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Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Shows Spring 2017

fine romance. a luxurious styled wedding inspiration shoot in the peak district

April 27th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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Thursday evening’s don’t come much better than this! It’s very nearly the beginning of a bank holiday weekend and to top that, we’ve got an uber-gorgeous styled shoot packed with wedding inspiration to share with you. Ladies, it’s time to let down your hair, fill up your glass (with bubbles, we hope) and feast your eyes on this bridal beauty.

Lead by award-winning Sheffield florist Tracey Campbell, of Campbell’s Flowers, this shoot is the work of a talented team of South Yorkshire suppliers who relished in the opulent ‘fine romance’ brief.

True to form, Tracey created some truly breath-taking designs, which were complemented by the stunning choice of bridal attire, hair, makeup and details.

The backdrop of the misty Peak District hills adds to the romantic tale, and we are thrilled to see a little cameo appearance from some rather gorgeous greyhounds.

With images by Shelley Richmond Photography. Models: Jessica Fletcher and Jessica Leatherday.

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tracey says: The big idea behind the shoot was to really visually explore the growing trend of floral wedding designs moving away from the meadowy, just-picked look so dominant in recent years, and towards a very opulent, luxe look. It’s an incredibly romantic look, so we worked with the shoot title ‘A Fine Romance’.

To create that style, I used lots of textures when crafting the floral designs, and maximised contrasts, by juxtaposing more traditional blooms, like amaryllis with exotic flora, such as King Protea.

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Much of the inspiration came from the wonderful Marilyn gown by Sassi Holford, particularly in terms of the colour palette, which featured silvery grey eucalyptus and pinks in a range of hues from soft, baby blushes through to some magnificently vivid magenta. The stunning gowns for the shoot, including Marilyn, were provided by Sheffield-based bridal boutique, The White Room.

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When it came to the shoot location, we decided on Losehill House Hotel and Spa. We’ve long been fans of this superb venue, and as preferred suppliers we adore working with them. For us, its incredible location is hard to beat as the rolling hills of the beautiful Peak District will always hold a very special place in our hearts; constantly inspiring us and drawing us back.

Losehill also perfectly matched our theme, as the whole place is brimming with luxury details and feels very special. We also love to collaborate with other businesses who share our ethos, and Losehill really does, particularly when it comes to insisting on quality and supporting local artisans and suppliers, for example, the lounge and restaurant furniture was all hand crafted to their design by a nearby company.

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To create our romantic, high-end look with our flowers for the shoot, we focused on a contemporary classic look that was all refined elegance with a muted, soft and incredibly feminine colour palette, which we then contrasted with vivid colour pops like cerise. We also incorporated rich colours that were reminiscent of oil paintings, such as a deep emerald green as seen in the simple ivy crowns.

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a little blush. justin alexander for an elegant wedding at seaham hall – kirsty & ryan

November 8th, 2016 | Laura McDonagh

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Today’s bride Kirsty, says that the perfect wedding dress took her by surprise by being everything she supposedly didn’t want. The dress in question – a romantic, swishy Justin Alexander creation – was a truly stunning choice from what we can see!

Kirsty also said she wanted her day to be defined by the words “classy” and “romantic”. Well, mission accomplished, just take a look at the stunning photographs!

Ready for some serious pretty? Let’s dive right in…

With images by Leighton Bainbridge Photography.

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kirsty says: Ryan and I got engaged on 1st August 2014 while on holiday in Mexico. Ryan had organised a private, romantic meal on the pier, looking over the ocean where we could watch the sun set. We had a gorgeous meal with champagne. Once we’d finished our meal, Ryan got down on one knee and the waiter presented my ring on a silver plate. It was perfect and the waiter caught it all on camera so I will always be able to look back at that moment. I had no idea, which made it even more special.

We got married on 6th August 2016. We always wanted to get married in the summer and this date worked well around my work. I’m a teacher and wanted to have a few weeks off before the wedding as well as being able to go on our honeymoon before the new term started. Plus, we hoped that in August we’d have sunny weather – which we did!

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We were married at our local church in Houghton-le-Spring and then went onto Seaham Hall in County Durham. I’d always wanted to have my wedding there. The hotel is so beautiful I couldn’t imagine going anywhere else. Plus, we loved the fact that we could have an exclusive wedding with the whole venue and facilities to ourselves. We booked all 20 of the hotel rooms, which meant our close family and friends could stay over. The hotel boasts a sports room with a pool table, which was ideal for the men, plus there was a quiet lounge for the ‘oldies’.

I’d always wanted a big wedding and Ryan just went along with it! The two words I wanted to define the day were “classy” and “romantic”. When we got engaged the rustic, vintage theme was very popular and I loved the idea of lots of little details. However, I still wanted the overall feel to be contemporary as Seaham Hall is quite modern.

