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Made In Heaven: A Real Wedding In The North East – Francesca & David

November 15th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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One delectable Real Wedding (did you see yesterday’s glittering celebration at Oulton Hall?  Click here to catch up) deserves another.

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Today’s stunning wedding was sent to me by fabulous photographer Martin Castein, Brides Up North Featured Supplier (and all round amazing lady) the super chic Make Up By Jo – responsible for today’s beautiful wedding day look – and our lovely real bride Francesca.

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With every single detail of the day hand crafted by Francesca and David themselves, and a team of talented professionals to support their vision, the result was always going to be flawless. 

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Francesca says:  At my parent’s house on Christmas day 2008. As I am an artist and designer David hid my engagement ring in the last box of presents. It was in a pencil case in a small crate full of creative things.  As I began to open the pencil case he told me that I needed to pass it to him, which I thought was a bit strange but I did, and then he took the box with the ring in it out of the pencil case, stood up, got down on one knee with my parents sitting there with us and asked me to marry him! To which obviously I answered yes straight away!

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We were married on Saturday 19th August 2012.  Our marriage ceremony was at St John’s Church Egglescliffe and our reception was at Headlam Hall.

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We adore our local church, as well as being very beautiful, it is also very special to us as our son was christened there too.  We chose Headlam Hall after much searching for our perfect venue because it was so stunning, the perfect size and fulfilled everything that we were looking for.

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Our theme was ’vintage’ with a focus on florals and pearls.  Our colour theme was taken from some beautiful fabric that I found. We used it throughout the wedding. It consisted of sage green, off white, fawn, pale pinks with a teeny hint of pale lilac.

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My dress was champagne coloured, with a heavily embellished diamond and beaded bodice; lace up back also with the embellishments. It had a long rounded train also carrying the same embellished design. It was fitted down to the waist then it gently flowed over the hips into a full floor length skirt. My parents bought it for me from a shop in Northallerton when we went there for a visit on my birthday, I didn’t plan on buying anything that day let alone a wedding dress! But I did and it was the first thing that was purchased towards our wedding.

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Our bridesmaids wore pale lilac/pink iridescent full length organza dresses by Jim Hjelm which we bought from Truly Beautiful in Guisborough.

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I carried a large bouquet of pale pink roses and ranunculus, green guilder roses, pale lavender/pink, and cream hydrangeas and gypsophila. The bouquet had cream pearls on gold wire hanging from them with a crystal heart at the base of the stems.

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Our day was absolutely amazing, there were so many precious moments and we adored every second of it, but definitely actually saying our vows to each other and being pronounced man and wife for us was be the best bit.

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Our wedding wasn’t necessarily a conventional one as I made and did absolutely everything myself! My table runners, buttonholes, all the floral arrangements, wedding cakes, favours, invitations, order of service, table plan, bunting, all the wedding jewellery, the wedding ring pillow, pew decorations, even the flowers and bows for the car! Almost everything that you can see in the photographs I made. David even restored two 200 year old urns to put our flowers in, to go in front of the top table.

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My mum and I made a three tiered fruit cake made from my late grandmother’s recipe, which was covered in pale cream icing which had pink and cream striped cotton ribbon along the bottom of each tier which I had sewn pale pink pearls and pale green crystals onto all the way along. On the top was an arrangement of flowers that I made using some of the same flowers that were in my bouquet and some large pearls. We also had a ‘cutting’ cake made of vanilla sponge and filled with butter icing which was covered in pale pink icing with a quilted design with rose centre. David doesn’t like fruit cake so we decided to make two cakes as we anticipated that there would be others who would rather a slice of sponge instead of fruit.

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We had a vintage suitcase which I painted our initials onto the top of the lid to put all of our cards and gifts in from our guests; we now have all of our keepsakes in there packed away safely.  We also had a table with photographs of our loved ones that are no longer with us that we so wish could have been and who we wanted to remember.

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We had a very talented local young pianist called Georgie Lock playing whilst we had our meal and whilst the tea, coffee and truffles were being served in the stable lounge after the meal. The venue provided the DJ as part of hiring the venue.

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We didn’t want a wedding that was the same as anyone else’s or for our guests to sit and recognise where we had bought everything from, we wanted it to be entirely personal and handmade and the only way to do it was to do it entirely ourselves and make it all with love.

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David works away so we couldn’t go on honeymoon straight away as he had to go back to work shortly after the wedding but when he returned home again we went on a sort of honeymoon to a beautiful place called Fowey in Cornwall, we took our son with us too.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that if you want your day to be perfect, to enjoy planning it and not have stress all the way through it, make sure that you plan well in advance.

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Book your wedding for at least a year in advance (ours was booked over two years in advance!) That way you can make sure that the date you want is yours for the picking rather than just choosing from the ones that are left. By booking things in plenty of time you can source things if they are out of stock and you can take advantage of sales too!

