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california dreaming. a palm springs inspired styled hen do shoot

August 2nd, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

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If the sunnier climes up North this summer have given you a taste for the sun drenched, carefree life, then we have the perfect styled shoot for you today, as we transport you to California to provide inspo for that other big day in your life – your hen do!

Led by Natasha, stylist and creator at planning and styling company Want That Invite, the shoot is a dreamy, colourful affair bursting with fun factor – everything we could want from our celebrations with our girl squad in tow!

There are gorgeous prints, palm trees (of course), rainbow bright cocktails, balloons and cake pops to get the party vibes in full swing. And it all takes place in a back garden in the North West of the UK, no less – so no airfare required! We’re just wondering if we even need the excuse of hosting a hen do to recreate this beauty ourselves?!

With images by Cherished Memories Photography. Model: Sophie Baines

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natasha says: We decided to create this shoot to show our clients what can be achieved in their own back gardens. With the help of us at Want That Invite, and our dream team of suppliers we can transform any space to suit their needs.

California is a popular hen party destination, but this is not always easy to get to (think money, flights and getting everybody to commit). So, instead, we decided to bring California to the UK!

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Our colour scheme was inspired by Palm Springs’ architecture; think pastel pinks paired with geometric shapes. The shoot’s overarching theme is California dreaming with a ‘party in Palm Springs’ concept.

We wanted the party to be relatable and to show what’s possible with the help of a planner and stylist. We selected a colleague’s garden as the venue for the shoot, which was fairly neutral with pastel grey fences and no bold flowers or decor. We knew it was the ideal spot for our shoot as we loved the different areas available. There was a grassed area for the picnic, decking for a seating area and also a great long fence for the Photo Booth (supplied by Vivalabooth) to go in front of. It wasn’t overpowered by bushes or trees, which meant our styling was the focal point.

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A variety of styling elements were taken into consideration when designing this shoot – from the patterns on the picnic rugs, to the colours of the placemats and cushions. Modern elements were introduced with the use of gold cutlery and Perspex name-tags and signage, with stationery supplied by Ever After Paperie and favours from Team Hen.

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Beautiful fresh florals were introduced to add pops of colour to the picnic table, the drinks cart and even in the bride-to-be’s hair, supplied by the talented Milly Davey Flowers. Even the desserts, crafted by Honeywell Bakes and Polka Pops, were styled to match with the theme – think palm trees and pineapples.

We wanted the attire for the shoot to be relaxed, fun and realistic to what would be worn to a garden party. But we wanted to add a statement piece, which is why we decided to get Bee Davies Illustration involved. She created a bespoke denim ‘Miss to Mrs’ jacket to add to the relaxed atmosphere.

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rachel’s wedding diary: the proposal

January 12th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

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Hold the blog ladies! My boyfriend has only gone and put a ring on it! That’s right, i’m engaged – I can now call my other half “my fiancé” and I own a ‘wedding planning journal’. I waited oh so (not at all!) patiently and, lo and behold, my lovely Andy popped the question on 21st December, making the recent festive season all the more memorable and exciting.

Having read hundreds, if not thousands, of engagement stories through our real wedding features on the blog, I always thought I would see a proposal from my own boyfriend coming a mile off. Previously Andy only had to suggest a walk on holiday, or sitting for a rest on a particular bench, and I’d feel the hairs on the back of my neck stand to attention. But unbelievably I was caught off guard.

You see he double bluffed me. Unfortunately for Andy, having a girlfriend that works in the wedding industry means quadruple the usual pressure to propose. Add into the mix that I’ve turned 30 and have a mum who is desperate to see her only daughter walk the aisle, and it’s no wonder he wanted to throw people off the proposal scent – so he could do it his way, in his time. And that’s exactly what he did!

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He’d made it clear that he wouldn’t be getting down on one knee when anyone would expect it, surely that ruled out holidays, birthday and Christmas (or so I thought). And so, when he suggested a pre-Christmas day trip to Manchester no wedding-on-the-horizon alarm bells rang. We go to the city fairly often for shopping, bars, restaurants and gigs – I easily accepted this was merely an excuse for a day drinking all things mulled (until we were in a similar state) at the city’s Christmas markets.

On reflection he’d been a little snappy in the days leading up to the trip (I’d even told him to cheer himself up or he would ruin Christmas!) but he blamed his short temper on being busy with work. It turns out he hadn’t told a single soul his plans so it’s no wonder he was pent up.

