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#GetSetSparkle. Its Time.

July 23rd, 2014 | Julia Braime

Brides Up North is getting ready to sparkle! (c) Cat Hepple Photography

Eek.

When you hear from me again, hopefully, it will be from our brand spanking new Brides Up North blog.

There’s lots of wallpapering, uploading and coding to be done behind the scenes, so bear with us for a few days while we slip into something a little more pretty…

See you on the other side!

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Lady Luxe. The Designer Series: Ian Stuart Bride

July 23rd, 2014 | Julia Braime

Ian Stuart Bride - Lady Luxe - 2015 Collection

Papillion

“Bridal gowns transcend fashion, they are a timeless representation of the brides own style and personality.” Ian Stuart

Ian Stuart Bride - Lady Luxe - 2015 Collection

Hummingbird

Of all the bridal catwalks I’ve seen, the ones masterminded by Ian Stuart are my favourite – colour, music, personality, cheekiness, beauty… and fabulous frocks: it’s like a very good day at the theatre.  And I love theatre. Lots.

So this morning I’m honoured to welcome a truly talented Northern export home to the pages of Brides Up North, as we sneak a peek at the marvellous Ian Stuart’s brand new collection for 2015, and hear about what makes this design genius tick.

Wedding. dress. heaven.  Right here.

Ian Stuart Bride - Lady Luxe - 2015 Collection

What sort of woman do you design for? 

Ian says: My collections are always very diverse, as are the women who wear them. As a designer- you can’t put all of your energy and creativity into creating one signature look for one type of woman. We no longer live in a society where we all fit into the same shaped hole, I believe it’s my duty as a designer to celebrate this. I’m known for my dramatic and theatrical creations, because no one else has a look like this, but I also create more demure, cleaned lined and sophisticated gowns, as well as those somewhere in between. I design for all women – this is evident on our Facebook page from all of the real bride’s photos we a share.

Ian Stuart Bride - Lady Luxe - 2015 Collection

Antillies

Ian Stuart Bride - Lady Luxe - 2015 Collection

What were your inspirations for this collection?

I’m always inspired by the same things, because these are my passions: music, theatre, couture, films, photographers, we live in such a creative world, the supply of inspiration is endless. But I was particularly inspired by the new Pink Martini album, which is a collaboration with the real Von Trapp family. The music is simply magical. I locked myself away, put my headphones in, absorbed myself in the exquisite sounds, and allowed my mind to conjure designs that flowed from the music. The album was also the central soundtrack to my fashion show, it was my favourite to date.

Ian Stuart Bride - Lady Luxe - 2015 Collection

Pracatan

What shapes, fabrics and embellishments were chosen for the collection and why?

Lady Luxe, as the name suggests, is about those luxurious details. I’ve carefully selected laces, beading and applique that I think will make brides feel more illustrious than they could’ve imagined. The way a bride feels I think, is far more important than the way she looks, as it gives her that stunning glow you only get from being in blissful joy.

I always include many silhouettes in my collections to ensure that any bride can find a shape that sculpts and compliments her figure. I’d never eliminate a shape just because it wasn’t ‘on trend’. Bridal gowns transcend fashion, they are a timeless representation of the brides own style and personality.

Ian Stuart Bride - Lady Luxe - 2015 Collection

Pink Martini

Ian Stuart Bride - Lady Luxe - 2015 Collection

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Cupcake Love. Alan Hannah For An Intimate Wedding At Carlton Towers – Catherine & Jonathan

July 22nd, 2014 | Julia Braime

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Kudos to Brides Up North reader Catherine for taking matters into her own hands and asking for her man’s hand in marriage!  One very sweet proposal and a lot of planning later, this small but perfectly formed celebration was the result.

With images by Rebecca Jones Photography.

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Catherine says: We got engaged in our living room on Friday the 13th January 2012! And I asked Jonathan to marry me! It was all such a secret! I nearly popped! I initially wanted to propose on his birthday at our favourite local cupcake shop and have the big question iced on the cupcakes,but the shop was closed for the week! Aaaahh! However the shop re-opened and I nervously ordered the cakes for Friday the 13th of all days! I was a nervous wreck all day!

