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Tea For Two. A 1940s Wedding Inspiration Shoot At Denton Hall, Ilkley

July 16th, 2014 | Julia Braime

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

Its a pretty pop of nostalgia and romance at one of my very favourite venues this afternoon on the blog.

Brides Up North Featured Supplier Sarah of Leafy Couture got in touch to tell me about an authentic little bridal shoot that took place earlier this summer at Denton Hall in Ilkley.  With original 1940s bridal attire and military uniforms, a stunning setting and some carefully classic styling, I couldn’t help but share.

With images by Suzy Mitchell Photography.

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

Suzy says: Quite some time ago make up artist  Annabel Bailey and I discussed collaborating on a styled shoot – our ideas went through different incarnations but in the end, after a trip to Glory Days Vintage in York and chatting to Hayley the owner, we decided upon a late 1940′s bridal shoot. 

We certainly had some fun with it, not least because Annabel’s Grandfather had fought in the Second World War and she had access to the collection of his uniforms!

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

Denton Hall was the perfect choice as a backdrop to our shoot. It is a fabulous example of Georgian architecture, set in 2,500 acres of parkland and landscaped gardens. All of us have come to know Hannah Bairstow at Denton Hall over the years and she so kindly facilitated our use of the Hall, helping everything to run smoothly.

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

The lace wedding dress, veil and pink dress all came from Glory Days Vintage in York; Annabel and I drove over to York on a hot sunny day in June and had the best time with Hayley choosing props and clothing for the shoot. Her boutique is full of vintage finds and so worth a visit if you are looking for a vintage wedding dress.

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

Our friend Sarah Richardson of Leafy Couture in Otley produced a delicate bouquet with a flavour of the era and table arrangements to match the style of the shoot.

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

Our great friends at Iain Henderson Designs, makers of bespoke handmade engagement and wedding rings supplied the wedding rings and Barry Nuttall of Classic Wedding Car Hire in Skipton had just the perfect car.

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

Beth, owner of By Betty, provided fabulous hats to match the vintage dresses for the tea party which took place inside the Hall (as opposed to on the lawn as planned) due to the inclement weather. The dresses and hats complimented each other so well.

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

You might have thought that early June would have brought beautiful sunny weather! It was sun all the way in the early morning but by the time shooting began we were soaked! The rain meant that we couldn’t shoot as extensively as we would have wished but the light was fantastic. A special thanks to Nicole and Alex our models and also to my dear friend Andrea Pickering for her invaluable assistance in getting through the shots in a short space of time due to the antics of the weather.

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

Little Black Book

Images: Suzy Mitchell Photography

Venue: Denton Hall

Gowns: Glory Days Vintage

Hats: By Betty

Wedding Rings: Iain Henderson Designs

Styling & Props: Rose Pink Vintage

Bouquet: Leafy Couture

Stationery & Calligraphy: Claire Gould at The English Wedding Blog

Hair: Hannah D’Ath

Make Up: Annabel Bailey

Car: Classic Wedding Car Hire Skipton

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2014 Suzy Mitchell Photography

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Ready For my Close Up.

April 28th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Ready For My Close Up

Jenny Packham, Suzanne Neville, Maggie Sottero, Anoushka G, Claire Pettibone… I think I’ve died and gone to wedding dress heaven.  Brides Up North HQ is currently full of tulle and sequins, glitter and sparkle, as we prepare for a very special Brides Up North shoot – on location – tomorrow.

When we do things at Brides Up North, we don’t like to do them by halves.  That’s why I’ve pulled together the most fabulous team of wedding industry professionals to concoct a contemporary and glamorous peep behind the scenes here at Brides Up North HQ, with fantastical frocks, beautiful blooms, sensational styling elements and ideas that you will be able to borrow for your very own wedding day. 

I’ll be ‘out of the office"’ all day, so keep track of the Brides Up North Twitter and Facebook feeds for sneaky peeks at the action as it unfolds. 