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Prioritise the things that are the most important, and that need to be booked first such as; venue, wedding dress, wedding rings, photographer (Martin Castein was absolutely amazing!) and invitations, that way if nothing else you can still have a wedding with guests!

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I made a spread sheet of all the things that I needed to buy and book too, I put down absolutely everything on it contact details for suppliers, order numbers, how much I had paid, how much deposit I had paid, how much was left still to pay and when it needed to be paid for. That way you have everything you need in one place to hand rather that sorting through reams of paperwork or not being able to find the details at all! It certainly made a difference as we could keep an on-going track of what we had spent and how much was left remaining.

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Congratulations Francesca & David!

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Would you like to see your own Real Wedding featured on Brides Up North? Just get in touch.

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  – Images © 2012 Martin Castein Photography

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Intimate Elaborate: A Real Wedding In The North East – Victoria & Jonathan

August 13th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Wynard Hall Wedding by Dave Yates Photography

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Regular Brides Up North reader Victoria sent me her stately Real Wedding at Wynard Hall in the North East of England to share with you lovely lot this afternoon.  What I love about Victoria and Jonathan’s big day is how they make the most of this beautiful, grand venue whilst still managing to keep their celebration personal and unique to them.  With images by Dave Yates Photography

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Victoria says:  Jon took me to Kielder Forest (a place close to Jon’s heart) and we stayed at the lovely Riverside Hall Hotel (a bit of a gem in the middle of nowhere) on the 26th January 2011. We went for a lovely walk round the lake and Jon got down on one knee right next to the lake – it was beautiful.

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We were married on 26th July 2012 at Wynyard Hall.  Wynyard Hall is a beautiful place with lots of character – great for photos whatever the weather!

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Charlotte McLean from Darlington did my hair and Martez Grey from Redcar did the bridesmaids.

Stacey Taylor from Darwen, Lancs did my makeup and nails and the bridesmaids nails too. Stacey whisked me off in to another room for a bit of R&R whilst she did my makeup this was a really good idea.

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Stacey’s husband John Taylor, a photographer from Darwen, Lancs, took photos of the bridal preparations whilst Dave Yates Photography took photos of the groom and groomsmen preparations at Wynyard Hall.

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Dave and his wife were absolutely fabulous. We had some great giggles with them both. Dave took wonderful pictures without being obtrusive at all. I really don’t like having my picture taken and this was one of the areas that I was worried about when planning our wedding but Dave really put me at ease.

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Irregular Choice shoes by Dave Yates Photography

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I ended up with a Trudy Lee number quite the princess dress which isn’t what I was planning to wear at all. I wanted something quite small and simple but when I agreed to ‘humour’ my maid of honour and try on a big dress I fell in love with it straight away!

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I found the dress in a small bridal shop in Darlington called Grace The Weddings Company – an absolutely beautiful shop and really nice staff would definitely recommend a visit to any bride looking for a dress. A couple of other bridal shops worth a visit are Miranda Marie in Yarm and Truly Beautiful in Guisborough. These three shops made the dress shopping experience for me.

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My sister (one of my bridesmaids) and I wore my Nanna’s brooches in our hair (something old).   My something borrowed was a sixpence for in my shoe which belonged to my Grandad but is now my sister’s and my something blue was my Irregular Choice shoes.

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With the journey from Redcar to Wynyard being a fairly long drive I decided I wanted to travel with my bridesmaids and family. So we started looking at the double decker buses but we thought this doesn’t really have any link to us as a couple or our heritage. Then we remembered the Moors Bus and we had to have it!

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My favourite part of the day was seeing Jon’s face when I walked down the aisle.

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I chose a colour scheme of pink, green and blue.  My bridesmaids wore Forever Yours full length dresses – two in dusty pink, two in light blue and two in olive with one shoulder strap with flower detail.  The groomsmen wore a grey three piece suit with tails.

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I carried a bouquet of double headed chrysanthemums (my Nanna’s favourite flower), hydrangeas, veronica and wax flower.   My bridesmaids carried a single hydrangea head striped right down – very simple. The buttonholes were wax flower and double headed chrysanthemums.  We used Secret Garden Florist of Hartlepool who were wonderful and very reasonable.

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During the day we booked Michael Mulroy a fabulous pianist with lots of character. He played through the ceremony, drinks reception and wedding breakfast. When our usher was finishing off someone else’s dessert he started to play Food, Glorious Food! – the room erupted with laughter!

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After the ceremony guests were met by Paul Slattery, caricaturist who kept them entertained whilst Jon and I headed off for photos. We also had giant garden games to keep them entertained.

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Along with the help of my bridesmaids and a few family members we made all the decorations ourselves.

We had chocolate fish and chips as our favours – I wrote the article, my maid of honour moulded the milk chocolate fish and we all put them together. We put together party bags for the 4 children which they loved but it also kept them busy (and quiet!) during the speeches – would recommend this to other bride and grooms!