I wanted that night to be just a “normal Friday night” so I sat watching a film waiting for Jonathan to finish work. We chilled out, listened to music and ordered our take away.Later I lit the birthday cupcakes and sang a wobbly and very nervous Happy Birthday! to which I presented the “WILL YOU MARRY ME?” cupcakes!

We have been together 15 years it sure was time!

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

We fell in love with Carlton Towers in Yorkshire. We visited their wedding fair and booked the day after for the following April! It is absolutely breath-taking venue, the rooms and surroundings are stunning. It was perfect for our small intimate wedding.

A themed wedding didn’t appeal to us and we felt the venue spoke for itself. From day one we only wanted to focus on our happiness and our guests.

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

I fell in love with my dress in a magazine and just had to find it! I chose and bought my dress 18 months before the wedding from the amazing Kellie at Wedding Belles of Otley in Yorkshire. I cannot thank her enough. My Wedding gown was Sorrento by Alan Hannah, it was perfectly me!

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

My beautiful bouquet was of David Austin Juliet roses. Emma at Beau Ideal Weddings close to Carlton Towers lovingly prepared all bouquets, buttonholes and table arrangements. I was overwhelmed with her talent and expertise she delivered for our understated wedding. Everyone was thrilled with her work. She made my dreams come true!

We chose the bridesmaids’ dresses to compliment the flowers. The navy and gold looked classy against the subtle but striking peach.

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography]

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

We had our wish of a small wedding but we involved all our special people as much as we could. My sister and niece were bridesmaids and Jonathan’s niece was a flower girl. There was no one else for such an important job as Jonathan’s nephew who handed us the rings! He looked so grown up and proud at his job and brought a tear to our eyes.

We were honoured to have Jonathan’s sister and brother for our witnesses and of course the cherry on the cake… my dad giving me away!

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Saying our vows was so special! Looking into each others eyes and making those promises to one another its truly magical moment you will never forget.

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

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Deluxe Couture. The Designer Series: Nicola Anne Bridal

July 21st, 2014 | Julia Braime

Nicola Anne Bridal - Duchess

Duchess

Whatever your inclination – big bash, small soiree, elopement or five day wedding fest – it’s a rare bride who doesn’t get excited about her wedding dress.  I’m relishing my unique opportunity to share so many stunning (hot off the catwalks) bridal gowns with you on these pages, as the designers send me the first shots of their brand new collections for 2015. 

This afternoon, it’s all about classical cuts, shimmering silks and demure elegance as I show off the beautiful new look book by Nicola Anne Bridal, and hear from head designer Nikki about her inspirations and influences.

I love my job.

Nicola Anne Bridal - Affection

Affection

My inspiration starts with choosing the wonderful fabrics and embellishments. Sometimes I instinctively know what I will do with a fabric and others just evolve into a shape. I am always looking for collection influence everywhere, and this can be in obscure areas, such as cloud formations!

Nicola Anne Bridal - 2015 Collection

The woman I see wearing my gowns is feminine, timeless in her styling and above all knows luxury and quality.

Nicola Anne Bridal - Beau

Beau

Our gowns are available in any size. We are able to offer made to measure and design changes as we are British Made. Our ‘Toile fit’ service is also available, which allows the Bride to make fit adjustments to a calico bodice before the wedding gown is completed.

Nicola Anne Bridal - Duchess

Duchess

2015 looks set to be an exciting year for the brand. We are looking at overseas markets as we have had interest from areas of the world who see our British “design and made”label as unique and high end couture.

Nicola Anne Bridal - Empress

Empress

To see more and for stockist info, visit the Nicola Anne Bridal website.

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Gorgeous Grandeur. A Simple & Stunning Wedding At Sheffield Town Hall – Dora & Matt

July 21st, 2014 | Rachel Parry

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

When I was a journalism student I recall going to Sheffield’s Town Hall to interview Lord Seb Coe and being instantly struck by the opulence and grandeur of the impressive building. Fast forward several years and I was recently back there interviewing a long serving BBC radio presenter which reinforced just how stunning the iconic Sheffield venue really is.

So when I spotted Rob and Dora’s beautiful wedding, photographed by the hugely talented Jon at S6 Photography, I was desperate to share it here on the blog to show others just how special the building is.

Some may think a town hall isn’t necessarily the most glamorous venue – but I’m telling you, it doesn’t get any more regal than this – cue spectacular stain glass windows, fine chandeliers and one heck of a marble staircase.

