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vintage class. jenny packham for a winter wedding at pendrell hall – sarah & jamie

August 4th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Classic Wedding at Pendrell Hall (c) Jonny Draper Photography (61)

This morning we’re sharing a beautiful winter wedding on our pretty pages, perfect for those of you planning your big day for the colder months of the year.

Super stylish and personal, Sarah and Jamie’s November wedding features stunning attire, gorgeous handmade décor and details, plus out-of-this-world flowers. Let’s get straight into it…

With images by Jonny Draper Photography.

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sarah says: We got engaged on Christmas Eve 2014. I love Christmas now as much as when I was little and we were excited about heading back to my family’s to celebrate. On top of this Jamie’s birthday is Christmas day so it’s always a fun time of year for us. Prior to heading back to Southport for Christmas Jamie suggested a walk around Sefton Park, in Liverpool, which is just down the road from where we live. We spend lots of time in the park either on winter walks, picnicking or barbequing with friends, so it’s a place that is close to our hearts.

It was a gorgeous wintery morning and as we got to our favourite spot in the park Jamie stopped and pulled out the engagement ring. The ring was a vintage ring that had been Jamie’s gran’s engagement ring. She had passed it down to Jamie for him to give to his future wife. Needless to say it was an emotional moment and before Jamie could even get his words out I started to cry! It came as such a surprise! Once I could speak again I obviously said yes! I love vintage things so the ring was perfect. We then travelled home and surprised my family with the news (although Jamie is rubbish at keeping a secret so some of them already knew he was going to ask) and subsequently spent the rest of the festive period drinking champagne and celebrating with friends and family!

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We got married on the 27th November 2015. We knew we didn’t want a long engagement and liked the idea of a winter wedding so when the venue had this date available we snapped it up!

We got married at St Nicholas Church in Codsall, Staffordshire. It was important to both of us to have a church wedding. Our reception was at Pendrell Hall in Codsall Wood, which is a beautiful country house, exclusive use wedding venue. It was actually the only venue that we looked at. We knew we wanted somewhere exclusive, somewhere that had accommodation for our closest friends and family and somewhere that fitted in with our style. Once we saw Pendrell Hall it ticked all the boxes! We fell in love with the big reception room and all the old style features so booked it there and then.

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We didn’t really have a theme as such but my individual style and the venue nodded towards vintage. We wanted the day to be relaxed and personal to us with a real sense of family.

I didn’t really think we had a colour scheme as such either, but on reflection I would say it was ‘wintery’ to reflect the time of year. We went for dark and rich coloured bridesmaid dresses and suits and chose wintery Marsala themed flowers to fit in with the season.

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pale & pretty. pastel tones for a vintage wedding at the ashes – laura & sean

October 14th, 2015 | Julia Braime

A Pretty Wedding at The Ashes (c) Kate Scott Photography (30)

The rustic wedding inspiration continues on the blog this afternoon with Laura and Sean’s well styled big day.

Choosing The Ashes country barn as setting for their celebrations, Laura came up with a sweet & sugary pastel colour palette to complement the chosen country vintage wedding theme. This worked a treat as all elements of the wedding came together perfectly, from the main party’s stunning attire to the elegant décor and beautiful blooms!

With images by Kate Scott Photography.

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laura says: We got engaged during a three week trip to Thailand in December 2013. Sean managed to get the ring through customs, a 13 hour flight, and a tuk tuk ride around the city, without me seeing it in his bag!  The evening we arrived, Sean dropped down onto one knee (after romantically kicking a table out of the way!) and proposed on our balcony overlooking the river while a band was playing Christmas songs below! It was perfect – and I cried!

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We got married on 15th May 2015. We chose this date as we preferred the thought of a fresh spring wedding, and were also willing to wait 18 months for our perfect venue.

While we were still in Thailand we decided that we wanted a relaxed wedding in a rustic setting. The Ashes country barn, in Endon popped up several times in our search and looked stunning. We fell in love with it instantly and although we looked around a few other venues in the area, they didn’t come close to The Ashes.

