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LOVE – The Great & The Wonderful – The Movie!

March 21st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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You’ve all been loving the fabulous Oz inspired bridal shoot that I have featured this week, and now it’s time to take to the silver screen, with one last look behind the scenes…

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With videography by Rebecca Reville Wedding Films

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Click here to catch up on our main feature and our behind the scenes feature too.

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Photography:  Christine Harrison Wedding Photography

Flowers:  Red Floral Architecture

Wedding Dresses:  Fairytale Brides

Make Up: Flossy & Leigh Makeup Artists Company

Wedding Cakes:  Butterflies & Angels

Wedding Stationery:  Deannamic Designs

Sequin Chairs & Accessories:  Eleventh Heaven by Ann McKavney

Crystal Bouquets:  Crystal Bouquets by Tilly

Video:  Rebecca Reville Wedding Films

Model:  Annabella Johnson from Boss Model Management (Manchester)

Venue:  The Ashes Exclusive Country House Barn Wedding Venue

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Video © 2013 Rebecca Reville Wedding Films

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Behind The Yellow Brick Road… A Peek Behind The Scenes

March 20th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Now, I’ve been known to organise a styled shoot or two here at Brides Up North (click here, here, here, here and here to see a few) so I know just how much effort and hard work goes into bringing an initial concept to print in a magazine, or published online.

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I know that lots of my readers are interested in how a shoot comes together, so here’s a sneak peek behind the scenes at the fabulous LOVE The Great and The Wonderful shoot – inspired by the Wizard of Oz – for the latest issue of Lucia Rose Wedding Magazine. 

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Phoebe at Flossy & Leigh Makeup Artists Company, who put together the team, says:  Our first stop was to find a wedding photographer with a creative vision who would be able to take the idea and put their personal touch to the shoot.  It simply had to be the Christine Harrison Wedding Photography Team. Christine and Ian were given the brief and literally, their ideas blew us away. Both Christine & Ian have had years of experience shooting massively successful campaigns for top clients such as Barbour and Hunter, but nowadays they are concentrating their talents on the wedding world. HALLELUJAH!

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Next we sourced our number one floral venue dresser. By now if you’re researching floral suppliers for your wedding, you’d have to be living under the sea to not have heard about Red Floral Architecture, the award winning company based in Hyde.  The owner and visionary Mat Hepplestone, took the brief and went off to create his Red Floral Interpretation. The results speak for themselves.  If you’re thinking flowers were just something you held down the aisle, think again.

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Mat collaborated with the exquisitely talented Manchester-based Eleventh Heaven by Ann McKavney to create some of the unique sequin chairs you see featured. Ann also designed and created all of the bespoke hair accessories for the shoot. They often collaborate together to incorporate Ann’s crystal creations into his floral work (Red Heaven Rocks).

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Just like with any bride, finding the dress is probably the biggest decision you’ll face. You need to go somewhere with lots of choice and honest friendly staff. We went straight to Prestwich to our friend Carol James at the twice County Bride award-winning Fairytale Brides.

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The choice was endless. They stock Ian Stuart, My Lady, Justin Alexander, Essence of Australia also their Occasions shop stocks Ian Stuart Mother of the bride and John Charles, bridesmaids by Kelsey Rose, True Bride and Venus. The ‘black witch’ or ‘alternative bridesmaid’ dress featured, was from the Fairytale Occasions shop. Very unique and stunning to say the least.

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All of the dresses used in the shoot were by Essence of Australia and are in stock now.

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Then, we went straight to the stationery extraordinaire Deanna, at Deannamic Designs based in Clitheroe. Deanna was the natural choice here, as not only can she literally create anything and everything you want with her background in graphic design, but she can then use her creative and feminine touches to put her spin on the project.

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Deanna created the solid hot air balloon seating plan that was designed to be hung up so that you could see the seating plan from both sides. She also was responsible for the production of the most imaginative wedding invitations and place settings one could ever imagine. The detail on all the stationery has to be seen to believed.

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The number one choice for our themed cake had to be none other than the awesome Abi at Rotherham-based Butterflies and Angels.

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Having shared so many brides with Carol Clayton, the designer at Crystal Bouquets by Tilly based in Leigh, we knew we there was nobody else for the job, when sourcing an Emerald crystal bouquet.

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Ben and Sarah at The Ashes Exclusive Country House Barn Wedding Venue, in Staffordshire were as ever, only too happy to help. Any couple would be lucky to find such an obliging and friendly team around them on their wedding day. Nothing is too much trouble for the Ashes Team, winners of the 2013 Wedding Industry Award for venue in the North West.

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The whole day was captured on film by one of our favourite videographers, Hale based Rebecca Reville Wedding Films. 

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So although the original theme idea was ours, the success of this production lay in the team we picked.

However, for those of you wondering what sort of makeup and hair styling equipment (we do hair as well) we used to accomplish these looks, we would have to say the secret lies in our flawless and waterproof airbrushed makeup technique.

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We used a number of different high-end cosmetics including: Temptu, Tom Ford, Shu Uemura, Chanel, MAC, Dior, Clarins, Urban Decay and Estée Lauder. A big secret styling weapon is always the lashes. For this particular shoot we used the awesome lash range by the ND Makeup Artists range, based in The North East. These can be found online for only £8 a pair, and can be reused.

