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be your own kind of beautiful. an empowering styled bridal shoot in yorkshire

August 7th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

Empowering Styled Shoot (c) Bailey & Mitchell (10)

All brides are beautiful. We couldn’t agree more with this sentiment, which is so wonderfully captured in today’s styled shoot at newly opened wedding venue, Cherished Memories – a farm located in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Led by photographer Emily, who works alongside husband Micah, the shoot showcases the diversity of beauty, specifically among brides with a disability. And as Emily eloquently points out, a bride needn’t feel that she should hide this – it should be something that is proudly on show and as beautifully decorated as any other element of her special day.

Bringing on board a host of talented suppliers – careful, creative thought was given to the styling and flowers, with a bespoke arrangement even woven into the wheels of the model’s wheelchair. The result? A sumptuous and decadent shoot with a vintage edge – think rich berry and pink tones, gorgeous lace fabrics and cascading tulle veils – and for a contemporary cool twist – don’t miss the fashionable motifs on the model’s leather jacket too!

All in all, we think they’ve perfectly fulfilled the brief and can’t wait to see what the team does next. But for now, let’s admire this fabulous dose of utter prettiness and inspiration.

With images by Bailey and Mitchell. Model: Cherri Pi

Empowering Styled Shoot (c) Bailey & Mitchell (41)

emily says: The shoot promotes diverse beauty in the bridal industry. We were approached by our model, Cherri, to work together on a photo shoot and while looking for inspiration, we found that there was such a lack of representation of the disabled community in styled wedding editorials. We loved the idea of working with the team to show beauty in our model’s disability, while also showing that she isn’t solely defined only by her disability.

We also wanted to show strength and an edge to our model, so worked closely with the team to make sure that came through in the styling of the shoot.

Empowering Styled Shoot (c) Bailey & Mitchell (14)

Independent label Born to Thread provided us with some beautiful, edgy pieces of alternative bridal wear for the day, and florists Bloom and Bridal created some truly unique floral arrangements, weaving garlands of flowers around the wheels on Cherri’s chair.

Empowering Styled Shoot (c) Bailey & Mitchell (27)

We came across the location – Cherished Memories – while searching for the perfect place to hold our photo shoot, and as it was a new wedding venue in Yorkshire, we decided to check it out. The décor and grounds were absolutely beautiful, but also had their own unique edge that we felt fit the theme of the shoot. Everything was bespoke and made exclusively for the venue and Dawn, the wedding coordinator, was incredible to work with; explaining the history and meaning behind each piece of art and décor within the venue.

Empowering Styled Shoot (c) Bailey & Mitchell (2)

The flowers played a huge part in the styling of the photo shoot. Bloom and Bridal did a wonderful job on the day working with us to create beautiful arrangements both in the model’s hair and bouquet, and also a bespoke arrangement woven into the wheels of the wheelchair. We wanted to show how beautiful this important part of the model’s life could be, and that a bride needn’t hide her disability but have it proudly on show and as beautifully decorated as any other element of a wedding would be.

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relaxed romance: blush & navy for a wedding weekend at silverholme manor – zoe & tom

August 6th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson

A Pretty Wedding in the Lakes (c) Amy Jordison Photography (31)

In true stretch-out-the-celebrations style, today’s featured couple made a full weekend of their nuptials, with a pre-wedding meal on the Friday evening for their families and the bridal party, the big event on the Saturday and a party for all their guests on the Sunday, which included a chilly dip in Lake Windermere. That’s one way to shake off the fuzzy head the morning after the night before!

Having chosen a spectacular setting, Tom and Zoe didn’t need to go overboard with their decorations but an elegant blush pink and navy colour scheme, using an abundance of real and faux flowers to dress the rooms and slate on the tables as a nod to the local area. We love their idea for favours too – s’mores to toast on the outdoor fire pit, both sociable and delicious!

The bride, who delivered her own speech, wore a beautiful, strapless sweetheart gown with a mermaid skirt in tulle and lace and a beaded waist, offering a gorgeous silhouette for plenty of romantic lakeside photos. Ultimately, it’s the huge smile on both their faces that really make the photographs sing – as Zoe sagely advises; if you remember your wedding is all about you as a couple, it will show through in your day!

With images by Amy Jordison Photography.