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We used wicker hearts as name places hanging on the backs of the chairs which  my maid of honour and I put together.

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Living in Redcar we wanted to somehow incorporate the seaside – we decided to have a Lobster pot as our card box. The wonderful coast guard sourced it for us and in return we made a donation to them. Then we decorated the table around it with some seaside ornaments from The Range.

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During the day we had a very small intimate wedding with only 28 guests (4 of which were children). We decided rather than having separate tables we would have one long table which worked really well with the numbers we had.  In the evening we changed the table decorations and again these were DIY decorations – willow tree branches with jewels (all hand threaded by us!) hanging from them in tall vases, filled with sand, on round mirrors surrounded by tea lights. On each table we had sweet trees – again handmade! We also made our own photo booth – which went down a treat!

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In the evening guests were wowed by Magician Paul Lytton – even the cynical were impressed!

We also had an amazing local band Johnny and the Moondogs along with a disco playing throughout the night.

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Our cake was three tier (fruit, chocolate and lemon Madeira) each tier in one of the three wedding colours. It was made by a family member.  The cake knife set was an engagement present from a close friend.

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Honeymoon wise, We are heading to New York later in the year!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to take time to take it all in. The day goes so fast every now and then just take a moment to stand back and look around and take in what is happening.

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HEARTCongratulations Victoria & Jonathan!  HEART

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Are you a newlywed?  Contact me to share your Real Wedding with Brides Up North!

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  – Images © 2012 Dave Yates Photography

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The Wedding Institute

April 16th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Saltburn By The Sea Postcard

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Stationer Vicky Trainor and Photographer Becky Mitchell are established national and regional businesses in the creative and wedding market. In January this year an exciting photo shoot ‘Rigwood Manor’ took place in an old manor house in the coastal town of Saltburn by the Sea. A shoot that was to bring together a wealth of creative suppliers who work in the wedding industry, all from the North East/North Yorkshire area, all designers and specialists with a passion for working in creative and interesting ways.  Click here and here to see the results of that very special shoot. 

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Their passion for promoting northern based artists, designers and makers is now continuing through the forming of ‘The Wedding Institute’ a very visual, community spirited and exciting event, a new twist on the wedding fair.

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The Wedding Institute: Vicky Trainor

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This first event is titled ‘The Wedding Institute @ The Village Hall’ and will take place on Sunday April 29th at Saltburn Community Hall (part of the old Victorian Theatre), North Yorkshire.

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“A wedding fair with a sprinkle of pretty and a little dash of vintage”

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“A small intimate affair, we want you to come and ‘hang out’ with us and not just ‘visit’. We want you to leave with a refreshing cluster of new suppliers to help you with your styling and wedding planning. We would love for you to make new friends, to have fun, to laugh, to have a day out, to be totally immersed in the creativity and vintage style of organising your big day. We want to inspire you to allow your personality to come through into the styling of your day and for your wedding to be true to you and the love you have for each other”.

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“A place where you can come and be inspired, escape with your imagination, take time to chat with suppliers, relax in our tea room at the heart of the exhibition, listen to live music, indulge in a 1950’s make-up session with our make-up artist or a pretty collection of ‘victory rolls’ styled in your hair by The Wedding Institute’s stylist”.

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The Wedding Institute: Brides Up North

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A stunning collection of hand-picked suppliers who are all from the North East/North Yorkshire area and are passionate about their own specialist field, a fun filled community who are thrilled to be part of The Wedding Institute. Photography, stationery, vintage wedding dresses alongside new vintage inspired wedding dresses, reception styling, bridesmaid dresses, floral styling, make up artist, hair stylist, music, china hire, jewellery and even a celebrant.

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This is also proud to be joining the team on the day and between stuffing myself with cake, styling things up and taking hundreds of photographs of all the wedding pretty, will be on hand to impart lots of advice and would love to hear your plans and ideas regarding your wedding so far.

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Vicky & Becky are already planning the second Wedding Institute event and are currently selecting vendors who offer “A tea cup of uniqueness and a slice of originality” They will also be planning their next photo shoot from September (to be launched in 2013) and this will involve a selection of The Wedding Institute members.

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To attend the event you need to pre-register and purchase your tickets by visiting the registration page of their web site at www.theweddinginstitute.co.uk

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If you do not have a PayPal account you can arrange the purchase of your tickets by emailing vicky at info@vickytrainor.co.uk or Becky at becky@beckymitchell.co.uk

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Tickets are £3.00 per person (tickets are cheaper if arriving as a small group).

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So if you are planning your wedding, whether you are in the final stages or are recently engaged make sure you pop along to this exciting event. Doors open at 12 noon and close at 6pm.

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In the mean time, in the approach to the 29th April, you can follow The Wedding Institute on Facebook

and also follow their journey in postings on their blog at www.theweddinginstitute.co.uk

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Come back tomorrow for the chance to win one of five pairs of tickets to this unique bridal event – absolutely free!

