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laidback love. a fun & rustic wedding at haslington hall – stevie & christopher

November 17th, 2016 | Laura McDonagh

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Today’s real wedding is a feast for the eyes. There was a sumptuous naked cake, bucket loads of petal confetti and plenty of fun and frolics in the venue’s jaw-dropping grounds.

Flowers were key in creating the bride’s rustic theme and reflecting her outdoorsy lifestyle, with Stevie donning a floral crown and the couple exchanging vows below a stunning wildflower arch.

If you adore all things laidback and lovey-dovey, this one’s definitely for you.

Photography by Brides Up North Sponsor, ER Photography.

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stevie says: We got engaged at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – our favourite place – in August 2014. Christopher woke me up on our last morning with my Grandma Betty’s engagement ring and both of us were in tears by the time he’d got to “Will you marry me?”

We arranged our wedding for 23rd July 2016. We wanted an outdoor wedding and hoped that July would do it weather-wise!

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Our venue was the beautiful Haslington Hall, in Crewe. We chose our venue as it was an enormous and totally gorgeous Tudor hall (Christopher is doing a history PhD), and it had a marquee which I wanted for the wedding breakfast, plus it had beautiful grounds too. What really swayed it was that the wedding coordinator at the time (Sian Hopwood) was extremely friendly and laid-back about all of our arrangements. She was enthusiastic about having an outdoor ceremony, coming up with a vegetarian menu with two options per course and possibly even involving my little horse, Galaxy.

Our theme was rustic, relaxed and fun – just like the two of us! We wanted a country-style wedding to match my horsey lifestyle with plenty of wildflowers but at the same time wanted to maximise the fun for our guests (we’re big children at heart) with a sweetie table, photo booth and plenty of games, including space hoppers (adult and child-sized), bubbles, wind-up toys and lots of outdoor games.

Our colour scheme of pastel tones was rustic-inspired. We weren’t particularly fussed about specific shades as long as they were natural – the more varied the better!

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I always wanted to look like a princess on my wedding day with classic lace and sparkles but didn’t want to pay an extortionate price for a custom-made dress. After trying on all sorts of gowns from slinky, tight-fitting numbers to full-on ball gowns all over the country we found a bridal outlet shop two streets away from us, The Wedding Dress & Prom Dress Outlet, Stockport. I settled on a gorgeous ivory A-line gown that was everything I wanted; it even drew a genuine ‘wow’ from one of my maids of honour. This was paired with an absolutely stunning pastel wildflower crown from Flowers by Briege and a cathedral length veil with small lace/sparkle appliques from Boutique Alterations, where I had my dress fitted. I bought some beautiful ivory heels with pearl ankle ties from Amazon for the day and some squashy ivory slippers from John Lewis for the evening – this turned out to be a very good idea indeed!

Sarah Meredith was my incredible hair and makeup artist on the day of the wedding. She understood that my bridesmaids and I wanted a natural look and made us feel so relaxed on the morning of the big day. She was extremely creative, even weaving leftover flowers into the bridesmaids’ hair.

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To fit our country theme, Christopher bought a beautiful dark blue Ted Baker tweed suit from Slaters, Manchester, teaming it with a pastel blue cravat and brown shoes.

We let the bridesmaids and groomsmen have free reign over their outfits and choose any colour or style they wanted. My four bridesmaids settled on three different shades/styles of pastel blue dresses and a very dapper black suit and blue shirt for the fourth bridesmaid, Emily. She had the most awesome blue and grey brogues too!

Our groomsmen wore different shades blue and grey, all with a pastel blue tie or cravat.  The groomsmen also wore different superhero cufflinks as the heroes of the day.

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seasonal showers: autumnal confetti inspiration from shropshire petals

October 28th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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Although the days are getting shorter and the temperatures are getting lower, we can’t help but love autumn for its beautiful colours and clear and crisp weather. We can therefore see why the season is a popular choice with wedding couples, particularly those who crave a cosy setting, hearty food, vibrant blooms and oodles of romantic candle light.

Here to help inspire autumn brides’ choice of confetti to complete their seasonal celebration is our fabulous Sponsor, Shropshire Petals.

With an unbelievable amount of fabulous hues to choose from, couples can pick one of Shropshire Petal’s readymade mixes for their all-important confetti-shot moment, or alternatively create their own using the online ‘pick and mix’ tool to put a personal touch on their petals.

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To get those creative cogs turning, Shropshire Petals are today sharing their top six colourful autumn mixes:

sunshine kisses

Autumn may be a sign of darker days and nights, but this yellow and ivory confetti mix is sure to brighten things up. Perfect on its own, or add a touch of blue to enhance the autumnal feel.

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moulin rouge

This vivid brand-new confetti mix features burgundy cornflower petals and delicate ivory delphinium petals. Combined, they make a fantastic rich confetti mix that will add a colour pop to confetti shot photos.