A Pretty Wedding in the Lakes (c) Amy Jordison Photography (8)

zoe says: We got engaged on 12th February 2017. Tom had taken me to Berlin to celebrate my birthday; we had a great few days away, drinking lots of German beer and touring the city. When we came back, we went up to our flat and outside the door Tom said he had one more surprise for me. I thought it was going to be something for my birthday like some flowers or a little present, so when he made me put on a blindfold, I thought he was just playing up the surprise. We went into the flat and he left me waiting in the hallway for a couple of minutes before finally telling me I could come into the lounge. I walked in and the room was full of balloons and on the balloon strings were little pictures of us. I initially thought they were for my birthday until I saw a ring in the box on the table, along with a collage of all the anniversary and birthday cards we had given each other over the years. Tom got down on one knee and it was the biggest surprise of my life. Tom has always been disappointed as I am really good at guessing what my presents are, but I had no idea about this one – which was amazing! (How did the balloons get there? His mum and dad had come round earlier that day and done the whole thing: got my favourite flowers and put prosecco and strawberries in the fridge!)

A Pretty Wedding in the Lakes (c) Amy Jordison Photography (13)

We got married on 23rd June 2018. I wanted a winter wedding originally, but Tom was set on a summer wedding; when I realised a June wedding would mean peonies, I was more than happy to go along with what he wanted!

A Pretty Wedding in the Lakes (c) Amy Jordison Photography (1)

We got married at Silverholme Manor in the Lake District and had our reception in a marquee in the grounds. When you see the pictures of Silverholme, there’s no question that you’d want to get married there. The views are insane, the house is huge, and it meant all our family could stay in one place for the whole weekend. The day after we saw it, Tom said to me we should get married there and I was so happy!

I would recommend Silverholme to other couples as it is breathtakingly beautiful. It allows your nearest and dearest to be close by and you can really make a weekend of it. We stayed from Thursday to Monday and it felt like the most amazing holiday with both of our families and best friends. We didn’t leave the grounds for the entire weekend! Alex, the events coordinator, is so attentive; she is on hand if you need anything. It’s just such a fantastic place to be. We are hoping to be able to go back with all our family for our fifth (or maybe tenth) wedding anniversary.

A Pretty Wedding in the Lakes (c) Amy Jordison Photography (23)

We wanted to try and use a lot of local suppliers and we used slate for our centrepieces as it reminds me of the Lake District. I wanted a lot of flowers but a really relaxed vibe. Everyone commented on how relaxed the wedding was, which was great.

The colour scheme was blush pink and navy. I had always wanted navy bridesmaid dresses, but my sister beat me to it (she got married the year before) so I decided blush pink would be nice with the navy suits as it was light and summery.

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we fit together. a classic wedding at priory barn & cottages – charlotte & graham

August 3rd, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

A Pretty Wedding at Priory Barn and Cottages (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (56)

After a picture-perfect proposal on top of the Rockefeller Centre in New York, today’s couple tied the knot two years later at the bride’s local church before celebrating with family and friends at the serene Priory Barn & Cottages near Wetherby, West Yorkshire.

The marquee is perhaps one of the prettiest we have ever seen, with fairy lights and more than 70 paper lanterns, combined with a classy blush pink and navy colour scheme, giving us all those romantic feels. Look out for the fabulous confetti shot too – one image we think every newlywed couple would secretly like to capture on their big day!

We just love the favours handed out by the bride and groom – jigsaw pieces that created photos of the couple on each of their tables. And then there’s the giant balloons, hanging hearts, a flower arch and even more twinkly lights to add that something special to the gorgeous setting. We should probably stop swooning now and hand the blog over to Charlotte to tell us all about it – enjoy!

With images by Hayley Baxter Photography.

A Pretty Wedding at Priory Barn and Cottages (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (46)

charlotte says: We got engaged on top of the Rockefeller Centre in New York, on the 5th December 2016. For the final night of the trip, we had tickets booked to watch the sunset over the city from the Top of the Rock. After a nerve-wracking wait through security with metal detectors (which thankfully didn’t detect the ring!), we made it to the top just in time for the sunset. Graham then got down on one knee!

A Pretty Wedding at Priory Barn and Cottages (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (40)

We got married on 28th April 2018. We chose the date as we felt it gave us a perfect length of sunlight compared to other months with the added benefit of lots of spring blooms.

Our ceremony took place at St John the Baptist Church in Knaresborough. We chose this church as my mum and dad got married here over 30 years ago and I was also christened here. Plus, it’s a beautiful church in a perfect location in the centre of Knaresborough.

We hosted our reception afterwards at Priory Barn & Cottages. Even on a cold, dark January night we fell in love with the Priory on first sight. From the tree-lined driveway to the cottages framed with fairy lights to the beautiful marquee that we could completely style to our tastes – it was just perfect!