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The Wedding Institute – Little Black Book:

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Becky Mitchell

www.beckymitchell.co.uk

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Vicky Trainor & The Vintage Drawer

www.vickytrainor.co.uk

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TeaWithRuby

www.teawithruby.co.uk

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Bridal Dresses – Truly Beautiful

www.trulybeautiful.co.uk

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Poppy

www.poppychildren.co.uk

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Make-up By Jo

www.makeupbyjo.co.uk

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Hair Styling – Adrian Wray of Chocolate

www.adrianwrayatchocolate.blogspot.com

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Wimslow Collection

www.designedbyzoe.co.uk

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Rose & Aster

www.roseandaster.com

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Furniture – Peeling Paint

www.peelingpaint.co.uk

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What Katy Did Next

www.what-katy-did-next.co.uk

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Beads & Bows

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Val Boyers

www.facebook.com/valboyersmusic

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Kings Celebrant Services

www.facebook.com/kingscelebrantservices

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Sweet Pea Events

www.sweetpea-events.co.uk

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Elise Flowers

www.eliseweddingflowers.co.uk

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Little Darling Cakes

www.littledarlingcakecompany.co.uk

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Nancy Loves Nails

www.facebook.com/nancylovesnails

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  – Images © 2012 supplied by The Wedding Institute

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Meet The Northern Revolutionaries! The Vintage Victors! A Vintage Styled Bridal Inspiration Shoot

March 20th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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You may have heard me shouting it from the rooftops once or twice and I’ll say it again {with feeling!}: Brides to be! Oi! Yes you! Join the Northern Revolution!

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If you are new to the wedding blog, you might have stumbled across these swirly silver pages after becoming more than a little bit disheartened that everything “wedding” seemed to be going on down South.  Magazines, wedding blogs, directories, TV.  They all seem a bit Southern focused, non?  Nothing wrong with that I guess - and still so gorgeous – except it does get a little weary for those of us Up North doesn’t it?

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As a bride to be that’s what I thought too.  And I thought that it was time something was done about it

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As I’ve explained in various press interviews, like this one and that one, when it came to wedding planning, I was in no way properly informed about all the fantastic bridal talent in the North of the country, and fully anticipated lots of costly trips to London to source my suppliers. In my efforts to save on train fares, I ended up doing a lot of research into the local wedding industry and uncovered a thriving hub of talented suppliers that just weren’t buzzing loudly enough about their businesses.

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I thought that somebody needed to turn up the volume – and why shouldn’t it be me?

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Step forth, Brides Up North and our very own little Northern Revolution!  Join us!

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I’ve already featured an inspiration shoot from today’s collective of suppliers – remember this?  You loved it!  Today I am featuring another part of the same shoot some images from which have <<<shock horror>>> already appeared on another wedding blog over at Annabel’s Love My Dress, but the reason I’m doing this (repeating similar content is not something I like to do very often – if ever – let me tell you) is that, well, this wonderful group of Northern suppliers asked me so very nicely. 

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I also wanted to give a different slant to featuring a styled bridal shoot by finding out a bit more than the norm about each talented individual who has worked so hard to put it all together as well as showcasing the gorgeous results.  I feel a bit of a wedding blog series coming on here, so why don’t I stop crusading for a moment and introduce you to a group that I’ll call my first set of Northern Revolutionaries, lead by the oh so fabulous Vicky Trainor (whose styling and stationery is to die for – did you see her in action at the Brides Up North Super Showcase?!).  I’ve nicknamed them “The Vintage Victors” and here they share their own past, present and future and their pretty vintage “Rigwood Manor” styled shoot. 

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As I explained, this is a slightly different format to your usual wedding inspiration shoot, so this morning, we meet them and see a few sneak peeks – and this afternoon… we venture behind the scenes!

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Paper girl, actress, bar-maid, student, textiles designer, owner of greetings card company, lecturer, aka Mrs Hunter, house owner, mother of two gorgeous girls Ava & Mia, floral inspired stationer.

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Right about now

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Designer & maker of printed card and linen stationery, creator of The Vintage Drawer, professional potterer, stylist, freelance greetings card designer, one of the founders behind The Wedding Institute, lover of all things hand made.

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Flash Forward

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…to continue to approach designing stationery with a creative twist. To develop my range of hand made products for receptions. Enjoy varied styling adventures. To further work with Becky Mitchell on new and exciting styled photo shoots and continue to make The Wedding Institute an exciting and creative wedding fair experience.

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www.vickytrainor.co.uk

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Let’s go back

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I’ve always loved looking at pictures and people fascinate me so photography seemed a natural course to take. When I started taking photographs I was shooting on an old Hasselblad and developing the film and printing work in a darkroom. My background in traditional, documentary photography has given me a deep appreciation for the medium.

