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Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Shows Spring 2017

morning fresh: a super pretty wedding styled shoot

March 16th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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In line with the brighter springtime weather that’s started to appear this week, we‘re sharing this light, airy and elegant styled shoot which features gorgeous shades of peach and grey.

Reinforcing the term “wedding breakfast” stylist and planner Cynthia Adipue of Alegrar Events, turned tradition on its head for this shoot by showcasing how to create a morning wedding brunch with sophistication and style.

We love all elements, from the gorgeous bridal attire, hair and makeup, through to the soft and sugary wedding décor and details!

We’ll let Cynthia take a hold of the blogging reins now to tell us more about her vision and how she, and the rest of the shoot team, achieved it…

With images by Jay Emme Photography. Model Maria Codruta Blendea.

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cynthia says: I titled this shoot ‘Morning Fresh’ because it has that real freshness feel to it. Often couples tend to have wedding breakfasts served in the late afternoon or evening, but I wanted to put a different spin on it and show what’s possible by creating a morning wedding brunch with style and sophistication for the elegant bride.

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I found the venue for the shoot – Antenna Studios – almost by accident! Because of the nature of the shoot – morning with lots of natural light – I wanted somewhere with high ceilings and floor to ceiling windows to maximise the natural light and to give our shoot that morning fresh feel and also somewhere with a bit of period character, old world feel to it. I saw a passing comment in one of the Facebook groups for venues and decided to check them out. Antenna Studios was the second on my list for review and when I saw it on the website, it fitted my vision for the shoot really well. I subsequently went down to do a site visit, and I’m glad to say, it didn’t disappoint!

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In terms of styling, I wanted to retain the morning freshness of the shoot but still try something different with the colours of peach and grey – colours I have not seen much on the wedding scene – so that was the central theme. I added in hints of silver, copper and cream tones to bring the overall look together.

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The flowers, created by Sarah Diamant Florist, consisted of silver brunias, a darker shade of peach ranunculus, peach roses, and some green tulips and foliage for the flowers that complemented the overall look so well.

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peonies & balloons – a country wedding at owen house wedding barn – jess & chris

January 19th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

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We think that you’re going to fall head over heels for today’s real wedding, set within the captivating Owen House barn in Cheshire.

Jess and Chris celebrated at this beautiful converted venue last summer surrounded by picture-perfect tractors, fields and bales of hay, all adding a hint of country wedding chic to their special day.

From pies and rag bunting to jam jars and pots of honey for the guests, there are plenty of original ideas here on how to host the perfect barn wedding with oodles of style and charm.

With images by Jo Bradbury.

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jess says: Chris popped the question while we were in the Lake District, which is where we spent our very first holiday together as a couple. Chris bought Champagne, strawberries and proposed on one knee in our cottage. We went out to dinner and spent the rest of our engagement holiday exploring Windermere on boats, which we love.

We wanted a summer wedding so tied the knot on 23rd August 2015. We got married at Owen House Wedding Barn in Cheshire. We chose this venue because we wanted a barn wedding set in the countryside and also one that would fit in our large families and all our friends.

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We thought that the relaxed country-barn-hippy style reflected us as a couple.

Our wedding colour scheme wasn’t fixed, which is how we wanted it – we had country flowers and peonies so there was a mixture of floral colours and lots of pastels, including blush pink, sage greens and light blues.

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I chose a lace wedding dress from a tiny wedding boutique in Worcester. I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it! The gown was ivory, with soft lace all over and exactly what I wanted!

Chris wore a navy suit and white shirt from House of Fraser with a sage green tie.

Our groomsmen wore their own navy suits and the same sage green ties, which gave the wedding the mismatched look we wanted. We had eight bridesmaids and had considered putting them all in the same colour but thought this would look rather military, so we had four in sage green and four in nude pink.

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We travelled in a vintage car, hired from Moss Farm near Mobberley Cheshire, which is also where I got ready.

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real wedding recap: pronovias for an elegant wedding at grays court, york – katie & andrew

January 5th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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 9th January 2017 but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from 2016. 

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.

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If timeless elegance is your thing, prepare to fall head over heels as we share the beautiful big day of Katie and Andrew on the blog today.

Picking the stunning Grays Court hotel in York, as the impressive backdrop to their wedding, Katie and Andrew married in a romantic outdoor ceremony, complete with a petal and lantern-lined aisle.

Concentrating on the details, the champagne, blush and gold styling and florals are nothing short of sensational, and we adore the wedding party’s gorgeous attire too! Top marks all round!