A Pretty Wedding at Priory Barn and Cottages (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (38)

We didn’t set out with a specific theme in mind, other than planning for a traditional wedding. We added a nod to our heritage by including English roses and Scottish thistles in our flowers. Our ‘jigsaw’ theme evolved from having jigsaws for favours (each table had one complete jigsaw which was a photo of us). We then had a table plan, table numbers and guest book also featuring the jigsaw theme. Little did we know our guests expanded the theme, thinking all the wood was dedicated to my maiden name!

We went for a blush pink and navy colour scheme. We liked the contrast and traditional feel of these colours and again, these were dedicated to our heritage.

A Pretty Wedding at Priory Barn and Cottages (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (48)

I wore a Maggie Sottero ball gown style dress from Hoops A Daisy in Wakefield. The dress originally had an illusion tulle high neck but was completely transformed to a beautifully delicate lace shoulder. These amazing alterations were undertaken by the fabulously talented Danielle McGilloway.

When purchasing the dress, I was 18 weeks pregnant and the dress was chosen to give me the best possible chance of fitting back in to my post-baby dress size.

Caroline Louise Professional Hairstylist did my hair and Jay Galton took care of my makeup.

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princess perfection: ian stuart for a classic wedding at allerton castle – carla & martin

August 1st, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson

A Classic Wedding at Allerton Castle (c) Joel Skingle Photography (45)

There’s a regal and romantic vibe running through today’s wedding with every element complementing each other beautifully; from the grand venue to the delicate blush colour scheme and the soft candle-light glow.

The floral displays are a real triumph, with glorious pink hydrangeas and roses taking centre stage. We also particularly love the luxurious flower garlands that line both sides of the staircase, where Carla and her mother made their entrance and proceed down the aisle. A truly beautiful spectacle – no wonder it was Martin’s favourite moment of the day!

Carla is breath-taking in a spectacular Ian Stuart gown with a tremendous silk train that gathers to deliver a sumptuous, ruffled effect. Topped with a detailed cathedral-length veil and a pretty headdress, she’s every bit the princess she hoped to be on her big day.

With images by Joel Skingle Photography.

A Classic Wedding at Allerton Castle (c) Joel Skingle Photography (62)

carla says: We got engaged at Yorebridge House, Yorkshire, in October 2016. We were in a beautiful room called Rahmoune, a Moroccan hot tub room with a private garden. It was our two-year anniversary and Martin had surprised me with a night away. We were drinking prosecco in the hot tub while listening to our favourite singer Frank Turner. Martin came back to the hot tub after refilling our drinks and he literally slipped on to one knee and asked me to marry him! My step sister had got married at Yorebridge House the year before, so it was all that much more personal.

A Classic Wedding at Allerton Castle (c) Joel Skingle Photography (38)

We got married on 2nd June 2018. We chose the date because we wanted spring/summer wedding and, on a personal note, my grandma has dementia and we wanted to make sure it was in enough time to ensure she really could enjoy it the best she could!

Our ceremony and reception took place at Allerton Castle near Knaresborough. Martin and I wanted a venue that was personal and inviting – kind of like a large house/garden-party vibe. We both fell in love with Allerton Castle the minute we walked in. Its aura, its beauty and the atmosphere just had exactly what we wanted in a venue. I would recommend Allerton Castle to anyone; the staff there are so incredible, the venue is stunningly beautiful – they go above and beyond to make sure your day runs perfectly without you having to worry about anything. Jessica and Hannah, the two main wedding co-ordinators, are amazing!

A Classic Wedding at Allerton Castle (c) Joel Skingle Photography (29)

Theme-wise, we wanted to go for a romantic, classic style that would accentuate Allerton Castle, with flowers being a focus and a noted presence of roses. Martin’s late dad had grown amazing roses, so it was our nod to him throughout our day. We also carried the theme of music throughout the day, with lots of live music as the day went on.

Our colour scheme was dusky/blush pinks with a hint of blue. We chose this to lighten the venue with a summery vibe and to keep the soft and romantic look.

A Classic Wedding at Allerton Castle (c) Joel Skingle Photography (25)

When it came to my dress, I knew what kind I wanted as soon as I got engaged. I kept looking close to home and everyone mentioned Ian Stuart as a designer that I needed to see. I went to Ian Stuart’s Blewcoat boutique in London and fell in love with my dress. Ian Stuart made changes to the dress to suit what I wanted and added a longer train and cathedral veil. The dress was fitted to the hip and then flowed with silk layers. It had that romantic princess look I was dreaming of. It was my dream dress.