All this coupled with Rob and Dora’s simple yet striking styling makes for an incredibly swoon-worthy wedding.

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

Dora says: We got married on April 12th 2014 in Sheffield, which is where we met while attending Sheffield Hallam University. We chose the Town Hall in Sheffield, because of the amazing architecture and grandeur of the building. The amazing staircase in the middle of the main entrance was very appealing too.

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

We wanted the style of the wedding to be quite relaxed. In terms of colours, we used lots of green flowers against the white of the tables because we liked the country style feel. We also liked the clean white look and didn’t want anything too formal. Opulent Styling from Sheffield provided our chair covers and olive green sashes. Bev and Jean were great and helped make our day a success. We would definitely recommend them to other couples.

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

My dress was a vintage style gown from Phase Eight. I chose it because I wanted something a bit different, with embellishment, something slim-fitting (not meringue style) that was floor length, a detailed back, but especially I wanted it to be vintage style.

Rob wore a blue Reiss three-piece suit and with a light check while the groomsmen all wore grey three-piece Occasion suits.

My bridesmaids wore floor length grey/purple dresses from Coast.

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

I carried a bouquet of flowers from Floral Magic, based in Stocksbridge, Sheffield. I had a mixture of white tulips, paper whites, thesspi green bell, freesia, anemones, ranunculus, and a dusky pink rose.

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

Jon Dennis of S6 Photography was our photographer. I would highly recommend Jon because of the exceptionally high quality photos we have of our day. We knew that this was a once in a lifetime day and we are so glad that we have it documented from such a great photographer. Jon made us, and our guests, feel relaxed all day and all of our guests noted how good he was.

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

Our favourite part of the day was the ceremony itself. We were both nervous about seeing each other but as soon as we got together and hugged each other after walking down the aisle we relaxed. It felt very important that we were sharing our vows with all of the people who are important in our lives.

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

A Wedding at Sheffield Town Hall (c) S6 Photography

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Call It Magic. Eye Candy: Terry Fox’s “Siren Song” Collection 2015

July 18th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Terry Fox Siren Song Collection 2015

“I approach designing a dress as if I have an artist’s brush and a blank canvas in my hands; I need the picture to move and change as your eyes wander across the design, focussing on detailed embellishment along the way, and finding something new and even more intriguing on the way back.” Terry Fox

Terry Fox Siren Song Collection 2015

Nothing like a bit of eye candy to get your Friday off to the right start, is there?

And this is the real deal.  

Terry Fox Siren Song Collection 2015

First seen as an exclusive sneak peek in our Designer Preview post back in April, and still as boho and beautiful as ever, Terry Fox’s truly romantic collection for 2015 encapsulates “mystical creatures of the sea and the ancient call of the Siren song”.

Terry Fox Siren Song Collection 2015

Terry’s range stretches from gorgeously glamorous to simply elegant, or quirky, fun and vintage.  The team say “All designs are hand made in the U.K., so you are guaranteed quality workmanship and a perfect fit by a team that really care about you and your special day. We also offer a bespoke service to customize and coordinate all the wedding party to add a touch of individuality, with great finishing touches.”

Terry Fox Siren Song Collection 2015

Terry Fox Siren Song Collection 2015

Terry Fox Siren Song Collection 2015

For a list of Northern Stockists (including our lovely Featured Supplier Emma at LOVE Bridal Boutique), visit Terry’s website, here.

Terry Fox Siren Song Collection 2015

Terry Fox Siren Song Collection 2015

Pinterest fingers at the ready ladies…

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Tea For Two. A 1940s Wedding Inspiration Shoot At Denton Hall, Ilkley

July 16th, 2014 | Julia Braime

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

Its a pretty pop of nostalgia and romance at one of my very favourite venues this afternoon on the blog.

Brides Up North Featured Supplier Sarah of Leafy Couture got in touch to tell me about an authentic little bridal shoot that took place earlier this summer at Denton Hall in Ilkley.  With original 1940s bridal attire and military uniforms, a stunning setting and some carefully classic styling, I couldn’t help but share.

With images by Suzy Mitchell Photography.

