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The Silk Garden. A Styled Shoot By Rebecca Jagger: Plus An Exclusive 10% Discount For Wedding Blog Readers

January 29th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

This morning I’m thrilled to share this stunning styled shoot in Halifax showing off the creations of one very talented local lady, Rebecca of Rebecca Jagger Millinery & Accessories.  And because she’s kind as well as creative, if you like what you see here (and my bet is you will) Rebecca is offering Brides Up North readers an exclusive discount.  Rebecca Jagger Millinery & Accessories would like to offer Brides Up North readers an exclusive 10% discount until 28th February 2014.  Please quote Brides Up North when contacting Rebecca.  Bonus!  Read on, read on…

With images by Nicola Mackrill

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Rebecca says:  When planning my wedding, I found it very difficult to find the right head piece to compliment my 1930′s style dress. I knew I didn’t want a veil, but couldn’t afford the bespoke prices of a milliner. As a tailor by trade I thought I would have a go at making my own. From this Rebecca Jagger Millinery & Accessories was born. 

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

My designs are completely hand made by me, all hand sewn, meaning each piece is bespoke. I use the most luxurious silks and soft feminine veiling, which give a lovely vintage feel to my pieces.

For my first photo shoot we used the beautiful venue Holdsworth House in Halifax, where we made the most of the gorgeous surroundings. I got to work with some very talented ladies, and we got fabulous photographs.

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Nicola says:  Our inspiration for the shoot was a vintage 1920′s glamour, the setting was beautiful and the model was amazing, even through the cold and the rain! As a team, we have another shoot planned for the spring, just waiting for the weather to cheer up first… 

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

I have been a photographer for many years, but it is only within the last two years that I decided to take the leap to set up my own business.  I love covering weddings that are a little bit different, quirky or unusual and my style is quite informal and relaxed.   I like to capture the essence of the day in a way that complements the Bride and Groom. Alongside weddings, I still work on personal projects and have an exhibition in the pipeline due for April.

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Rebecca Jagger Millinery & Accessories would like to offer Brides Up North readers an exclusive 10% discount until 28th February 2014.  Please quote Brides Up North when contacting Rebecca.

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Little Black Book

Images:  Nicola Mackrill

Headpieces:  Rebecca Jagger Millinery & Accessories

Styling accessories:  Rosy Apple Creations

Hair:  Gemma Peers

Make Up:  Carys Farrow

Wedding Dresses:  Lush Bridal

Model:  Katie Burnside

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2014 Nicola Mackrill

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The Vintage Garden. A Contemporary Styled Bridal Shoot In Lancashire

January 23rd, 2014 | Julia Braime

CT Images

This morning we are bringing vintage styling up to date with a modern beauty twist as we join a collective of North West wedding industry suppliers for a last wedding breakfast at a Lancashire landmark venue. 

Alison McMath will be just one of our fabulous suppliers at our Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Bridal Exhibitions in the North West this Spring, make sure to put the date in your diary and pre-register now! 

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But back to today’s action first.  Cat of CT Images says:  We are an all female wedding industry team in the Lancashire area and we wanted to play around with concepts of ‘vintage’ and bringing the past up-to-date.

CT Images

CT Images

The shoot took place as the last pictures ever to be taken at Pickerings Country Hotel in Garstang, which has been the setting for numerous weddings over the years. The overgrown English country and apple-laden garden became the backdrop for the autumn shoot.

CT Images

We wanted to demonstrate that contemporary hair and makeup styling can give vintage bridal gowns a new lease of life, freeing them of any constraints. The hairstyles took inspiration from different past eras and were all linked together with a more contemporary and daring bridal makeup style. Definitely more adventurous but still in keeping with beauty and romance, which is what every bride desires on her wedding day.