With images by Belle and Beau Fine Art Photography.

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katie says: Andrew proposed in Mijas, Spain, in June 2015 on a family holiday. He had planned to propose during the first few days but my best friend also got engaged at the same time when we were away, which was amazing, but as a result, Andrew said he felt he had to wait a few more days so he could have his turn of getting down on one knee!

Knowing we always wanted to choose the engagement ring together and having been planning for a long time, he proposed with a Pandora engagement charm, getting down on one knee in the botanical gardens in Mijas in the hills overlooking the Spanish coast – it was beautiful! Andrew had asked my mum for my hand in marriage the day before so everyone knew about it except me. I didn’t have a clue!

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We set the date for Saturday 14th May 2016. Our venue had an outside ceremony area within stunning gardens, so it was vital that we had a spring or summer date. This was the only date left in May and it was extra special as I turned 30 in the same week.

Our chosen venue was Grays Court hotel, in York. It is an elegant, luxury, boutique 11th Century house with outstanding features, long gallery and breath-taking gardens. York walls overlook the venue and we found Grays by chance ourselves in 2010 when walking the walls and witnessed a beautiful wedding there in the gardens. York was one of our first city breaks together and we go every year so it is a special place for us. We didn’t entertain anywhere else when choosing the venue.

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We had always wanted black tie tuxedos and elegance as the style of the wedding, and so we planned a classic, romantic, intimate, English wedding with lots of style and detail.

For the colour palette, we had lots of white, champagne, blush and gold tones, with fantastic details. It was the colour scheme we naturally gravitated to and complemented our venue.

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When dress shopping, I chose to visit Eternity Bridal Wear in Cheshire, as it was a local stockist of Pronovias, which was the designer I wanted to try the most. It was the only shop we went to and about five dresses in, we found ‘the one’. I always knew I would end up in a fitted dress with back detailing however this was more embellished with beading and a tulle train and I totally fell in love with it. Karl, Zoe and Ann at Eternity are amazing and Zoe knew which would be the dress for me when she asked my mum and nan to close their eyes as I came out of the dressing room. The store is beautiful too. I wanted something that felt like me, something I felt comfortable and beautiful in with lots of detailing but something I could also dance in.

Accessories-wise, I chose a Joyce Jackson two tier cathedral length veil embellished with Swarovski crystals, it glittered in the sun! My crystal embellished bridal shoes where from Badgley Mischka shipped from America, I wanted something different and sparkly. I also wore a Tiffany & Co bracelet, which was a wedding gift from Andrew.

On the morning of the wedding my bridal party’s hair was styled by Emily Hawkes, who went above and beyond and even helped me get into my shoes and dress.

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friday fabulous: bridesmaids by amanda wyatt

November 4th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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For today’s Friday Fabulous we’re turning our attention to brides’ leading ladies, as it’s important for a girl and all her #squad to look and feel amazing too, right?

So for those in search of beautiful dresses in a gorgeous range of colours, styles and fabrics to suit all ages, we give you the stunning bridesmaid collection from our wonderful Sponsor, Amanda Wyatt.

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Made famous for her perfect fit, British designer Amanda doesn’t stop at providing a dream dress for the bride, but for adult and teenage bridesmaids, plus cute little flower girls too! The beautiful gowns are sure to please all, with short and full length designs to choose from, featuring pretty detailing in pleated bodices, illusion necklines and dreamy tulle skirts.

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Perfect for those wanting to mix and match their maids, brides can pick one style in a variety of different colours, or alternatively chose just one hue but mix up the dress designs with short sleeve, twisted strap and bateau neckline options, to name but a few.

We have to say the star of the show for us in these new campaign images has to be the sweet little flower girl, particularly the shot of her slipping into those gold sparkly heels – a girl after our own hearts for sure!

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come rain or shine. a fun and fabulous wedding in liverpool – jody & liam

October 10th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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While I love viewing all the real weddings that are submitted to the blog there are certain ones that I fall for so much they have me genuinely wishing that I’d been present to toast the bride and groom.

And today’s wedding is one of them – I love everything about it! The cool and stylish city locations, the pretty colour palette and décor, not to mention that delicious looking naked wedding cake. But a slice of sponge aside, the main thing that makes me want to be a part of the action is the expressions of happiness and enjoyment on everybody’s faces.

It turns out that even the rain couldn’t dampen Jody and Liam’s wedding day spirits!

With images by Lisa Howard Photography.