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Making a decision on the colour scheme wasn’t difficult. I’m a girly girl and knew I wanted pink. We decided on a very soft blush; we knew it would suit both bridesmaids as well as the groomsmen. The bridesmaids’ dresses were from Mia Sposa in Newcastle; I chose a full-length lace gown in blush pink. They chose their own shoes so that they were comfortable on the day.

The choice of my own dress took me by surprise. It was everything I supposedly didn’t want. I chose a Justin Alexander dress also from Mia Sposa in Newcastle (the girls there are fab!) It had a full skirt, long train and lace straps, creating a ‘v’ shape at the front and back. The lace detail went all the way down the fitted bodice and past my hips where it faded out and then also all around the hem of the skirt. I loved the buttons at the back as they too went all the way down the skirt. When I spun it swished around me; I really felt like a princess! I also wore a veil, which was the full length of my dress and decorated with small crystals.

Mel Hedley did the bridal party’s makeup for the wedding. She was fantastic! Francesca Hair Design in Pelton, then did the bridal party’s hair. We had such a laugh getting ready and they all went beyond the call of duty!

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We hired Ryan’s suit from Just Perfect in Shotton Colliery. He wore a French navy suit with a tweed waistcoat. He had a blush pink tie and tan shoes. The combined effect was gorgeous. The groomsmen wore the same as the groom however their waistcoat was the same French navy as the suit, also from Just Perfect.

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roses & lace. pronovias for a timeless wedding at arley hall – charlotte & ross

October 25th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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Charlotte and Ross (who was a great teenage friend of mine *waves!*) decided to go with a classic and traditional big day, complete with a church ceremony, black tie suits and a gorgeous lace gown (we approve Mr W!).

Roses were the flower of the day in elegant tones of cream and pink, which made up super pretty bouquets and adorned the pew ends and cake.

The result is an utterly gorgeous celebration that will certainly stand the test of time.

With images by Katie Sidell Photography.

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charlotte says: We got engaged in Central Park in New York. Ross proposed while we ice skating. I was so shocked but over the moon! We set the date of the wedding for 21st May 2016. We had our ceremony at the beautiful Great Budworth Church. Alec there was a fantastic vicar and made the ceremony so special! We then had our reception at Arley Hall & Gardens, Cheshire.
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We went with a traditional look for the wedding with Ross wearing black tie and my dress was lace, which I wore with a cathedral style veil. I loved the look of the black and the ivory outfits together. Our flowers were all pastel colours and we love roses so they were the main flower.

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Ross’s suit was a tailored Moss Bros black tie suit with matching black waistcoat and tie. The groomsmen wore tailored Ted Baker black tie suits.

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butterflies & blooms. a romantic blush pink wedding in the north west – charlotte & chris

October 17th, 2016 | Laura McDonagh

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Today’s bride and groom were married at the stunning Warrington Golf Club surrounded by their very nearest and dearest.

The wedding day was a sublime, pink-hued affair with more than a hint of Midsummer Night’s romanticism and revelry.

There were plenty of nods to tradition, including Charlotte’s showstopper of a Camelot-inspired dress, but also plenty of fun, personal touches, such as the Marvel Comics cake and Molly the Chorkie dressed in dusty pink.

So, ready for some romance?

With images by Helen Smiddy of HJS Photography.

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charlotte says: We got engaged during a cruise to the Bahamas in June 2014. Chris proposed on a starlit night whilst we were on route to Miami. It was very romantic, although he had to walk me around the ship four times before he plucked up the courage to ask the question!

We decided to get married on 11th June 2016. We chose this date for two reasons: it was exactly two years from the date of the proposal, and I’d always wanted to be a June bride.

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We were married at our local church, St Mary’s, in Great Sankey. Chris and I wanted a traditional church wedding, and St Mary’s is so pretty and traditional. We then travelled to Warrington Golf Club for the wedding breakfast and evening celebrations.

Our theme was based around butterflies; I love butterflies, and they always make me think of summer. Our colour scheme was a dusty pink. I’m a self-confessed girly girl and pink has always been my favourite colour.

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I wanted a dress and veil that were a little different and suited my style. I’d always admired the fairy-like style of dresses in movies, such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Camelot, and I hoped to emulate this style. I bought the dress in Blackpool and had the veil made to match. My shoes were ordered from Monsoon and my hair vine and jewellery were from Debenhams.

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we can be heroes. a romantic wedding at losehill house hotel – jenine & ryan

September 26th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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Today’s wedding showcases how both a bride and groom’s personality can be incorporated into a wedding day.

Keen to make sure that her husband-to-be felt a key part of the wedding preparations, bride Jenine decided to use one of her beau’s main interests as the wedding theme, resulting in a big day with clever superhero and comic book touches.