With creative assistance and input from the likes of Brides Up North Featured Suppliers and friends Cat Hepple Photography, Leafy Couture, JB Creatives, Silver Sixpence Films, Flutter, Victoria Farr, Pamella Dunn, The White Room Sheffield, The Harrogate Wedding Lounge, Dine, Marie Antoinette Cakes and more, I’m raring to get started and SO ready for my close up. 

Watch these (soon to be even prettier) pages for the results soon. 

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THIS SUNDAY! It’s The Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition At Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire

September 13th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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It’s safe to say that Brides Up North’s luxury wedding exhibition season is in full swing!  With two fantastic North East events already under our belts and over 2,000 people past our registration desk (hello lovelies!), it’s time we visited Yorkshire. 

We do like to start as we mean to go on – with the very best exhibitors at the very best venues – and where better than the glorious state rooms of the absolutely knock em’ dead venue that is Allerton Castle?  It’s all going on THIS SUNDAY 15th September 2013 from 12pm till 4pm, and it’s completely free. 

Allerton Castle Autumn 2013

One of my very favourite events in our entire calendar, the Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Allerton Castle really is that – pure luxury.  Even if you’ve already booked your wedding venue, come along to meet and seek inspiration from the region’s very finest wedding industry suppliers.  Trust me, you will not be disappointed!

Come and see this spectacular venue dressed to the nines: meet the Dine wedding planners and their award winning catering teams, have a good look around, be amazed by our towering floral displays, sample our artisan cake creations, be dazzled by sparkling diamond wedding bands, try a vintage motor for size, pose in our photo booths, pick out some sharp suits for your wedding party, hear some of the best live music in the County, play dress up with gorgeous gowns and accessories and tick off all those last essential details.

Come along and meet Andy Hook Photography, Angel Brides , Booth Revolution , Buttercream Cupcakes, Cakes By Mitch, Cat Hepple Photography, Chris Chambers Photography, Curvy Bridal, DJB Photography, Dorchester Ledbetter Photography, Eddie Brown Tours, Exclusive Entertainments, Function 54, Harrogate Suit Company, Helen James Flowers, Iain Henderson Designs, Jill Ryder, Joshua James, Leafy Couture, Love Hair & Beauty Boutique, Patisserie Viennoise, Silk Floral Art, Simply Bows & Chair Covers, Stan Seaton Photography, Stark Film Pictures, Swing Thing Duo, The Harrogate Wedding Lounge, The Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company, Twisted Willow Floristry, Ferrensby Fireworks, Unforgettable Memories and more!

As well as all that inspiration – completely FREE – we are also giving away up to 200 FREE Bride To Be goody bags, filled with glossy magazines, on the day discounts, treats from Brides Up North, exclusive offers and some little pressies from our amazing sponsors Fenwicks York.  As demand is high, to pick up your VIP pack all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.  While stocks last only. 

To register for for speedy entry and a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be goody bag fill in your details below, marking “ALLERTON CASTLE in the subject line and quoting “VIP”.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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You can also email contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk if you do not wish to use the contact form. Welcome packs are limited and subject to availability. We operate a first come, first served policy. 

PLEASE NOTE – LEAVE YOUR STILLETTOS AT HOME!  Due to the historic nature of Allerton Castle’s wooden floor, ladies are kindly asked to wear heels no smaller than a postage stamp. Should you not bear to be parted from your Manolos, on the day heel protectors will be available for purchase from the Castle staff @ £4 per pair. 

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A Year In Bloom: A Bouquet Of Peonies, Lavender & Stocks For May

May 28th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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May

Sarah Burnhardt Peonies

Pink Ranunculus

Lavender

Viburnum Opulus

Memory Lane Roses

Lilac Stocks

Scented Eucalyptus

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It’s been a full 12 months since my friend and Featured Supplier Sarah of Yorkshire Florist Leafy Couture started sending flowers to my inbox every month, and this afternoon we conclude our Year In Bloom feature with the prettiest bouquet of them all.  A heady combination of summery scents in pretty pastel shades.  As usual, it’s bloomin’ gorgeous!

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Sarah and the Leafy Couture girls will be back to launch another regular feature here on these swirly silver pages shortly, but for now, enjoy the view!

