August 1st, 2014 | Julia Braime
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July 31st, 2014 | Julia Braime
Lindsay and Ian’s big day at the iconic Ripley Castle in Yorkshire was sleek, chic, fun and fabulous… with a really big party at the end of it. Sounds exactly like our kind of wedding.
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, James Tracey Photography.
Lindsay says: We got engaged at the top of a mountain during a snowboarding trip to Tignes, France on Ian’s 30th Birthday. Ian rode all morning with the ring in his pocket unaware his pocket zip had been open! Luckily it was still there when the time came to propose!
We got married on 22nd February 2014 at Ripley Castle in Harrogate. We wanted a winter wedding to tie in with honeymoon plans to head straight to Thailand after the wedding.
We’d looked at a number of venues prior to seeing Ripley Castle and none of them felt right. As soon as we looked around the Castle it was exactly what we were looking for and booked straight away.
I never wear strapless dresses so I knew my dress would have sleeves of some description. Before I went dress shopping I saw my dress in a magazine and already knew it was the dress I wanted. I searched for shops who stocked Mori Lee and managed to find the dress I wanted and loved it as soon as I tried it on.
I’m not a massive flower fan so I wanted more greenery and a twig effect rather than roses. My bouquet was made by a florist called Elsie Russell in Shipley – they also made my mums bouquet when she got married.
My make up artist, Lauren Sally, was also amazing and we all loved our make up on the trial and on the day of the wedding.
I had two bridesmaids who had floor length evening dresses from House of Fraser by Ariella.
Ian had a custom made three piece tweed suit made on Saville Row by JLSA MONO Design.
We went for a bit of an indie style wedding as we both love music so this was heavily featured in our wedding plans. We also wanted to keep it a little vintage to keep in with the Castle theme. Our colour scheme was navy blue and green.
We handmade our seating plan which concentrated on our music theme of the wedding. Instead of table numbers we had our favourite bands as the table names and put the bands vinyl on each table.
Instead of a guest book we ordered a heart shaped jigsaw for guests to sign the pieces from www.notonthehighstreet.com
The centre pieces were floating candles and candelabras, and we had little navy blue and ivory chocolate love hearts as our favours. The bridal party all got tailored gift as an extra special thanks.
Neither of us are big sweet people so we went for the savoury option and had a five wheels of cheese cake. This was from Cheese and Chutney, Saltaire.
We used James Tracey Photography. I would definitely recommend James to others. He was exactly what we were looking for as we didn’t want structured pictures for hours but more of a documentary style photographer and James is great at this. We’ve had lots of compliments on how good our pictures look. In addition to this as soon as we met him we knew we wouldn’t be a bossy photographer and had a personality which would get along with us and our guests during the day.
We hired a band called ‘The Story’ who we booked through Warble Entertainment. They played a mixture of music but mainly indie. They had everyone up dancing all night, and their rendition of ‘Killing in the Name’ was a particular highlight!
The evening reception was probably the best part of the day. The band were amazing and it was great for the evening reception to turn into a massive party with everyone dancing all night.
We went on our honeymoon two days after the wedding. To start with we flew to Bangkok for three nights, from there we stayed on the island of Koh Pha Ngan for three nights where we stayed in an amazing hotel with our own pool overlooking the sea. From there we stayed in Koh Samui for four nights and then to finish off we went to Singapore for a couple of nights.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to have a spreadsheet! I had lots of spreadsheets and although everyone laughed at me and I had hours of jokes made about my organisation there wasn’t anything I didn’t know from looking at them!
I asked Ian to answer this question and his top tip to the groom was ‘just say yes’!
July 30th, 2014 | Julia Braime
Today’s wedding makes me yearn for fresher air, falling leaves and azure autumn skies. Fickle, I know.