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

Suzy says: Quite some time ago make up artist  Annabel Bailey and I discussed collaborating on a styled shoot – our ideas went through different incarnations but in the end, after a trip to Glory Days Vintage in York and chatting to Hayley the owner, we decided upon a late 1940′s bridal shoot. 

We certainly had some fun with it, not least because Annabel’s Grandfather had fought in the Second World War and she had access to the collection of his uniforms!

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

Denton Hall was the perfect choice as a backdrop to our shoot. It is a fabulous example of Georgian architecture, set in 2,500 acres of parkland and landscaped gardens. All of us have come to know Hannah Bairstow at Denton Hall over the years and she so kindly facilitated our use of the Hall, helping everything to run smoothly.

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

The lace wedding dress, veil and pink dress all came from Glory Days Vintage in York; Annabel and I drove over to York on a hot sunny day in June and had the best time with Hayley choosing props and clothing for the shoot. Her boutique is full of vintage finds and so worth a visit if you are looking for a vintage wedding dress.

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

Our friend Sarah Richardson of Leafy Couture in Otley produced a delicate bouquet with a flavour of the era and table arrangements to match the style of the shoot.

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

Our great friends at Iain Henderson Designs, makers of bespoke handmade engagement and wedding rings supplied the wedding rings and Barry Nuttall of Classic Wedding Car Hire in Skipton had just the perfect car.

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

Beth, owner of By Betty, provided fabulous hats to match the vintage dresses for the tea party which took place inside the Hall (as opposed to on the lawn as planned) due to the inclement weather. The dresses and hats complimented each other so well.

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

You might have thought that early June would have brought beautiful sunny weather! It was sun all the way in the early morning but by the time shooting began we were soaked! The rain meant that we couldn’t shoot as extensively as we would have wished but the light was fantastic. A special thanks to Nicole and Alex our models and also to my dear friend Andrea Pickering for her invaluable assistance in getting through the shots in a short space of time due to the antics of the weather.

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

1940s wedding inspiration shoot at Denton Hall (c) Suzy Mitchell Photography

Little Black Book

Images: Suzy Mitchell Photography

Venue: Denton Hall

Gowns: Glory Days Vintage

Hats: By Betty

Wedding Rings: Iain Henderson Designs

Styling & Props: Rose Pink Vintage

Bouquet: Leafy Couture

Stationery & Calligraphy: Claire Gould at The English Wedding Blog

Hair: Hannah D’Ath

Make Up: Annabel Bailey

Car: Classic Wedding Car Hire Skipton

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2014 Suzy Mitchell Photography

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#JoinTheNorthernRevolution… Our Brand New Brides Up North Facebook Group Is GO!

July 16th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Brides Up North (c) Cat Hepple Photography

I might have mentioned it a few times have total mentionitis about our brand new website look, which I promise should be launching on these pretty pages shortly.  I’m hard at work with my designers perfecting everything behind the scenes, and can’t wait for the big unveil very, very soon.

In the meantime though, the team here have been pulling our socks up a bit to get our social media offering in ship shape.  We really do want to offer you, our readers, the best overall Brides Up North experience possible – and believe that it should extend beyond the confines of these blog pages: to our real life exhibitions and our social media communications too.

If you already follow Brides Up North over on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest (especially Pinterest – it wasn’t around when I planned my wedding and I’m now a fully invested member of the walking obsessed) you’ll have noticed that we’ve upped our game a little.  We’re trying to share lots more content (and not always just re-posting what you’ll already find here on the site), industry news, inspirations, chatter and things that we think our readers will like across those mediums.

Quite a lot of traffic passes through my inbox on a daily basis (like giveaways, cool press stuff, notifications of flash sales or pretty, one off imagery) that for various reasons won’t quite make it into a blog post, but will definitely make it onto our live feeds.  If you’re not already with us, get it sorted… those links again… Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and the new kid on the block… Google +.  Join us!

Now, to the main feature.  Something I’ve thought about doing for a long time now is launching a dedicated Facebook Group as a place especially for my brides and industry friends to connect.  I meet a whole lot of you at my events – from both groups – and you’re all such a lovely bunch, that I think you might just get on. And there’s likely to be an even lovelier wedding for you readers at the end of it… those suppliers know their stuff.

For a while, I toyed with the idea of adding some forums to the blog instead, but Mr Zuckerberg is already doing such a good job of connecting people that we’ve decided to let him host the party, with our name above the door.

