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style sheet: the dark ages

July 12th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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When thinking of wedding colour schemes thoughts often instantly turn to sweet, sugary tones of lilac, peach and mint, or to soft and romantic hues of blush, taupe and cream. But what if these kinds of colours just ‘aint your jam? What if you crave something darker, richer and more enchanting? Then ladies, we give you the ‘dark ages’.

Anything but old-fashioned, this type of styling is proving popular in interiors right now and centres around bold, deep colours that give a look of luxury and opulence while still remaining grounded. It’s not blingy, nor is it particularly vibrant, but it still packs a serious styling punch. It also lends itself particularly well to outdoor and rustic celebrations, both of which are currently top of the wedding trend charts.

So, to help get the inspiration flowing, we’ve pieced together three mood boards featuring our very favourite colour combinations that are sure to captivate your wedding planning (and possibly home-décor) thoughts!

mustard & navy

The Dark Ages - Navy & Mustard

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The richness of mustard – a beautiful goldie, yellow, orange hue – is a perfect choice for this look and can dominate as much or as little of your wedding palette as you wish. We suggest mixing it with tones of dark blue and lots of foliage, enabling the hue to pop-out from its surroundings.

A gorgeous choice for bridesmaids, mustard surprisingly suits most complexions and offers something a little out of the norm for your #girlsquad. Attire wise, the hue can be incorporated into the men’s outfits through ties, pocket squares and socks, while the bride, if keen, can add her own touch of mustard through her footwear.

Flower-wise there are lots of beautiful yellow-toned blooms that can feature in the button holes, bouquet and décor, including Billy Buttons, also known as Craspedia, and Daisies, that when mixed in with earthy additions, such as succulents, poppy seed heads and dainty berries, will achieve the desired effect.

forest green

The Dark Ages - Forest Green

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Another spin-off from Pantone’s colour of the year, ‘Greenery’, forest themed weddings featuring an abundance of natural décor score highly on our lust list.

The look is all about texture and depth so use large amounts of varying foliage layered up for an element of drama, whether suspended overhead, strewn down table centres or spilling over vessels. Though planned to detail, the trick is to make sure that nothing looks overdone, instead try to build up your own forest floor.

For added interest mix dark fern tones with lighter green shades of emerald and grass, and combine raw materials such as timber and cones with luxurious elements like cut glass and metallic finishes.

Fashion-forward grooms can flirt with the option a super-stunning bottle green suit, while brides can easily become an ethereal princess with the addition of a fresh foliage crown.

slate & plum

The Dark Ages - Slate & Plum

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Note the plum, not purple, we’re looking for opulent jewel tones here so it’s strict no-Cadbury-zone! Softer shades of lavender, and even the odd peek of pink, are welcome, but nothing flat or dreary.

The simplest way to nail the look is to use a gorgeous and timeless shade of grey as your base colour and then build up the plum on top. So, attire-wise the groom can have a grey suit and add a plum shade or two into his accessories, while the bride can add fashionable grey heels or even don a dip-dye dress for a real style statement. The bridesmaids can then bring in more of the purple tones in the likes of violet and amethyst. Mix and match maids would work particularly well here to extend the palette.

Elsewhere pretty petals can dress tables, and for rustic weddings, fruit and berry accents and details can be added too. For a pretty spin on the look, go for light textures and dainty blooms, while for a more dramatic look pick bold blooms, such as Ranunculi and Thistles, and mix in with large-leafed greens.

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style sheet: winter wedding alternatives

December 14th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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As we find ourselves in the coldest yet most magical season of the year, we’ve been turning our thoughts to winter weddings.

Some brides and grooms may be put off marrying at this time of year due to the increasingly unpredictable British weather, but with some careful planning and fabulous styling a winter wedding can be a real treat for all the senses, and in turn, more memorable for you and your guests.

Think scented candles for fragrance and ambience, warm comfort food to evoke nostalgic memories and winter tipples to help get the party started and you’re part way there.

If, however, what’s putting you off is the somewhat ‘go-to’ styling of winter nuptials, we’re here to change your mind. For we’ve come up with three alternative winter wedding themes that steer clear of crimson red and sparkling silver schemes, plus there’s not a reindeer or bauble in sight!

Ladies, we give you both comfort and class…

very berry

very-berry

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Just a small diversion from the traditional red winter wedding colour palette, a winning mixture of purple, pink and burgundy shades can give a wedding an instant hint of opulence.

Such tones also work beautifully with the flowers and fruits of the season making these a great way to project your chosen colour scheme.

