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.
April 20th, 2015 | Julia Braime
This afternoon, its all about the accessories. And here at Brides Up North, you know that we LOVE accessories.
Gypsy Rose Vintage is a Cheshire based brand established in 2012, boasting a unique and quirky vintage inspired range of hair accessories and bridal belts, each piece is lovingly hand crafted in Britain by owner and founder Rebecca Kwiatkowski.
Born out of a love for bohemian styling Gypsy Rose Vintage fuses together retro influences with contemporary elements to create truly beautiful and individual one off pieces perfect for any bohemian bride. From delicate gypsophila garlands to stunning statement peonies Gypsy Rose Vintage caters for brides and bridesmaids and wedding guests alike.
Lets get stuck in to the pretty…
Images by Teresa C Photography.
rebecca says: For Spring Summer 2015 Gypsy Rose Vintage proudly introduce our two brand new collections, “The Meadow Collection” for free spirited brides on their big day. This Collection has a very bohemian vibe inspired by the great British countryside, featuring sweet peas and wild blooms, the perfect finishing touch for a rustic wedding day.
If you are looking for a hint of vintage glamour to finish off your look, “The Decadence Collection” offers a wide range of premium bridal hair accessories with an Art Deco feel. Inspired by The Great Gatsby, this collection features crystal embellishments and luxurious silk flowers, each piece is handmade and are all limited edition.
We also offer a bespoke service, individually tailored to meet any brides needs and budget.
The collections were photographed at the beautiful Dunwood Hall, a grade 2 listed country house based in Staffordshire, with stunning gothic revival architecture.
Modelled by Bethany Cammack and Elisha Carter
April 9th, 2015 | Rachel Parry
This year marks the 150th anniversary of one of my all-time favourite fairy tales – Lewis Carrolls’ alice in wonderland.
The weird and wonderful story featuring a talking White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat, Mad Hatter and feisty Queen of Hearts is so far off the wall some questioned whether Carroll was actually high when he put pen to paper. I just like to think he had an amazing imagination and in doing so gave us a magical tale that will live on for many more years to come.
My fascination with Alice makes it easy to understand why I immediately fell head over heels myself (narrowly avoiding the rabbit hole) when this captivating styled shoot landed in the Brides Up North inbox.
Put together by a talented Yorkshire collective of wedding industry suppliers and shot by our fabulous blog sponsor Sarah of Sarah Beth Photography, this Alice in Wonderland wedding shoot combines enchanting blooms, whimsical styling and gorgeous rustic décor to create one marvellous tea party.
So let’s pull up a pew and join Sarah as she takes us through the looking glass…
sarah says: I first met Shannon of Evelyn Taylor Bridal, based in Holmfirth, Yorkshire, in 2013 when I photographed her wedding to husband James. Ever since that point we have stayed friends and now work closely together on various projects, which includes organising a photo shoot every season to produce new imagery for her bridal shop – and also to work with new and exciting local suppliers.
Shannon approached me this time with the idea of a tea party themed shoot as she wanted to celebrate the first birthday of the opening of Evelyn Taylor Bridal. Our inspiration was taken from the classic fairy tale Alice in Wonderland. We wanted to set the shoot in a forest or woodland area imaging Alice was lost, looking for the Mad Hatter’s tea party.
We were inspired by rustic styling influenced by nature and old antique curios. We used two girls in our shoot wearing two dresses both available to buy at Evelyn Taylor Bridal, which sells beautiful off the peg dresses from many well-known designers and also has a large choice of bridal accessories, including stunning headpieces from Ophelia May. Shannon works closely with her in-house seamstress to ensure a bride’s chosen dress fits perfectly.
The styling for our shoot was supplied by Sophie Bennett of Weddings by Sophie, who organises weddings at Oaklands, a unique wedding venue set in the largest woodland in East Yorkshire. Here Sophie works alongside couples to create entirely bespoke, beautiful weddings individual to them, from festival celebrations to Moroccan feasts, she ensures the venue is dressed to perfection.