My first child, Charlie was born in the final year of my degree and accompanied me along with my long-suffering husband on those early projects. Then Lilla, my little girl, was born two years later and I took a year out to enjoy my children. During this time the little ones were my main subject and the perfect models and I started making pictures (this time with a second-hand digital camera) documenting their earliest years.

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It’s lovely to know those early pictures of my own children formed my first portfolio of child portraiture and from there I started my own business. This quickly blossomed and developed and took on a new direction when I had the opportunity to photograph my first wedding.

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Things have gone in leaps and bounds. My husband (and a pretty amazing photographer too) and I opened Profile Gallery & Sitting Room – a dedicated photography gallery and a vintage inspired teashop – my pride and joy. I have been able to indulge in my love of all things old and beautiful and organize ‘For The Love Of’ vintage fairs in my Victorian hometown of Saltburn-by-the-Sea.

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Flash forward

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I’m really looking forward to working with my amazing brides and grooms. I’m always thrilled when couples choose me as their photographer it makes my day!

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www.beckymitchell.co.uk

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Let’s go back

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I’m Jo Leversuch, the owner of Make Up by Jo. I am a professional freelance make-up artist who specialises in bridal make-up at home or abroad. My services include bridal make-up and private one to one make-up lessons.

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I’m a busy bee at the moment with wedding season which is now popular all year round. My exciting news for this year is that I am a feature writer for The Bridal Magazine which I am really enjoying, my current article is what make-up to wear if you are getting married abroad.

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I’d like to continue with my bridal feature writing and planning to set up make-up lessons courses for anyone who wishes to know basic hints and tips about make-up.

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www.makeupbyjo.co.uk

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Adrian Wray – Hair Stylist from Chocolate

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Let’s go back

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Hello, ok, well, I was in the Coldstream Guards for six years when I left school and on leaving the army worked in France as an adventure training instructor. I then did a lot of youth work with disengaged teenagers and worked for Connexions (I have a Royal Humane Award for bravery!). I decided to start hairdressing as I wanted a total change in jobs, starting with an apprenticeship with Hooker & Young before going Freelance, but after a few years took time away to focus and enjoy being a Dad!

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I’m working as a Freelance Hair Stylist with clients and also enjoying being involved with various photo shoots, mainly in the wedding industry. I work with clients creating and developing interesting vintage styles influenced by varied eras.

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…So my future is simple: to be the best I can be. I’m grateful for the people that help me on the way and give back as much as I receive and I always remember that I’ve never done it all by myself.  The clusters of people around me are a continuous inspiration.

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www.adrianwrayatchocolate.blogspot.com

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Just Darling Cakes – Claire Weir

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I am Claire Weir (nee Darling, hence the name of the business), a largely self-taught Cake Designer based in Huddersfield. The Just Darling Cake business started off as a home based business in 2008 and moved into The Just Darling Cake Studio in November 2010, a huge leap but one that is definitely paying off.

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The business is growing fast with twice as many weddings already booked for this year than in 2011. They vary enormously from uber sophisticated glamour with silver, diamante, crystals and deep red roses to the most relaxed but lavish strawberries and cream tea party, which includes a three tier cake and a spread of scrummy scones, cupcakes, cookies and trifles. This wedding season is going to be so much fun!

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The way in which the business is growing means that I will soon be looking to take on staff and I would love to train an apprentice from scratch and eventually have a whole team of highly skilled cake designers to work with, although we may need a bigger studio!

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www.justdarlingcakes.co.uk

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The Wimslow Collection (Designed By Zoë)

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Well it all started by accident really. I think it was in the summer of 2009 when I went to Glastonbury festival where they were selling really simple floral hair garlands. That’s where the story starts. I fell deeply, truly, madly in love with mine and returned mud splattered back to North Yorkshire vowing never to take it off. However, it broke and so the creative in me decided to make a new one, and it really worked. From there I set out with one small, but beautifully formed, wicker basket and a few headbands and sold them on the little market in Whitby during the summer. My little wicker basket turned into one table and then two tables and then travelled all around the country selling more and more elaborate pieces.

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Designed By ZoeRight about now

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The wicker basket has continued to grow and develop and really rather excitingly it is starting to get noticed. The basket, or rather floral hair adornments have had their debut appearance in Wedding Magazine, and have looked utterly fabulous at various real weddings. Currently I am focusing my attention more and more on the beautiful brides here, there and hopefully everywhere. There is nothing more fabulous than seeing the smile on  brides to be faces when their pieces, my creations, are ready to be taken home.

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Well Designed By Zoë has some extremely exciting news… we are rebranding and travelling to The Wimslow Collection. Fingers crossed, The Wimslow Collection will allow for me to continue producing fabulous pieces whilst maintaining the same ethos but will carry us forwards too. That ethos being to make gorgeous pieces that make people feel fabulous, resulting in making people smile and feel on top of the world. Over the next few weeks and months we will be travelling around and would love to meet you. Pop over to www.wimslow.com to find out where we will be. Also please watch out for our appearances in Brides Magazine, Wedding Magazine and Wedding Flowers over the next few months, and remember that it all started out from one little wicker basket!