The Catholic church we chose for the ceremony was St John the Baptist Church in Alton, in a stunning setting overlooking Alton Forest and Alton Castle.

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Our chosen ‘theme’ was mostly rustic, vintage with pastel colours. This just seemed to suit our personalities and it all came together that way, rather than being a planned theme. From the start of the planning we were certain that we wanted a relaxed atmosphere, which also sits well with a rustic setting.

For the colour scheme I had imagined pale pinks but knew that Sean wouldn’t wear pink in his tie or suit! I also loved the idea of having four different coloured bridesmaid dresses so I ended up choosing a pastel palette of blue, green, yellow and pink.

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After many trips to various dress shops with my patient mum and bridesmaids, I went for a mix of a classic but princess style dress. It was covered in fine lace and was fitted satin on top but with a massive skirt and train! I loved so many dresses that I had tried on, and almost bought three different styles before I found ‘the one’! The Wedding Dress Shop in Wimbledon was amazing and the team there tailored my dress to exactly what I wanted – I added straps, with a keyhole back, for the church, which I then removed for the rest of the day. I also added a lace up back rather than buttons, as well as a sparkly belt and headband for a bit of glamour! I almost didn’t wear a veil but on my last fitting I tried one on and it really finished the look and made me feel like a bride. On the day my hair was done by Caro Millington and Fiona Brunt did my makeup.

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Sean wore a blue with fine white pin stripe traditional morning suit. The groomsmen all wore the same as him.

The bridesmaids’ dresses were from In One Clothing.  They were multiway dresses so my gorgeous bridesmaids could choose how to wear them. We also went for four different colours. I kept this a surprise from all the guests and Sean (which was so tricky but worth it) so it was a real ‘wow’ on the day.

Our mums looked stunning with my mum in a duck egg blue outfit by Nigel Rayment, and Sean’s mum in a pink suit and hat from Phase Eight.

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We chose classic vintage cars for our transport; a Beauford for myself and my dad on the way to the church, and Sean and I after the ceremony, and a seven-seater Imperial Laudette for the bridesmaids and my mum. These we hired from A Perfect Day Wedding Cars.

As we live in London we wanted to bring a touch of the city to our country wedding and organised a London Routemaster bus to take all our guests from the hotel to the church and then from the church to the venue.  Although it struggled up the hills and down the windy roads it looked great outside the barn venue!

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Kate Scott was our photographer. We found her through The Ashes website recommendations. We met her when we were booking her parents guesthouse for Sean’s family and got on instantly. Kate’s style of natural, romantic photography was exactly what we were looking for and we weren’t disappointed! She didn’t spend hours making us stand or pose for photos which is what we’d been warned of by friends, so it never felt like we were missing out on our wedding.

We also hired a videographer pair from Adorable Moments. We haven’t watched this back yet as we are waiting for our first anniversary, however the highlights are stunning, and are such a great way to remember the day.

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Blossoms florist in Leek did our flowers for the day. I wasn’t sure what I wanted and showed Lucy the florist, a million pictures and somehow she and my mum (with her amazing knowledge of flowers) came up with exactly what we wanted and they fitted in with the rest of the wedding perfectly! I loved the bouquets for myself and the bridesmaids, filled with subtle ivory peonies, ivory freesia, pale pink sweet avalanche roses, pink lisianthus, tanacetum daisies, eucalyptus greenery handtied in a natural, country garden style. She also added a few sparkly brooches in mine to make it stand out.

Lucy filled birdcages we’d sourced with flowers matching the bouquets, for the table centrepieces and decorated the church with delicate pew ends and bay trees with trailing ivory ribbon bows, displayed outside the entrance of the church.

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Further décor included painted reused crates to display the order of the day, and wine bottles to show the table plan and table names. We had rustic bunting inside and outside the barn, rustic jugs for the bouquets, and jars wrapped with lace.

