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modern vintage: a styled shoot in the north west

July 29th, 2016 | Julia Braime

Modern Vintage - A Styled Shoot (c) Love Luella (13)

Can we get a Fri-yay?! That’s right, it’s almost the weekend, but before we leave you to drink prosecco and dance on tables we’re sharing a gorgeous styled shoot put together by a talented group North West suppliers.

If you’re planning to add a vintage twist to your wedding day look, then we reckon this shoot will be right up your street as it features glamorous hair and makeup, Gatsby-esque accessories and vintage style dresses, along with a little fur and pearls.

Photographer Tash Evans-Jones of Love Luella, took the lead on this one while capturing all the pretty on camera and so we’ll leave the blog in her skilful hands to explain more about the concept and how it all came together…

With images by Love Luella.

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tash says: The concept and planning of this styled shoot came together within a day, working with local suppliers and venues that I’ve come across through the industry.

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I already knew Makeup By Harriet from the wedding circuit and we’ve dabbled in creative shoots before. Once I’d got Harriet on board I got in touch with two of the nearest venues to me: The Wynnstay B&B and Ruthin Castle, both of which are stunning. We then sourced our greenery bouquet and wildflower bouquet from Jane at Inflorescence Florist, based in Ruthin. Lastly we borrowed a 50’s style tea-length bridal gown from Cambric Gowns in Mold.

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One of my friends, the lovely Rebekah, kindly offered to model for us. The day before the shoot I had a brainwave to feature my own personal vintage wedding dress (that I sourced for, wait for it…£9.99!) to feature in the shoot too and so I persuaded MUA Harriet to model for us as well.

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emotive & natural: introducing kristian leven photography

July 28th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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The build up to a wedding, and the actual day itself, is one of the most important times of your life, which is why we’re so passionate about our readers hiring a talented wedding photographer to document the special day in all its detail.

To assist couples in their search we always recommend that they take a look at our ever-expanding ‘Suppliers We Love’ directory on the blog, which features some of the very best wedding photographers in the country. And this afternoon we’re delighted to be adding another pro to the list as we introduce our fabulous new Sponsor Kristian Leven Photography.

Self-confessed ‘softie’ Kristian prides himself on producing the story of the day in the form of natural and emotive pictures, including moments that the bride and groom might not have ever known about– meaning they don’t miss a thing.

We’ll now hand over the blog to the man man himself so that he can tell us more about the job he loves while showing off some of his seriously stunning photography…

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Tell us a little about your background and how you got into wedding photography…

kristian says: Before getting into weddings I primarily shot travel and street photography, and then, one day six years ago, I took my camera to a friend’s wedding and the rest is history.

What was it that attracted you to wedding photography specifically? 

The chance to document the day in a very natural way. Plus all the emotion – I’m a massive softie at heart!

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And what is it about your job that you love? 

Capturing those moments that might have been forgotten about or never known about in the first place. This is really what drives me on a wedding day, looking to fill in the blanks of the ‘story’, and the pay-off when couples get to see those moments they may have missed is tremendous.

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How would you describe your style of wedding photography and what is it that makes you stand out from others?

Emotive and natural, and putting my heart and soul into capturing those unique moments in an artistic way.

What is the feedback like from your clients? What do they love about your approach, service and images?

Thankfully really good! It feels a bit weird bigging myself up, so I’ll quote a recent comment left by my recent clients Laura and Clive: “Everyone who has seen the photos so far have commented on how incredibly talented you are and have congratulated us on finding such an amazing photographer. Having seen your work before we booked you we had total faith, but you far surpassed anything we hoped for. We so miss the day but your photos are an incredible reminder of it. The greatest gift we could ever receive.”

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What is the top piece of advice you would give to camera shy couples?

To know that it’s completely normal to initially feel a bit awkward – it’s not every day you have a guy you don’t really know taking pictures of you in your dressing gown! But after that first hour you’ll forget about me – you have much more important things to think about. And once the day begins proper, you’ll be so caught up in the emotion and joy of the day that I’ll completely drift into the background.

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summer lovin’. justin alexander for a colourful wedding in the north west – molly & luke

July 28th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Colourful Wedding in the North West (c) Stella Photography (5)

The warm weather may be faltering but today’s real wedding is bound to make you feel lovely and summery.

Bride and groom Molly and Luke, decided to let their rustic venue do the majority of the talking when it came to creating the right setting for their big day. They did however inject some fabulous pops of colour into the day in the form of seasonal blooms and vibrant paper pompoms. Simple, yet incredible effective.

There’s lots we love about this wedding, including Molly’s gorgeous pale blush dress, the super cheery décor and stunning naked-style cake.

With images by Stella Photography.

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molly says: We got engaged on 23rd November at home. I turned around to find Luke down on one knee with beautiful ring that he’d designed himself! He totally took me surprise. I had been away with the girls a week before and it turned out that while I was there Luke had been up to visit my parents and ask my dad for permission. This meant so much to me!