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www.designedbyzoe.co.uk

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Poppy Children

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I was brought up in the North East in Yarm.  We lived on a farm on the outskirts of town and we had loads of freedom as kids. Life was always centred around my parents’ two businesses, Strickland and Holt, a small independent department store in the middle of town and Poppy. My parents started Poppy in 1980, they were not sure if Strickland and Holt would pull through as it was in a bad way back then. So Poppy was born: they started with decor, bedding and even sold to Harrods.

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Then the clothing came and from my experience it seemed a bit like Marmite, people loved it or hated it. The company did really well until the year 1998 where prints went out of fashion and British manufacture seemed to disappear. The company was mothballed in 2000.

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I was wanting to carve my own future and desperate to do my own thing, so I went to Manchester Metropolitan to study three dimensional design consisting of product design, ceramics,glass,metal work and much more. When I left I moved to London and started working as an assistant photographer, this was really my passion at the time. It took me a while to realise it was all about numbers and technical stuff, and that basically I wasn’t very good at any of it.

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I started working for Cath Kidston. I would be given a time table each week and I got to travel to each and every different shop around London. I soon started thinking of a business model for Poppy, based on a more lifestyle shop rather than giving people a specific product.  I learnt a lot from there and I then moved home to start Poppy.  They gave me a space to open a Poppy shop in the back of Strickland and Holt, where a lot of the garments had originally been made.

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I decided if I drew all my own prints i could convey the old fashioned look that I wanted to. I was inspired by 1950′s children’s books, the colours and the illustrations. This is where it all started. It was important to me that a dress would be cared for and not just a cheap item to be disposed of. I wanted it to have more importance to the children. So Poppy and her dog Fred were born, this way there is always a story to be told.

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Well, I think the most exciting thing is the adults clothing, I always made a dress for me to wear at the shows I did.  People kept saying they would wear one, I didn’t believe them but in the end we thought lets try it and see, that was last autumn winter and here we are making more and more, it seems they are just like nothing else.

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Well the plan was always to grow Poppy more as a life style brand, and I would like to grow the bedding, accessories and also the women’s collection. I think that in terms of the wedding world, we can stir it up a bit too, our dresses have been doing well as bridesmaids dresses and offer something really unique, also it does not matter if your tiny or grown up, we have a dress to fit.

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www.poppychildren.co.uk

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Lillian’s House by Sarah Heseltine Lillian’s House by Sarah Heseltine

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I specialised in silk screen printing at university and after graduating in 2010 with a degree in Surface Pattern Design, I started to build my own little studio, hidden away in an attic space, where I started to print again and figure out the direction in which I wanted to move.

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‘Lillian’s House’ is my exciting new adventure into the business world. Beautiful hand printed paper and fabric makes ‘Lillian’s House’ the perfect place to find something unique and delicious to adorn your home or even have in place at your wedding!

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My most recent beautiful collection of hand printed

t-shirts and sashes for tiny bridesmaids shows the ‘Lillian’s House’ look perfectly; wonderful colour, attention to detail and a light hearted and quirky twist. Tiny details like the inclusion of the bride and groom initials in my products give a personal feel and create a keepsake for all those involved in your wedding day.

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With all sorts of new collections being formed and exciting ideas coming into fruition, the next few months will be a busy time for ‘Lillian’s House’. April will be our official launch, with all information and sneaky peeks until then to be posted on my blog, keep reading!

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Tea With Ruby – Jane DayTea With Ruby – Jane Day

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I am Jane Day, mother, wife and lover of china in any way shape or form which is why I am the proprietor of Tea with Ruby. I previously worked in the IT industry but you don’t want to know about that, I left it behind to be a Mum, home maker and avid china collector. You’ve probably guessed by now that I have a china hire business (due to my collection ever growing), hiring out all my bits and bobs to events to add that little bit of a vintage twist. Can you imagine sipping champagne on your big day from a vintage teacup? How delicious!

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Right now for Tea with Ruby, exciting isn’t the word. My current big adventure is being part of The Wedding Institute, a wedding event spectacular that will knock your socks off. It will be a most memorable experience for brides wanting something out of the ordinary.

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The world is my oyster and the Tea with Ruby journey has only just begun. China hire world domination here I come, well you may as well dream big!

