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Head For The Hills! A Styled Bridal Shoot In Lancashire

December 6th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Morning all!  Whilst I layer on another jumper here at Brides Up North HQ and avoid leaving the building at all costs (it’s cold out there!) I’ll be kicking off a bracing Thursday morning with a little styled shoot in the great outdoors sent to me by Lizz of DJ Archer Photography and a collective of North West wedding industry suppliers.  Make sure that you are wrapped up warm, and enjoy!

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Lizz says:  This was a styled bridal shoot on George’s Lane, Lancashire. It’s just near the iconic Winter Hill and overlooks Bolton. The general theme drew from the area’s iconography: wellies, umbrellas, flat caps, rugged countryside and a strong focus on making the most of what you’ve got.

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There is a big emphasis on helping each other out ‘Up North’ and that certainly came into fruition when everyone came together for the shoot, we also had a couple of walkers help us as they stopped to admire the shoot and even the mountain rescue van pulled up to see if we needed anything, definitely a big community spirit around the area! 

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Our models Lesia and Adam got engaged about two weeks before the shoot (a complete surprise!) so it was beautiful to see them all lit up and posing for their pictures.

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Images: DJ Archer Photography

Bouquets, Invitations & General Styling/ Props: Jamball

Cars: Dan Waller Cars

Wedding Cakes: Cheshire Cat Cake Company

Wedding Gown: Claire Louise Brides

Umbrellas: Hello Brolly

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  – Images © 2012 DJ Archer Photography

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Autumn: Reloved, Reused, Recycled: A Styled Bridal Shoot In The North West

November 29th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Autumn wedding by Adam Capper Photography

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In these last days of November (and now officially on Brides Up North Christmas Party countdown!) I feel like the hours, days and weeks are just racing towards the new year.  Perhaps it’s that we are so busy here at Brides Up North HQ planning and taking exhibitor bookings for our first six (six!) big bridal events of Spring 2013, or maybe it’s this growing baby bump that’s making it harder for me to sit at the computer for long periods of time – but time seems to be flying!

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Autumn vintage wedding by Adam Capper Photography

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With the racing clock in mind, it’s nice to be mindful for a minute or two and take a look back over the gorgeous Autumn that we have just enjoyed.  Mine was chockablock with our inspirational wedding shows at some really beautiful venues, house hunting, meetings for brand growth in 2013, antenatal sessions, Christmas party planning, just a little bit of writing (read: masses of writing) and the odd really lovely wedding to attend in person. 

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Autumn vintage wedding by Adam Capper Photography

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We chose Autumn for our own wedding day back in 2010, and if you were lucky enough to get married this season then I hope you enjoyed crisp blue skies, golden leaves and that magical fresh-start feeling that I think Autumn brings on your big day. 

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This morning, we join friend of the wedding blog, Rebecca of Pretty Little Trio for a simple styled shoot capturing the essence of my favourite season, with images by Adam Capper Photography

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Autumn vintage wedding by Adam Capper Photography

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Rebecca says:  Since it was a totally glorious Autumn this year, we wanted to capture it and pulled together an idea of a really simply styled shoot at the beautifully restored Victorian Bandstand in Queens Park, Crewe. We had a few dog walkers stop and stare and congratulate the ‘bride’ (we didn’t have the heart to say). Taking the bandstand as our centrepiece and the season as an influence for our colour theme, we also had in mind a reused, reloved and recycled theme.

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Autumn vintage wedding by Adam Capper Photography

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The vintage china, books and props by Pretty Little Trio are all second hand and so reused, the bandstand has recently been restored, the dress is from Sarah’s Wedding Exchange and has beautiful designer dresses ready to be reloved, the pom poms by Sue Lacey are from recycled paper and the button bouquet from Living Colour has vintage book pages within it. The images taken by Adam Capper have been given a proper old feel by taking original vintage photographs and overlaying their patina onto the images he took on the day, think it makes Naomi look a little ethereal.