We set the date for 4th September, which was perfect for the late summer we had imagined.

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Our chosen venue was The Tithe Barn at Browsholme Hall in Clitheroe. We wanted somewhere unique with rustic and relaxed feel to it. The barn was perfect! It was the first venue we visited and we fell in love with it straight away. Rebecca and her team there were wonderful.

We didn’t want to introduce a wedding theme as such because the barn already has its own style. We just wanted to create a fun and relaxed atmosphere and to let the beauty of the barn shine though.  Luke loves superheroes so we did make sure that there were some sneaky super hero references dotted throughout the day, which included Lego superheroes in the buttonholes and superhero table names.

We chose a mixed pallet of colours for the day as we wanted pops of colour everywhere. We drew inspiration from the paper we chose for the invitations – it included muted tones of blush, orange, yellow, green and blue.

A Colourful Wedding in the North West (c) Stella Photography (108)

In keeping with the scheme I chose a pale blush pink gown which was Sincerity by Justin Alexander. It was A-line with a sweetheart neckline and I added a beautiful capped sleeve jacket over the top to make it unique to me. I bought it from Lulu Brown’s in Whalley- such a beautiful boutique! Kate and Jennie there were absolutely wonderful! I also wore Betty shoes by Charlotte Mills.

On the day of the wedding Nina Rochford MUA took care of my makeup and Claire from P&J Palmer in Whalley, styled my hair. I’d recommend both these ladies to other brides.

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petal perfectionists: introducing paragon floral design

July 27th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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As flowers are one of our very favourite wedding topics, we’re super excited to be introducing you to a fabulous new Premium Sponsor of ours today – the talented Paragon Floral Design.

Based in a wonderfully creative workshop in Oldham, there isn’t much that its experienced florist owners, Lisa Holroyd and Kate Whelan, don’t know about beautiful buds and blooms. Having worked together for more than a decade, the skillful ladies say they share a “geeky passion” for both the wedding industry and floral design, which you can see reflected in their stunning work.

Keen to create arrangements that are as individual as their clients, Lisa and Kate take their inspiration from a wide variety of sources and love showing how flowers can really bring the wow-factor to a wedding.

For more details on what they offer and the way that they work, we’ll hand you over to the lovely Kate…

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Can you tell us how did Paragon Floral Design come to fruition?

kate says: Paragon Floral Design came about after Lisa Holroyd and I had worked together in various places for about ten years, both in the UK and abroad. We both share a geeky passion for the industry and design in general. After running a chain of shops and an event studio in Bermuda we decided it was time to come home and do it all for ourselves. It’s been slowly coming together since we arrived back in the UK in 2013 and we have been busy with all the preparation, branding, wedding fairs and promotional gubbins since then! In amongst that Lisa had her second child and I gained a teaching degree (we do like to keep busy!) The website went live back in November and we are really pleased to have bookings coming in already. Lisa and I have the same work ethic, which is nice to have in a ‘work wife’. We are perfectionists so we know how important it is to ‘get it right’ on the big day.

What do you enjoy about working in the world of weddings? 

It might sound cliché but every day is different; one day you can be cleaning vases and the next you have a massive delivery of beautiful flowers to condition and sort out. Then the next week you might be in the office and in meetings all day discussing new jobs. We love the concepts, that every couple has a different view of their big day and it’s fun to get all those images together and create something new and unique. You meet so many different people; it’s an all-go industry!

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What is your favorite part of your job? 

For me it’s actually a moment you get on the big jobs, where the flowers are in, tables set, lighting is on and being tested and the music is playing. Just before we leave you get to see it perfectly intact, like the guests will see it just before the party. The calm before the storm sort of thing. I love that – it’s a bit emotional and makes me really proud.

For Lisa it’s the brainstorming with the couples, the making and setting up of an event too. There is a very unique feeling you get when you know you have been a part of helping clients create a beautiful memory. We basically love it all!

How would you describe the style of flowers that you create and where do you get your inspiration from?

Everywhere. We especially love texture and detail – creating new shapes, something a bit quirky but still elegant. We love architecture, nature, fashion and learning new craft techniques. We bounce ideas off each other too, that’s cool when you can say “hey what do you think about this?” and then it suddenly takes a new direction and becomes something awesome you never thought of. We like to spend time just creating, so we can show couples fresh ideas.

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What process will a couple go through if they pick you to supply their wedding flowers?

In the first instance couples can email or call directly if they like. Alternatively, we have a contact form on our website that they can fill in. We always respond within 24 hours and we will send out a wedding welcome letter with some basic info on it about us and how we work. It includes some basic price ranges too so that you can have a stab at a budget to work on. From there we usually have a phone call to get an idea of your vision and then set up a meeting to discuss the bits and bobs. If you are happy to pick us then we take a 25% deposit and you are booked in! We’ll then send you your mood board and you have a full-itemized invoice. Six weeks before the wedding the balance is due and up till a few weeks before we can make little tweaks as those extra guests accept, or you forgot about Aunty Marjorie who needs a corsage!

