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autumn amour. maggie sottero for a chic urban wedding in leeds – rachel & robin

December 2nd, 2016 | Laura McDonagh

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Today’s chic city real wedding simply exudes elegance. There’s a stunning Maggie Sottero dress, a gorgeous autumnal colour palette and an organic, woodland theme.

There was also plenty of personality to this stylish wedding too, with nods to the groom’s love of owls, Cockney rhyming slang table names and a real ale special brew called ‘Old Legover’!

With images by Olivia Brabbs Photography

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rachel says: Robin’s proposal centred around an owl theme. He has a particular passion for owls – since he was a child he collected all things owl. It has turned into a running joke that owls are literally taking over our house, so it was no surprise that they featured quite heavily in Robin’s proposal. Robin went to great lengths to set out an owl-themed treasure hunt, which went on for a few weeks (!) and, led by a number of clues, I found Robin under the ‘Owl of Justice’ – a carved owl that can be found at the back of the Civic Hall in Leeds, where Robin proposed and we later got married.

Our wedding date was the 9th September 2016. We both love autumn and wanted a natural earthy wedding. The weather also always seems to be lovely in Leeds in September, so we were lucky to secure the date when we did.

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We got married in the Banqueting Hall in the Civic Hall in Leeds city centre. We chose the venue for obvious reasons (hello gold owls!) but we were both so stunned at how beautiful the hall is once you get inside. We even decided to have a drinks reception after the ceremony to make the most of our time there. We really wanted to have our reception somewhere close to where we got married and settled on the Devonshire Hall in Headingley, to have our party; an amazingly grand hall of residence, which forms part of the University of Leeds. We loved the blank canvas of the dining hall and the design of the building is so lovely with the cloisters and outside space. We both got a great feel from the place when we visited so it was an easy decision.

In terms of theme, we’re big lovers of the great outdoors and our vision was for a woodland/autumnal/natural style of wedding. If we’d been brave enough (and my mum had allowed us!) we’d have had our reception in the woods, so this was a good compromise.

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Our colour scheme was navy and gold and, fitting with the autumnal theme, the groomsmen wore navy suits with a variety of dark gold and burnt orange accessories. My sister is a personal stylist so she helped choose the bridesmaid dresses, and navy is a gorgeous universal colour that looks great on everyone. I’m also a big fan of a bit of sparkle so gold shoes were a must!

If I’m honest, I wasn’t entirely looking forward to the wedding dress shopping – I had no idea what I wanted and felt a bit nervous about it all. When I walked into the first bridal shop (the wonderful Bridal Boutique in Baildon) I knew that the first dress that I saw would be the one I’d wear. I tried on all sorts of different styles anyway – and was surprised by how much I loved the huge princess dresses! But I settled for the first dress: Vidonia by Maggie Sottero. Such gorgeous detailing and I felt so comfortable in it, I knew it had to be the one. I cancelled my next booking!

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Robin and the groomsmen wore three-piece navy Ted Baker suits, which we hired from Moss Bros. We got the bowties and ties, made from knitted English silk, from the website Swagger & Swoon.

The bridesmaids wore A-line navy dresses from Coast and they each chose their own gold shoes. As a thank you for being my best women, I got them all engraved bangles made by the fab Libby Jubb Jewellery. They had a little birdy charm on them which matched the turtle doves I wore in my hair. Hannah De Ath and Annabel Bailey also did a fantastic job with hair and make-up and made my mum, bridesmaids and me feel like a million dollars.

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rustic romance. phase eight for a relaxed wedding at east riddlesden hall – emma & dan

July 20th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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The bride from this morning’s real wedding has lots of words of wisdom for you ladies in the planning stages, so have a sit down with a comforting cuppa and prepare to take note.

Organising their big day in just six months, bride and groom Emma and Dan, decided on a relaxed occasion for their family and friends that would also be pretty and fun. Finding tuned-in suppliers to help their vision become reality, Emma described the rustic feel she wanted to create and left it to the experts, who well and truly delivered.

This left Emma and Dan time to concentrate on nailing the other key areas, such as catering and entertainment, plus their attire. Can you believe Emma’s stunningly detailed dress is from the high street?! Us neither!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor James Tracey Photography.

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emma says: We got engaged in November2015 in New York. I had bought a trip to New York for Dan’s 30thBirthday in July. Dan had decided this was where he was going to propose and in the months leading up he had sourced and designed my engagement ring through a family friend – Barnard’s Jewellers. We had decided to spend the day exploring central park and thought it would be fun to hire a rowing boat on Central Park lake. Whilst out on the boat Dan proposed. It was very lovely and a total surprise! We celebrated with a bottle of Prosecco in the boat house.

Once we had got engaged we knew we wanted to get married the next year. We started to look at some venues in the north as Dan is from Yorkshire and I am from the North West. We were really flexible and although I had a rustic theme in my head we were open to what that looked like.

