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love & laughter. mori lee for a blush pink wedding at ashfield house – debbie & darran

November 14th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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Today’s wedding is a stunning example of how a wedding can be both lavish and relaxed.

Working around an elegant blush pink and dove grey colour scheme, Debbie and Darran went all out with the wedding styling choosing striking floral decorations and an abundance of candles to enhance their already stunning venue.

The wedding party looked extra glam too, with the bridesmaids in shimmering grey dresses and Debbie in a stunning fish-tail style gown.

Keen not to overdo the formalities though, the bride and groom opted for relaxed bowl-food style dining, lots of sweet treats and enjoyable live entertainment. A winning combination we say!

With images by Jonny Draper Photography.

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debbie says: Our love story began on 25th February 2012. Darran and I had known each other for over ten years, our youngest children went through school together. We had both become single and Darran took the opportunity to ask me to go for a drink with him. Little did I know that 1,527 days later he would become my husband.

We officially got engaged on Sunday 22nd February 2015, Darran got down on one knee on the Sunday morning not long after we had woken up, and he was wearing just his undies! So romantic.  The following day we had a surprise 40th lunch to attend. After we left the lunch I suggested we take a drive over to Ashfield House, unbeknown to him I had secretly popped in their six months previously to pick up a brochure. We rocked up unannounced on the off chance that we could get a proper look around. Fortunately for us Katie Street was more than accommodating. From the moment I walked through Ashfield’s front door I knew that this was where I wanted to get married.

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To get the ball rolling we made an appointment for the following Saturday to visit Prestons of Bolton to pick out my engagement ring. We had an amazing experience at Preston’s of Bolton, being served with Veuve Clicquot champagne whilst we looked at various diamonds. I had pretty much made up my mind beforehand that I would like a pear cut solitaire, as Darran had bought me pear cut earrings a few years previously.

We set the date of the wedding for Sunday 1st May 2016. We knew that by picking a bank holiday weekend that it would give our travelling guests the opportunity to make a full weekend of it.

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Ashfield House was such a perfect venue for the wedding. The building, in our opinion, is stunning with so much character and history. We loved the bright airy feel to the recently revamped Langtree Suite, which is where our ceremony took place.

The grounds at Ashfield House are simply stunning too. Unfortunately for us the weather was wet and temperamental, and although we did manage to get outside to get some fantastic shots, the fact that there are so many places inside for your photographer to shoot some cool original shots is a massive bonus. We also loved the fact that Ashfield House is an exclusive wedding venue Monday to Saturday. On a Sunday they do serve Sunday lunch. This didn’t cause us any problems though as we knew that the lunchtime guests would have left by the time our ceremony took place.

The icing on the cake was that Ashfield House has 15 ensuite rooms with a handful of suites that are competitively priced. This meant that our travelling guests had the beauty of staying over at the wedding venue too.

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in full bloom. stewart parvin for a spring wedding at statham lodge – laura & mike

August 30th, 2016 | Julia Braime

A Spring Wedding at Statham Lodge (c) Jonny Draper Photography (62)

Spring has official sprung in today’s real wedding, which features beautiful blooms in abundance!

Centring the styling of their wedding round their favourite season, Laura and Mike went to town on sensational spring arrangements with their centrepieces among the most impressive we have ever seen!

We love the fresh, pretty colour scheme that brings the whole look together and have to mention Laura’s gorgeous long-sleeved lace detailed dress – just stunning!

With images by Jonny Draper Photography.

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laura says: We got engaged at the summit of Win Hill in the Peak District on my birthday, October 13th 2014. Mike had planned a romantic walk and picnic, but the weather turned and it became a battle against the autumn elements. Despite this, we had the most beautiful views into Ladybower and Hope. Mike produced a diamond ring after the picnic, but lost his composure and forgot to actually ask me ‘the question’…or even get down on one knee. After a few minutes of awkward suspense, Mike managed to ask me and I said yes.

When we first met, we discovered our mutual love for the outdoors. We would always plan days together out walking, cycling or running. Spring is our favourite time of year when the days get longer and we start to plan our summer days out. So for us, it was always going to be a spring wedding. We chose the spring bank holiday weekend to allow our guests a much-needed day off before heading back to work after the wedding.

A Spring Wedding at Statham Lodge (c) Jonny Draper Photography (94)

A Spring Wedding at Statham Lodge (c) Jonny Draper Photography (93)

We made a big move together over the Pennines from Leeds to Manchester for work and family reasons in 2014. We decided to live in Lymm for its easy access to open countryside, canal paths and woodland. We fell in love with the area and plan to lay down our roots and start a family here so it seemed right to marry in the area too. We had our ceremony at St Peter’s, our local church in Oughtrington, which sit sits rather majestically on the Cheshire skyline in Lymm. We always wanted a church wedding, as we believe it adds real meaning to our vows and to our marriage as a whole.

