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true blue. justin alexander for an eclectic wedding at the crab & lobster – ann-marie & matthew

July 16th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

An Eclectic Wedding at The Crab & Lobster (c) Michael Cartwright Photography (31)

Today’s real wedding took place at a quirky hotel and restaurant that has a sort of anything goes feel to it with its mismatched décor and furnishings. Rather than try and impose a set theme on such an individual venue, bride and groom Ann-Marie and Matthew cleverly blended styles they love into the setting for an elegant yet eclectic wedding day.

We love the 1950s influences in the bride and maid of honour’s dresses as well as the groom’s slightly unusual pale blue suit and patterned tie combo. Elsewhere there are pretty shabby chic touches in the décor and a country garden theme running through the flowers and cake designs.

Oh, and Ann-Marie didn’t just go for one ‘something blue’ but instead lots, with a colour palette made up of varying shades of the cool hue.

With images from Michael Cartwright Photography.

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ann-marie says: We got engaged on 20th April 2013 at Drybeck Farm in Cumbria. It was our anniversary weekend and Matthew had booked a weekend to Drybeck Farm as a surprise. Drybeck was our first weekend away together when we first met so Matthew thought it would be romantic to rekindle the early days. Matthew had been working during the day and came back at lunch time to get ready and go. I jokingly asked him “Have you forgotten anything? Like a ring?” to which he replied “Seriously? You do know there isn’t a ring, don’t you?” That was enough to put me off the scent.

I’d made a lamb stew to take with us that we cooked over an open fire and we sat and drank red wine and ate stew and tiger bread under the stars, wrapped in blankets. Matthew finally popped the question down on one knee on the banks of the River Eden. I of course said a massive yes!

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We decided on 24th May 2015 as our wedding date and chose The Crab & Lobster near Thirsk, North Yorkshire, as our venue. We knew the hotel and restaurant because of its reputation in fine dining but we had never been to stay before. We went to a wedding open day and suddenly everything fell into place. The gardens are beautiful and the hotel is so wonderfully quirky that we instantly fell in love with it.

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We wanted our wedding to be laid back but still beautiful. One of our major turn offs with all things wedding was the ‘fake grandeur’ that is automatically pushed on brides. We also didn’t like the idea of an outright theme. We preferred just to choose all the things we liked and try to link them together. If we had to try and shoehorn our wedding into any kind of theme I suppose it would be ‘50s shabby chic, English country garden glamour’ (if that can be a theme?).

This eclectic mix of styles matches our personalities and went perfectly with the venue, which is a mismatch of all sorts of memorabilia and oddities.

We chose blue for our colour scheme. We didn’t make any decision on one particular type of blue and decided to have a wonderful mix of shades and hues that all complemented each other. We used white and ivory with a touch of peach to complement the blues. On reason for choosing blue was because of its association with luck at weddings and we thought why stop at one ‘something blue’ when it can all be blue!

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My dress was a 50s style ball gown by Justin Alexander and bought from Just Perfect at Shotton Colliery. It had a boat neckline and pleated sash waist with a small detailing of crystals and pearls. The dress was plain ivory silk and had a train. On my feet I wore peacock blue peep toe shoes from Faith, which had a T-bar encrusted in diamantes and peals.

My headpiece was custom made by The Libertarian. It was an ivory silk flower with crystals and pearls in the centre and a short 50s style veil with a sprinkling of diamantes. The crystals on the flower were my ‘something old’ and had been taken from a necklace my Grandmother left to me. My earrings were custom made by Mobeus in Hartlepool which also used the crystals from my Grandmother’s old necklace. Finally, I wore a jersey pearl bracelet that I borrowed from our daughter (she was bought it as a christening present).

On the big day, Nicholas at Hobson and Holmes in Darlington, did my hair while Jo Leversuch of Makeup by Jo, did my makeup.

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Matthew wore a pale blue suit from Psyche in Middlesbrough with a coordinating dark blue tweed waistcoat from Debenhams. His shirt was plain white from M&S and shoes were brown brogues from Just Perfect Menswear at Shotton Colliery. Matthew’s tie and pocket square were from an online retailer called Dancys.

