August 16th, 2016 | Julia Braime
Moving on from yesterday’s autumnal real wedding on the blog, we now have a stunning winter celebration to share with you, which features beautiful blooms and cosy seasonal décor.
Taking place at The Oaktree of Peover in Cheshire, Annastacia and Matt decided not to overcomplicate the day with a set theme and instead styled their wedding by taking inspiration from the wintery season with glowing lights, atmospheric candles and a sparkling colour scheme.
In particular, we love Annastacia’s perfect princess-style dress and the fabulous styling with reflects the time of the year perfectly!
With images by Jonny Draper Photography.
annastacia says: We got engaged in the skies above Cheshire. Following a phone call from Matt to make a picnic ready for an evening of flying, we drove to the airport. After all the safety checks and taking off, Matt faked an emergency and quickly passed me an emergency checklist all pilots follow. I began reading it out. The last two pages were edited and as well as all the usually fuel and engine checks came one I hadn’t seen before “Are rings engaged? Yes or No?” I asked Matt if they were and he said no, the checklist then read “If No, please turn over” the next page only had one more simple question: “Will you marry me? Yes or No?” After a quick photo, we turned round to fly back because I was so excited to land and tell our families and friends our news.
We set the date for 10th December 2015, as we wanted a winter wedding that wasn’t weather dependent. Secretly, I hoped for a sprinkling of snow.
We got married at The Oaktree of Peover in Cheshire. We chose this venue because we wanted a natural venue that was exclusive use. We also wanted our venue to be intimate for the small, informal relaxed wedding that we were planning.
We didn’t really have a particular wedding theme in mind but our colour scheme was white, golds and silver. We chose these colours because they were ‘wintery’ and complemented the coolness and freshness of the outdoors as well as the warmth and glow of the indoors.
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June 13th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
Wow! What better way to start your week than with this fabulous real wedding, which combines two different styles of celebrations into one.
For the first part of their wedding, Khadiga and Ahmed chose to keep things simple with elegant styling and a neutral colour palette to contrast against the second half of the day – their Sudanese traditional celebrations – which featured opulent attire and vibrant bursts of colour in rich reds and gold.
We just love how different the two parts of the celebrations are, but that the bride and groom have managed to execute both perfectly for a varied and beautiful big day!
With images by Jack Knight Photography.
khadiga says: Our proposal story is a little complicated in that in our culture the man has to officially go to your family to ask for your hand in marriage, along with his family. So it was more years of discussion as opposed to a romantic proposal. Having said that, once Ahmed got the green light he did surprise me with the whole down-on-one-knee shebang! I didn’t see that one coming!
Our wedding was on 9th April 2016. We chose that date simply because it was the only Saturday left available in April at the venue that we wanted. Otherwise we would have had to wait until November – and it’s cold in November.
We got married at The Mere golf resort and spa, in Knutsford. It was one of those days with intermittent rain but luckily not when we were outside! My mother actually picked it as she received her first ever award there (Northwest Bionow award) back in 2007. Sadly she passed away just over a year ago so I was set on fulfilling her wishes to tie the knot there. It meant so much to me having my wedding at The Mere, and maybe she was looking over us.
We went for elegance and simplicity when it came to styling the wedding. By nature I’m not flashy and not into all that OTT business. In keeping with this, we chose a colour scheme of simple, neutral tones, including whites and ivories, to set a calming atmosphere. My bridesmaids wore blush pink and champagne gold dresses, which went beautifully. We also wanted the colours in the first part of the wedding t
o contrast those in the second part of the wedding where we had our Sudanese traditional celebrations. We changed the stage décor and had outfit changes to reds and golds – lots of gold!
October 27th, 2015 | Julia Braime
We are used to seeing lots of gorgeous styled shoots that are predominantly about the dress, but this afternoon we’ve got a wonderful collection of images for you that focus on bridal hair and makeup in the first instance instead.
Particularly helpful for those of you that are currently trying to figure out what look to go for on your big day, this stunning shoot, organised by freelance makeup artist Ariana Rose of A Rose Make Up, puts two differing styles in the spotlight – classic & modern – giving brides-to-be inspiration for both.
To explain more about the shoot, and how the looks it features were created, we’ll let Ariana take hold of the blogging reins.
Images by Phillip James Photography.
ariana says: The inspiration for the shoot was simply to do a modern day bride verses as classic bride. I find that although a lot of brides are asking for classic looks with flawless, natural makeup and hairstyle, there is an ever increasing amount of brides nowadays asking for more dramatic looks, such as a smoky eye with slight contouring and more on trend hairstyles. I also find that when I do consultations with clients, a lot of brides will pull up ideas they’ve seen in showbiz magazines and on celebrities’ Instagram accounts.