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Photographer – Adam Capper Nantwich

Vintage China, Props and Styling – Pretty Little Trio Stockton Heath, Cheshire

Wedding Dress, Veil, Headpiece, Jewellery & Shrug – Sarah’s Wedding Exchange, Nantwich

Bouquets – Living Colour, Stockton Heath

Paper Pom Poms – Sue Lacey Bespoke Giftwrapping, Stockton Heath

Venue – Queen’s Park, Crewe, Cheshire

Model – Naomi Bolton

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  – Images © 2012 Adam Capper Photography

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She Loves Her! A Styled Civil Partnership Shoot In The North West

October 11th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Civil partnership styled shoot by Adam Capper Photography

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I recently put out a press request for images for my latest Wedding Magazine column… and I’m thinking along the lines of something blue.  Each month, I forage my way around the internet, old blog posts and new submissions until I curate a beautiful inspiration spread for my favourite National glossy (I still have to pinch myself that they invited me to be a columnist for them!). 

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{Incidentally, if you would like to submit some images for consideration please email me julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk, I’d love to hear from you!}

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These styled civil partnership images were sent to me by friend of the wedding blog Rebecca of Pretty Little Trio – who so kindly lent her gorgeous vintage cake stands for the last Brides Up North Tweet Up North West – and I just had to share the shoot with you in it’s entirety. 

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Civil partnership styled shoot by Adam Capper Photography

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Rebecca says:  We wanted to style a civil partnership vintage tea party shoot – with hints of Old Hollywood Glamour & delicate burlesque. We drew inspirations from old Hollywood glamour, soft burlesque, striking floral designs, pale blue, deep blue, white and red, vintage crockery, silver teapots & cake stands, vintage books, strawberries, balloons, red hearts, bluebells, two bluebirds, show stopping birdcage veils, apple orchards, red roses, white orchids, red lips, white apple blossom, birdcage wedding cake, little birds and frilly lace knicker cakes!  

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Civil partnership styled shoot by Adam Capper Photography

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The shoot’s inspiration evolved over time and adapted to what the British weather threw at us on the day!  Heather (florist & fascinators) and I had an idea about using a bluebell woods for a soft burlesque /old vintage Hollywood inspired shoot. Burlesque is often in a Boudoir setting and so to put in a more natural one was a really exciting concept.  

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Adam (our photographer) and I wanted to work on a shoot together at Combermere Abbey, and as luck would have it the venue has a bluebell woods. Combermere loved the idea of something a bit different so plans were pulled together to organise everything to catch the bluebells in bloom.   

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Heather and I worked on pulling the concept and team together and asked Naomi and Nicky if they would like to be involved.  I met the girls at one of my Secret Vintage Tea Party events, they are engaged to be married next year and knowing that Naomi loves burlesque, we managed to persuade them to get involved. .

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Taking the blue of the bluebells as the colour scheme Heather and I wanted a real shot of a different colour as an accent to contrast with the natural blues.  A pair of blue Vivienne Westwood shoes called ‘Lady Dragon’  gave us the inspiration we needed (good old Viv!) with their red hearts, it fitted the whole burlesque/ vintage tea/ light hint at Alice’s red queen of hearts (the tattoo on Naomi’s feet by the way is a quotation from Joan of Arc!) 

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Of course looking at the photos you’ll be wondering … where are the bluebells? Well unfortunately the day of the shoot arrived and there had been so much rain in the run up to it and so much rain on the day that ‘Mav’ the gorgeous white horse (yep we had a horse lined up) was the only creature with appropriate footwear to get to the bluebell wood: it was completely impassable in wellies/waders and we’d have had a glasto style shoot not a burlesque one!  So we had to settle with the gorgeous glass house and orchard instead, which turned out beautifully and still gave us the natural look we were after.  As for the bluebells… there is always next year!

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Adam Capper Photography is a talented and experienced photographer, down to earth and skilled at getting ‘that shot’.  He has a true natural talent for capturing the beautiful, unique and the real. Always off shooting a rock star or recording a happening, he has a passion for nostalgic photographic techniques but with the know how and kit of the modern too. He has captured the contrast between the vintage feel and the contemporary elements of this shoot.