CT Images

CT Images

CT Images

CT Images

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Flower Crown. A Styled Vintage Bridal Shoot In Bridlington

November 20th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Walker & Walker Photography

This evening I’m sharing a pretty little gem of a styled bridal shoot from my Featured Suppliers Walker & Walker Photography.  Call me fickle (and you’d be right) but yesterday I readying my gloves, scarf and bobble hat with glee, and tonight, I’m wishing for summer.  That’s what a flower crown will do to you…

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Ben of Walker & Walker says:  This shoot was a joint collaborative project between Walker & Walker and Wayside Flower and was produced with an audience so potential clients could see how we work.The shoot was staged at The Little Organic Bakery in Bridlington and we hand picked the venue for the colourful selections of flora, foliage and rustic walls that had an English secret garden charm.

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Our model was Sophie. She was chosen by us as she’s curvy and demure with beautiful long dark hair and showcased the vintage white wedding dress, floral head wear, shrug, underskirt, shoes and jewellery supplied by Wayside Flower beautifully. 

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

The floral hand tied spray was made up by Lynn Walker from Next Flowers and the vintage wedding ring belonged to Lynn’s great grandmother.  Lynn also prepared the props and set styling. 

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Little Black Book

Images: Walker & Walker Photography

Venue:  The Little Organic Bakery, Bridlington

Clothing, Jewellery & Floral Head Pieces:  Wayside Flower

Other florals, props and styling: Next Flowers

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Walker & Walker Photography

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Simple Pleasures. A Small & Stunning Styled Bridal Shoot In Yorkshire

November 8th, 2013 | Julia Braime

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

Sometimes in the wedding World, it seems like everything is always more, more, more.  More lace, more skirts, more flowers, more guests, more details… more money.  So sometimes, it’s nice to strip everything right back and rejoice in the simple.

This Friday morning, I bring you a small, simple and absolutely beautiful little styled bridal shoot from a group of Yorkshire wedding suppliers whose work I really rate (some of them are even Brides Up North Featured Suppliers).  So grab a cuppa and a KitKat, and prepare for something blissful.

Be inspired.

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

Hayley of The Harrogate Wedding Lounge says:  The initial idea for the shoot was very ethereal so the location on the Yorkshire Moors was perfect! We set up shop in a lovely warm local inn to do Hair, Makeup and dressing before heading out into the wind and rain. Our beautiful model Amy was a true professional and coped well with the difficult conditions.

We wanted to demonstrate a more simple laid back look and what you can achieve with your bridal look by adding different accessories including belts, shoes, headwear, flowers and dashes of colour. The gowns we used were beautiful yet very simplistic.

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

We chose Mistletoe from the Mia Mia collection by Alan Hannah and the Ghislaine Dress from the Enzoani  collection. Mistletoe is a stylish long sleeved Silk Chiffon gown with pretty covered buttons and a flowing sash. The Ghislaine is a full skirted lace and tulle gown with a beautiful beaded belt. we teamed this gown with a fabulous lace edge cape by Joyce Jackson.  Both gowns are available in my boutique, The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The flowers on the shoot were from Emma’s Home and Garden and featured beautiful details used in unique ways.  We styled three looks including: an arc of pale pink astilbe; an asymmetrical head piece of lisianthus, lavender, craspedia, gypsophilaand wax flower and a flower crown of lisianthus, craspedia, lavender, tree fern, and dried protea plus a simple hand tied posy of faded lilac limonium finished with vintage velvet ribbon.

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

Hair and Makeup on the day was styled by the super talented Victoria Farr Hair & Make Up Specialist.

Victoria says:  The brief was to create a look that is different to what we have seen on this type of styled shoot with lots of creativity. Think ‘Vogue’ with statement lips and eye liner!

Our model had the most beautiful elfin features and short blonde pixie hair which is perfect to let the makeup speak for itself. Our first look was to show the eyeliner and using lashes on the lower lash line instead of the top, which created the illusion of wider eyes and using an almost white colour on the lips with a matt finish kept the look editorial.  The lashes were removed for our second look which concentrated on Amy’s lips. Using the floral arrangements as inspiration and our location, a dark plum was used on the lips to stain them, giving a natural just bitten finish.