Big, bold and blousy bouquets and floral decorations add to the luxurious feel that the rich hues emit and will help to provide striking focal points. For further plushness, metallic accents, particularly in gold, work in perfect harmony with the beautiful berry tones and give a small nod to the festive season without being at all OTT.

Beyond the blooms, mercury glass tealight holders and metallic vessels and vases look fabulous with the palette.

To remain on theme berries can be used in the bouquets and button holes as well as within the food and drink menus and the cake.

When it comes to the bridesmaids, brides can go with just one of the berry tones that suits her maids best, perhaps magenta, indigo or violet, or alternatively can have her leading ladies in a full spectrum of the hues.

grey dusk

grey-dusk

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Possibly one colour scheme that works all year round, grey is both a classic and elegant choice of palette.

For winter weddings the hue can be ‘warmed-up’ by introducing different textures and shades providing both interest and depth.

Brides and their maids can easily layer their look with grey cover-ups; whether it be a faux fur jacket, feather shrug or lace overlay. Meanwhile groomsmen can opt for a tweed or woollen suit with coordinating pocket squares, dicky bows or ties in varying fabrics creating a stylish wintery feel.

Texture in tactile fabrics and finishes can be carried through to the décor too, with velvet ribbons attached floral arrangements or holding cutlery and napkins in place. Roaming foliage across tables can also help to break up the grey and works in line with on-trend botanical themes too.

Candles at various heights in pillars, tapers and tea lights will also help to set the wintery scene as will luxurious stationery in enchanting designs.

winter blues

cool-blues

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Though often thought of as a ‘cold’ colour, when accompanied with rich metallic accents blue can bring element of warmth and glamour to winter celebrations.

The trick is to use a deep shade of blue and not to get carried away with the glitz and glitter, instead giving the proceedings just a sprinkling of sparkle. This could be achieved through styling and stationery choices, but also through the bride and bridesmaid attire too. So, for example, brides could add a hint of shine to their outfit with metallic heels while maids can glam-up their look with delicate gold jewellery or accessories.

The table settings are perhaps the element that will require the most care in not overdoing it. For a look of understated elegance, keep things simple by adding gold-edged glassware and cutlery to a dark blue tablecloth base. For further interest and texture use rustic touches in foliage and tree slices, and perhaps even the odd pine cone (note the “odd” there).

Meanwhile for those wanting to take the sparkle up a notch, sequin table runners and cloths are an accessible and effective option. Further additions can include metallic candle holders, stationery and plate chargers but just be sure that the overall look is class rather than brash!

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Make Rainbows. A Real Wedding At Horton Grange Country Hotel – Victoria & Euan

May 2nd, 2014 | Julia Braime

Andy Hudson Photography

It’s a quiet Friday at home for me and my little family today, recharging and recouping from a very hectic two weeks behind us.  Here there and everywhere for some inspiring speaking engagements, an amazing Brides Up North wedding exhibition at The Bowdon Rooms and one very, very fabulous Brides Up North styled shoot (results to be shared very soon – follow #getsetsparkle on our Twitter and Facebook feeds for more updates), plus the onset of a pretty nasty cold for me and my little girl, has left us needing some down time.

So whilst we snuggle up with the Calpol, Lemsip and a box set of In The Night Garden (you thought my life was glamorous?!) I’ll leave you with the beautiful Real Wedding of Victoria & Euan courtesy of friend of the wedding blog Andy Hudson Photography.This cute couple didn’t let a drop of rain spoil their chic and beautiful wedding day – they just styled it out!

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Victoria says: We got engaged in June 2012 in Tynemouth on the beach, and our wedding was on 28th March 2014 at The Horton Grange Country Hotel. 

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We chose our venue because it was small and intimate but still had that manor house feeling to it, and opted for a chic navy and white colour scheme.

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

For the wedding party, we chose formal wear but still tried to keep it casual. Euan and his ushers’ suits where from Blades Menswear in Ponteland and my maid of honour wore a navy blue dress from Coast

My dress was from Berkertex Brides and I chose heels by Kurt Geiger.

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

The whole bridal party carried or wore roses, and we set out lots of candles at the venue to add to the romantic feel of the day. 

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Every part of our day was incredible but our favourite bit was saying our vows and marrying each other. 

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

We chose Dawn at The Master Cakesmith to do our cake and – wow – did she impress us! We had a four tiered cake with different flavours including chocolate, toffee, white chocolate and raspberry.