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Rebecca of  Pretty Little Trio Vintage China Hire has a true passion for vintage crockery and styling and loves to use it in both traditional and contemporary ways.  Her beautiful and extensive vintage china collection (of over 600 teacups and saucers!) can tie in to most themes and the red and blue vintage colours show how versatile vintage styling and china can be and can be incorporated into many different styles of  weddings (and always so much better than a boring plain white cup!). Tea (or gin or champagne!) always tastes better out of bone china!

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Setting the scene, the delicate vintage china tea cups and teapots, all pale blues, deep blues, red polka dots and red roses to suit the burlesque tea party theme, sit with the glamorous decadent silver tea pots and silver cake stands with juicy red strawberries and flowers. Little finishing touches draw on the vintage elements of the shoot such as red and blue leather bound vintage books and a deep blue vintage leather suitcase.  

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Living Colour Design source their diverse selection of flowers and foliage from countries such as Costa Rica, Malaysia and Holland; not forgetting the beautiful British variety! Leading florist and proprietor Heather has a wealth of experience and ability with a natural flair for creativity. She thinks of floristry as an art form using textures, shape and colours to create striking designs.

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The beautiful handmade birdcage fascinator by Hummingbird is a "Hollywood show-stopper" creation with stunning white detailing and draped white veiling. Each piece is unique and made to order and for each individual.  

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Heather and I were delighted when the lovely Kirsten, manageress of Amy Louise Bridal gave up her Sunday to come down to the shoot with a selection of her fabulous dresses. We had given her a brief and she had found the perfect gown for Naomi, which really pulled together the feel of the shoot. The bodice extenuated Naomi’s curves, the detailing was stunning and the tea length tulle dress was exactly the look and feel we were after, that of a Hollywood starlet.

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At Amy Louise they love to be part of the wonderful experience of helping each bride to choose their perfect wedding gown. After opening in 2000 the boutique has been nominated for awards from the British Bridal Association and was voted ‘Best Bridal Retailer of the Year 2008. They have established themselves as one of the premier bridal wear stores in the North West and are delighted that many of their new brides come from recommendations from their past brides.

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Civil partnership styled shoot by Adam Capper Photography

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Emma at Hattie Boo Designs is incredibly creative, has an amazing attention to detail and quality and can take your ideas and add hers to create something special. The ‘two birds’ stationery tied in with lots of symbolism in the shoot. The two birds – our couple, the little red hearts and blue feathers drawing influence from burlesque and the little birds of Naomi’s tattoo.

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Jane of Teatime Treats created the birdcage wedding cake and the cupcakes which were made to tie in with the little red hearts on the shoes and in the bouquet, with cheeky burlesque inspired icing like little frilly knickers and lovely little bird and birdcage detailing. Not only do Jane’s cake look exquisite they taste divine too.

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Civil partnership styled shoot by Adam Capper Photography

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Sister’s Eve and Sal Yarwood are Pouting In Peep-Toes, a freelance hair, make up & rockabilly and vintage inspired clothing company.  Their combined passion for everything hair and make up and their love of iconic pin ups and vintage fashion made them the perfect choice to help us create the right look for the day. Nicky and Naomi’s make up has a soft, elegant 1940’s feel with perfect red pouts and eyeliner!

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Your journey of discovery begins at the gates of Combermere Abbey, a hidden gem in the rural borderlands of Cheshire/Shropshire in Northwest England. This magical place blends centuries of history, breathtaking landscape and compelling architecture with privacy and luxury. A stunning and unique wedding venue.

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Models – Real life engaged couple – Naomi Bolton (modelling bridal gown) &  Nicky Jones

Photographer – Adam Capper   Adam Capper Photography   (Nantwich) 

Vintage China Hire & Events  – Rebecca Jenkinson   Pretty Little Trio  (Stockton Heath, Warrington) 

Floristry – Heather Ryder  Living Colour Design  (Stockton Heath, Warrington)

Bridalwear – Amy Louise Bridal Gowns (Nantwich)

Hair and Make up (sisters) Sal & Eve Yarwood Pouting In Peep-Toes  (Warrington)

Venue – Combermere Abbey  (Nantwich)

Fascinators – Heather Ryder Hummingbird (Stockton Heath)

