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decadence. a styled bridal accessory shoot by gypsy rose vintage

April 20th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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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.

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Modelled by Bethany Cammack and Elisha Carter

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bloomin’ beautiful. supplier showcase: shropshire petals

April 1st, 2015 | Julia Braime

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

ShropshirePetals.com 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 www.shropshirepetals.com, follow us on Twitter, find us on Facebook, email us at enquiries@shropshirepetals.co.uk or call 01952 691553.

ShropshirePetals.com Mix it Up Confetti in cones £60 for 10 litres

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It’s Just A Little Blush: A Real Wedding In The North West – Eleanor & Patrick

January 31st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Sometimes my favourite Real Weddings aren’t the ones with all the fiddly details, they’re the ones with all the fabulous personalities.

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Eleanor and Patrick’s perfectly personal celebration, with images by documentary photographer Haydn Rydings Photography, proves my point exactly.  Enjoy!

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Eleanor says:  Patrick asked me to marry him in December 2011 on the spot where we met for our first date in Newcastle upon Tyne.  We were married on 3rd November 2012 at Davenport House, Worfield, Shropshire.

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We knew we wanted to get married near Bridgnorth in Shropshire as coincidentally both my mum and Patrick’s dad grew up there. So the main reason for choosing the venue was the location; Eleanor’s family have lived on a farm just outside Worfield for three generations and my mum remembers being taken for tea there with the Dowager Viscountess by her mother and grandmother when she was small. In recent years lots of family parties have been held there so we knew the food and service would be excellent. & of course it is such a beautiful house!

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Loosely our theme was ‘heritage’. I work in the heritage industry and we thought it was quite an appropriate theme since we are bringing two families’ heritage together.  Our colours were pink, black and white, chosen by Patrick’s sister. Pink is my favourite colour and black and white are Patrick’s football team, Newcastle United’s colours.

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I bought my dress on Etsy from a seller in Boston, USA. After trawling Etsy for a pink vintage dress appropriate for getting married in I couldn’t believe it when such a beautiful dress was exactly my measurements. I’m 5ft11 so it is incredible that not only did it fit but it was also long enough. A few people on the day said they were a bit surprised by my pink dress, but the majority said I couldn’t have been married in any other colour. My friend who lives in New York brought it over as her carry on when she came home in the summer.

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I was also determined to wear the crystal necklace I bought with money my uncle gave me for my 21st birthday and to use a little pink suede Mulberry bag my godmother who was doing a reading had given me a few years ago. So my necklace and shoes were my old, my dress was my something new. I really needed a petticoat to go under the dress so I was delighted when Patrick’s mum said she had her mother’s wedding dress petticoat, so with a few alterations, she managed to make it fit me, so that was my something borrowed. Then I painted my nails a pale blue.

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Then to top it off, my great aunt remember she had a cream shawl with pink embroidered flowers that was my great, great grandmothers, so that kept the chill off in the evening.

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Patrick really wanted to wear a kilt as his mum is Scottish but he wasn’t sure about which tartan. Then his mum discovered that he could hire a Northumberland tartan kilt so he matched that with an Argyll jacket (he wanted something a bit more modern looking) from The Highland Store in central London and a black bow tie with white spots from Woods of Shropshire. He finished the look off with new Paul Smith shoes.

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So we both managed quite successfully to pull together outfits that represented our heritage!

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Patrick’s best man was his best friend from school, Edwin.  My male of honour was my friend Adrian from university. The ushers were a mix of cousins from both sides. We let them wear their own suits/kilts and just provided black ties with white spots from Woods of Shropshire, and for those not in kilts we provided bright pink socks from Sock Shop.

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The bridesmaids wore white dresses with black spots with silver shoes and different coloured cardigans. The eldest bridesmaid’s dress was from Debenhams, the middle bridesmaid’s dress was handmade by her grandmother and the youngest bridesmaid’s dress was from TK Maxx.

