April 24th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
The sunnier climes of recent weeks has got us in the perfect mood for today’s spring wedding styled shoot, set against the glorious backdrop of the Blagdon Estate in Northumberland and featuring some of the gorgeous suppliers that we were lucky enough to work with yesterday at our beautiful Alnwick Garden Luxury Bridal Show.
There’s a whimsical quality to this romantic shoot and, dare we say it, even a subtle wild streak thanks to the beautiful pared back blooms and atmospheric woodland setting. And for the bride who is looking for something altogether quirky for her special day, prepare to be inspired by the most captivating blue-hued gown.
Photographer Zoe Emilie shares all the behind the scenes highlights…
zoe emilie says: In the quieter months, out of the peak wedding season, we like to create something with a bit of flair, to help promote the talented local wedding suppliers here in the North East – of which there are many. A shoot such as this is also a great opportunity to add something a little bit extra special to our portfolios where we can really show our skills off to maximum effect.
When arranging the shoot, we agreed that the beautiful new wedding venue The Grange (Shotton Grange Weddings) would be the perfect backdrop with its stunning walled garden and woodland.
We settled on a spring look, which was perfect for the time of year, but unfortunately the weather was anything but spring-like on the day of the shoot. We contended with heavy rain and freezing temperatures but as our hairstylist Tina Elliott said “we proved our true northern spirit” and still delivered the shoot – the results where amazing considering how wet it was on the day.
One of my favourite looks from this shoot has to be the gorgeous blue dress with mini gold crown, both designed by Kathryn Russell. It’s such an alternative and beautiful look and when paired with Thoughts Of You Flowers’ stunning florals this look is just to die for. I so wanted a blue dress for my wedding – I wished I’d known Kathryn back when I got married!
March 27th, 2017 | Julia Braime
After the clock change at the weekend, we’ve officially sprung into spring, meaning lighter nights, warmer weather and the approach to peak wedding season are all on the way!
To mark the arrival of the new season, we’re bringing a glorious helping of inspiration to those of you planning springtime weddings, courtesy of our fabulous Sponsor, award winning hospitality and event management company Dine.
Established in 1998, Yorkshire-based Dine caters for more 200 weddings a year as well as offering exclusive private dining. Through its stunning portfolio of venues, the team provide event services for organisations ranging from English Heritage and the National Trust to the owners of some of the UK’s most notable private houses, providing a varied choice of beautiful big day settings.
For this afternoon’s post, we’re welcoming Dine’s managing director, Matt Jones, to the blog to share some of his helpful pointers on planning a wedding in the season of new beginnings…
Matt says: With Yorkshire offering some of the finest countryside in Britain, make the most of the warmer, longer days by choosing a spectacular setting for your big day. Dine boasts an impressive portfolio of stunning venues to suit every taste – whether you favour a magnificent deer park, picturesque walled gardens, or breath-taking views over historical ruins.
While beautiful indoor locations can be appealing for a spring wedding owing to the chance of April Showers, marquees can provide a fantastic compromise. Although popular for the quintessentially British summer wedding, with the right planning, flooring and heating, a reception under canvas can be a perfect venue whatever the time of year. You can even choose a marquee with sides that can be removed or with windows to enable you to make the most of the weather and the view.
Many of Dine’s stunning venues provide fantastic lakeside settings with outstanding outlooks across Yorkshire’s breath-taking countryside. Gothic-style Carlton Towers and Ripley Castle’s Lakeside settings provide panoramic views – across an island which is home to majestic swans and a glorious, rolling deer park respectively. Alternatively, Bolton Abbey nestled in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, provides a secluded and private setting with exclusive access to the River Wharfe and views of the Augustinian Priory. Belvoir Castle, the ancestral home of the Dukes of Rutland offers a magnificent setting for a marquee wedding while Dalton Hall’s walled garden is quintessentially English and perfect for a more formal spring theme.
Marquees make a spectacular backdrop to wedding celebrations, and offer the ultimate in flexibility, even allowing you the ultimate luxury of getting married at home. Such a wedding can create a relaxed and intimate atmosphere, while the individual location enables couples to buck the trend of a traditional spring wedding and create their own traditions in their unique family setting.
With marquees able to accommodate as many or as few guests as you choose, a huge garden is not necessary. Marquees are also available in an array of sizes and styles, from tipis and vintage army tents, to sailcloth and traditional, enabling you to match a style to your spring wedding theme.