Stationery  – Emma Bryan Hattie Boo Designs (Hatton, Warrington)

Cakes – Jane Constantinou Teatime Treats (Warrington)

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  – Images © 2012 Adam Capper Photography

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EXCLUSIVE! Fired But Fabulous! A Styled Shoot With The Apprentice’s Laura Hogg Of Laura Reece Bridal

May 12th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Laura Hogg of The Apprentice by Focus Wedding Photography

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I’ve been glued to the telly every Wednesday night for the past few weeks keeping track of the latest hiring and firings on The Apprentice which is, in my opinion, TV gold.  I’d love to give it a shot someday, but I worry that I might not be the chirpy that you all know and love with all those early starts, boardroom grillings, a camera constantly in my face and a team full of egotistical maniacs.  I’ll just watch and judge from the comfort of my sofa thank you very much!

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One lady who did dare to do it was the fabulous Laura Hogg of Laura Reece Bridal and friend of the blog.  Hats off to her!  As you can see from this earlier blog post, I was rooting for her to go all the way, but alas it was not to be. Well she may be fired, but she sure as hell is fabulous, as this styled shoot by Focus Wedding Photography goes to show!

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Lorna of Focus Wedding Photography says: This bridal fashion shoot was arranged at The Glasshouse Hotel in Edinburgh a couple of weeks ago with Laura modelling some gorgeous wedding gowns from her shop. We were fortunate that the weather was kind to us and we got the only dry day that week which enabled us to get out onto the gorgeous rooftop gardens which overlook the Calton Hill and into the beautiful balconies overlooking Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth.

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Laura Hogg is owner of bridal boutique, Laura Reece Bridal in Glasgow but more recently she will be known as a candidate on this years series of The Apprentice. Her boutique has been running for nearly two years and next weekend (19th/20th) she is hosting a rather exciting designer weekend with one of her main brands, Kay Mason Bridal. With the opportunity to meet Laura and the designer Denise available appointments are flying out the door!  Visit Laura Reece Bridal to make an appointment.

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In the light of her recent firing from the hit BBC series, Laura is remaining positive and very much throwing herself back into her bridal business. She is looking to expand the bridal accessory hiring service she currently offers in her shop nationally. It will allow brides to personally choose their own packages for tiaras, veils, underskirts and hire them for their wedding day at a fraction of their normal retail price. On other news, she has also just been welcomed into Entrepreneurial Spark, a business start up community in Scotland and she is working with them on a separate project to be announced soon. For details on this you can keep in the loop at www.laurahogg.co.uk

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For this shoot the dresses were a combination of Ella Rosa Gallery by Private Label By G (£550) and Just For You (£499). 

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Our inspiration for the shoot was to get some gorgeous portraiture of Laura using the iconic backdrop of Edinburgh and the stunning features in The Glasshouse. It is really a beautiful wedding venue and it was a pleasure to photograph there.   We have been involved with a number of shoots with Laura over the past couple of years. 

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The ultra cool and contemporary contours of the 5-star boutique hotel, The Glasshouse, are perfectly combined with the medieval gothic architecture, perfect for a wedding in the heart of Edinburgh.  The Glasshouse’s unique and beautifully landscaped roof gardens and alfresco terraces overlook the world famous Calton Hill, the Royal City and as far as the Firth of Forth, providing a distinctive and memorable venue to enjoy your wedding reception.

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Photography – Focus Wedding Photography

Laura – Laura Reece Bridal and Laura Hogg

Hair – Kennedy Hair

Venue -  The Glasshouse, Edinburgh

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  – Images © 2012 Focus Wedding Photography

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Victoria Sponge Towers & Floral Bowers – A Beautiful Styled Wedding Inspiration Shoot In The North West

March 6th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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It’s a beautiful day across the North today, and if you have to be stuck inside what better way to bring the outdoors in than this gorgeous wedding inspiration shoot masterminded by Emmylou of Lilybud Cupcakes and featuring the work of a team of super talented North West wedding industry suppliers.  I generally hate a name dropper but – look! – the unmistakeable floral excellence of Red Floral Architecture and the gorgeous gowns of wedding industry superstars Charlotte Balbier and Amanda Wyatt never fail to leave me breathless. 