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Sarah says:  May’s bouquet is a fabulous combination of spring and early summer flowers. The scent is gorgeous from the stocks, peonies and lavender. Scent is such a powerful thing, it can calm the nerves of a excited bride and also bring back wonderful memories of your special day.  The blooms are all billowing, perfect for a English country style wedding.

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In this bouquet we have gone for a textured, relaxed feel. A more "just picked" look with less uniformity. It would work really well with a lace dress or long elegant dress with few embellishments. It would also look great with floral bridesmaids dresses.

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Catch up on the entire Year In Bloom series by clicking here.

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Leafy Couture

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On Ilkley Moor: A Custom Made Gown & Beautiful Blooms For A Real Wedding At Denton Hall – Meredith & Leigh

April 23rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Did you catch this morning’s cute and quirky stop motion film from today’s Real Wedding?  Go catch up first by clicking here.  This afternoon we join Meredith and Leigh for the main event and full wedding feature, coordinated by Andrea of Fabulous Day and including a whole host of talented Brides Up North Featured Suppliers.  Enjoy this perfect and personal Yorkshire celebration. 

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Meredith says:  We’ve been together over 11 years and we knew we’d eventually get married – we just had to get the timing right! Last January while on holiday in Sri Lanka we went to a jeweller I had wanted to visit. While we were designing a ring for me Leigh asked, ‘Do you have any wedding-like bands that will match it?’ He then looked at me and said, ‘Well, might as well get the engagement ring and the wedding band together!’ So, not an official on- the-knee-will-you-marry-me proposal, but we were both over the moon none the less! We were officially engaged!

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(c) Gary Micklethwaite Photography

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(c) Gary Micklethwaite Photography

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We were married on March 2nd 2013 at Denton Hall, Ilkley, West Yorkshire.  We fell in love with Denton Hall instantly and knew our guests would, too! Aside from its obvious beauty and gorgeous grounds, it was ideal as we could hold the ceremony and reception all onsite – not to mention it provided enough accommodation for all of our family and friends! It was exclusively ours for the weekend and we could relax and entertain our family and friends hassle free. It was perfect.

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(c) Gary Micklethwaite Photography

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(c) Gary Micklethwaite Photography

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(c) Gary Micklethwaite Photography

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We tried to keep in mind ‘elegant, relaxed, and fun’ when planning the wedding weekend. Friday night we had a BBQ catered by Box Tree Events for all the guests as well as a ceilidh band – it set the perfect relaxed atmosphere for everyone to get to know each other as half of our guests were from the UK and the other half flew in from America. By Saturday, everyone was mingling and dancing away like they were old friends!

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For Friday night we went with colourful spring flowers, and for the actual wedding on Saturday in an attempt to pay homage to Denton Hall we chose a Georgian scheme of burgundy, light sage, charcoal, and ivory.

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(c) Gary Micklethwaite Photography

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I had my gown custom-made for me by Bridal Apparel in Rawdon. I live in Singapore and was having trouble finding a dress that I actually liked and would fit me. I had an idea in my head of what I wanted (ivory, v-neck, ruching, no bling) and it was proving fruitless in Singapore. When visiting the UK last April for one of our best men’s wedding his bride suggested Bridal Apparel as that was where she got her gown and it fit her beautifully.

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I went there the next day and I’m so happy I did. Susan and Jodie completely understood what I wanted, and even more importantly understood my shape and what would be most flattering. So, we designed my gown one afternoon and then I flew back to Singapore not to return the UK until December for a brief visit. That meant that they’d have from May to December to make my gown, I’d try it on in December, then I’d be back less than a week before my wedding for final alterations. Because I completely trusted Susan I knew the gown would be great and I wasn’t worried at all. Sure enough, it was everything I had envisioned and was hand delivered to the Bridal Suite at Denton Hall Friday night. I also got my shoes from them: simple satin pleated courts –perfect for the gown, and hired my stunning side tiara from them!