I wanted to do a shoot to show that both looks are equally beautiful and can make an impact in their own ways. The venue was chosen for this reason too. The Mere in Knutsford is very classic yet contemporary too. Unfortunately we were restricted in how much of the stunning outdoor grounds of the venue we could use on the day due to rain (there is a beautiful lake and greenery) but I feel we still got the images we wanted. The location is just beautiful and I love the feel of the place – it really is perfect for a wedding!
For Abbi (our redhead model), I wanted to go for quite a classic bridal style. I created a look that would not only complement her complexion and hair colour, but also give her the wow factor all brides want. I always prepare the skin with elixir spray and then prep with a base cream that will ensure makeup lasts all day. To complement Abbi’s features and gorgeous skin, I used quite earthy and natural tones on the eyes and finished by applying natural hair false lashes to emphases the makeup. I use natural hair false lashes as I find they blend in a lot better. My signature style with bridal makeup is to really focus on the skin, so I used a medium buildable coverage foundation which blends in fabulously but looks so natural. I used a cream highlighter on Abbi’s cheeks to accentuate her cheekbones and finished with a pop of blush. I lined her lips with a warm toned lip liner then filled in with a gloss.
For Georgia (our blonde model), I went for a more modern take on bridal makeup. As mentioned, I find brides are now asking for a smokier look on the eyes which was something that they kept away from previously. I started by prepping Georgia’s skin in the same way as Abbi’s. I then filled in her brows with an eyeshadow and angle brush to keep it natural but defined. I again used warm earthy tones to complete her soft smoky eyes and lined with a gel based liner. I used slightly longer false lashes but again kept them natural hair as it’s essential they blend in and accentuate the eye as opposed to taking over. I contoured Georgia’s cheeks slightly and highlighted to finish. I lined her lips with pink lip liner and filled in with lipstick. I always use liner on the lips, no matter what the colour, as it gives definition and a clean finish.
The hairstyles, created by Star Salon, were kept in line with the looks we were going for on both models. Abbi started off with glossy waves and then we switched to an up do with finger waves which looked both stunning and timeless. With Georgia we were a little more creative and modern with our hairstyle choices, starting with a backcombed up do and moving onto a tousled curly up do.
Dresses for the shoot were kindly loaned by Brides World Liverpool.
October 11th, 2013 | Julia Braime
Finishing up an exciting week here at Brides Up North HQ with another dose of beautiful, as we join Brides Up North reader Angela and her new husband Mark for their stunning Real Wedding in Knutsford. Angela offset her gorgeously girly palette with cool minks and an abundance of blooms for a celebration that looks as a fun as it was elegant.
With images by Jonny Draper Photography (a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, don’tcha know)!
Angela says: Mark surprised me and took me to Paris in February 2012. He didn’t do the traditional Eiffel Tower as he knew I wanted something a bit different so proposed as we were walking along the River Seine.
We were married on 30th August 2013 at All Saints Church, Cheadle Hulme and Mere Golf Club, Knutsford.
Mere Golf Club had just been refurbished when we were looking for venues and it was looked lovely and had the views we wanted. One of the other reasons was the neutral carpet, which a lot of other venues didn’t have!
We chose a colour palette of light pinks, mink and ivory.
My dress was from Sense and Sensibility and was my second dress as I had decided the first was not ‘The One’. I saw the second and knew it was right. It was a fitted dress with one shoulder, with a slightly Grecian feel to it.
My bouquet – by Red Floral Architecture – was a mass of avalanche roses, enhanced with occasional sweet avalanche, metallina, quicksand and amnesia roses. A diamante section was included within the bouquet in a small crescent shape to match the gown and the headpiece.
We choose to have Howard Wing to entertain the guests throughout the day and into the evening; he also performed our first dance. In the evening we had a photo booth, which was a big hit with the guests.
We wanted different table names rather than the usual number and it worked out nicely that we had seven tables for the seven years we have been together. Each table was Year 1, Year 2 etc. with a photo from that year.
My uncle made our cake for our wedding present, we asked for a plain ivory three tier cake and Red Floral decorated it with ivory flowers between each tier and one the top.
I loved the ceremony but my favourite part was during the meal when Howard entertained us all and when the guests really started to relax and enjoy themselves. The photos just show how much fun we were all having.
We knew that our honeymoon was once in a lifetime so we fulfilled our dream of going to Australia. We started with a stop off in Singapore and then travelled down the east coast of Australia and then stopped at Bangkok on our way home. It was the best four weeks we have ever had.
My top tip is that once the day is here there is no point worrying. You have done everything you possibly can, this is your day so relax and enjoy every minute of it – have fun!
Congratulations Angela & Mark!
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