We also had an alternative guestbook – we always forget to sign the guest book at weddings, or write the same old thing. So we had a wooden frame made and the bridesmaids took little wooden hearts around to each table for the guests to sign or write a little note on, which were then put into the frame for us to remember!

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Instead of favours we made madlib cards for the wedding guests to fill out. We weren’t sure how these would go down and if people would forget about them, but they were a great hit and we laughed a lot reading the stories and ‘advice’ the next day!

My family has a massive sweet tooth, so a showstopper cake was must! Francesca at The Cheshire Cat Cake Company didn’t disappoint with a stunning cake; four tier high, draped with lace and flowers in the colours of the bridesmaid dresses.

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For the wedding breakfast we started with fun canapés including Staffordshire oatcakes, finger sausages and sweet scones, which all disappeared pretty quickly. We then served prosecco and beer during the drinks reception – the option of having beer was a bit hit with the men!

For the main wedding breakfast we had a ‘host a roast’ where we chose a carver for each table by handing out funny aprons and chef hats. This was great fun and really included our guests in the day. We would definitely recommend this to anyone getting married.

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To provide the entertainment we had a band called One Eye On The Wedding Cake, booked through Warble Entertainment. We loved them instantly and watched their videos on YouTube. They learnt our first dance song and kept the dance floor full all night! They played a mix of music which suited all our guests.

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We would definitely recommend The Ashes to other couples following our wedding. Paula was our wedding coordinator and kept everything on track, however all the staff were amazing and were so quick to respond to my many questions by email!

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My favourite part of the wedding was dancing all night! All the important stuff was done, all our hard work had paid off, and there was nothing left to do but dance with my friends and family…and my husband, of course! Sean’s favourite part was finishing his speech and enjoying a whiskey with his best man!

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Following the wedding we spent two nights in a little cottage near to The Ashes (Middle Cottage). This was perfect and allowed us time to relax and enjoy reminiscing about the wedding before jetting off!  Our honeymoon was a road trip up the west coast on America, starting in Las Vegas. We then hired a convertible Mustang to drive to Santa Monica, Santa Barbara, Big Sur National Park, and San Francisco. We then finished our honeymoon off with a few nights in Miami.

My top tip to other Brides Up North would be to think about how to include your guests in the day – the madlib cards and funny aprons worked well for us! We tried not to get too worried about tradition and changed things where they suited us, for example we had a round top table as we wanted a fun atmosphere and for everyone to be talking together.

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Pearls v Polka Dots! A 1950’s Inspired Wedding Inspiration Shoot At The Bowdon Rooms

May 14th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I’m extremely excited about our first ever luxury and vintage wedding exhibition in the North West – more specifically at The Bowdon Rooms in Altrincham, Cheshire – this coming Sunday 19th May 2013.

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Last year, when sourcing a venue for our first North West show (it had to be perfect – something new to add to our portfolio of diverse venues, not too big, not too small, not too clichéd, and something a little bit unique).  I featured these images on the wedding blog as part of a styled shoot and knew that I had to get across to The Bowdon Rooms to talk to the team and see it for myself.  A castle venue this is not, but if you are looking for an authentic and friendly venue with a real vintage vibe, yet big enough to hold a proper party – this is for you.

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Come along and see Brides Up North and our fabulous exhibitors (plus a few exciting surprises – wait and see!) this Sunday 19th May 2013.  Some of the team behind this photo shoot will be there to meet you and show off their talents in person as well as a hand picked selection of the regions’ finest wedding suppliers.   We are open from 12pm – 4pm and entry is FREE!

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If you would like to beat the queues, gain speedy entry and grab yourself a FREE Brides Up North Welcome Pack packed with little treats from Brides Up North, the regions’ best bridal glossy mags well as some fab on-the-day-only exhibitor discounts – while stocks last only – you can pre-register for VIP Bride to Be access now. What are you waiting for?

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To register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Welcome Pack fill in your details below, marking YOUR EVENT VENUE OF CHOICE e.g. “THE BOWDON ROOMS” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Welcome Pack upon entry to the Luxury Wedding Exhibitions.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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You can also email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk if you do not wish to use the contact form. Welcome Packs are limited and subject to availability. We operate a first come, first served policy.