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In the end we chose to marry at East Riddlesden Hall, West Yorkshire, which is a National Trust site. I had wanted a rustic feel to our wedding so we had looked at both barns and marquees but when we looked at East Riddlesden we loved the set up and the grounds, having some outdoor open space was important to us. The barn itself was also really pretty, I loved the lights and rustic feel. Although we went to view the venue on a cold wet day in December I could see that it was the perfect location. When we met the wedding team and East Riddlesden, not only were they lovely and full of enthusiasm but we couldn’t believe how much support we would have from them, not only the day, but the run up too.

Our wedding date was Friday 13thMay 2016. East Riddlesden said they had a cancellation and had availability for that date so we just decided to go for it. Some people may have been a bit suspicious of Friday 13th but it didn’t really bother us.

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We didn’t have a specific wedding theme, but I’d say our style was rustic and relaxed. I didn’t want a wedding were I would feel uncomfortable, I just wanted it to be a fun day that was an extension of us. We knew we wanted everyone to have fun and that played a part in choosing aspects of our day. We didn’t want anything too formal for the wedding party and so the colours and style for suits and dresses happened quite organically as did the decoration and flowers. The venue really spoke for itself and so all we had to really do was enjoy it.

I really wanted to keep the wedding very soft and romantic, so we went for a neutral colour palette, picking soft blush pinks and creams.

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I really didn’t have an idea of what dress I wanted and so was really open to the style. I wanted it to be in keeping with the venue so I knew it wouldn’t be too traditional. I had seen the Jenny Packham Esme and fell in love with the style but couldn’t really justify the price tag. I tried similar styles and found the Phase Eight Hope dress. When I tried the dress I knew this was the one. To make it feel a little more personal had the back altered, lowering the internal panel, the straps shortened and a bustle fitted.

To keep with the vintage feel of the dress I opted for a Juliet cap veil, which I felt suited the dress perfectly. I had the veil made and loved the fact that I could take it off later in the evening but still have the head band in place. I wore Jenny Packham No1 shoes and decided to go with a blush colour to match the bridesmaids.

My make up was done by Lauren Sally Make Up.

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Its The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year! A Vintage Glam Bridal Fashion Shoot With A Festive Twist

December 1st, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Advent calendars at the ready Brides Up North!  It’s only ruddy December!  How the bejeezus did that happen?

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I personally love the festive season, twinkly winter weddings, chestnuts roasting on an open fire and all that, and will be bringing you some seasonal treats on these wedding blog pages over the next month.

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So, lets start as we mean to go on with a festively gorgeous vintage glam bridal fashion shoot at gorgeous Yorkshire wedding venue The Mansion at Roundhay Park.  I can personally vouch for this venue and the amazing team from Dine Services as it was the setting for the inaugural Brides Up North Yorkshire Tweet Up back in September.  It is also the venue for one of the Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive Wedding Fairs next February.  Do you have these dates in your diary ladies?

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Sunday 12th February 2012

The Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive

Allerton Castle, Knaresborough

Time 12pm – 4pm

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Sunday 26th February 2012

The Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive

The Mansion, Roundhay

Time: 12pm – 4pm

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Sunday 15th April 2012

The Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive

Nostell Priory, Wakefield

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Your exclusive invitation to three days of bridal brilliance at Yorkshire’s most desirable wedding venues.   A choice selection of the region’s finest wedding suppliers will be on hand to inspire and advise.  With fabulous giveaways and on the day discounts too,  only the best will do for Brides Up North and Dine.   Details of how to register as a Brides Up North VIP Bride To Be coming soon. 

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EXHIBITOR BOOKINGS: email me at julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for details. 

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This shoot, sent to me by Shelly of Toast, is a mash up of bauble bling, giant windmills, twinkles, vintage bunting and stunning dresses.  By ‘eck it works. 

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The shoot was organised by Vicky at Sugarplum Creations to showcase her new 2012 collection ‘Vintage Glamour’. 

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Vicky says: Last year was all about the Sparkly Crystal Bride but this year is all about the chunky Vintage Glamour look.  Each piece is handmade from vintage brooches and jewellery broken down into new and exciting things; such as tiaras, necklaces and bracelets. I knew this would work with Ian Stuart’s Killer Queen Collection so I quickly got in touch with the girls to organise the shoot!

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I really wanted to convey the elegance and creativity of everyone involved. Being able to work with Ian Stuart, Cymbeline Paris and Jenny Packham all in one day was an honour and I wanted to make pieces to compliment every aspect of the different designers.