No matter the season, it’s always a fantastic idea for your wedding breakfast to reflect the seasonality of your day, in terms of both the dishes and presentation. With 18 years’ experience as a hospitality and catering specialist, Dine can provide innovation and skill when creating food for your spring wedding. Experienced and imaginative event managers and chefs, combined with seasonal ingredients always promise to deliver your perfect spring menu.
Edible flowers available in spring on both savoury and sweet courses are an innovative and impressive use of unique ingredients to make your dishes look gorgeous. Nasturtiums, French Marigolds and Cornflowers all make colourful additions to your dishes and provide a seasonal touch. Yet if you’d prefer greenery to the bright colours of seasonal flowers, adding fresh herbs to dishes, especially desserts for a unique touch is another great way to add spring colour to your food. Chocolate and rosemary are a match made in heaven so why not add dark chocolate and rosemary tart with a fennel ice-cream and orange sherbet to your wedding breakfast for bright colours and fresh flavours.
Incorporating seasonal vegetables such as asparagus, sugar snap peas, baby carrots and new potatoes provides fresh flavours and crunchy textures. Dine can provide innovative starters, main courses and desserts which combine spectacular presentation and fantastic flavours.
From asparagus velouté with a soft poached quail’s egg and crème fraîche, to fillet of halibut marinated in lemon confit and thyme with vegetables Provençale, gazpacho dressing and buttered anya new potatoes, Dine can create dishes which will remind your guests of spring no matter your venue or the weather.
Menu tasting well ahead of your big day is vital to ensure seasonality and the combination of your chosen ingredients are a perfect match. This also allows you to discuss the menu with your Dine event manager and any adjustments you would like to make.
Wherever you choose to get married, a spring wedding should reflect on the rejuvenation and expectation of the season with soft hues and delicate textures. Pastel pink, lavender and green can be incorporated through dresses, suits, bouquets and food to bring the season inside.
Building a Pinterest ‘mood board’ will help you focus on the spring styles you like, and look carefully at brochures and social media to see what has been done previously at your wedding venue. Working with your venue, whether it be a marquee which provides a blank canvas for you to dress. or somewhere pre-prepared, is important to see how your theme can be incorporated and what might not be as easy to achieve.
According to the Pantone Colour Institute, the colour of 2017 is ‘greenery’ and this certainly reflects the seasonality of spring with images of new growth and new life.
With simple greenery bouquets also becoming increasingly popular, this can be a great backdrop to other colour choices for decorations and favours. The contrast between bright vivid green and delicate pastel colours will create a fresh and vibrant palette, evoking sensations of spring even if the weather isn’t as glorious as you would like, or you are having an indoor wedding.
July 26th, 2016 | Julia Braime
For this morning’s real wedding we’re heading to the historic city of York where today’s bride and groom got engaged.
Holding the city close to their hearts, Cheryl and James decided to continue their love story in York by tying the knot there too.
We love the pretty springtime colour palette, the gorgeous bespoke dresses and, of course, the charming setting.
With images by Ryan Forster Creative Photography.
cheryl says: We got engaged on Valentine’s Day 2014, while we were away for a weekend in York. We went for a romantic meal at one of our favourite restaurants, Jamie’s Italian, where James got down on one knee – it was such a surprise! Apparently he had set the whole thing up with the manager of the restaurant to make sure we got a good table. The manager then presented us with a courtesy bottle of champagne to celebrate.
The wedding was on 30th April 2016. We choose this date because simply we wanted a spring wedding as it’s our favourite time of the year.
Our chosen venue was Merchant Taylors Hall in York. We love York so much that had to get married there as it is a special for us. The Merchant Taylor’s Hall was a perfect rustic setting and it forms part of York’s history – the building is hundreds of years old. It was perfect size for the small intimate wedding that we wanted.
April 4th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
We’re getting your Monday off to an incredibly beautiful start here on the blog by sharing this stunning seasonal shoot, captured in one of Sheffield’s beautiful green spaces.
Timed perfectly to coincide with the city’s blossom trees flowering, we love the effortless beauty of this shoot, from the natural backdrop to the simple styling.
Those of you planning a spring-time celebration might want to take note as we hand over the blog to photographer Shelley Richmond, who captured the pretty, to give us all the details on how the look was achieved.
With images by Shelley Richmond. Models Rebecca Holly Parkin at Boss and Gemma Sadler at Mentor.
shelley says: This shoot came about as part of a little photography project that I worked on with bespoke wedding dress designer Kate Beaumont. We worked on a whole years’ worth of seasonal shoots, embracing nature and the gardens of our home city of Sheffield as a location. This was our spring shoot, timed to coincide with the blossom flowering and the first buds of spring appearing at Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens.