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Better yet, this is the first in a series of three gorgeous blog posts featuring the work of the same team.  Oh how I spoil you!

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Enjoy…

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Emmylou of LilyBud Cupcakes says:  LilyBud Cupcakes is a year old this month and as I’ve looked back over what I’ve accomplished, I can’t help but feel extremely grateful to all the wonderful people that have helped my business grow. So many people gave me opportunities that I could only wish for, when they hardly knew me or had never even met me at all. I still have far to go and there’s still so much I want to achieve but to think that I began making cupcakes in my day’s off from my hospitality management role, taking them in for the staff to sample and thinking that it was just a creative phase I was going through!

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I owe a lot to the photo shoots I was invited to and asked to supply for. I watched from a distance how each supplier brought their products or talent, as well as passion, and made a masterpiece. I couldn’t help but be in awe and feel sense of being overwhelmed at what I saw being transformed in front of me and so to celebrate, I thought that I would arrange my own. 

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I decided on a bridal picnic as the theme and styled a woodland shoot with trees in the background. I also wanted the models to be having fun, and not to be posing, like a lot of the shoots I see. The dresses would have to be easy to move about in and reflect the easy going theme. I imagined lots of laughter captured when the models didn’t realise. I also wanted them to interact with each other and the props, including the food.

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I had a massive bake-a-thon 7 days before the shoot. I made a 4 tier wedding cake for the shoot, around 10 dummy cupcakes, 12 real cupcakes that the models were to eat on set, an assortment of cookies in the shape of love hearts, tea cups, teapots and cupcakes, a 4 layer summer fruit cake, about 20 scones and a selection of beef and chicken salad sandwiches. The models were also given fizzy grape juice (which looked like champagne) to drink and I even took my own bottle of Bollinger.  I have just recently launched my vintage crockery collection and Afternoon Tea Party hire and picnics, so I really wanted to show this off. We had a couple of breakages, but it was expected.

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I am, and always have been, the type of person who tries to do everything myself. It gets me into trouble sometimes and it’s caused a few emotional melt downs but I knew that if I was organised enough… and this is the one thing this industry has taught me, I could do it.

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Charlotte had invited me down to the studio to choose which dresses we wanted to use and we got to meet her lovely team and family.  We decided to have a mix of Charlotte and Amanda Wyatt’s dresses.

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Everybody said what a fantastic day they had and I’m sure you can tell from the photos they all had fun. I am ecstatic that the pictures are amazing and everyone involved was absolutely fantastic! It’s very overwhelming that all these wonderful people and suppliers came together to help me with a small idea that I had.

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As well as all the amazing suppliers, I should also give a mention to one special helper.  My mum was an absolute star! She arrived at mine the night before to get everything ready and make food for the day ahead.  She made cups of tea and coffees all day, giving out sandwiches and cakes, helped the girls get dressed, watched my little girl Lily all day. If you know my daughter, you’ll know she’s a very energetic child! Mum had to chase her around the venue on numerous occasions. Mat from Red Floral suggested I give her a medal for her efforts!

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Styling, cakes and cookies, picnic, vintage crockery, pompoms  – Lilybud Cupcakes 
Flowers and bouquets – Mat Hepplestone at Red Floral Architecture

Gold artisan bouquet – Ann McKavney at Eleventh Heaven

Make up and bridal hair styling – Clare Arden at Harry Jon Make Up Artist

Bridesmaid hair styling – Maria Santoro 07966 230 293

Venue – Styal Lodge 

Bridal dresses – Charlotte Balbier and Amanda Wyatt 

Bridesmaid dresses – Amanda Wyatt 

Menswear – Groom

Hair accessories – Charlotte Balbier 

Stationery – David Spoor from Acushla

Photographers Lorna Roberts Photography and Sue Westwood- Ruttledge Photography

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Check the wedding blog shortly for more styled wedding inspiration from this talented team. 

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  – Images © 2012 Sue Westwood-Ruttledge Photography and Lorna Roberts Photography as tagged

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