Our maid of honour wore a royal blue 50s style dress by LouLou Bridal and our flower girl wore an ivory satin and tulle ballerina style dress both bought from Just Perfect at Shotton Colliery. Their head pieces were both custom made by The Libertarian and featured handmade and custom dyed silk flowers.

The groomsmen all wore a suit of their choice with white M&S shirts and ties from Dancys. Our page boys wore pale blue linen suites from Next with coordinating bow-ties from Dancys.

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Michael of Michael Cartwright Photography took our photographs. Michael is an old school friend of mine so we knew that we would be hiring a photographer that could put us at ease and who knew our personalities and tastes. Michael did a fantastic job of capturing the day without lots of posed or staged photos that will age and go out of fashion. We have ended up with a wonderful pictorial story of our day that will stand the test of time. Michael was a true professional and was so great at taking candid photos. We hardly even knew he was there throughout the day but we still got more than 1,000 pictures to choose from.

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I carried a bouquet of wild and garden flowers in a range of blue and lavender tones including forget-me-nots, scabious, cornflowers, roses, lisianthus. They were tied with a bow with long tendrils of multi-coloured ribbons in different widths and textures. The brief to the florist was that I wanted to look like I had walked through a beautiful meadow and country garden and collected my flowers on the way to the ceremony – they did not disappoint.

The flowers were from Flowerhouse in Hartburn, Stockton-on-Tees which until recently was my brother’s business which he and my mum started more than ten years ago. Ever since I was small I have grown up around flowers and flower shops as my mum has been an award winning florist for 50 years. I knew from being a little girl that the most special thing was for my mum to do my wedding flowers and with the help of the staff at Flowerhouse that wish came true and the flowers were spectacular!

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Our table decorations were lots of smaller bunches of flowers using the same flowers as my bouquet. These were in jam jars which I decorated with ribbons and lace. Again the flowers were from Flowerhouse. We also decorated the tables with smaller jars with tea lights in them and set the table settings with sprigs of lavender and corn from Shropshire Petals, who also supplied our confetti.

I made all the decorations for the day including a number of hand painted signs and more than 30 metres of bunting as well as burlap signs and ribbon wands for the little people to carry. Instead of a guestbook I also made a hand painted canvas which everyone could write their messages on which has given us a beautiful momentum of the day.

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As favours, each guest was given a packet of forget-me-not seeds from Not on the High Street. Due to the huge number of flowers at the wedding, each couple also got to take home a jar of fresh flowers at the end of the night.

We chose a three tier cake with a different flavour for each tier – fruit, chocolate and vanilla. A friend of ours (Jenny) made the cakes and a friend of my mum’s iced them for us. It was decorated with fresh flowers from Flowerhouse and a bunting cake topper from Beautiful Greys, a shop on Facebook.

Additionally we had a cheese and pork pie wedding cake from Earls Cheese Wedding Cakes in Stockton, which doubled as our evening buffet. This was topped with bride and groom mice from Cotton Reel Crafts. We served the wedding cake on the evening as dessert.

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To keep guests entertained we had a jazz duo welcoming everyone to the ceremony and then playing in the gardens afterward. They were the Crab and Lobster resident musicians, Muttonchops, and were a fantastic addition to our day. During the ceremony Matthew’s brother, Robbie, and my friend Angela gave a rendition of Songbird by Oasis which was very special to us. On the evening we decided to have a jukebox instead of a DJ. That way the dancefloor was always full because the music was chosen by the guests.

To make the day all the more special we added a few individual touches, including inviting our guests to take part in a competition at The Crab and Lobster’s one-hole golf course to win a bottle of bubbles. It was a fun little addition and everyone had a go at getting their ball closest to the flag.

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We would recommend all of our suppliers, they each provided exactly what we wished for and were full of professionalism. We would also definitely recommend our venue to other couples. It was so fantastic in every way. The staff were wonderfully attentive and understood our vision from the outset and ensured that everything went swimmingly. They were very willing for us to completely take over and decorate everything in sight and change things around as we saw fit. The wedding coordinator, John Lacey, was fantastic and couldn’t do enough for us – from helping me to change my shoes, to standing up ladders hanging bunting, carving up enormous pork pies and helping our daughter up and down the patio steps.