For the reception we chose Statham Lodge, a large Georgian country house near Lymm. We chose it following a meeting with their wedding coordinator, Andy Ball. He impressed us with his professionalism and warmness and we immediately entrusted him with our big day with no reservations.

A Spring Wedding at Statham Lodge (c) Jonny Draper Photography (71)

Our theme was simplistic, in that the majority of the work was done by the beautiful spring scenery and weather on the day. Our flowers, decorations and outfits were chosen to complement the theme of the spring outdoors.

We chose a sky blue and lemon colour scheme with the aim of recreating a scene of daffodils, tulips and daises on a crisp sunny blue sky.

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double mint. mori lee for a summery wedding in the north west – gill & craig

November 23rd, 2015 | Rachel Parry

A Summer Wedding in the North West (c) Suzy Wimbourne Photography (15)

Our second helping of real wedding inspiration today comes in the form of Gill and Craig’s colourful summer wedding that took place at West Tower in Aughton.

Cue outdoor ‘I dos’, bright bridesmaid dresses and origami bouquets!

With images by Suzy Wimbourne Photography.

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craig says: We got engaged on 12th May 2014, at our favourite restaurant in Costa Teguise Lanzarote. Some of my family were on holiday there as well as two of our friends. I arranged for the rest of the gang to follow down to the restaurant half-an-hour later than Gill and I got there. I got down on one knee in the terrace area, then the rest of our group arrived at the restaurant where we had a celebratory meal. It was the most nerve wracking day of my life!

jill says: Our wedding day was on 4th September 2015. We knew we wanted a Friday wedding in September so when we contacted the venue and the 4th was available, we jumped at it.

A Summer Wedding in the North West (c) Suzy Wimbourne Photography (10)

We got married at West Tower in Aughton, Lancashire, which is the village I grew up in. West Tower was the second venue that we viewed and we both knew as soon as we saw it that our search was over due to its stunning grounds and intimate feel.

We didn’t have a theme but decided we wanted the wedding to be light and summery and so chose to incorporate pastel colours, which worked well with the venue. After a lot of Pinterest research we settled on mint green and coral.

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Bird Of Prey: A Styled Bridal Shoot In The North West By Fable & Promise

May 20th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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As you’ll have seen from this morning’s post, today I am dashing around the capital filling my boots with bridal design pretty at White Gallery London.  I am so excited to check out what my old favourites have in store and discover some new talents as the designers unveil their new collections to the trade and press.

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One designer that I am keen to meet is controversial British fashion designer Jess Eaton who will unveil new pieces from her Roadkill Couture collection, designed exclusively for White Gallery. 

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EatonNott Roadkill Couture at White Gallery London by Chris Dadey
EatonNott Roadkill Couture at White Gallery London by Christopher Dadey

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Eaton’s collections, Roadkill Couture & Roadkill Couture II, challenge everything we feel about the use of animals in fashion. The designs are meant to celebrate the raw beauty that surrounds us every day in the natural world by creating beautiful bespoke pieces from the most unlikely of places.  My own jury is still out on these designs and the ethos behind them (hovering around somewhat-freaked-out right now) but with ever the open mind, I’ll let you know my thoughts once I have seen the pieces in real life.

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This afternoon I leave you with a styled bridal shoot which also has an animalistic edge, sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Charlotte of Fable & Promise Wedding Dress Company Ltd.  This team’s shoots (whether showing off their own designs or the brands that they stock) are certainly never boring, and it’s a pleasure to feature them and their feathered friends on the wedding blog today.

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Click here (Urban Rockabilly) and here (Lady Of The Lake) to see previous shoots from the team. 

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And as a special treat for Brides Up North readers, at the moment when you visit the Fable & Promise website you will find a very offer there just for you – click here to see what it is!

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Charlotte of Fable & Promise says:  I have a fear of birds; completely irrational and entirely illogical, so quite how that little fact was overlooked when we were arranging this shoot is testament to the excitement that overtook us all in the preparations. The inspiration simply took over… and we’re not disappointed.

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The first kernel of an idea came with the delivery of our 2013 San Patrick collection in September last year. The Arosa gown  is completely breath-taking and we knew instantly that we needed to showcase it. The unique details of this dress are what led us to search out a snowy owl… the purest white feathers on the bodice, along with the magnificent tissue organza skirt that is simply crying out to be the centre of attention.