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Shelly says:  Vicky got in touch with me to shoot her new collection along with a selection of beautiful dresses from Hayley at The Bridal Collection in Harrogate. I don’t normally do straight up shoots – I usually like to do something a little bit more rock n roll, but the chance to shoot Ian Stuart frocks was too good to miss. I invited Rachel at Simply Vintage Events to provide us with a beautiful eclectic vintage backdrop to go with our Jenny Packham and Cymbeline Paris dresses, whilst I created the giant pinwheels which were real talking points and the paper flower backdrop. Rachel also provided the enormous Christmas baubles. 

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The amazing flowers including the frilly tulips in the birdcages and the set with the candles and orchids, were created by the genius Fiona at Firenza Floral Design – her talent knows no end.

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Hair and make-up was by the lovely Emma at Make Me Up by Mac and of course the backdrop was the stunningly beautiful The Mansion in Leeds – we all love that staircase (although I must have gone up and down it a million times on the day!).

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Since there were so many beautiful dresses to shoot, I invited my good pal Paul Joseph Photography over to help me shoot it all. And even our styles are slightly different, we still ended up getting the odd shot which are very similar! Thanks go to everyone who helped the shoot run smoothly.

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Photography: Toast and Paul Joseph Photography

Venue: Mansion, Leeds

Dresses loaned by: The Bridal Collection 

Accessories: Sugarplum Creations

Make-up & Hair: Make Me Up by Mac – emmamilner@live.com

Vintage china and accessories: Simply Vintage Events

Flowers: Firenza Floral Design

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Fisherman’s Friend – A Styled Bridal Fashion Shoot By Lissa Alexandra

November 17th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Something fishy’s going on today on the wedding blog.  But don’t get your tackle in a twist, it’s only the gorgeous Lissa Alexandra Photography with her fabulous seaside bridal fashion shoot.  Man the lifeboats!

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Let’s hear from Lissa, who explains the concept behind the shoot.  She says: For ages I’ve wanted to do a bridal shoot, but with a twist. It’s very popular for photographers just to plonk a model in a field and shoot but I wanted more depth to mine. As a Yorkshire lass with a love of the sea, the North East coast seemed a perfect location. My style of photography is slightly vintage and I love rural/ traditional locations, so Staithes and Robin Hood’s Bay fitted this perfectly. Rather than just have the girls walking round the villages I wanted to quirk it up a bit. For some reason the idea of a bride dressed as a fisherman made me smile and I hoped it would make the viewer smile too! So the theme for the shoot was born: vintage coastal life with a dash of kitsch.

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My first task was to find the models. My fellow photographer buddy Ella jumped at the chance and her best friend Pam joined the fun too. Once I’d had their dress sizes I was lucky enough to borrow some stunning dresses from Sharon at Eternity Bride.  I wanted one with a really long train as I had visions of it bellowing in the wind on the beach. This was the champagne coloured strapless dress. The other dress was white and stunningly simple with just two string of pearls across the back. The final dress used in the shoot is from one of my client’s businesses Heirloom CoutureIt was a genuine vintage dress in champagne with a sage green coral style embroidery pattern. It was perfect for the shoot! All dresses are available for purchase, contact Lissa Alexandra Photography.

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With my shots in mind, my next mission was to source the props. The lovely Rachel, from Simply Vintage Events was fantastic! After a random list of weird and wonderful things from me she came up with everything I wanted including anchors, fishermen’s hats, starfish, parasols, horseshoes, smoking pipes, bucket of flowers and much more!

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Whilst at a wedding fair I met the very talented Katy from What Katy Did Next I was in awe of her stunning headpieces. I knew I definitely wanted to use her pieces for my shoot, and I think you’ll agree, they look amazing plus the models wanted to keep them all!

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{Note: A What Katy Did Next headpiece is currently up for grabs on the wedding blog – click here to enter}

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Katy then suggested I take a look at the button bouquets made by Emma at Beau Buttons
Again, wow, I fell in love! What fabulous bouquets and such a great alternative to flowers. I love the fact that they can be kept for life for passed down through generations.

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One of the models had worked with the make up artist Natalie Greenwell. 
Nat was a complete godsend. Not only was she brilliant at makeup and did exactly what I asked for but she was so jolly and upbeat. She even stayed the whole day and helped out as my assistant, superstar!

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Finally the last piece of the puzzle was to find somewhere to stay. After doing a reccy of the villages I came across Staithes Cottages. Maureen sorted me out the perfect cottage dead in the centre of Staithes so we could walk about easily, which to the local and tourists caused much humour and intrigue!

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The shots in all are a mixture of quirky, romantic and creative photographs which is generally how I cover my weddings. I like to capture natural moments sharing the subject’s personality. I also love to use props which I carry to all shoots with me. They’re a great way of helping people relax in front of the camera. By giving them something to do it really helps them with their confidence and they have a laugh with things, leading to more natural results, which I love!

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You’ll want to click through to see more seaside prettiness…

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