I don’t think we could pick a favourite part of the day as it was all absolutely amazing. That said, our highlights would include; seeing each other for the first time, spending an entire day with all the people we love and dancing the night away to a plethora of retro tunes!

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For our honeymoon we had four nights at Peacock Pavilions just outside of Marrakech in Morocco. It was a wonderfully relaxing break full of delicious food and exploration. We were fully spoilt at Peacock Pavilions with private dining in a hand painted Berber tent, a private screening of Casablanca in an outdoor cinema with cocktails and a bridal henna party for me. No stone was unturned at this wonderful quirky little oasis. Pure bliss!

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pick your petals. create your own confetti bar

July 7th, 2015 | Julia Braime Guests throwing confetti from £11.50 per litre (5)

Whether you’re planning a big blow out wedding or a small intimate affair, the day wouldn’t be complete without the throwing of confetti.  Confetti symbolises the union of a couple getting married, so why not make it extra special and let your guests choose the confetti to shower you with?

Brides Up North Sponsor Shropshire Petals grow and produce natural petal confetti on their Shropshire farm.  They produce an array of beautiful petals in a range of colours and petal types.  Here are their tips on how you can make your own confetti bar, like a sort of pretty petal pic n mix… we love it!

Shropshire Petals are offering Brides Up North the chance to save 10% off orders over £65 by using your unique Brides Up North discount code here. Handful of Highland Fling £11.50 per litre.jpg

shropshire petals say: A confetti bar enables your guests to choose from a range of colours to ensure your confetti moment is a magical surprise.  Not only will you get an amazing and fun confetti shot, a confetti bar is a great way of providing some entertainment for your guests. Pick and Mix - Midnight Blue, Icing Sugar, Raspberry Fool, Honey'b and Frosted Blue £11.50 per litre each .jpg

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Choose individual colours and mixtures of petals to match or contrast your wedding theme. Consider where you will be having your confetti moment to ensure that the petals are going to stand out when your photographer captures your guests throwing confetti over you.

Pick as many colours as you like, and you can even order samples to try out at home before you decide which will give you an idea of how your chosen petals will look when thrown together.

For a light and colourful confetti mix, choosing a variety of pastel colours mixed together is perfect for summer.  The popular Summer Nights confetti is a delicate mix of light blue, pale pink and ivory petals.

We recommend smaller petals such as delphiniums and wildflowers as these are lighter and create a gentle flutter as they fall.  To add some extra colour and texture, you can select some larger petals to mix in with the smaller ones.

If you are looking for even more of a colour splash, pick and mix your own confetti using the pick and mix tool online. Handful of Summer Nights £11.50 per litre 2

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Choose a range of containers to display your confetti in, including Kilner jars, vases, buckets, vintage boxes, wooden crates or anything you like to suit your style and wedding theme. Mix it Up Confetti in cones £60 for 10 litres

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Place each of your individual colours or mixes of confetti into your chosen containers and put them in a prominent position where you will be having your confetti moment. Don’t worry about doing this yourself, pre-fill containers and delegate a member of the bridal party to set this up on the big day. Use the online confetti calculator to work out how much you’ll need. Pick and Mix - Candyfloss, Icing Sugar and Lady Grey£11.50 per litre each

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Before the big day, make a cute sign to go next to your confetti bar to explain to guests what they need to do.

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Let your guests pick and mix confetti from the confetti bar when its time and enjoy your magical confetti moment. Get set… throw! Confetti explosion - confetti from £11.50 per litre (6)

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great georgian. justin alexander for an elegant wedding at nostell priory – sarah & scott

July 7th, 2015 | Julia Braime

A Romantic Wedding at Nostell Priory (c) Chris Chambers Photography (28)

Today’s real wedding has lots of lovely personal touches with theming based around the venue and season as well as the couple’s interests.

Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition venue Nostell Priory (have you got the date in your diary?) provided the perfect backdrop to Scott and Sarah’s vintage styled wedding with pretty dusky pink touches in the décor, attire and flowers.

Sarah’s bouquet is particularly stunning featuring pale roses, ranunculus and hyacinth, but the element of the wedding that caught my eye most was – surprisingly – the favours. Homemade sloe gin in pretty bottles, which tick boxes for looking good, tasting good and being a personalised and useful (well, sort of) gift. Cheers to that idea!

With images by Chris Chambers Photography.

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sarah says: We got engaged when we were having dinner on the beach in Borneo in October 2013. Scott had somehow managed to buy a ring – which fit perfectly – and get it half way across the world without me knowing. We were having a pre-dinner Singapore Sling watching the sunset when he brought out the ring and popped the question!

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We were married on 7th February 2015. We love winter but didn’t want the wedding to clash with the shooting season so waited until after February 1st.

We chose Nostell Priory as our venue because we love its Georgian style and the Robert Adam Top Hall is so beautiful. We walk our two cocker spaniels in the grounds quite often so it was nice to get married somewhere which meant something to us and where we will go back again and again. We also liked that Nostell is a bit of a blank canvas so we could have lots a personal touches and really make the day ours.

We wanted to complement Nostell’s lovely Georgian features and so we went for a classic, romantic, vintage-style theme for the big day.

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Our colour scheme was dusky pink and ivory as we wanted winter tones but without being Christmassy. The dusky pink also worked well with Nostell’s neutral colours and went beautifully with ivory.

I’m a bit of a stickler for detail so even the confetti had to match the colour scheme. We bought our own mix of pink and white rose and delphinium petals from Shropshire Petals which we put into glassine envelopes for our guests.

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I chose a Justin Alexander ball-gown cut, ivory satin dress with chapel length train from Mia Sposa in Huddersfield. Justin Alexander’s designs stood out for me when I was going through wedding magazines and the moment I saw this dress on Pinterest knew it was ‘the one’! Mia Sposa were absolutely amazing – the dress was hard to find but they managed to hunt one down and made sure it fit perfectly.

To complete my attire I also had an ivory marabou feather shrug – I’m not brave enough for bare shoulders in February! We ordered extra dress fabric and the ladies at Mia Sposa made the ties on the shrug so that they would match the dress perfectly.

To finish I wore a chapel-length lace veil from Etsy – I loved it and never wanted to take it off! I kept jewellery simple so that the dress detail wasn’t over powered and chose a beautiful diamante cuff by Debbie Carlisle at Beloved Bridal and wore a vintage cameo ring. Finally, I had a pair of Swarovski stud earrings.

Scott Beswick MUA did makeup on the wedding day and Danielle Wright did the hair for myself, the bridesmaids and my mum. Scott is so much fun as well as being a brilliant makeup artist. Danielle is incredibly talented and created a flawless look. They both made us all feel stunning on the day and finished the look perfectly.

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Scott wore a grey three-piece suit with tailcoat from Ashworth & Bird. He had an ivory waistcoat and cravat. He had no intention of wearing tails, having initially thought he would prefer a lounge suit, but the lady in Ashworth & Bird convinced him to try the tails and they were perfect.

I made personalised cufflinks for Scott and the groomsmen; Scott’s had quotes from our readings whilst the groomsmen all had quotes relating to their role/ relationship or details about the day. To complete the look, I bought Scott a personalised pocket watch as his wedding present.

Our bridesmaids wore dusky pink floor-length dresses from House of Fraser and ivory fur shrugs and the groomsmen wore three piece suits to match the grooms, all from Ashworth & Bird. All the groomsmen also had dusky pink cravats.

The pageboys – our 18 month old nephews – wore grey suits with ivory waistcoats and cravats from Roco Clothing.

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As transport we hired a 1937 Rolls Royce from Yesteryear Cars. It went perfectly with our vintage style and we loved that it was maroon rather than the usual white wedding car.