Just before getting off the train in Manchester he’d said there was a coffee shop he wanted us to head to – as a coffee connoisseur this was expected – I happily followed him to the location he’d tapped into Google Maps and then when we arrived outside the Central Library by The Midland Hotel, found myself looking around for what turned out to be a fictional coffee shop. He’d mentioned it being cold and I noticed his hand tremor a little, but still nothing. Then, just as I was about to suggest the coffee place could be inside the library, he plucked a ring box from his pocket and got down on knee in St Peter’s Square.

My hands reached to clasp the side of my face and my first response was “you’re doing this now?” – I didn’t have Andy down as the public proposal type, another reason I wasn’t able to suss it out in advance. Gathering a little composure, I managed a “yes” before covering him in a shower of lipstick-imprinting kisses.

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As it was raining most passers-by had their heads down, so we weren’t too on show and we celebrated with the obligatory just-engaged selfies and ask-strangers-to-take-our-picture-photos (which also earned us a few hugs). This was soon followed by the Facetiming, phone calls and texts to our nearest and dearest before announcing the news on social media later that day.

Keen to keep the proposal top secret, Andy had asked my dad’s permission way back in the summer and he proposed with a £20 Amazon ring (which I have to say looked like the real deal) as my mum, who may have exploded with excitement had she known about Andy’s plans prior to the day, was the keeper of my real engagement ring. This is because my pretty gold band, complete with three delicate diamonds, previously belonged to my nan, and my mum had kept it safe in her possession after we sadly lost my nan in 2016.

I take it as an amazingly good omen that I have her engagement ring on my finger entering into marriage as she and my grandad were most definitely one of the most in-love couples I’ve ever known; meeting as teenage sweethearts and enjoying more than 50 happy years of married life together. My nan and I had also spoken about my (at that point hypothetical) wedding day many times, and if she were still here now she would undoubtedly be involved in the plans and the picking of the dress, though having her ring makes me feel like she is part of the journey.

The rest of mine and Andy’s day in Manchester was spent drinking prosecco at The Midland Hotel then consuming pizza and cocktails in The Northern Quarter before returning to Sheffield to celebrate with my brothers and their partners in the pub where Andy and I had our first date.

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So now the real fun begins, right?! I’ve already found myself reading the blog content in a different way, thoroughly absorbing what our featured brides and suppliers say. At this point I’m not sure if my experience in the industry means I’ll be extremely well equipped or incredibly overwhelmed, but I’m so excited for what’s to come and sharing my wedding planning story with you. Prepare for updates on the venue and suppliers that will help to shape mine and Andy’s day – as well as a few melt-downs and dilemmas, I’m sure!

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all mapped out. a pretty wedding in st andrews – hetty & fred

December 12th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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“Be organised” – these are the words of wisdom from today’s bride who planned her beautiful big day with military precision. The high level of organisation meant that when the wedding day arrived, both Hetty and her beau Fred could just relax and enjoy the proceedings.

Making the day both pretty and personal, the crafty duo incorporated special touches through handmade décor and chose a venue that will always remain close to their hearts.

With images by AnnaJoy Photography

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hetty says: Fred had initially planned to propose during a surprise long-weekend in Paris that he’d organised for our sixth anniversary. Unfortunately, he was called for jury service for an eight-week trial around four weeks before our anniversary so the trip was cancelled. We still had a special anniversary weekend at home in London and Fred popped the question in the Italian Garden of Kensington Gardens, after a long walk through Hyde Park. It was a beautiful, sunny winter’s day in London and was absolutely perfect. Better than Paris! After I’d said yes, he took me for afternoon tea at the Renaissance Hotel at St Pancras Station, marrying my love of afternoon tea with his love of trains!

Our wedding day was 30th April 2016. We were married in St Salvator’s Chapel at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. We actually met for the first time in the chapel, singing in the University Chapel Choir. We met on the first Sunday of fresher’s week in our first year, and sang together throughout all four years of university. We graduated in 2012 but the chapel is still symbolically a huge part of our relationship. We know the organist and university chaplain very well, so it was an obvious choice for our wedding. The chapel is also stunningly beautiful, which helps!

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Our reception was at Lower and Upper College Halls, opposite the chapel in the main university quad. The wedding breakfast was in Lower College Hall, and then then ceilidh and dancing upstairs in Upper College Hall. We had actually both sat exams in those rooms over the course of our university career so it took a bit of imagination to see it as our wedding venue, but the lure of having the reception and wedding all within the beautiful setting of the quad was too much to resist.