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

Jess of Jess Petrie Photography says:  In regards to overall styling I always free-style… it’s the way I work!  It helps me have more creative freedom on the shoot.  When something is planned expectations are under-met and/or “panic mode” sets in if something is out of place, unexpected, or different.  To work on a shoot I have to be calm and embrace things as they happen naturally.  The worst thing you can do is over think it!

Everyone had an input on the overall styling, which is what I prefer, as I like to involve the team.  It’s not all about the photographer, everyone is bringing the shoot together and working equally as hard.

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

We are trying to help brides bring out a little creativity in their overall bridal look and feel and by using matching accessories i.e belts, flowers, shoes and so on, you can style a dress in a very unique and individual way.  

The colours are always important, especially for great pictures. I would advise brides on choosing pastel colours for their accessories and flowers.  It’s nice to create a colour theme throughout and have complimenting colour schemes towards your dress and venue.

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

Little Black Book

Images: Jess Petrie Photography

Wedding Gowns: The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

Hair & Make Up: Victoria Farr Hair & Make Up Specialist

Flowers:  Emma’s Home and Garden

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

 

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Jess Petrie Photography

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Country Life: Vintage Gowns & Glorious Tiaras For A Styled Bridal Shoot In The North West

October 21st, 2013 | Julia Braime

J Broughton Photography

We’re starting the week with the best of intentions (all wholesome and outdoorsy) with a gorgeously simple styled shoot “down on the farm” sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Janet of J Broughton Photography who heads up a talented collective on North West wedding industry suppliers. 

Get your first fix of fresh air, and a big dose of beautiful here on the blog this morning with the prettiest vintage gowns and most stunning bridal accessories.  How much do you love this wedding hair?!

J Broughton Photography

Janet says: Over the summer Heidi from Glorious Tiaras and I had “met” on Twitter and soon realised that we were both keen to put together a styled shoot. A few coffees and cakes later and we’d decided on a theme that mixed vintage and rustic styles but more importantly that we wanted to use it as an opportunity to bring together and showcase different wedding professionals.

J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

We were fortunate to find a brand new rustic wedding venue, The Wellbeing Farm that was a perfect location for the shoot. Vintage Lane Bridal provided the genuine vintage wedding dresses that perfectly accompanied Heidi’s amazing vintage brooch bouquets and tiaras and hair and make up was expertly styled by Jaki Ann.  Laura from Love My Trike brought along Tilly the vintage ice cream tricycle with a variety of props and Jane from Pearlie Queen Collectibles loaned some wonderful vintage accessories. On the day we had two fantastic models, Madeline is an aspiring model and although James works at the farm and didn’t have too much choice in getting involved he was great too !

J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

As you imagine with an outdoor shoot we were very weather dependant, our first attempt was on a day with a forecast for dry weather, and it was.  Or at least it was until just after the hair and make up was done and we all ventured outside, at which point it hail stoned, rained, thundered and lightened and all with a twenty minute period!  We abandoned the shoot and met again a week later when the weather was much kinder, a little mist in the background but with the sun peeping through we had the perfect weather and had a great time putting together something creative, showing off everyone’s talents and eating Heidi’s homemade flapjacks. 

J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

The day was such a success that Heidi and I have decided we would love to do this on a regular basis. Our next project involves a group of art students and is likely to be something quite theatrical with a gothic twist.   We are keen to hear from wedding professionals who would like to be involved in future creative projects and can be contacted via our websites at www.jbroughton.co.uk or www.glorioustiaras.co.uk.

J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

Little Black Book

Images: J Broughton Photography

Venue:  The Wellbeing Farm

Vintage wedding dresses: Vintage Lane Bridal

Accessories: Glorious Tiaras

Vintage Ice Cream Trike: Love My Trike

Props: Pearlie Queen Collectibles

Hair and Make Up: Jaki Ann

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 J Broughton Photography

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Vintage Elegance At Goldsborough Hall: A Styled Wedding Inspiration Shoot In Yorkshire

August 26th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Laura Calderwood Photography

Just popping in to wish you all a fabulous bank holiday Monday, and spread a little prettiness before out usual schedule resumes tomorrow.  I hope you’re all enjoying the extra lie in!