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The team say: Have you ever thought you’d been born in the wrong era?  Do you love the post war formal wear of the 40s, the fun and froth of Carnaby Street, Mary Quant, Biba and the swinging 60s, and what about the psychedelic 70s?

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Photo shoots are always an interesting proposition, but to make them different means moving away from the norm and searching for something new.  To do that, we thought we’d go back in time using the nostalgia of the late 50s and early 60s for inspiration – Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn et al : full of pearls and bling, versus the new trend from across the pond of  American kitsch, all juke boxes and polka dots.

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Gathering together the right group of like minded fabulous professionals was easy – all ready to create a time gone by at The Bowdon Rooms, Cheshire.  An Edwardian dance hall full of history and atmosphere and an ideal venue for a wedding celebration with stylish ‘Downton Abbey’ era architecture and beautiful original features, to enhance any decorative theme.

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On a bright sunny spring day Alex Davies Photography – our talented photographer – got to work  with our models : Suzi Sequin, who’s unique style was perfect for our ‘kitch’ look, and Gemma Davy, whose height and poise fitted perfectly with our glamour theme. Once the hair and makeup had been beautifully executed by the talented Fatima Vadia of Make Up Base, we started the marathon shoot of eight gorgeous dresses by Nicole at Pearl Bridal Boutique. These were wonderfully complemented by the accessories: feather fans, birdcage veils, hairpieces and corsages all by the extremely creative Laura Simpson at Laurel Weddings.

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We began in the  upstairs Jazz Club of The Bowdon Rooms – ‘The Cinnamon Club’, where the dark walls, and cosy corners were a great backdrop for the dining table and chairs and ceremony area, which was dressed by Karen Finkill of Perfection On Linen.  Karen can accessorise and complement most colours with her choice chair covers, bows and fabulous table dressing.   To further enhance the atmosphere of the room, Swing and Jazz band, Dominic Halpin and the Honey B’s joined in the fun whilst Naomi Koop, Solo violinist wowed us with her skills, entering into the spirit of the shoot wearing her very own 1950s designed polka dot dress.

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With each new look came the opportunity to introduce beautiful bouquets designed by Sarah of Barkers the Florist. Rich reds, pearly ivory and such pretty pinks.  Not forgetting the added delight of the wedding cakes , cupcakes and novel ice cream cakes, in many colours befitting each theme by Francesca at The Cheshire Cat Cake Company.

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Moving downstairs to the more formal area, with tables again dressed to delight:  tall elegant table centres draped with pearls and orchids.  The sparkle of silver bows and the diamanté detail of the cakes added to the glamour. More fabulous dresses see the music stage come alive and the warm glow of the fireplace completes our inside shoot.

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A quick peek outside, before the sun departs, sees a picnic ensue – with tea and cake, along with garden shots to end the day with the best of the afternoon sunlight.

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All in all an fabulous fun day, with lots of clever and talented people creating beautiful photos to inspire, in a venue worthy of a fabulous wedding day.

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Alex Davies Photography – photographer                               

Barkers The Florist – florist                                               

Pearl Bridal UK – dresses                                                    

Laurel Weddings  – accessories                                             

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The Cheshire Cat Cake Company – cakes                                  

The Bowdon Rooms – wedding and music venue                

Dominic Halpin and the HoneyB’s – band                                      

Naomi Koop – solo violinist and 50s dress designer            

Fatimah Vadia – hair and make up                              

Suzi Sequin – model
Gemma Davy – model

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Nice To Tweet You – The Official Photographs From The Brides Up North Tweet Up North West!

June 28th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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So, this time last week, the very next day after the excellent Brides Up North Tweet Up Yorkshire (see all the official images from that event by clicking here), I was back on the road again in a North Westerly direction to throw a little party for all my North West wedding industry colleagues at The Belle Époque in the beautiful town of Knutsford. 