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Chris of Chris Chambers Photography took our wedding photos. Chris was recommended to us and when we saw his style we knew that’s what we wanted. Not only does he take amazing photos, he is also really friendly and professional. We had an engagement shoot a few weeks ahead of the wedding which was great for getting used to the camera and Chris’s photos were so good we knew we didn’t need to worry about them at all. We would definitely recommend him – all the photos are incredible so it’s really hard choosing them for the album!

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On the day I had a loose bouquet with ivory and dusky pink roses, ranunculus and hyacinth, wrapped in a ribbon made from the same fabric as my dress. The bridesmaids all had small versions of my bouquet. They were by BlossEm. Emily there is a fantastic florist; she has so much style and as soon as we met her we knew the flowers would be absolutely amazing. I was completely in love with my bouquet which looked, and smelled, beautiful.

Emily also made little bunches of gypsophila for our hair, instead of hairpieces. The groomsmen had buttonholes made with similar flowers but with small game bird feathers and the page boys had small gypsophila buttonholes.

Bloss Em provided all the flowers for the reception too. We had small bouquets at the ends of the aisles in the Top Hall. For the tables we had candelabras filled with flowers, complemented with game bird feathers – as it got dark the candles gave the room a really warm, romantic feel. The top table was filled with small vases and bottles full of flowers. Emily also made a garland for the balcony, filled with fairy lights. It was breath taking when we walked in and saw how beautiful the room was.

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I had seen some lace chair hoods on Pinterest which were perfect for the reception but couldn’t find any UK stockists, so I whipped out the sewing machine and made my own! I also made lace table runners. They really softened the look and added to the vintage feel.

I bought signs and other bits and pieces in the run up to the wedding as and when I saw them to add to the decor. Instead of a guest book we had a white ‘wishing tree’ decorated with wicker hearts. My sister made tags to match the stationery which guests could write their wishes on.

As favours we made sloe gin using sloe berries that we had collected last winter and put it into personalised bottles made by my sister. The little ones had similar bottles filled with pink and white jelly beans, to match the wedding colours.

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For our wedding cake we had a magnificent croquembouche (a French dessert consisting of choux pastry balls bound with threads of caramel) made by Thierry Dumouchel. It was delicious and definitely had the wow-factor!

We wanted traditional but delicious food and our caterers Dine definitely delivered. Canapés included mini Yorkshire Puddings and Roast Beef and the wedding breakfast was Potted Shrimp, Sirloin Steak and Crème Brulee. We had bacon and sausage sandwiches in the evening, which were just the ticket after a few drinks!

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As entertainment we had Silver Strings quartet for the ceremony and reception which complemented the classic styling. They even played the theme from Scott’s favourite movie – Indiana Jones.

In the evening we had a DJ sourced by Dine. We wanted everyone to get up and dance on the evening so we kicked things off with our first dance, Power of Love by Huey Lewis & The News (from another classic movie, Back to the Future). The DJ said it was the first time in ten years he has played that as a first dance!

We also had a photobooth, run by Chris Chambers. It was great to see everyone from the toddlers to the nannas embrace their silly side!

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To make the day more personal we added in some special touches such as asking our grandmas to sign the register – it was so nice that they could be involved in a special part of the day.

We also named the tables after game birds – another nod to the country sports – and for the table plan I hand-drew a tree filled with the birds. Emily at Bloss Em complemented this with the feathers in the candelabra flowers. My very talented sister made all our beautiful wedding stationery and all our invitations were sealed with a personalised wax stamp – another little vintage touch.

I sewed little trinkets into my dress for ‘old’, ‘blue’ and ‘borrowed’. My old was a tiny horseshoe charm which has been the ‘old’ for my mum and sister’s weddings before mine. My ‘borrowed’ was a pendant which Scott’s Nanna always wore. She passed away a few years ago so it was a way to have her with us on the day. I also had a small blue bow.

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We would definitely recommend Nostell Priory to other wedding couples. The whole venue is stunning but especially the Top Hall. Craig at Dine was brilliant, accommodating every little detail and putting up with all my ‘bridezilla’ moments! His attention to detail on the day was second to none and he really did make sure everything was perfect.