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hydrangeas & sparkles for a personal summer wedding in sheffield – faith & pete

October 11th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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Instead of focusing all their plans around one set theme, today’s real wedding couple decided to go with their preferences and gut feelings when it came to both their big day setting and suppliers.

Proud to show off their home city of Sheffield, Faith and Pete chose to use local businesses where possible to help bring their pretty Yorkshire wedding to life.

With inspiration taken from everything from their favourite flowers to their favourite food, Faith and Pete’s wedding is without doubt a true reflection of them as both individuals and as a couple.

With images by Kindred Photography.

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faith says: We got engaged on the 8th July 2014 at Monsal Head. Pete said he wanted to take us somewhere with a nice view and had seen Monsal Head listed on a website recommending beauty spots. We went early and there was no one else around. I was eight months pregnant at the time and wasn’t expecting the proposal at all because we had recently been on several romantic mini breaks where Pete had ample opportunities to ask but nothing had happened. It turns out he just hadn’t chosen the ring; he found the perfect one though with a little help from his friend Stevie at Beaverbrooks in Meadowhall.

Pete had packed a picnic and some fizzy wine (non-alcoholic of course) which he got out of the car. I was going to start setting it up but before I had a chance he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him – it was an amazing moment and couldn’t have been more perfect. We ate the picnic and called our friends and family to tell them the news. My hands were so swollen from the pregnancy I couldn’t get the ring on so Pete drove us to Castleton where we chose a temporary Blue John ring to wear in the meantime. It was very special to return to Monsal Head the following year with our son Alfred and have an engagement/family shoot with our wedding photographer.

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Our wedding date was the 18th June 2016. We chose June because it is when all our favourite flowers are in season, also because I always remember a friend telling me it is statistically least likely to rain, I’m not sure if that is true but it stuck in my mind.

We got married at Staindrop Lodge, in Sheffield. We knew we wanted to get married in a venue where we could have both the ceremony and reception. We hadn’t been to Staindrop before but saw it online and thought we would have a look. Both of us loved it straight away. We loved how clean and light it was, we liked the idea of having the reception in the restaurant, which is on two levels and a little more interesting that just a room, we loved the modern feel with art deco touches and all the artwork throughout the venue. We also loved Rachel who is the wedding planner there, she is the most organised and in-control person you could ever meet, I tend to be a bit of a control freak but I had no doubt she would do a fantastic job. They were so flexible and really embraced all the ideas we had. They also saved all the hotel rooms for us which meant most of our friends and family could stay over after the wedding.

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We didn’t have a wedding theme as such, we just wanted day to be about us; to feature everything we loved and be a really fun celebration with our closest friends and family. The styling was simple with just a touch of sparkle. We were also keen to show our love of Sheffield by using lots of local or small wedding suppliers.

For our colour scheme we took inspiration from the crocuses, which always look so lovely and cheerful at the start of spring. We had shades of purple for the bridesmaid dresses and my bouquet, bright yellow ties and pale yellow table runners, ivory for my dress, the bridesmaid’s bouquets and the centrepieces, and gold sparkles for the place names and numbers.

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confetti kisses: brighten your big day with shropshire petals

September 1st, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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While brides can’t always reply on the British weather to brighten their big day, they can look to our fabulous Sponsor, natural confetti experts Shropshire Petals, to bring a pretty pop of colour to the proceedings.

With an unbelievable amount of fabulous hues to choose from, couples can pick one of Shropshire Petal’s readymade mixes for their all-important confetti-shot moment, or alternatively create their own using the online ‘pick and mix’ tool to put a personal touch on their petals.

As well as a range of colours, brides and grooms can also choose how their confetti is presented to their guests, with everything from cute hessian Petal Pouches and pretty paper cones, to individual sachets and flower girl baskets on offer. Plus, new for 2016 is the Confetti Pop – the perfect solution for a showering burst of brightness following the ceremony.

Now to inspire us further on how punchy-coloured petals can help add some clout to your confetti shot, Shropshire Petals are taking over the blog with their top five bright and beautiful mixes…

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mix of the month

Here at Shropshire Petals we have a special confetti mix for every month to show just how creative and unique you can make your confetti. Our August Mix of the Month was a particularly stunning combination of ivory, pink and orange, that’s bound to make an impact on the big day. This marvellous mix is made up from our Icing Sugar, Raspberry Fool, Ginger Snap and Cerise petals.

sunshine kisses

The brighter your confetti the more it will stand out in your photos.  However, if you don’t want too much colour but still want the brightness, a simple mixture of ivory and yellow is perfect.  This mix will be subtle enough not to impose on your photos but bright enough to create the vibrancy you are looking for.