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The bunting was flying on arrival, and after even more heavy lifting than the day before, decorating galore and a swift makeover in the ladies’ toilets, I was ready to rock and roll. 

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For those of you who are new readers of Brides Up North (and you are gathering in your thousands month on month – hello there!) I explained in my post about my Yorkshire event exactly what a Tweet Up is and why they are important, so I’ll keep it brief this afternoon.  Basically these events are a chance for me to say a huge thank you to all the wedding industry friends and colleagues who have supported the growth of Brides Up North so wholeheartedly and have allowed me to keep bringing the wedding pretty your way twice a day as well as hosting the larger Brides Up North events especially for everyone out there sporting a sparkler on their ring finger.

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These not for profit events are a chance for the industry (many of whom are individuals working hard – and sometimes holding down another job too – from their kitchen table) to get together, exchange connections and boost their business – meaning bigger and better things for the Northern wedding industry at large and ultimately for the most important people of all: the bride and groom.  That means you. 

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This event wouldn’t have been possible without the help of my amazing team of wedding industry wonders, so lets have a few snaps for them today.

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First up, a big thank you to Collette from The Belle Époque for letting me use her beautiful venue for the event.  The rooms, staff and cute Knutsford setting are just perfect.  If you are looking for an individual venue that adds a touch of glamour and has an intimate feel, The Belle Époque, with its beautiful rooms, cool bar and pretty roof garden is an excellent choice.

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Marvellous North West wedding photographer Martin Hambleton Photography captured the whole event on camera.  Thank you so much to Martin not only for such a brilliant record of the evening and turning the photographs round so bloomin’ quickly, but also for holding a camera all night when everyone else was sloshing back the vino.  I’m sure he snuck a cheeky glass or two in though, right Martin?

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Sugar based treats in the form of the most beautiful occasion cake with pink and purple peonies and the loveliest cupcake displays were provided by the wonderful Francesca at The Cheshire Cat Cake Company and EmmyLou at LilyBud Cupcakes respectively.  You gals are amazing at what you do, and will always find a way to my heart by plying me with cake.  Huge thanks too to Pretty Little Trio for supplying their gorgeous vintage cake stands for EmmyLou’s display. 

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I don’t know what I’d do without my great friends Kelly and Colette at .  These chicks not only brought their amazing vintage sweetie cabinet along with them, but lent me a whole host of props and goodies for venue dressing and a foto fun area. These two are true professionals who will always go that extra mile for their client.  Get them booked. 

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Stunning floral displays from Laura at Laurel Weddings twinkling with crystals and hanging gems brought the outside in, so even though it was pouring down outside we had an indoor paradise of pink and purple blooms.  I am always stunned at the talents of my Featured Suppliers.  You can find Laurel Weddings on the Florists page in my Directory.

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Jo from Simply Bows & Chair Covers also gave her own time (between dashing to other set ups) to bring my brand colours to life using glorious sashes and table runners.  Thank you so much Jo!

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We were entertained all evening by the wonderful talents that make up Fonix Music.  Just wow!  Taylor and Al kept spirits high and feet tapping all night long. 

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And last but not least a big thank you to Wedding Ideas Magazine for supporting my concept from the outset, lending their support to these events and letting every guest take home a copy of their brand new issue!  Hopefully a good hangover read…

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Let’s do it all again soon North West!

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If you are a wedding industry supplier who would like to be added to my guest list for the next Brides Up North Tweet Up in the North West, just drop me a line – julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk – first come, first served, numbers are limited.

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*Waves* From The Sofa: In Recovery Following The Brides Up North Tweet Ups!

June 22nd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I’ve been in recovery this morning after two days ON TOUR (I like that, it makes me feel a little bit Stacee Jaxx) for the Brides Up North Tweet Up wedding industry networking events. 

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Tom Cruise is Stacee Jaxx for W Magazine June 2012

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I say “networking events”, when what I really mean is huge, beautiful parties with all my industry friends.  I have had the very, very best time over the last two days, seeing all my hard work organising something bigger and better than last time – like you do! – come to fruition. 