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distinctly different: introducing along came eve bridal boutique, chester

July 31st, 2018 | Julia Braime

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Many bridal boutiques recommend you begin your dream dress hunt between 12 and 18 months in advance of your big day, which means ladies getting wed in the latter half of 2019, it’s time to get your search on!

Picking which gorgeous bridal boutiques to visit can be tricky as you want to give yourself enough choice but without becoming too overwhelmed. As such, it’s a good idea to look for those that stock a fabulous line up of differing designers to help present initial options of varying shapes and styles.

It’s perhaps very timely then that we introduce one of our most recent Sponsors to the blog today, fabulous mother and daughter team Kendal and Moira of Along Came Eve Bridal Boutique. Located in the gorgeous historic city of Chester, the rails of this welcoming boutique boast an incredible selection of designers that each offer brides a different look; from elegant lace numbers, to heavily detailed designs, sexy silhouettes and boho beauties.

With backgrounds in bridal and fashion, Kendal and Moira are well equipped to help ladies find that one special dress and are proud of their personal approach and exciting range of dress designers that provide stunning gowns that are a little “out of the ordinary”.

And as if that wasn’t enough to tempt you through the boutique’s doors, Along Came Eve will be holding its Summer Sample Sale on Sunday 19th August, when brides-to-be can bag an ex-sample gown at a bargain price, with some dresses reduced by more than £1,000 – just think of the bridal shoes you could buy with that saving!

So, let us leave you in Kendal’s capable hands as she talks us through her lovely family-run boutique…

Boutique images by Orphic Photography, gown images by Willowby, supplied by Along Came Eve.

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How did you become involved in the wedding industry and what led you to set up your own boutique?

kendal says: We are a mother and daughter team. My mum Moira had her own couture bridal studio when I was growing up and that kick-started the passion for bridal. Moira’s career took her into the clothing industry where she still works as a Technical Director for a leading clothing production company.  After following different career paths, we came together to start Along Came Eve and combined our passion for all things bridal.  We have always wanted to have our own business together and our strengths make us work really well as a team.

Where is your boutique located and how would you describe the look and feel of it?

We are based in a gorgeous Grade II listed building on the historical rows of Chester city centre. Our boutique is light and airy with pops of colour throughout and an atmosphere that provides privacy and comfort for all of our brides.

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What designers do you stock at Along Came Eve?

We stock eight fabulous brands at the boutique. Enzoani, a flagship collection that oozes detail and sophistication with sexy silhouettes and delicate beading. Blue By Enzoani, which is a sought after collection that brings a modern twist on classic looks with plenty of detailed fabrics and textures. Rosa Clara Couture will be landing in the boutique in autumn 2018 and offers a fashion forward and super elegant collection with dramatic details. We also stock mainline Rosa Clara, which features beautiful fabrics, amazing details and classic design. Martin Thornburg for Mon Cheri, is a collection where pretty meets sexy, with modern necklines and incredible detail! Then we have the Watters flagship collection, which combines exclusive laces and exquisite silks with fashion forward design. Willowby By Watters, is their super soft, boho inspired collection that is not only stunning, but also so incredibly comfortable to wear. Finally, Agnes provides a truly special collection with each piece handmade to order in Poland, using unique laces, stunning design and fantastic attention to detail.

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How do you select the right designers for your boutique and what do you look for in a collection?

Our main objective is to have a point of difference between each of the brands that we stock. We chose from collections that we adore and look for something out of the ordinary. We did our research and didn’t want to be one of those stores that has the same lace dress ten times over.  The quality of our gowns is so important to us, we look for brands with super high standards and real identity for their brand as these designers produce fabulous collections season after season.

What trends are proving popular with your brides at the moment?

For us, classic silhouettes and fabrics are certainly on the rise! Our brides are loving crepes georgettes and Mikados at the moment with classic boat necklines and super detailed backs. We think there will be more of this in future collections with embellished details coming forward ahead of lace.

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What preparation would you advise brides to do before visiting the boutique?

We advise ladies to take a look at the websites of the designers that our boutique stocks and screen shot or pin dresses that they love, we will then take a look at these with the bride when they arrive at our boutique and help them pick out the dresses in store. We also give our brides some advice around what to expect from their appointment with us i.e. how long it lasts, who to bring along, what underwear to wear. We find our brides really appreciate this bit of advice as it makes them feel more comfortable with the process before they get to us. Most brides find dress shopping a really daunting experience so being prepared really helps to calm the nerves!

What can brides expect from an appointment at Along Came Eve?