We collect all the info we need from you to deliver the bridal bouquets, set up the florals and then collect anything that requires doing so after the wedding so that on the day, there is nothing to worry about. Lisa and I are on every job we do. We make the flowers and set up, so all you need to do is be there to enjoy it.

Where do you advise brides to source inspiration from for their flowers?,

Every wedding is different. Pinterest is great and it’s a good source but many images are lit/ have filters added so that the colours you see are not really like that. Take into consideration your fashion sense and the colours you like to wear and how you’ve decorated your home? Sometimes you don’t think about that stuff but it really says a lot about who you are every day and we can use that to design something just for you. Take into consideration the venue and your wedding dress too. The style of the venue and the shape of your dress can dictate the feeling and style of floral designs. You don’t just need to show us images of flowers either, perhaps there is some art you like? A photo you love? We can use all that too!

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whole lotta history. a bespoke dress for a spring wedding in york – cheryl & james

July 26th, 2016 | Julia Braime

A Spring Wedding in York (c) Ryan Forster Creative Photography(69)

For this morning’s real wedding we’re heading to the historic city of York where today’s bride and groom got engaged.

Holding the city close to their hearts, Cheryl and James decided to continue their love story in York by tying the knot there too.

We love the pretty springtime colour palette, the gorgeous bespoke dresses and, of course, the charming setting.

With images by Ryan Forster Creative Photography.

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cheryl says: We got engaged on Valentine’s Day 2014, while we were away for a weekend in York. We went for a romantic meal at one of our favourite restaurants, Jamie’s Italian, where James got down on one knee – it was such a surprise! Apparently he had set the whole thing up with the manager of the restaurant to make sure we got a good table. The manager then presented us with a courtesy bottle of champagne to celebrate.

The wedding was on 30th April 2016. We choose this date because simply we wanted a spring wedding as it’s our favourite time of the year.

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Our chosen venue was Merchant Taylors Hall in York. We love York so much that had to get married there as it is a special for us. The Merchant Taylor’s Hall was a perfect rustic setting and it forms part of York’s history – the building is hundreds of years old. It was perfect size for the small intimate wedding that we wanted.

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mixing it up. mori lee for a romantic wedding at newton hall – colette & peter

July 25th, 2016 | Julia Braime

A Romantic Wedding at Newton Hall (c) Paul Liddement Photography (28)

Here at Brides Up north HQ we like to see things doing things differently, so when we heard about today’s couple’s ‘back-to-front’ wedding, we were intrigued to find out more.

With guests coming from near and far to celebrate their special day, bride and groom Colette and Peter, were keen for their guests to mix up, get to know each other and have fun. To assist, Colette and Peter planned a tea, scone and drinks reception, games, speeches and the meal all to take place before the ceremony – so come the main event and party that followed, all were totally at ease and well acquainted. Guys, we like your thinking – this could catch on!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Paul Liddement Photography.

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colette says: We got engaged on my birthday, 20th September, in 2014. Peter took me for a lovely lunch at a beach resort hotel in Ystad Sweden. After some food and wine we went for a walk along the beach and next thing he was down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Of course I said yes immediately.

Our legal wedding date was 16th May 2015. We got married at City Hall in Sweden, where we both live, when I was heavily pregnant. Although we were technically married I didn’t want to give up my dream wedding and dress so we decided to have a proper wedding and party the following year. The exact date was already taken at the venue so we decided to have it a week before. Now we can have two wedding anniversaries to celebrate!

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I’m from Billingham in Teesside and so we had our UK wedding in the North East at Newton Hall in Northumberland. We chose the venue because we felt it was a romantic yet quirky venue with its modern and traditional twists, which suited our personalities perfectly. As we had friends and family coming from Sweden, Denmark and the UK, the venue’s good transport links to nearby airports and great accommodation for our guests was also a plus point.

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The theme of the wedding was chic, romantic and fairy-tale. I picked this theme because I wanted my wedding to be my idea of a perfect wedding. I wanted to feel like a princess so I wanted a big dress, pink and sparkles but wanted it to be romantic and chic also.

We did our wedding sort of back-to-front so we had guests arrive at 1pm for tea and scones, then at 2pm a cocktail reception with Pimms and popcorn, at 3pm we had the speeches and sit down meal, at 6pm I went to change into my second dress, at 7pm the ceremony took place outside and then at 8pm we had the evening party with a live band.

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We thought a back-to-front wedding would be a good idea to mix the wedding up a bit as we were already married we wanted it to be fun and for our guests to be relaxed and in good spirits. Also many of our guests hadn’t met each other before due to being from different countries so having the games and the speeches and meal first enabled them to get to know each other.

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