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.Rose & Aster

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I have always been a magpie and lover of all things pretty and sparkly. I remember even at school I was often sent to the headmaster for accessorising my uniform just a little too much! I harboured my passion until a year ago when the opportunity arose for me to turn this passion into a business. I hand picked a collection of well made, beautiful pieces from predominantly British designers and presented it to the world hoping it would be loved… thankfully it was and Rose & Aster was born. (Rose & Aster deriving from both mine and my daughter’s birth flowers)

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One year in and things are starting to happen for Rose & Aster. Our website is slowly becoming recognised as an exquisite place to visit for timeless, on trend, affordable, ready to wear jewellery & accessory collections for both the bride, her bridesmaids and her wedding party. My log cabin showroom is always a warm and friendly place to visit should you require a personal shopping opportunity plus there are many open days planned throughout 2012.

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2012 is going to be an exciting year for Rose & Aster with a fabulous new highly visual website and new blog due to be launched in the Spring. The blog will concentrate on how to translate current jewellery trends for your wedding day, Jewellery icons both past and present plus general indulgence in all things beautiful and sparkly!

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We are currently investing in what will be our best bridal jewellery collection so far plus some fabulous stand out pieces for your honeymoon. Watch out also for our expanding collection of luxurious tablet op accessories and venue decor.

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Debbie Stogden Photography Debbie Stogden Photography

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After years working in IT, redundancy gave me an opportunity to change direction. I did a

Masters degree in Creative Digital Media at Teesside University, and wherever possible bent

the modules to fit in my photography. At the end of the course I decided I really needed to set

up as a photographer.

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I am currently working as a wedding and portrait photographer and I was thrilled to be given

the chance to video the Rigwood Manor shoot, if a bit nervous of swapping stills for video. I

am working on a number of weddings to take place over the summer. It is lovely getting to

know the bride and groom at such an exciting time in their lives.

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Photographing weddings, which I love, but I would not rule anything out; so many unusual

and challenging opportunities have presented themselves in the last year. I am also in the

early stages of a personal documentary photography project, due for completion in

November.

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www.debbiestogden-photography.co.uk

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Peeling Paint by Wendy Walker

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My fascination for re-loving furniture began as a hobby five years ago. Initially practising on friends pieces, the response was wonderful, the word spread, commissions followed and Peeling Paint was born.

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50% of our work is still commission driven alongside international web based sales. September 2011 saw the opening of our first showroom in North Yorkshire.

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2012 will include the extension of our showroom space, sourcing new stockists and developing a Vintage hire service aimed at the wedding/functions/film industry. The latter was born out of meeting the amazing group of creatives at The Rigwood Manor shoot. Each person involved in day left me feeling energised and inspired and I look forward to sharing many more thoughts and ideas with them in the future.

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Photography by Katie Katie Byram by Karen McGowran

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I’m Katie, a Yorkshire lass now at home in the North East. I’ve had a camera pretty much attached to my hand since I was about 5 years old, and after studying a degree in Photography, Video & Digital Imaging, I found myself drawn to the fabulous world of weddings. Since 2009 I’ve had the honour of photographing a stunning variety of weddings around the country. I love my job!

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Things have been going from strength to strength. I’m thrilled that next week Wedding Ideas Magazine (issue 107) will be featuring a beautiful real wedding that I photographed last year. I am also part of Just Perfect Wedding and Events Gallery which is based in Cramlington, I’ve been exhibiting my work there since October, and the feedback I’ve had from clients has been fantastic. It’s a new concept, basically a permanent wedding fair, where couples can browse in a relaxed environment and find everything they need for their wedding, it’s been great being part of such a fantastic team of exhibitors who I regularly network with, and some have become good friends.

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I have some amazing things lined up for this year starting with a photoshoot next week, which I’ve been working on since October. It features a range of fantastic North East wedding suppliers who are getting together to create a beach themed wedding photo shoot, at the UK’s only cave bar, which also hosts wedding receptions. I also have some exciting weddings coming up, from small and intimate with two guests, to country/farm themed, to glamorous stately home celebrations. I can’t wait for what this year has to bring!

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www.photographybykatie.co.uk

Image of Katie by Karen McGowran 

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Little Black Book

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Images – Becky Mitchell
Styling & Stationery – Vicky Trainor

Venue – Be All You Can at Rigwood Manor
Brides Dress – Truly Beautiful
Adult Bridesmaids – Poppy
Make-up – Make-up By Jo
Hair Styling – Adrian Wray of Chocolate

Flowers – Bels Flowers
Cakes – Just Darling Cake
Furniture – Peeling Paint

Silverware – Tea With Ruby

Chair Bows – What Katy Did Next
Glassware – Northern Lights Interiors
Little Bridesmaids– Lillian’s House
Little Bridesmaids tutus – Bo & Bo
Little Bridesmaids hair pieces – Designed By Zoe
Vintage Props & Dresses – Margaret Garbut
Jewellery – Rose & Aster
Hair Accessories – DC Bouquets

Behind the scenes images – Photography By Katie

Videos – Debbie Stogden Photography

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  – Images © 2012 Becky Mitchell and as credited where possible if different

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Amaryllis & Lace – A Styled Vintage Wedding Inspiration Shoot

February 13th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Oh I do like to start a new week in a flurry of pretty! This vintage wedding inspiration shoot was researched and organised by stationer Vicky Trainor and Becky Mitchell Photography. Pens were put to paper last Summer as ideas were jotted, concepts sketched and venue and industry collaborations were formed.  And then, they sent it to me!