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I also had a reception dress that I changed into after the first dance; I wanted something fun and completely different from my gown! It was a white strapless chiffon short/long dress I found while visiting California in November. I wore 6 inch platforms with crystals with this dress (well, the platforms lasted about 20 minutes then I was rocking out barefoot!).

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(c) Gary Micklethwaite Photography

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Sarah from Leafy Couture is the flower whisperer! I told her I wanted ‘Simple, white, not too big, stems showing.’ She made me exactly that: a beautiful white ranunculus bouquet hand tied with ivory satin and a few accent crystals.

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(c) Gary Micklethwaite Photography

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I didn’t have any bridesmaids, but Leigh had two best men and two ushers. They all wore traditional morning suits that we hired from Bridal Apparel as well. They all looked so dapper and handsome!

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(c) Gary Micklethwaite Photography

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Our reading was ‘A Lovely Love Story’ by Edward Monkton, which is about dinosaurs. While getting ready in the Bridal Suite I was surprised to find a couple of dinosaurs –how did they mysteriously get there? After the ceremony I learned that my friend that did the reading snuck them in there as a surprise. I love that they made it into the photographs!

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(c) Gary Micklethwaite Photography

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(c) Gary Micklethwaite Photography

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I seriously couldn’t have planned and executed the wedding without Andrea Swift from Fabulous Day wedding planning. I always had complete confidence in her throughout the entire process. I even felt guilty at times as though she was doing all the work and all Leigh and I had to do was show up to a fantastic wedding!

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(c) Gary Micklethwaite Photography

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(c) Gary Micklethwaite Photography

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(c) Gary Micklethwaite Photography

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Box Tree Events took care of all the food and everyone was completely blown away not only by the quality and deliciousness of the food, but also it’s presentation as well as the professionalism of their staff. Rena and Simon Gueller and Michelle Hudson are certainly the best at what they do: Box Tree Events and Denton Hall are a match made in heaven.

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Steve and Hannah at Denton Hall were so accommodating and really made us feel at home for the weekend. Nothing was too much trouble for them.

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(c) Gary Micklethwaite Photography

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(c) Gary Micklethwaite Photography

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(c) Gary Micklethwaite Photography

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Gary Micklethwaite was our photographer. Gary and Heidi were so much fun! We love the way they were able to capture the weekend in such a natural way. We never even knew they were there –they were ninja photographers! We were amazed when we saw how gorgeous the photos turned out.

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(c) Gary Micklethwaite Photography

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(c) Gary Micklethwaite Photography

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Cornerstone Cinema looked after the videography of ceremony and speeches and stop motion of Friday night and all of Saturday. Wow, wow, wow! Gary told us about Cornerstone Cinema wanting to do a stop motion piece of a wedding and asked if we would be interested as it would be their first official stop motion piece (though they have done tons of traditional videography). As Gary was describing stop motion we grew more and more excited and exclaimed, ‘Where do we sign?!’ Needless to say, we are beyond ecstatic with the results. It really captures the love, energy, and fun of the day and we feel like we’re reliving it everything we watch it.  Click here to see the finished film.

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(c) Gary Micklethwaite Photography

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Because we had a number of guests flying in from overseas, we wanted to put together a welcome bag with local stuff for that was waiting for them in their rooms when they checked in. In a heart covered hessian bag from British Heart Foundation we included handmade chocolates from Patisserie Viennoise, Yorkshire Crisps, English Heritage Hangover Drops, a Yorkshire-English dictionary, bottled water, and umbrellas. We had the most incredible weather that weekend so they never even needed the umbrellas!

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(c) Gary Micklethwaite Photography

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Ambience Venue Styling provided the burgundy chair sashes for the ceremony and the runners for the dining room, the adorable wedding post box with our names on it, and the bay trees.

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(c) Gary Micklethwaite Photography

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Leafy Couture made my flower dreams come true. Sarah provided the most beautiful flowers and centrepieces. I was sorry that I couldn’t take any home with me on Sunday but our guests that did said they were still looking great a week later!