Along with styling by Sophie, we also handmade some of the items, such as the wooden signpost. We used old glass bottles and moss to decorate our table along with old curios, such as antique pocket watches. The Oaklands, which is spread over 200 acres of grass glades and lakes, was the ideal location for the theme of our shoot with its surrounding woodland proving a wonderful backdrop that complemented our vision perfectly.
Oliver from Oliver James Sugar Craft Creations made a selection of sweet treats to adorn the table including flapjack, cupcakes and shortbread along with a chocolate cake coated with ganache to give a bark like finish to fit in with the woodland rustic theme. Based in Holmfirth, Oliver specialises in bespoke wedding cakes designed and created to suit the bride and groom’s dream cake for their big day. Oliver prides himself on the taste of his hand-baked cakes as well as a flawless finish – which is clearly demonstrated in the shoot.
Amy and her assistant Unity from Bows salon based in Anlaby, Hull, created a whimsical look for our models with pretty undone hair and subtle make-up, including smouldering eyes and lips to suit the girls’ colours and complexions. Bows is a young vibrant company specialising in hair and beauty for any occasion, creating on-trend and inspiring looks. We were certainly pleased with their work on the day.
The wonderful flowers were provided by Stems Design who specialise in wedding floristry and offer a bespoke service to make a wedding truly magical. Stems pride themselves on a friendly and professional service designed specifically around the individual.
The girls wore dresses from Evelyn Taylor bridal. Our model Casey wore the short blush pink dress by House of Mooshki and Sarah modelled a beautiful lace gown by Intuzuri. Their shoes are by Custom Kicks Shoe Design. Originally based in the UK and now Western Australia, Custom Kicks believe every girl deserves a unique pair of ‘kicks’ for any occasion. They hand design all shoes in any design a girl desires!
We weren’t blessed with the best weather on the shoot, fluctuating between snow and sun throughout the cold March day. Our models however were very brave and withstood the cold! We had planned for more elaborate styling for our shoot but unfortunately the fluctuating weather conditions affected the amount of styling we could do outdoors.
That said, we are really happy with the outcome of our shoot. The aim was to have fun and create some interesting imagery to accompany the first anniversary of Evelyn Taylor, which I think it’s safe to say we achieved. It was an absolute joy working with all the suppliers involved and I’m sure there will be more to come.
Sarah of Sarah Beth Photography is based in Hull, East Yorkshire, and specialises in alternative and natural wedding photography. She aims to document a couple’s big day exactly as it happens creating beautiful natural imagery for brides and grooms to remember and treasure for years to come.
Sarah will be attending the Brides Up North luxury wedding fair this Sunday at Nostell Priory and will be offering 15 discount vouchers on the day entitling recipients to a massive £100 off her wedding photography services.
Evelyn Taylor Bridal will also be attending our Nostell Priory event, which will be held between 11am and 3pm. Click here to register.
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December 1st, 2014 | Julia Braime
On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me… this bloomin’ beautiful styled bridal shoot in the heart of Manchester City Centre, that’s what.
Iconic backdrops, sexy styling and seriously stunning gowns. What’s not to adore about this beautiful collection of images, styled by Vicky of Isla Jean Bridal Boutique and with images by Claire Penn Photography.
Let’s get lost in love…
vicky says: The concept for the shoot was created whilst driving along Deansgate in Manchester at the height of rush hour. Imagine being in such love with your other half that you are unaware of the people around you.
I decided that the new gowns from Belle and Bunty would be perfect dresses to fit in with my vision and I ended up running out of daylight time to fit all the planned gowns in!
I decided to get in touch with a good friend, the amazing Claire Penn and asking whether she would like to be involved. She said yes straight away! From that point I started my mood board on the priceless Pinterest gathering images showing couples posing and being ‘connected’. This was mainly so I had some visual reference to show the models which would help to guide them.
After choosing the most gorgeous models, Erin and Tom (Nemesis Manchester) the date and destination was set.
The day ran really smoothly and the models, as you will see from the images just completely understood what we were trying to achieve and whilst only meeting hours earlier, really made it look like they had known each other for years and, best of all looked like they were utterly in love!
