overlooked Times Square. To keep the surprise, David had told me that we had won this in a Facebook competition, but of course it was all a set up!
Our wedding was on Sunday 29th November 2015. As we had a Jewish wedding, this impacted the days of the week that were open to us and explains why we chose a Sunday. We decided on a winter wedding because David’s profession means that he is particularly busy with work in the summer months and also because we felt that our venue looked that little bit more magical in the winter.
We got married at Crewe Hall. We chose the venue because it was perfect for us. We loved that it had the traditional ‘Downton Abbey’ part of the building but also had a modern wing to the hotel. This meant that we were able to have a picturesque wedding ceremony and breakfast in the older parts of the hotel and then move to the modern part for the reception.
We had a reform Jewish wedding. This meant that we had tisch and bedeken ceremonies before the wedding ceremony. Our wedding ceremony was officiated by a Rabbi and took place under a Chuppah. We also took part in some traditional Israeli dancing in the evening.
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January 12th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
This afternoon on the blog we’re bringing you another glorious helping of real wedding inspiration in the form of Natalie and Richard’s beautiful big day at Middleton Hall.
To match the fine setting, bride Natalie came up with a simple and elegant theme comprising of romantic candlelight and white and green blooms.
The style stakes were kept high in terms of attire too, with Natalie looking picture perfect in a lace Pronovias gown and Richard a dapper groom in a textured navy suit and dicky bow!
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Jamie Penfold Photography.
natalie says: We got engaged at the top of a rock in Monserrat, Barcelona, on 29th September 2013. It was a really beautiful day!
Our wedding took place on 3rd October 2015, at Middleton Hall in Belford, Northumberland. We loved how elegant Middleton Hall was and that we could have the venue for the weekend with our friends and family being able to stay for the duration. It was perfect.
We didn’t have a theme as such, but we just knew that we wanted an elegant and chic wedding with plenty of candles and all white flowers with some green foliage. As such, we went for a simple white colour scheme with mint and pale green touches.
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April 28th, 2015 | Julia Braime
If there’s one thing we love here at Brides Up North HQ it’s a wedding brimming with elegance, exactly how James and Danielle’s big day that we’re sharing with you today did.
Keen to let the beauty of their local church and the gorgeous Hassop Hall speak for themselves, the couple decided to keep the décor simple with regal sage green accents, enchanting blooms and little vintage touches.
With images by James Stewart Photography.
danielle says: We got engaged at home on Christmas Day after six-and-a-half years together. We were married on August 16th 2013, which we chose as it was our eighth anniversary.
Our ceremony was at Christ Church in Dore, Sheffield. We were both keen to have a religious ceremony at our local church. Our reception was then at Hassop Hall, Derbyshire. We chose this venue because several family members had also held their wedding receptions there and the service had been impeccable on every occasion.
For the theme we went for simple and traditional with a few vintage touches added in along the way. We felt that both the church and Hassop Hall were already so beautiful that we just wanted to enhance, rather than overpower, their beauty. We had a dark sage green colour scheme with cream and pink flowers.
I chose a beautiful ivory lace Justin Alexander dress from Blissful Daze in Sheffield. I had an idea of the style of dress that I wanted but this changed as soon as I started trying dresses on and realised what really suited me.
James wore traditional morning dress with a sage green cravat. The suit was hired from a local tailor and I had the cravat made using the same fabric as the bridesmaids’ dresses.
The eldest two bridesmaids wore sage green Kelsey Rose dresses which were also from Blissful Daze. My youngest bridesmaid wore an ivory dress purchased from John Lewis with a sage green sash made from the Kelsey Rose dress fabric. The groomsmen wore traditional morning dress from a local tailor with a cream cravat, with the best man wearing the same colour cravat as James.
To transport us on the day we hired lovely vintage cars from Legends Wedding Services in Sheffield.
Our photographer was James Stewart. He stayed with us all day until after the first dance. I would highly recommend him as his images captured the day beautifully and his style is relaxed rather than posed.
I carried a bouquet of pink and cream flowers provided by Sophie Fletcher of Beau Blossom, Derbyshire, which I loved. Talented Sophie also provided the bridesmaid bouquets, corsages, floral archway at the church, pew ends, confetti and candelabras.
Rebecca Jones of Ever After Designs, Rotherham made all of our wedding stationery and she did a fantastic job. For our wedding favours we decided to make a donation to Cancer Research UK. They provided personalised favour cards and pin badges for our guests.
Our cake was a traditional four-tier ivory wedding cake. The bottom tier was covered in ivory roses, rose buds, and blossoms with pearl centres. The second tier contained ivory stripes, the third tier a brush embroidery rose pattern and small pearls. Finally, the top tier was plain with a dome of 3D-iced roses on top. The lovely creation was made by Rachel Edwards, based in Sheffield.
We chose a pianist to play at our reception while guests enjoyed drinks and canapés on the lawn. We then opted for a singer called Mickey Fordola and a DJ for the evening. We decided that a mixture of live music and a DJ would suit the different tastes of all of our guests and it worked out really well.
As a special touch on the day we placed a photo of my Grandma and Grandad’s wedding day on the piano in the entrance hall at Hassop Hall. My Grandad passed away several years ago and the photograph was a way to ensure that he was with us on our big day. We also asked the pianist to play Wind Beneath My Wings as this was my Grandad’s favourite song.
We would absolutely recommend our wedding venue to other couples! Hassop Hall is beautiful and the staff and service are superb!
The whole day was perfect to us meaning that we couldn’t possibly choose a favourite part.
After the wedding for our honeymoon we toured around Italy visiting Pisa, Florence, Venice, Chianti and a Lake Garda. We had an amazing time and can’t wait to return in the future!
My top tip to other Brides Up North is – be as organised as possible! I planned everything meticulously and consequently the day ran smoothly.
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