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We are massive advocates of the San Patrick brand which is part of the Pronovias fashion house. With the delivery of twenty new dresses we couldn’t wait to show them off and quickly chose two others from the collection to promote alongside Arosa.  Arrecife with its subtle sweetheart neckline, nipped in waist and swathes of Spanish tulle and Refran, a stunning figure hugging silk taffeta fishtail with gorgeous beading detail.

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Arosa’s unassuming white feathers have a lot to answer for. It was while discussing the idea with Kerry Baker MUA that the idea of using birds of prey in a bridal photo-shoot really came into its own. We knew we had to find something unconventional, and Richard, head falconer from Cuerden Valley Birds of Prey didn’t disappoint! To accompany our human models we had a range of hawks, falcons and owls including Angel, a striking male barn owl trained to carry wedding rings and Tundra, a beautiful snowy owl (think Hedwig from Harry Potter).

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We had also seen pictures of the stunning Tithe Barn at Browsholme Hall in Clitheroe and knew this would be the ideal setting. Built in the late 17C, the historic farm buildings have undergone a ¾ million restoration, carefully preserving their original appearance, whilst creating a new and unique wedding venue. The traditional features in the Tithe Bran such as the flagstone floors and oak timber created a fantastic dramatic backdrop for our shoot and also gave us the opportunity to get creative and really express our more theatrical tendencies.

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It was an absolute pleasure working with Rebecca, the wedding coordinator at Browsholme Hall; “I was initially a little nervous about taking a photo shoot booking as I didn’t know the team involved. Once I had spoken with Charlotte my mind was completely put at rest, I was assured of a seamless and professional day from all involved, I have to say that any doubts were totally blown away once the shoot got underway. All the team knew exactly what they wanted from the day and how it should be achieved, the looks varied so much from beautiful and traditional to the strong, striking yet slightly alternative images, Charlotte, Kerry and Duncan pulled it together fabulously!”

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You should know by now that there is more to Fable & Promise than our contemporary bridal collections. We were completely inspired by the Gothic atmosphere of the Browsholme Hall Tithe Barn and knowing that Cuerden Birds of Prey also had Vultures and Eagles the possibility of using these magnificent birds of prey allowed us to run wild and also create three utterly dark and dramatic wedding dresses. Taking inspiration from the San Patrick dresses we created three complimentary yet completely contrasting gothic wedding dresses, similar in silhouette yet entirely original.

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With the change in aesthetic we also welcomed a dramatic black vulture named Dennis, and Iona, a stunning golden eagle for real wow factor! Richard and his team provided the models with expert training on how to handle the birds and were present to ensure the welfare and safety of the birds throughout the shoot… I have to say that although my fear of birds is quite acute, the expert handling meant that this didn’t affect the day. And I have to admit that there is something about birds of prey that demands you pay attention.

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CMY Productions for Fable & Promise Wedding Dress Company Ltd

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We worked with Kerry Baker as our makeup artist and Duncan Fisher of L’Hairport was our hair stylist for the shoot. “Together we planned two very contrasting looks to compliment the beautiful designer and bespoke Legend gowns. For this shoot the hair and make-up needed to be versatile enough so that we could cover the two looks in one afternoon. So to start with, the models hair was fashioned into soft, lustrous curls which were elegantly pinned up and styled using stylish tiaras and combs.”

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“For make-up, I used a romantic palette of pink, champagne and taupe on the models eyes, a delicate peach blush on cheeks and silky nude tones on lips. It was important to keep the look a little more traditional in order to contrast with the second look which was dripping in gothic drama. With just an hour to transform the three models, Duncan and I shook off convention and allowed our wild sides out! Duncan tousled, backcombed and sprayed hair into feral, untamed, glossy manes and accessorised with feathers and bespoke accessories. To complement the hair, I applied layers of smoky charcoal and black to the eyes complete with dramatic false lashes for full impact. Lips were coated in glossy reds and burgundies while cheeks were chiselled using shades of deep rose and raspberry.”

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CMY Productions for Fable & Promise Wedding Dress Company Ltd

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We had such fun on the day; our models Sadie, Stacey and Sam were all amazing and I want to thank everyone that helped create this shoot. Even being surrounded by magnificent birds of prey the day was almost effortless and I just love the results.

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Little Black Book:

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Dresses – Fable & Promise Wedding Company Ltd

Makeup – Kerry Baker MUA

Hair – L’Hairport by Duncan Fisher

Birds of Prey – Cuerden Valley Birds of Prey

Venue – Browsholme Hall

Photography – CMY Productions

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 CMY Productions

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