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jody says: Liam popped the question on 16th May 2015, at Delamere Forest. It totally took me by surprise! In hindsight, how awkward he was acting that day, now all makes sense. After our walk in the forest we went home and celebrated with a lovely bottle of champagne and then shared the news with our beloved family. A total whirlwind of a day!

Our wedding date was the 19th June 2016. There wasn’t a particular reason for this date but funnily enough it ended up falling on a significant date, as it was Father’s Day! We didn’t realise this until a few months before the weddings, when we started sending out wedding invitations.

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We got married at Hope Street Hotel, in Liverpool. It was perfect. The place is stunning! We knew we wanted to get married in the centre of the city. We had met each other just a few doors away from the hotel ten years before we got married. It just seemed like it was right for us.

Hope Street Hotel has an amazing room called The Fifth, which boasts floor-to-ceiling windows from which you can see the whole of Liverpool. It’s also right in the centre of our two beautiful cathedrals. An amazing location. What more could we have asked for?

Our reception was then at the popular Oh Me Oh My, also in the city centre.

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There was no set theme or particular style to our wedding. I just knew I wanted to have lots of bunting, flowers and fun things to do. It all just worked itself out naturally.

We decided on a pastel colour scheme for the decorations and bridesmaid dresses. Our ceremony venue was very clean, white and neutral so we wanted to ease some colour into the reception venue whilst making sure that it wasn’t too overpowering. The wildflowers we picked for our centrepieces and bouquets popped beautifully against the pastel colours we used around the room, bringing a lovely boost of colour and greenery to the wedding and reception venues.

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I chose to wear a beautiful 50’s style wedding dress. It was midi length with three-quarter-length lace sleeves. It had a sweetheart bandeau neckline, empire line belt and a lot of lace detail going on. The dress was perfect for my style and, most of all, it made me feel comfortable. I bought it from an amazing bridal boutique in Ormskirk called Trudy Smith. As soon as I found it, I knew it was definitely the one. Trudy at the boutique was amazing! She was able to get my dress to fit me perfectly. I couldn’t have found anywhere better to buy my wedding dress, and I know that I would never have found anything else which suited my style and personality as much as my chosen dress did.

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peonies & daises for a relaxed wedding at danby castle – katy & ross

September 13th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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Having lived, met and studied at a number of locations around the UK, today’s real wedding couple had the choice of several areas in which to tie the knot, but it was a beauty spot in North Yorkshire that caught their eye.

Taken with the natural beauty of Danby Castle, Katy and Ross planned a relaxed wedding with both pretty and personal elements, including rustic table settings, bespoke bridesmaid dresses and vintage transport.

With images and video by Babb Photo.

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katy says: Ross proposed to me on the lawn outside St Paul’s Cathedral. He’d been carrying the ring around in his pocket for several months waiting for the perfect moment. We’d been together for nearly eight years and I’d given up thinking he would ask. It was perfect and a complete surprise!

We set the date for 4th June 2016. It was one of the only dates left at our chosen wedding venue, Danby Castle, and we knew we wanted to have outdoor elements to the wedding so we opted for a warmer month of the year.

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Picking the location for the wedding was always going to be a bit of a task as Ross is from Bristol, I’m from Middlesbrough, we met at university in Bath and we now live in London. Our guest list had people coming from all over the UK but the bulk of them were my big family, which meant something in the North East would be easier. I loved the idea of coming to the venue from my family home and we both loved the idea of showing some of our southern friends the nice bits of the north. We fell in love with Danby Castle as soon as we saw it, it had so much warmth and charm, as did the amazing staff.

We didn’t have a wedding theme as such but both Ross and I have creative jobs so we were always going to have fun picking things for the wedding. The main thing was for it to not feel too formal and have a bit of a homemade approach. The venue already had so much rustic charm it didn’t feel like we needed to add much.

We didn’t have a proper colour scheme either. I tend not to match most days so it seemed strange to be strict about it for the wedding, but we did try to stick with a summery pastel palette.

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I got my dress from the Bridal Lounge in Northallerton, and they were so helpful and patient! Before I started dress shopping I thought I’d want something bohemian, understated and definitely no veil. But then I started trying on all the dresses and I remember thinking I’ll never wear a big dress like this on any other day. I loved the swishy skirt of the dress and how comfortable it was, the detail on the back was my favourite, as well as the pockets! As soon as I put the veil on I was sold! My shoes were from Rachel Simpson and I loved them as soon as I tried them on!

Ross was keen to have the men in normal suits rather than anything too formal. We hired his suit from Moss Bros, as well as his tie.

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