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After the wedding we had a few days in Oxford before jetting off for a week in Jamaica and a week in Barbados. It was nice to be able to relax together in the sun after spending so many months wedding planning. I think the highlight was swimming with turtles – it was an incredible experience.

My top tip to other Brides Up North would be to enjoy every minute, from the engagement until the last day of the honeymoon. Oh and, do what you want to do – everyone will love being a part of your day simply because it is yours.

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decadence. a styled bridal accessory shoot by gypsy rose vintage

April 20th, 2015 | Julia Braime

Gypsy Rose Vintage SS15 (c) Teresa C Photography (23)

This afternoon, its all about the accessories.  And here at Brides Up North, you know that we LOVE accessories.

Gypsy Rose Vintage is a Cheshire based brand established in 2012, boasting a unique and quirky vintage inspired range of hair accessories and bridal belts, each piece is lovingly hand crafted in Britain by owner and founder Rebecca Kwiatkowski.  

Born out of a love for bohemian styling Gypsy Rose Vintage fuses together retro influences with contemporary elements to create truly beautiful and individual one off pieces perfect for any bohemian bride.  From delicate gypsophila garlands to stunning statement peonies Gypsy Rose Vintage caters for brides and bridesmaids and wedding guests alike.  

Lets get stuck in to the pretty…

Images by Teresa C Photography.

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rebecca says: For Spring Summer 2015 Gypsy Rose Vintage proudly introduce our two brand new collections, “The Meadow Collection” for free spirited brides on their big day.  This Collection has a very bohemian vibe inspired by the great British countryside, featuring sweet peas and wild blooms, the perfect finishing touch for a rustic wedding day.

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If you are looking for a hint of vintage glamour to finish off your look, “The Decadence Collection” offers a wide range of premium bridal hair accessories with an Art Deco feel.  Inspired by The Great Gatsby, this collection features crystal embellishments and luxurious silk flowers, each piece is handmade and are all limited edition.

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We also offer a bespoke service, individually tailored to meet any brides needs and budget.

The collections were photographed at the beautiful Dunwood Hall, a grade 2 listed country house based in Staffordshire, with stunning gothic revival architecture.

Gypsy Rose Vintage SS15 (c) Teresa C Photography (12)

Modelled by Bethany Cammack and Elisha Carter

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bloomin’ beautiful. supplier showcase: shropshire petals

April 1st, 2015 | Julia Braime Confetti explosion - confetti from £11.50 per litre (6)

Today we’re excited to welcome Brides Up North Sponsor Jo of natural confetti company Shropshire Petals to the blog. Shropshire Petals is unique in that it lovingly grows, picks and dries flower petals from its farm in rural Shropshire to create gorgeous natural confetti that’s friendly to the planet.

As well as having their own budding collection of colourful mixes, Shropshire Petals also gives couples the option to make their own unique mix of confetti to suit their individual wedding theme and setting.

So let’s hand over to Jo to fill you in on all the pretty details… Flower Girl Basket with Candyfloss from £11.50 per litre

When did Shropshire Petals launch and what its background?

This year, Shropshire Petals will be celebrating its tenth birthday! It all started when owner Michael Bubb’s mum was given some land on the farm, which was originally an arable farm, to grow flowers. The flowers she grew were perfect for drying and as it was during the Laura Ashley era, these were a huge hit at local Women’s Institute markets, which soon led onto them selling through retailers and wholesale. In 2005, we were approached by someone asking if we could dye our flower petals for confetti…and this is when Shropshire Petals was born. Already growing delphiniums, these made the perfect confetti petal, as they are small and light giving that perfect flutter when thrown over a newly married couple. We grew a variety of colours and dried them naturally, which meant we didn’t have to dye any of our petals, ensuring they were 100% natural and biodegradable. Girls Having Fun Confetti from £11.50 per litre (7)

What services/products do you offer and to who?

We grow natural petal confetti and wheat for our wheat sheaves on our farm in Shropshire. Our customers love that we give them the opportunity to create their own confetti mix. Using our unique pick and mix tool, they can choose the colours and petal types they want in their confetti mix, which enables them to match or contrast their wedding theme. We have a mix of the month each month, which is very popular as it ties in with seasonal trends or themes.