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

We had the Purple Supper Band for our evening band and disco and Snaparazzi Photo Booth for the evening to add a bit of fun.

Andy Hudson Photography

After the wedding we honeymooned in Tenerife. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is to totally relax and enjoy the day: it will fly by so make the most of it and have fun. When its all over you have married the love of your life which is the most amazing thing to come out of the day.

Andy Hudson Photography

Congratulations Victoria & Euan!

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Best Military Blues. Jimmy Choos & Cymbeline For An Elegant Real Wedding At Sandhurst – Hannah & Joel

January 13th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Yes I know.  Last time I checked, Sandhurst Military Academy wasn’t in the North either.  However, I still wanted to share this classy and beautiful Real Wedding with you this frosty Monday morning, because (as well as a wedding at this usually private establishment being really rather cool) Northern bride Hannah – despite getting married out of the area – still sourced most of her fabulous wedding day suppliers Up North.  And isn’t showing what we can do what Brides Up North is all about?

With images by friend of the wedding blog Lissa Alexandra Photography, Hannah and Joel’s big day is a study in elegance.  Be inspired. 

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Hannah says:  We got engaged on 1st March 2012 whilst on holiday in South Africa (Joel had just returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan). Joel proposed on a secluded beach when visiting the Cape of Good Hope.

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We were married on 2nd March 2013 at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.  We met just before Joel went off to Sandhurst, and we formed many good memories and friendships whilst he was there. As a result, wanted to share this otherwise inaccessible venue with friends and family.

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

My favourite colour is blue and our colour scheme it all took its lead from my engagement ring, which is a sapphire. As luck would have it, Joel’s uniform is also blue!  The  bridesmaids were in blue and our best-man and usher’s suits were blue, with a pale blue shirt and a mustard colour tie.

Our flowers were a fresh palette of greens and creams/whites using unusual flowers. Family wore mint green carnations.

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

I chose a  lacy dress (‘Femea’) with a vintage feel from the French designer Cymbeline.  I got this from a little boutique in Harrogate called The Bridal Collection.

Lissa Alexandra Photography

Lissa Alexandra Photography

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Lissa Alexandra Photography

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Wednesday Wedding Inspiration – Delicately Deco

February 6th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Art Deco & Navy Wedding Inspiration

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1. Bouquet 2. Jewelled Tulle Cuff 3. Asymmetric Gown 4. Beatrice Lace Dress 5. Gold & Navy Floral Cake 6. Bridesmaid Bouquet 7. ‘Ginger’ Gold Heels 8. Table Setting 9. Sapphire Ring 10. Sequinned Aisle

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Sequin confetti anyone?  I thought that might get you thinking.  Our regular guest blogger Katy of What Katy Did Next has classy sparkle covered. 

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Katy says:  This week Bride to be Sophie asked me for a little inspiration with accessories and flowers for her big day. With navy bridesmaids, a vintage 20s/30s feel and a love of peony roses I set about creating something super stylish for this bride with a nod to the Art Deco period of design.

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Navy is such a stylish colour and it can mix well with basically anything. For a modern vibe mix it with nude, blush pinks, mustard yellow or a nautical red. I chose a palette of navy, ivory and glittering metallics to really spread the vintage theme. If your bridesmaids are in a simple gown you can have a lot of fun – have them in matching headwear, heels, sashes or cuffs (or all)!  As a gift for your maids, get them matching clutch bags to carry all their wedding essentials – some brides are even opting for their maids to carry a pretty clutch down the aisle in place of a bouquet. In the board I have picked a simple hydrangea pomander to let the detail of the lace dress do all the talking.

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Sophie mentioned that she loved peonies so why not have a full bouquet of peony blooms wrapped at the stems in the colour of your bridesmaids’ gowns – and for a glitzy vintage touch a brooch or embellished ribbon? The bouquet I chose features Peonies paired with slightly cheaper flowers perfect for any budget – hydrangea, cabbage roses, berries and foliage. These pale flowers look amazing as centrepieces on a navy table setting too. If your table is pale use metallic vases, blue glass or candelabra with navy candles to reflect your colour palette.

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My favourite part of the board? Bottom right – Sequins scattered down the aisle! A lovely spangly touch for the magpie in all of us. If your venue isn’t suited to this – hand sequins out as confetti for your guests or add them to your table decor? They’re sure to make some amazing images as well as filling your day with magic!

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Remember: the plan is to share a new inspiration board in this time slot every other 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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Click here to see previous Wednesday Wedding Inspiration Mood Boards

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