Laura Calderwood Photography

This July, Brides Up North Featured Supplier wedding photographer Laura Calderwood and couture bridal designer Helen Dryden Harland of Darling Fred joined forces with a collective of Yorkshire wedding industry greats to create a portfolio of elegant images at Goldsborough Hall, near Knaresborough.

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Fabulously Fitzgerald! A 1920’s Flapper Styled Bridal Shoot In Sheffield

June 12th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Whoot!  This evening – with the hubby on babysitting duty -  I’m off to the new Everyman Cinema in Leeds (apparently they let you take pizza and wine in with you – result!) with my Mum to catch The Great Gatsby before it leaves our movie theatres for the small screen.  Like all Mr Lurhmann’s films, I think this one is meant to be seen in all it’s cinematic glory.  Plus as a self confessed Leo fan, why not?!

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I might usually shy away from featuring a 1920s “Gatsby” inspired shoot this late in the day, because lets be honest, isn’t it just a little overdone right now?  But as this utterly gorgeous, simple and stunning styled bridal shoot sent to me by Tracey of Campbell’s Flowers and a little collective of really rather fabulous suppliers proves, nothing is overdone if it is done better than the rest!  Enjoy, and be inspired. 

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Tracey of Campbell’s Flowers says:  I’m so delighted to be part of Brides Up North and super excited to be able to bring you a collaboration of really creative local wedding specialists in a beautiful 1920’s flapper-style shoot.

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A few weeks ago I was contacted by the lovely Hayley of Glory Days Vintage who told me that she and some other friends were putting together a Gatsby inspired shoot to mark the launch of Baz Lurhmann’s film. Being big fans of a great story, I jumped at the chance and asked my lovely friend Jenn Edwards Make Up Artist along too!  So we rocked up at a gorgeous little venue in York to meet Alison Barrett of Vintage Bridal Millinery and Andy Gaines Photography.

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The idea was to bring you an inspirational and modern interpretation for today’s brides, by adding a contemporary stylish twist to a 1920’s influenced wedding. Drawing on Fitzgerald’s beautiful character, Daisy Buchannan, we created a look which embodies her striking glamour. We used 1980’s dresses alongside the original 1920’s gowns for simple, timeless sophistication.

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Here at Campbell’s Flowers, we adore pretty, textured posy bouquets, which work beautifully with knee length 1920’s wedding dresses. We especially love the versatility of posy bouquets in that they effortlessly compliment the elegance of sheer dresses and they even work to set off and enhance those gorgeous oh-so-very-1920’s beaded dresses. 

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We love the fact that this weddings inspired by this era are so timeless, really accessible to style and so sophisticated. In creating the breathtakingly romantic bouquet we used structured Calla Lilies intertwined with rustic natural Ivy to create our modern vintage take on a 1920’s bouquet. A large urn arrangement of longiflorum lilies, a favourite with 1920’s fashionistas, completed the florals.

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The beautiful glossy  hair and stunning make up by Jenn worked brilliantly with the strong accessories and beautiful head pieces designed and created by Alison – drawing on all eras of vintage and completing the look.

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All of us just adored the art deco architecture of the Tiffany Room of York’s trendy 1331 Bar, which would be a lovely place for a really intimate wedding.  We absolutely loved the chance to work with such fab like-minded creative people and hope we’ve managed to bring an essence of the fabulous to you too!

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Little Black Book

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Flowers: Tracey Campbell, Campbell’s Flowers

Hair and Makeup: Jenn Edwards

Model and Vintage Gowns: Hayley Neil, Glory Days Vintage

Photography: Andy Gaines Photography

Accessories: Alison Barrett, Vintage Bridal Millinery

Venue: 1331 Bar, York

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Andy Gaines Photography

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Supplier Showcase: By Gina Jewellery In A Styled Bridal Shoot At Woodhill Hall, Northumberland

May 31st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Wahey!  Friday’s only gone and bloomin’ landed!  Why is it that the week following a Bank Holiday always seems longer (and busier!) than ever?