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purple is the new pink

Purple has been a popular colour choice for weddings for a few years now, as much as pink, if not more.  This gorgeous mix – made using Candy Floss, Frosted Blue and Parma Violet petals – will suit a purple or pink themed wedding with its pale pink boldly standing out amongst the purple rose petals and pale blue delphiniums.

get creative

The world is your oyster with the amount of colours to choose from.  Why not get creative and mix several colours together.  We think a fabulous combination would be Sunshine Kisses, Candy Floss and Frosted Blue petals with some mixed larger petals added in, such as Flamingo Pink, Delilah, Wisteria, Golden Slumber, Duck Egg and Buttermilk. Bold, bright and beautiful!

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its the season: spring 2016 confetti colour trends from shropshire petals

February 8th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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With January out of the way, 2016 is now in full swing and we’re hurtling towards the start of prime wedding season – spring!

Featuring mild weather, lighter nights, a wonderful fresh atmosphere and incredibly beautiful flower options, it’s easy to understand why so many couples pick the spring season in which to say their ‘I dos’.

For those that will be tying the knot between March and May this year, the experts at natural confetti company and Brides Up North Sponsor Shropshire Petals, are giving us inspiration on which pretty colour mixes are top of the trends for springtime weddings, whilst also introducing us to their new confetti cone collection for 2016.

So let’s focus on the warm weather to come while we discuss colourful confetti…

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shropshire petals say: Wedding colour trends change each year and season, so it’s helpful for couples to know which colours will be top of the charts when they tie the knot in order to assist with their confetti choices.

Using the Shropshire Petals pick and mix online tool, brides and grooms can experiment with colours to create a unique colour combination to complement the top spring trends whilst also fitting in with their chosen wedding theme and setting.

Better still, here at Shropshire petals we’ve just launched our new confetti cone collection, which has been inspired by the stunning tones from the 2016 wedding colour palette, so both the confetti and cone can be matched to couples’ chosen schemes.

As well as our iconic white cone, the new collection features wonderful shades of yellow, grey, brown craft, blue, pink and purple, fitting in great with the top spring colour trends for 2016, which are set to be vivid brights mixed with subtle nudes and hints of pastels.

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rose quartz – Said to be colour of the year, this gentle tone conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Our recommendation to match this pretty colour is Candyfloss delphinium petals. Rose Quartz also pairs well with Serenity, Peach Echo and Lilac Grey, so to include all of these colours, an excellent mix would be Candyfloss, Frosted Blue and Lady Grey delphinium petals with Promise rose petals.

peach echo – a warm shade of orange that is perfect for those wanting to be playful with colours. To achieve this colour scheme, our recommendation would be our Coral Reef confetti mix, which includes hints of orange, pink and ivory.

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understated elegance. jenny packham for an elegant wedding at oulton hall

December 21st, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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It might be Monday, but it’s the last Monday before Christmas which makes it bearable, right? And to ease you into these last few working days before the festive break we have something truly beautiful to share with you – the wedding of Lauren and Lee.

Now this is a couple with impeccable taste who know that you don’t have to go OTT to make a statement. The understated beauty of this wedding is what makes it so special and easy on the eye.

From the chic colour scheme and soft blousy blooms, to the elegant décor and that swoon-worthy Jenny Packham gown (complete with Nana Choos), guys – you nailed it!

With images by Sarah Mason Photography.

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lauren says: We got engaged after being together for six years in November 2013. We’d recently moved into our first house together and so Lee proposed at home in our front room, out of the blue after I got home from work one night. I work in retail management, so hours around Christmas time are long and stressful, coming home from work to a proposal at 11pm was definitely a welcome surprise although I was entirely lost for words!

We got married on Sunday 30th August 2015, which was the Bank Holiday weekend. We wanted people to have a little longer to enjoy the celebrations, and be able to travel to the venue and relax the day before. My parents wedding anniversary is on the 31st, and they were celebrating their 30th anniversary this year so it felt like a way to share to celebrations while everyone was together.

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We got married at Oulton Hall in Leeds. We live just outside of Manchester now, but met in Leeds which is where Lee is originally from and where I went to university. We looked around a lot of venues, across the North West and Yorkshire, and found a lot of places only ticked a couple of boxes. One of my bridesmaids suggested Oulton Hall, as she’d looked at it before deciding to get married abroad instead. We fell in love with how it was so grand but in an understated way, and felt really warm. The décor of the Repton Room was something nowhere else had and fitted in with a lot of ideas I’d already had about the wedding. We also liked the idea that the reception is held in another part of the hotel, at The Claret Jug in the golf clubhouse. It was nice to have a change of scenery and have a different ambience for the evening reception.

Another reason we chose a venue in Leeds was because Lee’s dad sadly passed away in 2005 and is buried at the cemetery around the corner from Oulton Hall. It was nice to think although he couldn’t be there, he wasn’t too far away.

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