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vintage class. jenny packham for a winter wedding at pendrell hall – sarah & jamie

August 4th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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This morning we’re sharing a beautiful winter wedding on our pretty pages, perfect for those of you planning your big day for the colder months of the year.

Super stylish and personal, Sarah and Jamie’s November wedding features stunning attire, gorgeous handmade décor and details, plus out-of-this-world flowers. Let’s get straight into it…

With images by Jonny Draper Photography.

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sarah says: We got engaged on Christmas Eve 2014. I love Christmas now as much as when I was little and we were excited about heading back to my family’s to celebrate. On top of this Jamie’s birthday is Christmas day so it’s always a fun time of year for us. Prior to heading back to Southport for Christmas Jamie suggested a walk around Sefton Park, in Liverpool, which is just down the road from where we live. We spend lots of time in the park either on winter walks, picnicking or barbequing with friends, so it’s a place that is close to our hearts.

It was a gorgeous wintery morning and as we got to our favourite spot in the park Jamie stopped and pulled out the engagement ring. The ring was a vintage ring that had been Jamie’s gran’s engagement ring. She had passed it down to Jamie for him to give to his future wife. Needless to say it was an emotional moment and before Jamie could even get his words out I started to cry! It came as such a surprise! Once I could speak again I obviously said yes! I love vintage things so the ring was perfect. We then travelled home and surprised my family with the news (although Jamie is rubbish at keeping a secret so some of them already knew he was going to ask) and subsequently spent the rest of the festive period drinking champagne and celebrating with friends and family!

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We got married on the 27th November 2015. We knew we didn’t want a long engagement and liked the idea of a winter wedding so when the venue had this date available we snapped it up!

We got married at St Nicholas Church in Codsall, Staffordshire. It was important to both of us to have a church wedding. Our reception was at Pendrell Hall in Codsall Wood, which is a beautiful country house, exclusive use wedding venue. It was actually the only venue that we looked at. We knew we wanted somewhere exclusive, somewhere that had accommodation for our closest friends and family and somewhere that fitted in with our style. Once we saw Pendrell Hall it ticked all the boxes! We fell in love with the big reception room and all the old style features so booked it there and then.

A Classic Wedding at Pendrell Hall (c) Jonny Draper Photography (66)

We didn’t really have a theme as such but my individual style and the venue nodded towards vintage. We wanted the day to be relaxed and personal to us with a real sense of family.

I didn’t really think we had a colour scheme as such either, but on reflection I would say it was ‘wintery’ to reflect the time of year. We went for dark and rich coloured bridesmaid dresses and suits and chose wintery Marsala themed flowers to fit in with the season.

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Rose Gold: A Vintage Inspired Dusky Pink Styled Shoot In The North West

May 2nd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Today we join a very talented collective of North West wedding suppliers for a dreamy vintage inspired bridal shoot sent to me by Emilie of Dotmoxee Photography.  Be inspired, and let this loveliness get you excited about something very special coming up your way soon North West…

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Dotmoxee Photography say:  As wedding photographers we’ve always found ourselves flicking through a good home and fashion magazine, reading about the latest wedding trends, and thinking about our next inspiration shoot.  We always aim to keep our work up to date, as well as working with like minded suppliers in the North West.

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We met Francesca (Cheshire Cat Cake Company) back in November at a wedding fair and where amazed by her talent. Naturally we both liked the idea of collaborating and decided to extend the invitation. 

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Francesca from The Cheshire Cat Cake Company says: When Emilie (Dotmoxee Photography) approached me to join her in a vintage shoot in Sale, Cheshire, I jumped at the chance. Having great photographs of my work is essential to capture intricate elements of my bespoke designs and also appeal to the modern sophisticated bride.

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We agreed to use the gorgeous palette of dusky peach and rich gold colours as our theme and after showing off our mood board we soon had our bridal shop, florist, venue stylist & head pieces on board. Now we just required our model for the day and a make up artist to complete the team. 

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The biggest challenge was finding a date when everyone was available, but once it was set we were all committed to the shoot. The day itself was gloomy at best (chance of snow, light showers) but with a glimmer of sunshine we took our chances.

