May 15th, 2018 | Rachel Parry
How is it only Tuesday? Take your mind of the nine ‘til five with this amazingly gorgeous alternative styled shoot, sent to us courtesy of two of the coolest suppliers in Yorkshire: creative wedding photographer Luke Holroyd, and The Aisle bridal boutique owner, Katie Brewer.
Along with a collective group of industry talents and two smoking hot models, they styled and produced this awesome set of images to inspire “edgy, trend driven and fashion-conscious individuals” – so if that sounds like your kinda jam, you’re going to want to absorb all the info they’re about to share.
Piecing together their very own modern love story around a young bride and groom doing their day, their way, the group staged the shoot at a popular Sheffield hang out and swapped traditional wedding attire in place of fashion-forward bridal dresses stocked at The Aisle, plus cool up-to-date accessories, including denim jackets, sneakers and biker boots. Oh yeah!!
Here to tell us more is the duo behind this fine urban spectacle, over you Luke and Katie…
With images by Luke Holroyd.
luke says: We wanted the shoot to be a little bit badass and quirky, removing ourselves from the norms of styled shoots.
Almost a modern-day Romeo and Juliet, our story creates a contemporary love story. The young couple have escaped the pressures of family and a traditional wedding, and instead go for a personal intimate event, at their favourite social venue. To them nothing is more important than each other.
The first look of the shoot is a more innocent natural style, and the second look is represents maturity, representing the couple’s own personal style.
The initial ideas were discussed by a selection of wedding vendors who all like to work with couples who break traditions. Those of us who worked on this shoot celebrate individuals and explore our creativity to capture something unique, bold and different to the norm. This shoot is for the edgy, trend driven, fashion-conscious individuals.
From the outset we knew we wanted to work with a venue that had something unique – popular with the cool kids. We landed on Hagglers Corner in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. Not your typical venue, as a music venue and cafe, Hagglers Corner is a creative community of makers and doers, all residing under one roof and a lovely courtyard on the edge of Sheffield City Centre.
Gee and Kieran from Nemesis Models suited the bill perfectly, their look was exactly what we wanted. They brought their own style and personalities which made the shoot; and our images look unique and alternative.
January 31st, 2018 | Rachel Parry
If your wedding venue tick list includes: historic building, gorgeous grounds, excellent service and delicious food, then prepare to take note of our new Yorkshire Sponsor Halifax Hall, that we’re introducing on the blog today.
Set in leafy Sheffield, the stunning boutique hotel has a choice of beautifully presented function rooms, with adaptable space for small, intimate weddings as well as those up to 120 guests.
Keen to shape days around individual couples, the Hall’s staff take a personal approach to planning, with weddings priced on a bespoke basis to ensure brides and grooms have their every wish catered for, including being able to handpick their wedding breakfast and evening food.
We’re handing over the blog to the Hall’s team now to expand on the details, but if this fine venue has already piqued your interest, then be sure to mark down Sunday 25th February in your diary when you can visit Halifax Hall during its wedding open day, from 12 noon to 3pm, free admission.
Where is the venue located?
halifax hall say: The venue is located in south west Sheffield, just a short walk from Ecclesall Road and the Botanical Gardens. The Hall is situated on the edge of the Endcliffe Village in picturesque gardens and has become established as one of Sheffield’s leading wedding venues, consistently being voted in the top ten hotels on TripAdvisor.
Can you tell us a little about the history of the venue?
Originally a Victorian steel baron’s mansion, and more recently a University hall of residence, Halifax Hall Hotel is a beautiful period property built in 1840, which was converted to a boutique hotel in 2013.
How would you describe the look and feel of the venue?
Halifax Hall’s stunning architecture provides an amazing backdrop for wedding photography and is the perfect venue for intimate ceremonies catering for between ten and 120 guests.
Can you tell us about the ceremony and reception areas?
Couples can hold their wedding ceremony in our light and airy Ennis Suite or the grander Dining Room, both of which offer neutral decor and plenty of natural light. The couple can then hire any of our five unique reception rooms for their wedding breakfast and evening celebrations.
What makes Halifax Hall a special wedding venue?
Due to the unique and bespoke way in which we approach weddings, we believe we offer a fantastic and flexible option to every bride and groom.
Our dedicated wedding team work with our couples to create a totally bespoke package for their big day, including personalised menus created by our talented chefs.