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It was a November wedding at 4pm so we didn’t bother with any grand entrances as it was getting dusky, so I arrived at the side entrance to the venue in my dad’s car. This meant I could make my grand entrance down the main staircase.

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Our mums and friends put together the two bouquets carried by me and my eldest bridesmaid and the buttonholes. The buttonholes were made up of dried wheat referencing our Shropshire heritage and dried thistles referencing Patrick’s Scottish heritage, all bought from Shropshire Petals. I carried a bouquet of supermarket white roses, ivy from my uncle’s garden on the farm and dried wheat. My eldest bridesmaid carried a bouquet of supermarket roses and gyp. My little bridesmaids carried signs saying "Here She Comes" and "Make Way".

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We wanted a wedding that referenced our heritage and was distinctly us. We gave a lot of thought to the ceremony music and agreed we wanted some live music. I walked in to an instrumental version of Elvis’ "Love Me Tender" played by a group of friends on ukuleles (our second date was to a ukulele group meeting & we knew we wanted a ukulele band at the wedding so contacted all our friends who could play guitar or ukulele, most of them hadn’t met before the big day and had only communicated over email and youtube). Whilst signing the register, a school friend of mine & the best man’s wife performed an acoustic version of The Crystals "Then He Kissed Me". We walked out to "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life".

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We were determined to have ethical wedding rings, Patrick’s ring was made from fairtraded and fair mined gold by Cred and my ring was made from recycled platinum by American jeweller Ravens Refuge.

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My favourite part of the day was walking out of the ceremony as a married couple and seeing all our friends and family looking so happy for us.

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We opted for a hog roast for our wedding breakfast so Davenport House contracted a hog roast man to provide the meat.  We also brought in a barrel of Northumbrian Brewery High House Farm’s real ale Nel’s Best (I’m known to friends and family as Nell).

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The majority of suppliers were found online, with floristry supplies from Amazon, wedding favour supplies from www.notonthehighstreet.com, Etsy and www.papermash.co.uk.

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We used family wedding photographs for our wedding table names. Patrick’s sister made spotty frames for the photos with the names of the couple underneath. The couples included our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. For the table plan Patrick’s sister photoshopped mine & Patrick’s faces onto a wedding photo of Kate & Wills, with the names around it.

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We were determined to have a feminist wedding so the speeches were given by the best man, male of honour and the bride and groom gave a joint speech.

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Our third date was to a pub quiz so we decided to hold a pub quiz before & after the meal as an ice breaker, with us as the quiz masters. The questions were general knowledge but the pictures round was of celebrity couples on their wedding day. It worked really well and got people talking. We gave put pub snacks on the tables too and gave out prizes to the winners.

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During the ceilidh we put out a dressing up box and a camera on a tripod to create our own photo booth which resulted in some hysterical photos!

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As thank you gifts, we brewed sloe gin and damson vodka, made green tomato chutney and I embroidered handkerchiefs with a message for close family members. For favours we bought pink and white striped bags which we stamped which we stamped with a ‘Thanks for coming’ stamp in black ink, filled them with sweets and closed with black and white spotty tape.

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We booked The Ship Band, a ceilidh band for the evening which was very successful! The combination of Scottish family members and Eleanor’s friends who attended Edinburgh University with her meant plenty of people were quick to get on the dance floor. When the band finished they just plugged in our ipod whilst they packed up.

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We had a mini-moon at The Harbour Master Hotel, Aberaeron. We are going on our honeymoon to the West coast of America in April, starting in Vancouver with a trip to see Patrick’s step-grandmother who couldn’t come over for the wedding, and finishing in LA.

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Everybody keeps telling us how much they loved our wedding because we broke from tradition and planned a wedding that was about us and our friends and families coming together. So my top tip for other Brides Up North is don’t worry too much about what other people might think, have the wedding you really want to have, and don’t worry about including things that are fun or silly.

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Congratulations Eleanor & Patrick!

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