Sarah & Adam chose a cosy pub setting and rustic, vintage style details for their snug celebration in the Lakes. Make mine a pint of Blond Witch please!
sarah says: We got engaged in New York – at the top of the Empire State building at night. It was freezing & Adam had to keep waiting for a quiet moment – which you don’t really get in December in New York! It was very special & we went out for an amazing meal that night to celebrate & watched the Christmas lights at Saks department store.
We were married on 16th November 2013 at The Wild Boar in the Lake District. We fell in love with the place the moment we stepped through the door – it has wood beams & open fires & was just the perfect cosy, vintage venue we wanted. It was also really important to us that all of our closest family & friends could stay at the venue & so it was just the best option for us. The grounds meant we had some amazing wedding photos that really captured the time of year in the Lakes.
We used a colour palette of golds, silvers and creams. I got vintage tea cups from charity shops to use on the tables & we used a lot of tea lights & more rustic flowers rather than stylised centre pieces.
We used Mark Newton Weddings for our photographs. Mark was recommended by a friend & we are delighted with the results. I would & have recommended Mark as he was so good on the day & worked so hard – we also had photo booth by Mark which was really good fun & we got some really great photos from this.
Mark also came up on Friday & spent the day taking photos of Adam & the ushers & dads doing clay pigeon shooting – we are really pleased that we did this as we have the whole weekend captured. It was very important for us to have a photographer that made everyone feel comfortable. Everyone loved Mark & he got some great pictures as a result.
Our day was filmed by Tiago & Sandra from All ByVideo who were amazing and worked really hard all day creating a 1.15 wedding film for us that we love.
My dress was from Bridal Apparel in Rawdon Leeds – I chose it because I loved the lace back & it wasn’t too big for the venue & for dancing later.
My mother in law made me a vintage brooch bouquet made up of jewellery from my Grandmas who have passed away.
I had five adult bridesmaids & they had two different dresses – three wore gold/cream dresses from French Connection & we added netting & belts . The other two wore silver from Phase 8. I also had three young bridesmaids from 3- 7 and they all wore silver sparkly dresses from Monsoon.
Adam wore a tweed suit from Next, altered to fit him perfectly. It really suited the time of year.
We used Flower Design based in Blackpool for the venue flowers & they were amazing. We used lots of gypsophila & apples & moss from the fields next to the venue to decorate as we wanted a very natural look.
My brother is a baker & he made a cake & cupcakes with snowflakes on them. We used a wood stand for the cake with some silver pine cones to decorate it.
Food is very important to us & so that was big factor in our choice of venue. The food at the Wild Boar is amazing –we were able to give our guests a three course meal with three choices for each course – ranging from a deli board for starter, Steak for main & White Chocolate Cheesecake for pudding. We bought our own wine from the supermarket to save a bit of cash & then just paid corkage!
For our honeymoon, we went to San Francisco, Hawaii & then Washington. We would go back to San Fran in the summer as it rained a lot when we were there but it was still amazing & we went to Alcatraz & did the Golden Gate Bridge on bikes in the torrential rain. We went to the Big Island in Hawaii & really relaxed – the food & beaches were stunning. To break up the trip back home we went to Washington to see all the sights.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy the whole process of planning & make sure you don’t compromise on the important things such as your photographer & videographer as they will help to create the lasting memories of the day for you.
July 30th, 2014 | Julia Braime
July 23rd, 2014 | Julia Braime
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!
July 23rd, 2014 | Julia Braime
“Bridal gowns transcend fashion, they are a timeless representation of the brides own style and personality.” Ian Stuart
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 22nd, 2014 | Julia Braime
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
July 21st, 2014 | Julia Braime
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.
Nikki says: 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!
The woman I see wearing my gowns is feminine, timeless in her styling and above all knows luxury and quality.
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.
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.
To see more and for stockist info, visit the Nicola Anne Bridal website.
July 21st, 2014 | Rachel Parry
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 18th, 2014 | Julia Braime
“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
Nothing like a bit of eye candy to get your Friday off to the right start, is there?
And this is the real deal.
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’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.”
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