As a Northern girl, I absolutely wanted to capture some of the most iconic landmarks in the city and we got to shoot in Piccadilly Train Station, Deansgate, The Great Northern Courtyard, the infamous Market Street and Liverpool Street. I love the rawness and honesty of both Market and Liverpool Street. As we were just about to call it a day in the train station, we were lucky to have a train just pulling in so managed to have the final images with lots of commuters passing us by. Needless to say we all finished on a massive high!
The hair and make up was done by the lovely Sophie of Make Up by Sophie Battersby who specialises in all make up and hair but really excels in the vintage era look.
The photography by Claire Penn, captured my vision perfectly, using natural light and femininity Claire has managed to put my vision in images. Claire and I have worked together now on a couple of occasions and I have got to say I am so thankful to Claire as she has just understood me from day one.
I had a list of dresses I wanted to show but actually in real time, got to use four. There are only so many hours in a day!
The dresses used were from the most lovely designers Belle and Bunty and the wonderful Lucille from Eliza Jane Howell. Each dress has movement and details, whether it be the detail of the beads or the sheer simplicity of beautiful silks each has its own magic. I wanted to show the movement of the gowns and how bringing style and the unexpected shapes of a gown really can make the most beautiful wedding gown.
The gorgeous wedding heels were by Charlotte Mills Bridal and flowers by Bloomin’ Lovely.
October 1st, 2014 | Julia Braime
Despite the driest September since records began, it definitely feels like the season is changing. Dewy grass, crunching leaves underfoot and clear night skies can only mean that October, and with it autumn (my favourite season of all) has arrived.
I celebrate my fourth wedding anniversary in a fortnight’s time – a very busy fortnight, there’s a lot to get done between now and then – and I’m looking forward to taking some time with my husband to reflect on a very special time of year for the two of us.
For now though, let’s celebrate the fall with this beautiful styled bridal shoot, sent to me by Brides Up North Sponsors JB Creatives and Bolton Castle, and their fabulous team of talented industry experts.
There’s definitely something in the air…
With images by JB Creatives.
The team say: We set out to create some romantic, fairy tale castle wedding images that would compliment the venue and inspire couples that are considering getting married at Bolton Castle. Bolton Castle is a stunning venue. A wedding here would be an authentic Castle experience. It has great big fireplaces, turrets with circular stairs, stone floor, terraces with amazing view of the incredible Dales countryside around. We wanted to create an outside space that used the stunning views of the Dales and showcased the location of this fairy tale wedding venue and captured a set of beautiful images.
Amy of The Greenhouse Florist created an outside dining area for the bride and groom with the Dales as their backdrop, such a romantic and unique setting. We used a chaise longue in the field for some intermate photographs. We wanted to add props into the scenery that wouldn’t usually be in that situation. The chaise longue really made a beautiful contrast to the endless views of the green fields and dry stone walls and brought opulence and luxury to the historic setting. Simple yet effective.
Amy created beautiful flowers of soft creams, vanillas, pinks and apricots, punctuated with pops of zingy orange and flashes of blue. She used lots of different textures in amongst luscious greenery. The warm tones complimented to tones of the castle walls, and were highlighted against the grassy fields. She also made a jasmine and rose circlet, fragrant and beautiful with warm apricot tones complimenting the colours of Libby’s complexion.
Jane of JB Creatives made beautiful place names and menus for the bride and groom’s intermate dining experience. Her stationery designs are bespoke, beautiful and made to the high quality that will undoubtable exceed your expectations.
Jane photographed the couple in and around the castle using the gorgeous scenery and all the venues little quirky details to capture a set of beautiful images that tell a gorgeous love story. Jane’s fine art style is very much capturing the story of a wedding day as it unfolds with all the beautiful details and emotions that come with it.
Deborah and Kelly from Love Hair and Beauty Boutique Ripon did Libby’s hair and makeup to enhance that romantic, soft and warm tone we wanted for the shoot. The ladies are highly experienced and specialists in the wedding industry with a reputation for their creative skills and professionalism.
Kellie from Wedding Belles of Otley supplied the beautiful gowns, veils and accessories for the shoot. The dresses used in the shoot were Aubrey by Nicola Anne and Emily by White Rose.
All the props and furniture featured are available to hire from The Greenhouse Florist.
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