We offer a variety of different packaging options from confetti baskets and pails to Shropshire Boxes with cones and individual confetti bags for couples to display in other items such as jars, vases or even a vintage suitcase. Dancing with Confetti £11.50 per litre (2)

What is Shropshire Petals’ unique selling point? 

Our petals are 100% natural, biodegradable and eco-friendly and are available in a large range of colours – so there’s a confetti mix for every wedding!Customers can use our pick and mix tool to create their unique confetti mix. They can match or contrast it to their wedding theme. We have developed a confetti calculator to help customers to decide how much confetti they need depending on the amount of guests they have and what they want to do with it – throwing, decorating, flower girls or even creating a petal path.

Where are you located?

The Shropshire Petals farm is located in the beautiful Shropshire countryside where we grow, pick and package our petals which are then sent out nationwide. Confetti Colour Ladder in Confetti Field £11.50 per litre

Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

The prices really depend on the products you order. We always recommend that you buy enough confetti for half of your guests as not everyone will throw. A litre of confetti, which will provide approximately ten handfuls, starts from £11.50. The Shropshire Box, which contains 25 cones and all the confetti to fill them, will be enough confetti for 25 guests to throw, and is priced at £42.50. Girls playing with colourful confetti from £11.50 per litre (5)

What is your current favourite item that you stock and why?

Every member of the team has their own favourite – and they’re all different! I personally love the confetti basket. It’s a lovely wicker basket with five litres of loose confetti so guests can just grab a handful and throw! Handful of Candyfloss and Daisy Daisy £13.50 per litre.jpg

Is there a particular colour of confetti that is popular with your brides at the moment? What colour schemes do you see being popular this year?

We’ve just exhibited at seven wedding shows and have noticed a few themes and colours that are really popular. A lot of brides and grooms are going for a ‘natural’ themed wedding and have a colour scheme to match. Our green and cream ‘Enchanted Woods’ mix was a big hit along with our light pink ‘Pink Lemonade’ and grey and cream ‘Winter’s Morn’ mix. These mixes are perfect for a natural theme as they offer a subtle hint of colour.

We have just launched two new confetti mixes, based on what brides have been asking for, called ‘Vintage Daydream’ and ‘Coral Reef’ which we see being popular. ‘Vintage Daydream’ is a lovely mix of light pink, vintage grey and cream while ‘Coral Reef’ is a very summery coral mix. We have had lots of brides asking for confetti to match their vintage theme and coral has been a very popular wedding colour so we wanted to make sure they could select the perfect mix for their big day. Girls Having Fun Confetti from £11.50 per litre (9)

Do you stock items other than confetti?

We also grow wheat on the farm to make our wheat sheaves and wheat wreaths which are all made by hand. The sheaves come in three different sizes and are available as a plain sheaf, with lavender, with thistles or with lavender and cream roses. We’re just about to launch a new wheat sheaf which is very exciting, so watch this space! Guests throwing confetti from £11.50 per litre (5)

Who would be a Shropshire Petals bride?

The great thing about Shropshire Petals confetti is that it’s perfect for every bride. With a range of confetti colours and confetti packages to choose from there’s confetti for every wedding! Handful of Summer Nights £11.50 per litre

Would you have natural petal confetti on your wedding day and why would you recommend it to others?

I’m not currently married – but I will definitely be having confetti on my big day when/if it comes around! I thought I’d chosen my perfect confetti mix already, but then I keep seeing mixes that our customers have created and constantly change my mind!

I would recommend that everyone has confetti for their big day because you can create your own bespoke mix that is completely personal to you and your partner. We often hear that the confetti photo is a favourite because everyone looks so happy and you get some great expressions as the confetti is thrown! Throwing confetti is fun – and it shows in the photos! Blowing Frosted Blue confetti £11.50 per litre

How can Brides Up North get in touch with you or find out more?

Vist our website, follow us on Twitter, find us on Facebook, email us at or call 01952 691553. Mix it Up Confetti in cones £60 for 10 litres

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