This is a Facebook Group for regional brides (and grooms!) and Brides Up North’s Featured Suppliers, exhibition exhibitors & industry friends to mix and mingle. 

I see this space as an "interactive" extension of our site – a space where my bride to be readers and industry professionals can talk directly with each other in an open forum, safely moderated under a Brides Up North roof.  There’ll be no hard sell, just help and guidance and useful connections.

On a personal level, as a lot of our “office hours” here at Brides Up North HQ are dedicated to managing our events, business admin, meetings and email enquiries, I spend a lot of long, lonely hours working on the actual editorial content for the site (often long into the night when the rest of my young family is finally sleeping!) and groups like this one are an excellent way of keeping in touch with my readers and supporters.

Please use this special space to ask and answer questions, share inspiration, links and recommendations… and lots of ‘em. 

I hope the group is used and useful.  You are invited. The Brides Up North Facebook Group is go!

Launched late on Tuesday night, just to “test the waters”, the group had 250+ members within the first half hour!  So, I’m getting the impression that you all like this idea, and for those of you who are only getting the memo now, we’d love you to join the party!  Don’t be shy, get involved and say hello.

It’s an open group (the more the merrier: we want to get those inspirational ideas flowing!), but I’m managing requests, so sign up here, I’ll click you in and I’ll look forward to chatting to you there.  Mine’s a Sauvignon Blanc please.   

I have a feeling that there’s going to be just a little Facebook procrastination going on in the near future…

#jointhenorthernrevolution

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Where The Wild Things Are. An Engagement In County Durham –Shane & Jessie

July 15th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Photography by Chris Parkinson

County Durham based photographer Chris Parkinson got in touch with his first ever blog submission, to share the engagement shoot of his best mates Shane and Jessie.  Well, he might be a newbie to these pages, but Chris is certainly no novice behind the lens, as this cool and quirky set of images shows.

Chris says: I was chosen as best man at Shane & Jessie’s wedding so thought it would be fitting as a gift to them if we did a pre-wedding shoot in the run up to the wedding around the local area where we live.  We have some spectacular woodland so why not go for a mooch in the trees & fields?

Let’s check out what they came home from the woods with, and hear Shane and Jessie’s love story.

Photography by Chris Parkinson

Shane says: I asked Jessie to marry me on Christmas Day – We had Jessie’s family to visit for Christmas, and after Christmas dinner I sent them on a treasure hunt around the village leaving clues at each place. The final clue led to me down on one knee.

We were married on Saturday 7th June in Piercebridge, Darlington.

Photography by Chris Parkinson

Photography by Chris Parkinson

We met on the mountains of Flaine (France) by chance whilst we were both working as Ski Reps. Jessie was from Shropshire & I lived 200 miles away in Durham.

Photography by Chris Parkinson

Our first date was spent skiing together on the mountains, nobody knew we were together so there was lots of sneaky kisses on the ski lifts. The date finished in a nice little French restaurant & a few too many drinks.

Photography by Chris Parkinson

I knew that she was the one for me when we came back to the UK, we lived 200 miles apart and I realised life wasn’t the same without Jessie so I upped sticks and moved to Wolverhampton.  I love her ability to always make me laugh, some people probably think she’s a bit mad but that’s why I love her.

Photography by Chris Parkinson

We’re hoping for a life time of happiness, fun and laughter.

Photography by Chris Parkinson

We actually wanted an engagement shoot with Chris because we’d seen some of his previous work and liked his alternative style.

Photography by Chris Parkinson

Photography by Chris Parkinson

The engagement shoot was lots of fun.

Before the shoot we collected Chris and his partner Sara (who are both great friends of ours) in our vintage VW Beetle (which was also Jessie’s car at the wedding) Unfortunately the Beetle broke down half way through the shoot in the middle of Hamsterley Forrest with none of us having any phone reception, although we did manage to get it up and running after a little while.

Chris asked us to position ourselves in some very obscure places but after seeing all the pictures he created it was well worth all the climbing on trees, rumbling in forests and rapeseed fields.

We framed a lot of the engagement shoots and displayed them on the wedding day. Chris also provided us with a book with all the pictures as a gift.