We support and encourage every couple’s individuality and ensure we commit a coordinator to be their point of contact from initial show round and throughout the planning process to create the day they imagined.
This level of service and versatility sets us apart and is a barometer of our commitment to ensure the perfect day each and every time.
January 26th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Beautiful blooms, plush foliage and an abundance of greenery provide the ‘au natural’ backdrop to today’s stunning styled bridal shoot, which takes place at the charming Sheffield Botanical Gardens.
Keen to profile independent businesses in the Sheffield area, photographer Alexandra Cavaye, took inspiration from this fabulously quirky setting, as well as her models, who brought a gothic, bohemian vibe to the shoot. As you would expect, the surroundings really set the scene, effortlessly illustrating how a couple can get creative with their venue.
An autumnal feel exudes from the photographs too, thanks to the dreamy warm palette and, of course, the wild bouquets, flower crown and plants tumbling all around the couple.
If you love all things flora and fauna, and want inspiration on how to make the most of your floral displays, then look no further! We’ll hand the blog over to Alexandra to tell us more about the shoot and this picture-perfect venue…
With images by Alexandra Cavaye Photography.
alexandra says: This was the first styled shoot I had organised myself. I had visited Sheffield Botanical Gardens often, picturing a styled shoot and what I could do. I wanted to create a shoot that worked with local Sheffield-based suppliers, making the most of what Sheffield’s independent business’ community has to offer.
I was very much inspired by the couple from the shoot, and the season. The couple are very edgy and heavily tattooed, but the bridal model also has a bit of a bohemian vibe. So this was much of my running theme. I also wanted to incorporate autumnal colours because the shoot was just on the cusp of autumn, the leaves were changing, and the Botanical Gardens’ plants were a huge inspiration. I wanted to keep a really natural element, focusing on fauna and flora and using it to complement the couple’s style.
I have always loved looking at the plants at the Botanical Gardens, and I think they were my initial inspiration, and when I finally found the couple to model, they drove the concept. I focused on the couple because this is how I photograph my weddings; capturing the essence of the day that a couple has spent so long organising and making just perfect.
I chose two bouquets for two different looks, supplied by Tracey of Campbell’s Flowers, specifically because of the changing fauna throughout the Botanical Gardens – I wanted to make sure that the bouquet always worked in the shot. I had one that was focused on autumnal colours, leafy and lush, and the other was a mix of light greens, leaves and foliage and really natural. I also had a small flower crown that used primarily autumnal colours.
The makeup, applied by up and coming makeup artist Izzy Rose, specifically used autumnal colours, with a bold dark lip. The hair was natural, tousled and relaxed, and styled by the talented Lindsay of Julia Jeckell. I wanted it to reflect the bridal model and tie in with the colours of the flowers and surroundings.
January 16th, 2018 | Rachel Parry
With a rise in the number of cool city locations available for weddings, we’re delighted to be introducing a brand-new Brides Up North Sponsor venue to the blog today, which is situated in the heart of Sheffield.
Contemporary and flexible, Inox is a stunning event space located within the University of Sheffield Students’ Union Building, which boasts fabulous ceremony and reception spaces, amazing cityscape views and an award-winning kitchen team.
Able to accommodate weddings of all sizes, couples are invited to utilise and design the space as they wish (which includes a fabulous outdoor balcony area!) to produce a day that is truly unique to them.
If Inox sounds right up your street, then be sure to mark Saturday 27th January in your diary as the venue will be hosting a Wedding Open Day 11am to 2pm, providing a great opportunity to view this impressive space for yourself while meeting Inox team and a selection of local suppliers.
In the meantime, we’ll hand over to the Inox team for more information on the venue’s awesome wedding offering…
Where is the venue located?
inox say: Inox is located on level five of the University of Sheffield Students’ Union Building. Situated in the heart of Sheffield, Inox has a cool city centre vibe and is ideally located close to transport links making it an easy location for guests to reach.
Can you tell us a little about the history of the venue?
Inox was opened in 2013 as part of a multi-million-pound redevelopment of the University of Sheffield Students’ Union Building. We have developed our offering over the years to suit couples’ needs and provide very flexible and bespoke services for individual wedding celebrations.
How would you describe the look and feel of the venue?