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If you are looking for a girly, vintage vibe for your wedding day, these ladies have it absolutely spot on. 

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Flippin’ fabulous!  Be inspired…

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Vicky says: The design of the shoot is loosely based on the idea of taking areas of an artist’s old Victorian drawing room. A styled area of natural objects, organised and displayed to create a still-life, that would look fitting in the corner of any artist’s/designer’s studio. Using beautiful filters of natural light through laced windows, collaged walls, blooms of botanical prints on fabrics, old vintage drawers filled with amaryllis and flowering jasmine, lace wrapped pebbles, buttons made from shell and pretty hand sewn ribbons.

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Laced tablecloths, crochet edged stationery, bowls of lychees and blueberries lay alongside pretty home baked cakes decorated with frosted butter icing and blueberries and lace with an aroma of lemon and apple. The beautiful florals displayed in old stoneware were influenced by Victorian paintings that were playful and more natural in their arrangement, all in scented tones of white and antique creams with the occasional peacock feather.

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We wanted to use a venue that would allow the freedom to be able to use an empty room like a blank canvas, to create sets and styled areas that were in keeping with the Victorian period. So what would be more fitting than using a beautiful old Victorian manor, Rigwood House in Saltburn-by-the-Sea. They kindly allowed us to work in the whole of their ground floor for two days, and what fun we had. This venue sits under the umbrella of the name ‘Be All You Can’ and it is a fabulous spacious venue if you require somewhere to hold a more creative and a more personally styled wedding.

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We used vintage furniture from my own collection mixed with a selection from the company Peeling Paint. Helen Mawson of Bels Flowers arrived with her little van and wonderful bunches of sculptured amaryllis, roses, hyacinths, jasmine and potted pansies and the mix of their beautiful scent filled the room.

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Designer Helen Stevens of Surfacephilia and I began styling the room while Helen of Bels Flowers creatively made arrangements to fit beautifully into spaces using a wonderful collection of vases and small vessels from Northern Lights Interiors.

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A beautiful Japanese tea set was loaned to us by make up artist Jo Leversuch of Make Up By Jo and was filled with green tea and roses. The aroma of apple and lemon and cinnamon from the home baking was delicious and was produced by a new little home spun business called A Slice of Nostalgia. The 1970’s flocked nylon dress hanging on the collaged wall was donated by vintage specialist Margaret Garbut.

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The crochet and lace decorated lavender stationery was from Vicky Trainor’s Cotton & Herb Collection and the embroidered and appliqué signs and decorated lace ribbons were from The Vintage Drawer.

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Not only did Helen Stevens from Surfacephilia work on the styling of the photo shoot but she also agreed to be our ‘muse’ for the day, Helen wore a selection of dresses from Truly Beautiful, who are based in Guisborough as well as a pretty hand made organza decorated ribbon from DC Bouquets’ Mae Collection.

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The wonderful tussle of bohemian curls were created by hair stylist Adrian Wray of Chocolate and the beautiful make up was applied by Jo Leversuch from Make-up By Jo.

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This beautiful collection of imagery was produced by wedding photographer Becky Mitchell who also runs, with her husband Bob Mitchell, The Profile Gallery and Sitting Room Tea Shop in Saltburn-by-the-Sea. A big thank you to Bob who helped enormously over the two days. A selection of photography that focused on the detail from the ‘still-life’ table was taken by photographer Katie Byram, who supported and helped the team on the day of the shoot.

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Wedding Photographer, Debbie Stogden, also produced a series of videos from the day focusing on ‘behind the scenes’ footage which we hope you enjoy!

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Little Black Book

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Photography – Becky Mitchell Photography, The Profile Gallery and Sitting Room Tea Shop

Photography details of the still-life set – Katie Byram Photography

Styling & Stationery – Vicky Trainor & The Vintage Drawer

Venue – Be All You Can

Behind the Scenes Videos – Debbie Stogden

Styling & Model – Helen Stevens of Surfacephilia

Floral Styling – Bels Flowers

Cakes – A Slice of Nostalgia

Furniture – Peeling Paint

Bride’s Dress – Truly Beautiful

Make-up – Make-up By Jo

Hair Styling – Adrian Wray of Chocolate

Hair Accessories – DC Bouquets

Glassware – Northern Lights Interiors

Vintage Dress – Margaret Garbut

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All suppliers will be exhibiting at The Wedding Institute!  More details soon!

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  – Images © 2012 Becky Mitchell Photography and Katie Byram Photography as tagged, videos by Debbie Stogden

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