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I’ll be collapsing in an event planning induced stupor – did you know it’s our last luxury wedding exhibition of the season next Sunday at Sarah Beeny’s Rise Hall (finishing with flair – click here for all the details!) – but whatever your plans for the weekend (anyone getting wed? hands up!) I hope it’s filled with glamour and glitter, just like this cute and colourful little styled shoot by Brides Up North Featured Supplier By Gina Jewellery to show off her handmade twinkly things. 

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With some help from some of my very favourite Featured Suppliers and North East wedding industry friends, the result is a little pop of sparkle to start your Friday off beautifully!

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Gina says:  I organised the shoot to showcase my jewellery but also the amazing venue Woodhill Hall, which hadn’t been used in a photo shoot before. I wanted to do something a little different from the usual head and shoulder shots of jewellery so hunted all over Pinterest for some inspiration and to show Phil Smith Photography the sort of style I was looking for. Luckily, Phil and I have very similar ideas of what works and he came up with some more excellent ideas. I loved the quirkiness of Woodhill and wanted to use their wallpaper and scenic views in the shoot. I have seen so many ‘vintage’ shoots about that I wanted to use the jewellery as a focus rather than a specific style.

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The day was excellent.!  We had been forecast for rain all day but when we got up to Otterburn the sun was shining but it was blowing a gale! Phil and I had a walk around the venue and discussed shots and locations and a few extra ideas we had for getting some excellent shots. There aren’t a lot of stairs at Woodhill, but when  you run up and down them at least 50 times an hour it seems likes there are a lot more!

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Phil and I were both very keen to get some shots on a sofa outside… the only problem being the sofa was brand new, the walls had just been painted and papered and the doorframe didn’t have an inch spare! After a lot of debate the sofa went outdoors and we prayed that the heavens didn’t open we were lucky and the shots were so worth it!

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Since the photo shoot, we have had a bit of news. My other half accepted a promotion meaning we will be moving to Colchester in August. I will still be making and selling jewellery and the great news is that AJ Bridalwear in Newburn is now a stockist of my jewellery, so I will still have jewellery in the North East! I’m going to miss it up here, but I will be up every month or so and so will be able to keep up with what is happening in the region. 

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Phil Smith Photography has a reputation for creating stunning yet personal images, he undoubtedly tells the story of every wedding. With eight years experience as a head photographer for the UK’s biggest portrait brand, Phil has the ability to engage and create genuine expressions within seconds. It’s with this experience, whether you’re someone who hates their photograph been taken or enjoys the limelight, Phil will help create memorable moments with friendly and positive direction. This gives your images great expressions, comfortable body language and makes you look great and feel great.

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By Gina Jewellery offers a stunning range of handmade Swarovski crystal and pearl wedding jewellery. All the designs are priced to ensure that all budgets can afford to have quality design without compromise. They also offer a bespoke service to create the perfect piece of handmade wedding jewellery unique to you.

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Woodhill Hall is a 300 year old detached Georgian country manor, situated near the village of Otterburn in the heart of Northumberland. The Hall has been lovingly restored to offer luxury accommodation for up to 26 guests to enjoy the house and its grounds. Set on a private estate of 100 acres of woodland and meadow, Woodhill Hall provides exclusive use for you and your guests to unwind in elegant surroundings with family and friends, free from distractions of other parties.

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Favour-it-ism can make your special day as unique as you are. By hiring their products you can tailor the design and colours to match your theme. Their bespoke favours and alternatives to traditional names cards provide novel gifts for your guests and their lollipop trees add an element of fun to any buffet table.

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At The Design Studio they offer a fantastic personal service to help you create perfect floral designs for your special day. Whether your wedding will be a small intimate affair, or a much larger event, we will be able to cater for your individual plans

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Award winning Y.A.P Bridal based in Newcastle has come to life from the beliefs of a family who know the importance of love, friendship and marriage. Their bridal boutique is treasured and is about ‘You’ being precious to your family, friends and most importantly your groom on ‘Your Day’.