We wanted to keep the styling simple and so we carefully selected two of Kate’s bespoke dress designs as well as two of her original vintage collection, which fit the season.
The spring blossom was echoed by the details in delicate headpieces by Debbie Carlisle as well as the soft, dewy makeup created by Amanda Humphreys and the undone hairstyles by Kirsty Glasby. The stunning flower arrangements meanwhile were created by Emma Venn at Moss & Clover, again to reflect the season.
December 17th, 2015 | Rachel Parry
Deciding which season to marry in can be a tricky choice, with each offering something different to brides and grooms.
Of late I’ve found myself drawn to the spring celebrations as I love the fresh colours and delicate blooms associated with this time of year.
Today’s couple are also fans of springtime and did a spectacular job of giving a simple yet stunning nod to the season through their elegant choices of attire, décor and flowers. In particular we love the bridesmaids’ gorgeous full skirt and top combos – who wouldn’t want to wear that to a wedding?
With images by Bethany Clarke.
sally says: Dave proposed to me in private, at home and it was a complete surprise. We celebrated later that night with friends and champagne!
We married on 14th March 2015. We both decided we would like a spring wedding. Broughton Hall was our first and only venue that we went to look round, as we both instantly knew it was right for us. I grew up in Skipton and my parents still live there so I’m familiar with the area and love the scenery. Broughton Hall is so private and is in a really stunning setting.
We didn’t really have a theme for the wedding. We decided that the setting and the buildings of Broughton Hall didn’t need much ‘dressing’ and so we kept everything very simple.
April 30th, 2015 | Julia Braime
Luxury wedding florists Katey and Edward Burke’s vision was to create a luxury one-stop-wedding-shop with like-minded and quality, high-end wedding suppliers all in one place. At The Blue Orchid Wedding Boutique couples can relax in the knowledge that their suppliers know each other and work well together, offering quality products and services, coordinating their wedding seamlessly between them.
This, their first styled shoot took place at the very popular 30 James St – Home of the Titanic in Liverpool and was inspired by The Blue Orchid Boutique’s in-house stationer Cheryl of Pink Sherbet Stationery and her pretty ‘Ava’ collection in coral and ivory with touches of navy.
We think it’s perfectly pretty!
cheryl says: My ‘Ava’ stationery collection is perfect for the spring season with it’s dainty daisy like floral pattern and contrasting bold stripes. As soon as the team had chosen this design they went to work, each of us creating their own contribution and interpretation of the theme.
Our boutique’s resident florist Katey put together a handheld posy of coral ‘Miss Piggy’ roses with lisianthus to highlight the colours of the design, and selected bouvardia, coral santini and wax flower to match the lovely little daisy flower shapes in the pattern work.
Katey created a beautiful tall table centre display and framed my luxury pearl embellished seating plan with floral loveliness! Fresh flower framed seating plans are becoming a very popular wedding centrepiece; they really do have the wow factor!
Katey is also lucky enough to have a very photogenic daughter who was more than willing to model a beautiful origami head circlet and flower girl posy by our talented in-house origamist Anne. Again matching the colours beautifully and hand-finished with pearl and diamante embellishments, which made an appearance on everything from the stationery, cake, table centrepiece, bridal bouquet and the origami work.
The exceptionally talented Sue from Bella’s Cake Pantry worked her magic with an outstanding coral cake with flowers to match the stationery design cascading down the tiers, also picking up the stripes with beautiful grosgrain ribbon as a way of adding some subtle navy detail.
The boutique’s venue dresser Melanie of Elegant Twist ensured the table and chairs were dressed to perfection with coral and ivory sashes and cute satin ribbon bows around the napkins to match the binding on the bridal bouquet.
It is clear from the photographs that the team is passionate about attention to detail. We believe it’s the finishing touches that make a wedding special and totally unique. It’s the little details that photographers love to capture and who better to photograph them for the photo shoot than the wonderful husband and wife team Sandy and Dave of Pixsmiths Creative Photography! They captured the beauty of the theme and grandeur of the venue with absolute perfection.
It’s undeniable that having a group of suppliers who work so well together is invaluable when it comes to planning a wedding, especially if you want to ensure every aspect fits together seamlessly! We are excited to share more themed photo shoots over the coming months.
To book The Blue Orchid Boutique suppliers for your wedding visit www.blue-orchid.co.uk.
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