Stylish, contemporary and unique, Inox offers a flexible option, which is fully adaptable. Inox aims to provide a fun, modern and unique venue for couples to design and use as they wish. It boasts a large bar and outdoor balcony area too, with fabulous views of the city.
Can you tell us about the ceremony and reception areas and how many guests the venue can cater for?
Inox is ideal for celebrations of all sizes. The venue can host wedding receptions of up to 250 guests, or is suitable for intimate wedding breakfasts for just close friends and family. It is available for civil ceremonies in the restaurant and the Discovery Rooms, which boast incredible views across Sheffield, providing a stunning backdrop to the proceedings. Couples get exclusive use of the venue’s facilities for their wedding breakfasts and evening receptions.
What makes Inox a special wedding venue and sets it apart from others?
Inox includes a first-class restaurant and bar, catered for by award-winning head chef Joe Berry and his team, using only the freshest, seasonal produce from Sheffield’s finest local producers. The chic bar serves cocktails, a wide range of spirits, beers and fine wines. You can shape our suites to cater for anywhere between ten and 200 guests and put your own unique spin on our space in order to make your special day truly yours.
June 26th, 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May 9th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
If you’re contemplating an autumn date for your special day, then this afternoon’s real wedding will have you falling head over heels for this beautiful time of the year. Think rich jewelled tones, café au lait dahlias and a picture-perfect sunset, and you’ll get a fair idea of what to expect.
Our couple, Catherine and Frazer, tied the knot at Whirlowbrook Hall, a gorgeous manor house set within 39 acres of landscaped gardens. Plumping for a navy blue and pewter colour scheme, their elegant vintage-inspired theme works beautifully with the venue’s classic backdrop.
As you’ll see, there are so many Pinterest-worthy highlights from their special day – the stunning four-tiered cake (complete with edible sequins) is a favourite, and I just love the bride’s statement blue shoes!
With images by Mylo Photography
catherine says: We got engaged on our seven-year anniversary, at home, on 27th December 2014, on what was a lovely crisp wintery morning. I had been dropping not so subtle hints about getting married for about a year but Frazer kept saying I’d have to wait and see as our anniversary was coming up.
The day dawned and he made me breakfast. He called me through for my sausage sandwich. I put the ketchup on and flipped the top slice of bread onto the sandwich. Neatly carved into the bread was “will you marry me?”. I think I actually said, “Oh go on then!”. Because of the snow we were unable to visit our families to share the good news for about a week!
We got married on 16th October 2016. We always knew we wanted an autumn wedding, as we love autumnal colours. Plus a sunny autumn day can be so beautiful. As it turned out, it rained heavily until about an hour before the ceremony and then stayed sunny and dry. We got some fabulous photos with the autumn sunset too.
We hosted our ceremony and reception at Whirlowbrook Hall in Sheffield. We hadn’t intended to go and see Whirlowbrook, as my sister had always wanted to get married there and I didn’t want to copy. We had gone to two wedding fairs nearby, and heard that Whirlowbrook was also holding one. We thought we’d go and see the suppliers rather than the venue, but as soon as we walked in, we knew we’d get married there! The atmosphere was so special, the staff were friendly and attentive, and the Hall and grounds are stunning. We also liked the fact that we’d get exclusive use of the venue for the day, and it was small enough to be intimate, yet still had enough space for everyone.
We didn’t have a theme as such, but we went for an autumnal vintage elegance feel. Hopefully we captured the richness of the season and matched the grandeur of the hall with classic decorations, but still managed to do things a bit differently.
We opted for a navy blue and pewter/silver colour scheme. We wanted jewel tones for that rich autumnal feel and settled on navy as a colour which would be easy to co-ordinate. We didn’t want bright silver so settled on a darker more antique silver/pewter for our metallic accents. We also incorporated cream and ivory to lighten the overall look.
I got my dress – the Alfred Angelo 216 Cinderella gown – in a sample sale. I knew I wanted a mermaid/fishtail style, but something a bit different. As soon as I put the dress on, I knew it was ‘the one’. My seamstress, Bride by Katie-Lou Designs, handmade a bolero and matched the lace to the detail on the bodice of the dress, it was perfect! I also wore a long one-tier veil.
My lovely bridesmaid Adele let me wear her antique pearl necklace as my something borrowed. Pearl is also my birthstone, which tied in nicely.
I chose bright blue Irregular Choice shoes for a pop of colour, they were fabulous and I got so many compliments.
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