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Patisserie Viennoise in Otley made us the most scrumptious cake ever. It was vanilla sponge with vanilla buttercream and raspberry, and a vanilla buttercream frosting. The cake was so moist and the buttercream was so creamy! Naturally we served it Saturday night, but we also provided slices in takeaway boxes to guests as they checked out on Sunday. We also got out favours from them: handmade chocolate truffles!

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Hipswing provided The Sturdy Beggars, the ceilidh band Friday night, John King, the guitarist who played during the ceremony and drinks reception, DJ Craig for dancing the night away, the sparkling LED dance floor, and the lighting. We couldn’t have been more pleased with everything they provided and would use them again in a heartbeat.

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In the evening, we also had a caricaturist – Mick Hollinworth. We had a comfort break after dinner in the bar for about an hour and a half, and Mick was drawing caricatures of our guests the entire time. I don’t think the poor guy stopped for a single minute. He was great!

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Leigh says he doesn’t like to dance so we agreed not to do a first dance. The music had just started and my girlfriends and I were dancing. All of a sudden the DJ said something towards the extent of, ‘…the bride has no idea…’ and the next thing I knew, the floor cleared and Leigh surprised me with our first dance! Yippee!

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I have a few favourite parts of the day!  When I entered the ceremony and saw everyone’s smiling faces then I saw Leigh’s smiling face at the end of the aisle, having the dining room filled with laughter during the speeches, our first dance to ‘It Must Be Love’ by Madness, waking up Sunday morning in the Bridal Suite as husband and wife and munching on the wedding cake Andrea had left us as a surprise (we didn’t notice it on Saturday night when we got to the room)!

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After the wedding we spent a few days up in the Lake District, and then went to Tuscany for a week.

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I have two tips for other Brides Up North. The first is to hire a professional planner that you have complete confidence in, and the second is don’t forget what the whole wedding thing is about. Because of Andrea the entire wedding from planning to Sunday morning was completely stress-free and relaxed.

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I never put pressure on myself expecting the wedding weekend to be perfect without any hiccups. I adopted the mind-set of, ‘If we have family and friends, booze, food, and a registrar to marry us, nothing else matters.’ And, it’s completely true! Ironically, the weekend ended up being perfect. It was the best weekend ever and I married the love of my life. 

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Congratulations Meredith & Leigh!

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Freeze Frame: A Stop Motion Wedding Film For A Pretty Real Wedding At Denton Hall – Meredith & Leigh

April 23rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Meredith & Leigh Stop Motion Wedding from James Pearson on Vimeo.

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I’ll be back later on with all the images and details for this beautiful Real Wedding at Denton Hall, Yorkshire, coordinated by a fantastic group of Brides Up North Featured Suppliers, including Andrea from Fabulous Day, Leafy Couture and Box Tree Events, but first I wanted to share this amazing little stop motion wedding film with you. 

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Meredith, our bride, was a real fan of Brides Up North during the planning process (Hello Meredith!  We love you too!) and writes: I have to tell you how surreal and flattering it is that you are interested in my wedding! I’ve spent much of the past year oogling your website and to think you liked it makes me blush.  Now I believe that every wedding is beautiful, but when a big day is as pretty as Meredith and Leigh’s was, how could we not feature it on these pages?  Blush away Meredith!

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I usually favour images over film – and yes, we didn’t have a wedding video at our own wedding, and yes, I do hugely regret that – but wedding videography has suddenly got so snazzy and slick (see this interview with Brides Up North Featured Supplier Story Of Your Day) and this little film by Cornerstone Cinema is just so quirky and cute, I felt it would be shameful if it were lost in a larger feature. 

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Enjoy this genius little production, and watch out for those purple dragons!

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Video © 2013 Cornerstone Cinema

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A Year In Bloom: Peonies For An April Bridal Bouquet

April 18th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Is it really nearly a year that our fabulous Featured Supplier Sarah of Leafy Couture has been sending us an online bouquet and burst of floral gorgeous every month?  To me, they just keep getting lovelier and lovelier!

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You can see Leafy Couture’s blooms in full blossom this Sunday 21st April 2013 at The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Grand Wedding Exhibition at The National Railway Museum in York.  Do you have the date in your diaries? Click here for all the info and to pre-register as a VIP Bride To Be.