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Their bridal boutique houses exquisite wedding dresses and wedding gowns offering a wonderful collection of elegance, sophistication and uniqueness from local designers in and around Newcastle to couture designers from home and from across the seas.

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At Mia Sposa Bridal and Menswear, they understand that shopping for your wedding dress or outfit should be the experience of a lifetime! Their staff are all naturally warm, friendly and attentive – they want you to feel at ease from the moment you enter their bright and airy store. Their bridal dress department has spacious fitting rooms with large mirrors and also seating areas for your family and friends. It is their aim at Mia Sposa Bridal and Menswear to make your search for your dream wedding dress as enjoyable, relaxed and comfortable as possible.

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Lauren E Summers is a north east based makeup artist, who has trained in all aspects of cosmetic, fashion, photographic, media and airbrush makeup. She is also a fully trained beauty therapist, and owns a successful salon is Washington, Tyne and Wear, which offers a full range of hair and beauty treatments.

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The Big Event is a professional freelance make up artist, hairstylist & beautician based in the North East of England, creating hairstyles to suit each individual, from elegant, classic, vintage & modern for any event or occasion.

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Little Black Book:

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Venue – Woodhill Hall 

Photographer – Phil Smith Photography

Jewellery – By Gina Jewellery

Wedding Dresses – Y.A.P Bridal 

Suit – Mia Sposa Bridal and Menswear

Makeup – Lauren E Summers

Hair – The Big Event

Chair Covers – Favour-it-ism

Venue Decor – The Design Studio

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Due to her relocation Gina is having a sample sale. She has lots of Rainbow shoes, umbrellas and handmade jewellery & tiaras looking for happy homes. You can see the items online www.bygina.co.uk or pop into Gina’s Washington boutique before it closes at the end of June.

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Phil Smith Photography

By Gina Jewellery is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier

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Hey Soul Sister! A Rocking Red & Monochrome 1950’s Inspired Bridal Shoot

May 27th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Hey y’all!  I hope the bank holiday is treating you well!  I’m officially “out of office” this weekend as the diary is miraculously clear of bridal events (for once!), but between breaks in cloud cover I couldn’t resist popping in to say hello and share this cute and colourful pop of styling inspiration, sent to me by Rebecca, button bouquet designer and owner of Bride as a Button.  Normal blogging service will resume tomorrow, and in the meantime, have a Pimms for me!

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Sharing a great love of 50’s vintage fashion and style, Rebecca and photographer Martin Plant of Alter Ego Portraits decided to put together an inspirational wedding shoot that reflected a very simple 1950’s style.

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Rebecca says:  We both greatly admire the classical grace of 50‘s fashion icon Audrey Hepburn and took inspiration from her view that “the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul…”.

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We wanted to keep our imagery and photography for this shoot very true to the 50’s style, choosing a classic Lou Lou Tea dress from the fabulous Brides of Wellingborough,  red open toe shoes, victory rolls with loose curls and traditional red roses for our model’s hair.  The bouquet was designed with a mixture of red, white and black buttons and hand made beaded flowers; finished with a red and white polka dot trim to coordinate with the Vivien of Holloway dress of our bridesmaid.  

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We decided on a relaxed style for our groom, keeping to the customary rockabilly colours, with a matching button hole, simply pinned to red braces. 

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We deliberately chose a non conventional wedding setting, using some old outbuildings as the location for our shoot.  We wanted to show that the traditional 50’s style could be rocked up in a classically beautiful way.  

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Bride as a Button create unique and alternative button bouquets, all personally designed and handcrafted from a variety of quality materials.  These include a mixture of up-cycled jewellery, antique brooches, beads, feathers, and buttons.  These treasures are used to create the perfect bridal bouquet, custom made to suit any colour scheme or wedding theme.  Ranging from vintage to gothic and from shabby chic to funky rockabilly.  Rebecca says: I love working with brides and helping to make their day special.  It is of great importance to me to reflect a brides interests, personality and style in a bouquet.   I love the fabulous ideas and challenges I receive from brides both in the UK and worldwide.   The shoot was a fabulous experience, and the beautiful images Martin captured on the day have been a great source of creative inspiration.