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A massive thank you to all who gave up their own time to help to create something really special, including:  Simply Bows & Chair Covers, Laurel Weddings, All Wrapped Up Events, The Cheshire Cat Cake Company, Lilybud Cupcakes, Fonix Music, Martin Hambleton Photography, The Belle Epoque, Dine, Leafy Couture, India Hobson Weddings, Forever Film, The Whimsical Cake Company, Buttercream Cupcakes, Glen Roughead, Icing & Lace and Wedding Ideas Magazine

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You actually rock.  For real. 

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But with a manic schedule, lots of chatting to lots of people, lots of time up ladders, lots of time lugging enormous boxes, props and flowers, lots of miles clocked up and lots and lots of standing up in ridiculously high heels, comes an absolute energy fail.  Arriving home after last night’s event – and a drive back across the Pennines at 3am – stone cold sober and (despite all the beautiful canapés that I inhaled) completely starving, I felt totally wiped out.  But it was totally worth it.

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Flash forward and after an unheard of before morning off – whoop whoop! – with a huge lie in, a mountain of hot buttered toast, a bubble bath and a blow dry I feel restored and ready to go.  So I’ll be back bright and early tomorrow to round of a week of gorgeous here on the wedding blog (I haven’t left you hanging have I?!) with a gorgeous Real Wedding from Georgina Harrison Photography – watch out for it. 

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All the Tweet Up photographs, a little film and a full round up coming soon.  And boy, do I have some pretty lined up for you next week.  Watch this space. 

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Let Them Eat Cake! A Marie Antoinette Styled Wedding Inspiration Shoot In The North West

January 23rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Er… WOW!  Lets get this week off to a mighty fine start on the wedding blog, with this fabulous Marie Antoinette styled wedding inspiration shoot by a collective of North West wedding industry suppliers on location at The Belle Époque and sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Laurel Weddings and her photographer friend Alex Davies Photography

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If you like your pearls, ribbons and lace – you, my friend, are in the right place!

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Lets hear from Alex Davies: Laura (of Laurel Weddings) & I met back in October at a social evening and chatted about collaborating on a shoot together. We wanted to do something innovative and involve quite a few different suppliers. We decided on a Marie Antoinette theme, which would have lots of fresh flowers and the pastel colours would be perfect for Spring. It would also allow our make-up artist to be really creative.

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Almost at the same time I got in touch with Collette at The Belle Époque in Knutsford. I had always wanted to shoot there and never had the pleasure. We thought that the French theme and décor would go perfectly with what we had chosen to do. I was totally over the moon when Collette agreed that we could shoot there.

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Laura knew Nicole from Pearl Bridal Boutique and asked if we could borrow some dresses to which she very kindly agreed. I knew the hair and make-up artist I wanted to use as I had met Fatimah Vadia for MakeupBase at a wedding last year. She works for MAC so she really knows her stuff and is very creative. Laura also asked Francesca from the Cheshire Cat Cake Company to get involved, as we couldn’t have a Marie Antoinette without cake!

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I cast for two models on Model Mayhem and we got the lovely Steph and Darcy on board.  Whilst searching for models, Eleanor from Elouise Designs approached me about doing some stationary which I thought would be fantastic.

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Now it was just a case of organizing for the big day and making sure everyone knew what they were doing!

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We shot for most of the day and I was just amazed at all the beautiful flowers, cakes, stationary & dresses. Fatimah did an outstanding job on the models’ hair and make-up. We had an amazing day shooting, everyone worked so hard and it all came together beautifully and worked in so well with the venue. We are looking forward to more collaborations in the future as it really gets our creative juices flowing!

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Photography – Alex Davies Photography

Florist – Laurel Weddings

Cakes – Cheshire Cat Cake Company

Make-up & Hair – Fatimah Vadia for MakeupBase

Stationary – Elouise Designs

Dresses – Pearl Bridal Boutique

Venue – The Belle Époque

Models – Steph Owens and Darcy Jaq

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