Photography by Chris Parkinson

Photography by Chris Parkinson

Photography by Chris Parkinson

We love Brides Up North as we have a bit of a passions for DIY weddings, Jessie spent lots of time on our wedding day doing arts & crafts. She loves to take inspiration from other people’s crafty work too

Photography by Chris Parkinson

Photography by Chris Parkinson

Photography by Chris Parkinson

Photography by Chris Parkinson

Photography by Chris Parkinson

Photography by Chris Parkinson

Photography by Chris Parkinson

Photography by Chris Parkinson

Congratulations Shane & Jessie!

Fancy sharing your own love story, engagement news or Real Wedding with Brides Up North?  Here’s how.

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2014 Chris Parkinson

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Snap Happy. Extra Shots For An Extra Special Wedding Album?

July 14th, 2014 | Rachel Parry

S6 Photography

Images in this set by S6 Photography

Wedding photographs have come a long way over the years. When my grandparents got hitched in 1960 they had just a handful of black and white photographs taken by my Granddad’s uncle. Fast forwards several years to when by parents tied the knot in 1982 and things had moved on a fair bit.

They hired a professional photographer to take their wedding snaps and there were plenty of lovely coloured images to create an album. That said wedding pics at that time tended to be more structured so there was the standard bride getting out of the car, groomsmen outside the church, confetti shots and traditional family and friend line-ups.

S6 Photography

Today however, almost anything goes in wedding photography. You can have a mixture of both black and white and coloured images, you can hire a photographer from the morning preparation right through to your guests passing out on the dance floor – you can even hire a team of photographers if you so wish.

Better still, there is the option of an engagement shoot, so you can learn to relax in front of the camera ahead of your big day to avoid an album full of coat-hanger style smiles. The bride can also have another bite at the cherry if she likes in the form of a trash the dress shoot, giving her another excuse to don her dream dress in front of the camera.

It is the big day itself though when the most important images are taken. For this reason some brides and grooms are requesting additional shots to ensure they have lots of lovely memories of their wedding day and some snaps that go beyond the traditional album.

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One idea to secure super special images is to travel to, or stop off at, a place that is dear to the couple for some extra shots, just as long as the chosen location is not too far away from the venue. So, for example, a couple whose real wedding I featured on Brides Up North recently, stopped off at Ladybower in the Peak District for some stunning shots with breath-taking backdrops as the picturesque destination was on the way to their reception venue from the church. Another couple (whose lovely images are shared in this feature – hello James and Kate *waves*) stole the opportunity to sneak off with their photographer for some sensational shots at Padley Gorge in Derbyshire, which was close by to their rural wedding venue.

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While some couples do like the idea creating a bumper album of wedding day memories, they worry that taking time out on their big day to get the extra shots will take them away from their guests for too long and will mean they miss out on some of the action. But there is an alternative – be it a slightly controversial one – have more images taken at a later date.

Yes, that means both the bride and groom can put on their wedding attire once again and pretty much have free reign on the location for the shots as they don’t have to be rushing back to guests. While some couples will find this an odd suggestion,others love the idea of another moment in front of the lens.

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But when to do it? A couple whose wedding photos are featured in this post braved to go where few others couples would and had their extra shots taken the day after the wedding. If you just groaned at the thought, you’re not alone. I imagine I will be looking far from my best the day after getting hitched, no doubt emerging from the honeymoon suite with remnants of makeup around my dark, sunken eyes and my hair in somewhat of a disorganised crow’s nest style while my dress will be in desperate need of a deep dry-cleaning session. But for careful couples, having extra shots taken the next day can be a nice way to extend that just-wed feeling and escape for a few precious hours as a new Mr and Mrs.

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If that all seems like a bit too much hard work, there is the option to leave it a few days, weeks or even months, in a sort of “rock the dress” fashion (just as long as you can both still fit into your wedding day get up that is).

And it’s not always the bride and groom requesting extra images as creative photographers are helping couples to push the boundaries. A northern couple, whose stunning extra wedding images feature here, had an evening ceremony in mainland Ibiza so their clever photographer suggested getting some fabulous coastal shots the following day. The very same photographer is also shooting an urban wedding later this year and has organised a second shoot with the bride and groom the next day to get some contrasting yet completing rural shots to create the perfect package.

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Images in this set by S6 Photography

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So what do you think Brides Up North?  Would you be up for a double exposure? We’d love to know.

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