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In the meantime, let’s see what’s in April’s bouquet…

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Sarah says:  With the start of the sunshine and showers season I thought we would do something vibrant and seasonal this momth. The first of the peonies are starting to come through, gorgeous, scented and blowsy. I teamed them here with pink piano roses, a double rose variety with hundreds of beautiful petals, I added texture and movement using the purple clematis. Its a newcomer to the cut flower market and I can’t stop playing with it! We added Peach avalanche roses to give a contrasting colour. The bouquet was bound simply with peach ribbon. The overall feel is that of a bouquet picked from a summers garden, honeysuckle would have worked really well with the bouquet too.

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Deep vibrant dresses would work well with this colour scheme, a vibrant cerise pink bridesmaid’s dress. The shape of the bouquet would compliment most dresses.

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See more of our Year In Bloom series by clicking here.

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 JB Creatives

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A Year In Bloom – A Bouquet For March

March 14th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Hand’s up!  Who else is sick of grey and whites?  It may be this second cold snap that we’ve been having, but I’m ready for Spring to be sprang already and a pop of colour here on the wedding blog.

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Luckily, our regular green fingered contributor – Sarah of Leafy Couture – read my mind. 

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Sarah says:  March’s bouquet is a burst of spring colour, its a combination I adore with all my favourite spring flowers. The colours are a vibrant mix of blues, pinks, oranges, lime greens and purples. The scented hyacinths bring the smell of spring in to any room.

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I love this bouquet because it has a wild feel to it with the purple clematis (which is a recently new addition to the cut flower world) and all the flowers are beautiful in their own right. The anemones are stunning: such a special flower with amazing details in the centre.

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You could go for a mix of colours for your bridesmaids dresses with this bouquet, with each dress a different colour to reflect the bouquet, it would suit a variety of shades and styles.

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Reflecting the season, Spring flowers bring new starts and hope, perfect for your wedding day!

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Leafy Couture

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See more of our Year In Bloom series by clicking here.

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Leafy Couture

Leafy Couture is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, but this is not a sponsored post

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Supplier Spotlight: So Sassi Launches In Yorkshire With The Bridal Gown!

March 4th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I recently featured the brand new So Sassi label as an eye candy post on the wedding blog, to great excitement on Twitter and Facebook from my readers (click here to recap), and was happy to let Yorkshire brides know that Brides Up North Featured Supplier The Bridal Gown in Otley has become an approved stockist of this gorgeously fresh new collection. 

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1 Click Photography for So Sassi at The Bridal Gown

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Now if I know my Featured Suppliers (and it turns out that I do), they are never ones to let exciting occasions pass them by!  Step forward Julie of The Bridal Gown, who decided to throw a little launch party to welcome the label to Yorkshire…

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With images by 1 Click Photography

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1 Click Photography for So Sassi at The Bridal Gown

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Julie of The Bridal Gown says: So Sassi is a new label by Sassy Holford.  The line is aimed at a young fashionable bride being a little less expensive that other Sassy Holford labels but with the quality and attention to detail you would expect from this leading designer house. All of the dresses are designed and made in Taunton in Somerset. Sassy acts as design director for the So Sassi label and has a young talented team of designers working for her.

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1 Click Photography for So Sassi at The Bridal Gown

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The inspiration for the launch event came from the desire to do something different to celebrate the arrival of the collection in the boutique.  We looked for somewhere with atmosphere to do a catwalk show that still linked with wedding themes and found it at Otley All Saints Parish Church. We felt that it would give brides a rare opportunity to see gowns “walking down the aisle” and imagine themselves in that setting. We also displayed dresses on the top of the pews to give good visibility and add more atmosphere.

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1 Click Photography for So Sassi at The Bridal Gown

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Leafy Couture created our amazing floral displays and dressed the church, I gave Sarah a brief about the So Sassi label and she worked her magic to perfection. The hair was by Yazz Number One Salon.  I sent photos of models and images of the dresses and let the stylist’s creativity run wild.  The results were fantastic

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The launch went really well, despite some of the worst winter weather in seven years!  The catwalk show looked amazing and the atmosphere was electric – everyone I talked to absolutely loved it. We will be doing another event in the Summer and we hope to make the next even more spectacular and creative.  The ideas are already flowing!  Watch this space!