Given the elegant setting, Jenine then successfully blended these details with a pretty vintage colour palette and beautiful blooms for a wedding that had the best of both ‘him’ and ‘her’.

We particularly love Jenine’s lace detailed gown and also the maids’ cute tea-length dresses. What a pretty group of ladies they are!

With images by James Shaw Photography.

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jenine says: Ryan proposed to me in Mexico on the 22nd April 2014. It was whilst we were swimming with dolphins. At the end of the swim the trainers asked us (me, Ryan my mom and my sister) if we would like to be shown how to make the dolphins do tricks. We obviously said yes. As Ryan had organised this I was supposed to do a specific trick, making the dolphin flip in the air. But the trainer got confused and asked my sister to do it as he thought Ryan was proposing to her. After she had done the trick they past her a cool box that they said had fish inside to feed the dolphin, she opened it and saw the ring. She quickly put the lid back on and handed me the box. Confused I opened the box and saw the ring laid on a leaf surrounded by exotic flowers. I looked up and Ryan asked the question. I said yes and started to cry.

We set the date for 28th August 2015. Ever since I was young I always wanted to married on August bank holiday.

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Our chosen venue was Losehill House Hotel & Spa, situated in The Peak District. We wanted an intimate venue that we could share with family and friends. When we went to view the hotel, it was the amazing surroundings sealed the deal.

The theme for the wedding was super heroes. Ryan is a major fan of Marvel and DC, as he’s a bit of a geek. As this is one of the many reason why I fell in love with him, I thought why not build it in to our big day to make it a bit quirky and something everyone would remember. I also thought that this would be a good way to make sure Ryan was fully involved with the planning.

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We didn’t have a colour theme as such but I wanted whatever colours we did have to emit a vintage feel. We found the perfect bridesmaid dresses in pale blue. We then bought the boys pale blue bow ties to match and I bought some blue wedding shoes too!

When I started wedding dress shopping I had no idea what I wanted and I ended up trying on quite a few until I found the one. I finally choose a plain, ivory ballroom style dress, with a lace top and jewelled belt from Emily Bridal Wear in Sheffield. As soon as I had it on all together I just knew it was the one (I had to fight back the tears). My favourite part of the dress was the back as it had buttons all the way down.

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auburn beauty: a dreamy styled shoot at norwood park

August 22nd, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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We all know that Monday afternoon can be a hard slog and so we’re sharing something super beautiful with you on the blog right now to banish those post-weekend blues.

This gorgeous styled wedding shoot was inspired solely by the star of the show, model Felicity, with her auburn hair and porcelain skin being the catalyst for all the wonderful styling.

Captured at the elegant Norwood Park in Southwell, Nottinghamshire, we love the fanciful hairstyling, natural makeup, textured dresses and whimsical blooms that bring the whole dreamy look together.

To explain more about the details and experts involved, we’re handing over the blog to hairstylist Alison Jenner who organised the pretty…

With images by Jess Petrie.

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alison says: Felicity, our stunning natural redhead model, was the inspiration for this gorgeous shoot. Having known Felicity since she was a child, I have watched her grow into such a naturally beautiful young lady, and so she was the starting point and everything else followed.

Our setting for the shoot was Norwood Park, a stunning Georgian house set in 100 acres of land within my home town of Southwell. We were kindly given free reign of the whole venue. Owned by the Starky family for many years, Georgie and Henry are doing an amazing job of taking the beautiful house forward. They have lots of fabulous events planned, but most importantly, are putting the venue on the wedding world map with its great reputation and their continued success.

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With the photography being taken care of by Jess Petrie, I just knew the feel of the images captured would be natural, yet dreamy, and very feminine. Her attention to detail is like no other yet she works in such a relaxed and calm way – you can’t help wanting the day not to end.

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When it came to styling Felicity’s hair, I wanted to create a more untamed feel with the use of the floral crown. There were a number of different styles, starting with a slightly dressed look that had volume and movement. Plaits are still so on trend so we switched to quickly create a totally different look. Finally I created a more vintage look, which was soft yet structured, to complement, but not outshine, the Eliza Jane Howell dress.

Cristina Lazzarotto, a talented makeup artist I have known for years, provided show stopping makeup. Ranging from a gorgeous natural look building to a stronger yet still dreamy finish. The idea being that more doesn’t have to mean too much.

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Having described the venue and style of model to Lisa and Victoria of Cicily Bridal, a stunning chic bridal boutique based in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, they instantly knew the look we needed. A dreamy Naomi Neoh gown was provided to add some drama and effect, and a stunning Eliza Jane Howell gown was also picked out for a more edgy, sleek and timeless feel. A couple of beautiful veils were also featured to create different looks.

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