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Alter Ego Portraits is a luxury makeover studio specialising in vintage styles of photography. From 1920s film noir for couples to 1950s style pin up, all Alter Ego shoots include professional hair and makeup and access to a fabulous dressing up box including Vivien of Holloway dresses like the one seen here.   Alter Ego has clients visiting from all over the country for vintage hen parties and luxury four hour pampering photo experiences.  Photographer Martin says:  It was great to take the Alter Ego team out on location and create some fashion inspired images with a vintage twist. We loved Rebecca’s styling and had great fun together despite it being a bitterly cold April day. We made our own sunshine!

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Little Black Book:

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Images:  Alter Ego Portraits/ Martin Plant Photography

Wedding Dress:  Brides of Wellingborough

Bridesmaid’s Dress:  Vivien of Holloway

Button Bouquets & Buttonholes/ Styling:  Bride as a Button

Hair & Make Up:  Natalie Daniel

Models:  Evie Isis Smith, Tommy Watkins, Freyda Smith

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Martin Plant Photography 

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Bird Of Prey: A Styled Bridal Shoot In The North West By Fable & Promise

May 20th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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As you’ll have seen from this morning’s post, today I am dashing around the capital filling my boots with bridal design pretty at White Gallery London.  I am so excited to check out what my old favourites have in store and discover some new talents as the designers unveil their new collections to the trade and press.

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One designer that I am keen to meet is controversial British fashion designer Jess Eaton who will unveil new pieces from her Roadkill Couture collection, designed exclusively for White Gallery. 

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EatonNott Roadkill Couture at White Gallery London by Chris Dadey
EatonNott Roadkill Couture at White Gallery London by Christopher Dadey

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Eaton’s collections, Roadkill Couture & Roadkill Couture II, challenge everything we feel about the use of animals in fashion. The designs are meant to celebrate the raw beauty that surrounds us every day in the natural world by creating beautiful bespoke pieces from the most unlikely of places.  My own jury is still out on these designs and the ethos behind them (hovering around somewhat-freaked-out right now) but with ever the open mind, I’ll let you know my thoughts once I have seen the pieces in real life.

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This afternoon I leave you with a styled bridal shoot which also has an animalistic edge, sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Charlotte of Fable & Promise Wedding Dress Company Ltd.  This team’s shoots (whether showing off their own designs or the brands that they stock) are certainly never boring, and it’s a pleasure to feature them and their feathered friends on the wedding blog today.

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Click here (Urban Rockabilly) and here (Lady Of The Lake) to see previous shoots from the team. 

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And as a special treat for Brides Up North readers, at the moment when you visit the Fable & Promise website you will find a very offer there just for you – click here to see what it is!

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Charlotte of Fable & Promise says:  I have a fear of birds; completely irrational and entirely illogical, so quite how that little fact was overlooked when we were arranging this shoot is testament to the excitement that overtook us all in the preparations. The inspiration simply took over… and we’re not disappointed.

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The first kernel of an idea came with the delivery of our 2013 San Patrick collection in September last year. The Arosa gown  is completely breath-taking and we knew instantly that we needed to showcase it. The unique details of this dress are what led us to search out a snowy owl… the purest white feathers on the bodice, along with the magnificent tissue organza skirt that is simply crying out to be the centre of attention.

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We are massive advocates of the San Patrick brand which is part of the Pronovias fashion house. With the delivery of twenty new dresses we couldn’t wait to show them off and quickly chose two others from the collection to promote alongside Arosa.  Arrecife with its subtle sweetheart neckline, nipped in waist and swathes of Spanish tulle and Refran, a stunning figure hugging silk taffeta fishtail with gorgeous beading detail.