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In order to achieve the hair looks we prefer to use the state of the art salon equipment known as Cloud 9, for amazing results.

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As with the everybody involved, we travel the entirety of the UK (and beyond), but have a base in Barrowford in Lancashire. We have very close links with everyone involved in the shoot and many more.

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If you missed it yesterday, to catch up on the final results and to see the cover shot, click here…

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And remember, there’s no place like home!

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Photography:  Christine Harrison Wedding Photography

Flowers:  Red Floral Architecture

Wedding Dresses:  Fairytale Brides

Make Up: Flossy & Leigh Makeup Artists Company

Wedding Cakes:  Butterflies & Angels

Wedding Stationery:  Deannamic Designs

Sequin Chairs & Accessories:  Eleventh Heaven by Ann McKavney

Crystal Bouquets:  Crystal Bouquets by Tilly

Video:  Rebecca Reville Wedding Films

Model:  Annabella Johnson from Boss Model Management (Manchester)

Venue:  The Ashes Exclusive Country House Barn Wedding Venue

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Christine Harrison Wedding Photography

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Homespun Happiness! A Real Wedding In The North West – Sarah & Phil

February 20th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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It’s the simple yet lovely – and locally sourced – details that make today’s intimate Real Wedding celebration special.  That, and an absolutely knock out leading lady!  With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Richard Milnes Photography

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Sarah says: We got engaged in Paris on 30 September 2011 (our 8 year anniversary!), and were married on 22 September 2012 at Mellor Church, Cheshire.  Our reception was in Mellor Parish Hall next door to the church. 

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We chose the venue primarily because of the beautiful panoramic views across the countryside. It was a bonus that it is about 100 metres from the church! There has been a church on the site since the 14th century so it really is a very special place. It is amazing to think that we got married on a spot where countless other ceremonies have taken place for hundreds of years.

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We didn’t really have a ‘theme’ as such – I wanted everyone to feel relaxed and happy. We decorated the whole of the hall and the grounds around the hall with homemade bunting and ribbons to make a very ‘homespun’ feel to the whole day.

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We didn’t want a strict colour scheme so we opted for colours that complimented each other, even if they didn’t always match. I wanted to use as much colour as possible during the day as getting married near to Manchester in September could have meant grey, wet weather. It rained for two weeks before the wedding but we felt very lucky when the sun shone throughout our wedding day (surely the last day of summer in 2012) and our photographer was able to take some fantastic shots of us with the sun setting behind us at the venue that are our favourite pictures.

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My dress was the first one I tried on and was lace and vintage inspired. It was strapless and long with a bit of a train. I wore a lace bolero, back to front which sounds odd but which I loved as it showed my back at the top of my dress. I didn’t wear a veil but opted for a 30’s style head piece which I plan to wear again whenever I get the chance! My dress and bolero were both supplied and altered by Julie at Village Bride in Marple Bridge who was fantastic.

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My four bridesmaids wore light pink long dresses and looked fantastic. Two of my bridesmaids were pregnant and one had given birth to twins four months before the wedding so the dress had to be a design that complimented everyone. My bridesmaids came from Sheffield, London, Moscow and Bangkok to be with me on the day and I was overwhelmed by the efforts they all made to be a part of the day.

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The groomsmen wore navy blue morning suits with ivory waistcoats and soft pink neckties and handkerchiefs. I think the blue really complimented the colour of the bridesmaids’ dresses.

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I travelled to the church with my Dad in a convertible Morris 1000 covered in soft pink ribbons. My bridesmaids followed in a Morris Minor Traveller. The cars were provided by Geraldine and Kenny Regent at Regent Classic Cars. I chose them because my first car was a Morris Minor Traveller which used to belong to my Uncle and was refurbished by my Dad and given to me as an 18th birthday present. It made the journey to the church with my in the sunshine with the top down on the car very special and a memory I will always treasure.

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I carried a beautiful trailing bouquet including roses, gypsophila, ivy, rosemary and lizianthus by Val at The Greenhouse. 

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My favourite part of the day was undoubtedly exchanging our vows. I know that’s pretty corny but it was such a special moment when it felt like everything around us stopped.

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We tried, as far as possible, to use suppliers that were based in or around Mellor and Marple Bridge. My wedding dress and the bridesmaid dresses were all provided by Julie at Village Bride in Marple Bridge. The flowers were provided by Val two doors up from Julie! The caterers were The Travelling Gourmet in Marple. Our photographer was Richard Milnes Photography and Rebecca Reville Wedding Films filmed the day for us.

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We added personal touches with home-made bunting, vintage china, vintage glassware for the flowers on the table which came from my Mum’s garden in Cornwall, ribbons lining the dry stone wall that lead from the church to the reception and miniature Eccles cakes (to celebrate my husband’s name and my new married name) served on vintage cake stands. 

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Our friend, James Stafford played the piano for our guests and later we a local band Sold to the Sky got everyone on the dance floor!

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We had a ‘mini-moon’ just after the wedding in the Lake District where we stayed at Armathwaite Hall. We found out afterwards that Phil’s grandparents had stayed there on their honeymoon in 1948 which was quite a surprise as we had no idea when we booked the break. We’ve just got back from our ‘maxi-moon’ in Thailand where we went island hopping before staying with one of our bridesmaids and one of the best-men in Bangkok.

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Congratulations Sarah & Phil!

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  – Images © Richard Milnes Photography 

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