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real wedding recap summer 2017: a 1920s style wedding at kelham island museum, sheffield – sara & ryan

June 26th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

1920s Wedding at Kelham Island (c) Stu Ganderton (45)

It’s holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a short break, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely. Usual service will recommence on Monday 3rd July 2017 but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from the first half of the year so far. 

Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your real wedding was one of our top picks.

The stars of today’s post, Sara and Ryan, chose to have an entirely black and white wedding album to reflect the beautiful moments of their 1920s style big day.

Their photographer, Stu Ganderton explains: “I give all my clients a full colour version of their images and a limited black and white version. I always edit my black and white differently to the colour set, usually a lot more emotive and edgy. Sara and Ryan chose the albums for the parents in colour, but their album was entirely black and white. They felt it was more arty and creative, different and edgy. It also fits immensely well with the theme of the day. I shot virtually the entire day without interrupting Sara and Ryan’s day, so everything is very natural and all real moments. The only time I intervened was for the night shots right at the very end, and this was literally ten minutes. I find that keeping a couple in their comfort zone generates very real and honest images of their day which have a timeless quality to them.”

And we couldn’t agree more! While Sara and Ryan may look like the lead roles in an old romantic Hollywood movie, there’s nothing contrived about their beautiful big day, it’s both honest and opulent from beginning to end!

With images by Stu Ganderton Photography.

1920s Wedding at Kelham Island (c) Stu Ganderton (18)

sara says: We got engaged on New Year’s Eve in 2014 while we were away in Verona. Ryan had planned a grand proposal in front of the amphitheatre but we ended up getting engaged in the hotel room while in our PJs playing Scrabble!

We set the wedding date for 10th December 2016. We chose this date as we love winter and this would give us enough time to get married and have a honeymoon before Christmas.

1920s Wedding at Kelham Island (c) Stu Ganderton (33)

We chose the quirky Kelham Island Museum in Sheffield for our wedding venue and were able to have both the ceremony and reception in the same place.

1920s Wedding at Kelham Island (c) Stu Ganderton (46)

Our theme was 1920s – it’s such a glam era! To work with this styling and also the winter season, we had a black, gold and red colour scheme.

1920s Wedding at Kelham Island (c) Stu Ganderton (60)

I chose a fitting Maggie Sottero gown for my wedding day attire. It was a sleek design and champagne in colour, which was perfect for the theme.

My bridal hair and makeup was done by Peaches & Preen.

 

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Customised Mark Lesley For A Modern Monochrome Real Wedding In The North West: Louise & Ben

April 15th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Sarah & Ben Photography

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Welcome to another week Brides Up North!  Have I got plenty of wedding pretty to share with you lovely lot in the next seven days, culminating in our largest Yorkshire event to date next Sunday 21st April 2013 – 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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Let’s get things started with a fresh and funky monochrome wedding in the North West, sent to me by real bride Louise and photography duo, Ben & Sarah Photography.  How full of beans is our groom?

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Louise says:  Ben asked me to marry him on 24th October 2010 on the sea front in Liverpool on a freezing cold evening!  We tied the knot on 22nd October 2012 at St. Mary’s Chapel in Aughton then The Rufford Arms Hotel for our reception. We loved the fact that the church was so quaint and in the middle of miles and miles of open fields.

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We had a colour scheme of red, purple, black & white. We asked everyone to dress in any of those colours in whatever way they liked!

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I chose a puff ball/fishtail style dress. It was a Mark Lesley couture gown but I had the black bow put on it myself to give it my twist, that way I knew no one else would ever have the same one. I also changed the tie up the back to a black tie on the evening, it was ivory to match the dress in the day time. 

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I carried a bouquet of blood red calla lilies. 

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My older bridesmaids wore Dessy dresses and the children wore Monsoon. The young page boys wore H&M waistcoat suits with Dessy bow ties and the groomsmen wore plain black suits from Slaters in Liverpool. Very reservoir dogs!  Ben wore a The Kooples three piece plain black suit from Selfridges. 

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I travelled in a black hackney taxi. I thought this was a little quirky and different compared to the ‘classic’ cars that most people use!

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I tried to do most of the things myself as far as table decorating and the cake. I think that these were the special touches for our day. We also had a gospel choir called Love & Joy Gospel Choir that sang at the Liverpool Hillsborough Memorial Service to sing during the church service.

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My favourite part of the day was the moment we were pronounced man and wife!

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We had our reception at The Rufford Arms Hotel in Rufford. All the food was locally sourced from local farms, that was important to us! It was also a family run hotel and only open to us for the whole day. This definitely made it a lot more personal.

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I made the cakes myself: cupcakes, red and purple on a seven tiered stand. 

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In the evening we had a singer called Gary Carney, again a local guy that had a great selection of music from old to new suitable for all guests.  He also did the dj’ing too. 

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After the wedding we went to Sri-Lanka, then onto the Maldives and Dubai. It was three weeks in total and the most magical experience ever!

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My top tip for Brides Up North would be to try to do most things yourself, it gives a much more personal feel on the day. 

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Congratulations Louise & Ben!

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Fancy seeing your own beautiful big day on these pages?  Here’s how!

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Ben & Sarah Photography

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Wednesday Wed-spiration! A Touch Of Blush

May 2nd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Wedding blog reader Anna writes: I would like to keep my wedding colour scheme simple using black and white as a base but don’t want everything to look completely monochrome. Is there a stylish way of adding colour to a monochrome theme?

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This week it was over to guest blogger Katy of What Katy Did Next to find a solution.  Be inspired!  We hope you like this wedding inspiration board as much as we do Anna!

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Touch Of Blush Wedding Inspiration

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1. Strapless Tulle Dress 2. Anemone & Peony Bouquet 3. Pearl Box Clutch 4. Miu Miu Heels 5. Morganite Ring 6. Mix & Match Ties 7. Black Bridesmaid Dress 8. Table Setting 9. Chanel Nail Polish Set 10. Anemone Wedding Cake

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Katy says: After Brides Up North reader Anna asked for help in adding colour to her monochrome wedding, I picked a very beautiful blush colour to demonstrate how easy it is to feather in colour to a black and white wedding theme. My first thought was bridesmaids – If you are having black bridesmaids dresses you could add a coloured sash or corsage brooch to their dress. My favourite idea is to have the bridesmaids shoes in an eye catching colour, and maybe even something matching in their hair.

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You can add a dash of colour to your Groom by altering the colour of his tie, socks, cufflinks or have the groomsmen’s ties an alternate colour to your Groom’s black. If you are keeping your dress simple and white you could accessorise with coloured shoes, a coloured ribbon around your bouquet, painted nails – or wear black/white peep toe shoes with your toe nails painted in the shade of your choice. Little flashes of colour can make all the difference.

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Venue wise the colour could be added in napkins, place cards, chair ribbons or flowers in the centrepieces. A unique idea is to have a signature cocktail made up in a colour to match your theme.

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If blush or pink is not your style why not go for a stylish a
pple green, tiffany blue, mustard, lemon yellow or Cadbury’s purple – it all depends on your taste and all are very easily swapped in place of the blush inspiration that I have gathered for you.

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Remember: the plan is to share a new inspiration board in this time slot every week, either compiled by myself, regular guest blogger Katy or YOU: get in touch with your own ideas and inspiration boards! We’ll be discussing our inspirations behind the images too so it’s simply going to be a whole load of lovely.

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If you are a little less arty but in need of inspiration and still want to play along, we will also be taking requests for colour schemes and themes and making bespoke boards for my readers. Please contact me to suggest a theme or colour scheme.

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