Firstly, all of our bridal appointments are completely private. When a bride arrives for her appointment she is welcomed to our boutique and then taken upstairs to our bridal showroom along with her friends and family. We will then talk the bride through the dresses and take a look at her inspiration photos pulling out any dresses she has highlighted (they can look very different on hanger in comparison to press shots).  We make sure the bride is totally comfortable and knows how many dresses she will have time to try on during her appointment.  We then leave the bride and her entourage to look through the dresses and make her choices returning within five minutes to take them through to our separate fitting room, where we fit the dresses in private and then the bride gets to make a grand entrance to her waiting party.

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What size and price range of dresses do you stock?

Our samples range in size from an 8 to an 18 with the majority being a 12 or 14. Our prices range from £1,200 to £4,000.

Do you stock accessory ranges at the boutique?

We do, we have beautiful handmade tiaras and hair pieces from UK based Miranda Templeton and stunning veils from Nieve Couture with a bespoke veil service from Joyce Jackson. We also stock stunning silk flower crowns from UK based Frida Flower Crowns, faux fur accessories from Helen Moore and stunning hand painted, vegan-friendly biker jackets from Lucky Sew and Sew.

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marsala magic: a cosy winter wedding at the oak tree of peover – natalie & paul

July 31st, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson

A Winter Wedding in the North West (c) Nik Bryant Photography (65)

Love Island is over (and we’ve already got #TeamJani withdrawal, we’re loyal like that). What’s a good wedding blogger to do?

Bring on the winter weddings.

It’s hard to imagine winter ever existed as we roast our way through this incredible heatwave, but today’s real wedding is here to remind us how magical winter nuptials can be; with roaring open fires, candlelight and inviting colour schemes, just like Natalie and Paul’s celebrations. They chose marsala as a key colour for their wedding, which evokes feelings of warmth and cosiness on the coolest of days and is dramatic and festive on the photographs.

To continue the cosy theme, the couple decorated the wedding breakfast with fairy lights draped from the ceiling and placed giant love letters behind the top table, which looks wonderfully effective as the daylight begins to fade. For an autumn or winter wedding the lighting is so important – balancing your light levels using plenty of different, gentle light sources enables your photographer to get some fantastic, atmospheric shots and really capture the ambience you’ve worked so hard to create.

Natalie and Paul share a love of travel, so the map of the world they used as a table plan is a great idea to bring their personalities to the fore. They also dotted photographs on little easels throughout the wedding breakfast of their adventures, which is a lovely, personal touch. We also love the photo opportunity at night, when all the guests line up and wave sparklers for the couple to walk through – another magical use of light!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Nik Bryant Photography.

A Winter Wedding in the North West (c) Nik Bryant Photography (20)

natalie says: Paul and I got engaged while we were on holiday in America on 25th May 2016. We were in Austin, Texas, and, after eating our bodyweight in delicious barbecue meat in Franklin’s BBQ, we climbed to the top of Mount Bonnell, which overlooks Austin city and the Colorado River. There’s a superstition that says couples who hold hands the whole way to the top without letting go will be together forever, so we decided to give it a go (harder than it sounds in the humid Texas heat!). When we got to the top, we found a secluded spot overlooking the river to cool down and Paul got down on one knee and popped the question. The ring was so beautiful that I couldn’t believe he’d chosen it all by himself!

A Winter Wedding in the North West (c) Nik Bryant Photography (1)

Our wedding date was 18th November 2017. We really wanted it to be cosy and intimate, so we thought a winter wedding would be perfect, but this date also left us enough time for a longer honeymoon before Christmas!

We had our ceremony at St Cross Church in Knutsford. The church was really pretty and, as soon as we went in, we felt really welcomed by everyone, so we were so happy to be able to get married there! Our wedding reception was at the Oak Tree of Peover in Knutsford, Cheshire. We loved the venue as soon as we saw it! It was so cosy and rustic and was beautifully decorated. We couldn’t recommend the Oak Tree of Peover enough, particularly for a winter wedding with its lovely fire, fairy lights and ivy. It was the kind of venue that looked amazing without adding anything, but there was plenty of space to add personal touches if you wanted.

A Winter Wedding in the North West (c) Nik Bryant Photography (39)

On the day of the wedding, we travelled between the church to the reception venue in a car hired from Broadoak Cars. We weren’t sure about hiring a car as both venues were so close but it meant we got some good quality time together to take a breath after the ceremony, and the driver was great at helping me get my dress into the car!

A Winter Wedding in the North West (c) Nik Bryant Photography (37)

Our colour scheme was marsala and dusty pink, with olive and gold. We wanted the darker red as a nice contrast to my white dress and it felt perfect for a winter wedding, whilst the softer pink and olive helped to keep it warm and cosy.

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