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In the meantime, to try and buy from the new So Sassi label, you can contact Julie on 01943 466680 or email julie@thebridalgown.net

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Little Black Book

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Gowns:  So Sassi at The Bridal Gown

Images: 1 Click Photography

Hair: Yazz Number One Hair Studio

Flowers: Leafy Couture 

Wedding Cakes: Otley Cakes

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All Northern stockists

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Bellissima Bridal Gowns, Bury, Lancashire

Lace Bridal, Hale, Cheshire

The Bridal Gown, Otley, West Yorkshire

The Wedding Dress Company, Corbridge, Northumberland

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 1 Click Photography

The Bridal Gown is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier and this is a sponsored post

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Fashionistas! Are You Ready? It’s The Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive At The Mansion – THIS SUNDAY!

March 2nd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Wedding at The Mansion by Chris Chambers Photography

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It’s time for another gorgeous Brides Up North event at The Mansion, Roundhay Park – definitely Leeds’ chicest boutique wedding venue, and totally one for the fashionistas!

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Our luxury wedding exhibition is THIS WEEKEND – Sunday 3rd March 2013! And it just so happens that our VIP Bride To Be registration is now open…

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The Mansion Luxury Wedding Exhibition

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Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition

The Mansion, Roundhay Park

Sunday 3rd March 2013

12pm till 4pm – Free Entry

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This is your invitation to a day of bridal brilliance at Leeds’ most desirable wedding venue: The Mansion.  Check out our special video clip above to see just how special and hear from some previous brides and grooms.

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This Sunday, a choice selection of the region’s finest wedding suppliers will also be on hand to inspire and advise.  Only the best will do for Brides Up North and Dine Events!  But don’t just take my word for it, come and see for yourselves!

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Leeds’ most fabulous brides have been quick off the mark, but if you haven’t already,  pre-register online NOW for speedy entry and your VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag packed with treats, glossy mags, little pressies from Brides Up North and exclusive on the day discounts!

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To register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag fill in your details below, marking “The Mansion” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag upon entry to the Luxury Wedding Exhibition.

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You can also email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk if you do not wish to use the contact form. VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bags are limited and subject to availability. We operate a first come, first served policy.

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Some of Yorkshire’s finest in attendance on Sunday… Allan Scott Photography, Amelia Elliott Bridal, l Amoretto Wedding Stationery, Booth Revolution, Bridezilla Design Company, Curvy Bridal, Damselle Tiaras, Deans Fine Jewellery, DG Sound & Light, Dine Services, DJB Photography, Donna Makes Cakes, Dorchester Ledbetter Photography, Eyecapture, Floral Opulence, Function 54, Iain Henderson Designs, JB Creatives, Joel Skingle Photography, Leafy Couture, Perfectly Practical Parties, Smooch, The Enchanted Wood Weddings, The Greenhouse Florist, The Little Bridal Company, The Wedding Guide, The Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company, Truly Scrumptious Cakes By Lynne, Confetti & Lace, The Event Music Company, Swing Thing Duo and me!

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Wedding at The Mansion by Chris Chambers Photography

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Wedding at The Mansion by Chris Chambers Photography

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Wedding at The Mansion by Chris Chambers Photography

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Wedding at The Mansion by Chris Chambers Photography

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Wedding at The Mansion by Chris Chambers Photography

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Wedding at The Mansion by Chris Chambers Photography

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Can’t make it to The Mansion?  Click here to view our amazing range of luxury bridal exhibitions this Spring, and save the date!

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The Mansion Luxury Wedding Exhibition

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Real Wedding images from Amy and Sam’s beautiful wedding at The Mansion, courtesy of Chris Chambers PhotographyClick here to see the whole celebration.

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Brides Up North/ Chris Chambers Photography

This is a Brides Up North event

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