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Arosa’s unassuming white feathers have a lot to answer for. It was while discussing the idea with Kerry Baker MUA that the idea of using birds of prey in a bridal photo-shoot really came into its own. We knew we had to find something unconventional, and Richard, head falconer from Cuerden Valley Birds of Prey didn’t disappoint! To accompany our human models we had a range of hawks, falcons and owls including Angel, a striking male barn owl trained to carry wedding rings and Tundra, a beautiful snowy owl (think Hedwig from Harry Potter).

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We had also seen pictures of the stunning Tithe Barn at Browsholme Hall in Clitheroe and knew this would be the ideal setting. Built in the late 17C, the historic farm buildings have undergone a ¾ million restoration, carefully preserving their original appearance, whilst creating a new and unique wedding venue. The traditional features in the Tithe Bran such as the flagstone floors and oak timber created a fantastic dramatic backdrop for our shoot and also gave us the opportunity to get creative and really express our more theatrical tendencies.

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It was an absolute pleasure working with Rebecca, the wedding coordinator at Browsholme Hall; “I was initially a little nervous about taking a photo shoot booking as I didn’t know the team involved. Once I had spoken with Charlotte my mind was completely put at rest, I was assured of a seamless and professional day from all involved, I have to say that any doubts were totally blown away once the shoot got underway. All the team knew exactly what they wanted from the day and how it should be achieved, the looks varied so much from beautiful and traditional to the strong, striking yet slightly alternative images, Charlotte, Kerry and Duncan pulled it together fabulously!”

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You should know by now that there is more to Fable & Promise than our contemporary bridal collections. We were completely inspired by the Gothic atmosphere of the Browsholme Hall Tithe Barn and knowing that Cuerden Birds of Prey also had Vultures and Eagles the possibility of using these magnificent birds of prey allowed us to run wild and also create three utterly dark and dramatic wedding dresses. Taking inspiration from the San Patrick dresses we created three complimentary yet completely contrasting gothic wedding dresses, similar in silhouette yet entirely original.

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With the change in aesthetic we also welcomed a dramatic black vulture named Dennis, and Iona, a stunning golden eagle for real wow factor! Richard and his team provided the models with expert training on how to handle the birds and were present to ensure the welfare and safety of the birds throughout the shoot… I have to say that although my fear of birds is quite acute, the expert handling meant that this didn’t affect the day. And I have to admit that there is something about birds of prey that demands you pay attention.

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CMY Productions for Fable & Promise Wedding Dress Company Ltd

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We worked with Kerry Baker as our makeup artist and Duncan Fisher of L’Hairport was our hair stylist for the shoot. “Together we planned two very contrasting looks to compliment the beautiful designer and bespoke Legend gowns. For this shoot the hair and make-up needed to be versatile enough so that we could cover the two looks in one afternoon. So to start with, the models hair was fashioned into soft, lustrous curls which were elegantly pinned up and styled using stylish tiaras and combs.”

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“For make-up, I used a romantic palette of pink, champagne and taupe on the models eyes, a delicate peach blush on cheeks and silky nude tones on lips. It was important to keep the look a little more traditional in order to contrast with the second look which was dripping in gothic drama. With just an hour to transform the three models, Duncan and I shook off convention and allowed our wild sides out! Duncan tousled, backcombed and sprayed hair into feral, untamed, glossy manes and accessorised with feathers and bespoke accessories. To complement the hair, I applied layers of smoky charcoal and black to the eyes complete with dramatic false lashes for full impact. Lips were coated in glossy reds and burgundies while cheeks were chiselled using shades of deep rose and raspberry.”

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We had such fun on the day; our models Sadie, Stacey and Sam were all amazing and I want to thank everyone that helped create this shoot. Even being surrounded by magnificent birds of prey the day was almost effortless and I just love the results.

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Little Black Book:

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Dresses – Fable & Promise Wedding Company Ltd

Makeup – Kerry Baker MUA

Hair – L’Hairport by Duncan Fisher

Birds of Prey – Cuerden Valley Birds of Prey

Venue – Browsholme Hall

Photography – CMY Productions

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 CMY Productions

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