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As the rain came down Chris Gratin (Beautifully Vintage) worked her magic and styled an area in Pearl Bridal Boutique (Sale). Chris is a real treat to have on a shoot – her enthusiasm counter balanced the poor weather with charm and stunning vintage props. 

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All the while Make Up Artist Jenny Reddiough was giving our model Bernadette a bridal makeover, the lovely Nicole (Pearl Bridal Boutique) had selected the dress ‘Dulcie’ (by White Rose) from her 2013 collection and with Rachel of Penny Brown providing her wonderful hand made head pieces, Bernadette’s look was complete.

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The stunning bouquets were provided by Sale based Laurel Weddings, the colours and button details worked perfectly and complemented the rest of the styling; shoes by Rainbow Club (as part of their lace collection). Francesca took the opportunity to experiment with different techniques. Her use of a tinted, copper leaf gilt with the addition of large ruffle rosettes looked adorable.

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For the companion design, she created a double tiered cake swathed in ripples of buttercream, with wired pearl detail , emulating folds of cascading fabric. Finally topping this with an additional tier, again using the copper gilt, and punctuating with a giant, copper edged, single rosette to complete the design.

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With one eye on the weather our chance finally came to venture outdoors. Walkden Gardens is one of Sale’s hidden gems and this was our opportunity to make the most of it. Nicole provided Bernadette with a second dress (‘Payton’ by Sweetheart Gowns) and after a quick touch up from Jenny we were on our way.

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We all worked together to create an inspiring set of images and hopefully provided you with some insight into each suppliers work. 

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Bridal Dresses – Pearl Bridal Boutique

Cake – Cheshire Cat Cake Company

Styling – Beautifully Vintage China Hire & Vintage Accessories

Makeup & Hair – Make Up By Jenny Reddiough

Headpieces – Penny Brown

Flowers – Laurel Weddings

Photography – Dotmoxee Photography

Model – Bernadette

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Fancy more beautiful luxury and vintage inspiration?  Mark your diaries with the first Brides Up North North West Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham on Sunday 19th May 2013!  VIP Pre-Registration is open now, click here, don’t miss out!

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Laurel Weddings is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier but this is not a sponsored post

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Sparkle. A Real Yorkshire Engagement Story – Claire & Don Plus One!

January 14th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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What are you up to tonight?  I’ll be at my Mum’s enjoying some home cooked food, a lovely bubble bath and some telly.  Staying in is the new going out.

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What better way to celebrate a cosy night by the fire than with a lovely little engagement shoot sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier and awesome photographer Jaye from Tux & Tales Photography.

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Let’s hear from Real Bride-To-Be Claire: Don proposed to me at home on the 18 January 2009, it was definitely a surprise as I was upset and looking my worst when he asked me to marry him. Not how I’d imagined it!  But it was lovely and just right!  We will be getting married at St Catherine’s Church, Barmby Moor, York on Saturday 18 August 2012. This will be followed by afternoon tea, fun and dancing at Barmbyfield Barn, Barmby Moor.

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We met in a nightclub in 2004, my best friend had been set up on a blind date –she took me with her for support and her date took his friend (Don), we hit it off and they didn’t!  Hee hee! After I’d met Don that night I said to my best friend that I would end up marrying him. Then I realised we hadn’t exchanged numbers and so we didn’t meet up again until the following January when Don managed to get hold of my mobile number, aww!

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Don is the most caring and kindest person I have ever met and the best daddy in the world. I love the fact that he is the complete opposite to me and his smile, his smile is amazing!

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Don says: Claire is outgoing, fun, confident and a lovely mum and my best friend, even though we are chalk and cheese – apart from our joint obsession of checking that everything is switched off when we leave the house she compliments me… and she’s gorgeous which always helps!

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We looked at a range of websites, when we came across Tux & Tales Photography; we loved the images and how bright they were. We approached Jaye and Matt and we were invited to have a free Engagement shoot. We thought this would be a great way to see what our pictures would turn out like before we committed to paying for our wedding photos. Also we’ve never done anything like this before, so it’s good practice too.

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We had an amazing time on the shoot, it was great. We were very nervous but Jaye and Matt were lovely. We had our daughter Freya with us too and the whole shoot was relaxed and fun. We couldn’t believe the outcome –the photos are gorgeous we are extremely pleased. It has really put us at ease now for the wedding. Originally we weren’t going to have a photographer as our wedding is informal but I’m so glad we changed our minds.

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I love reading Brides Up North because it’s dedicated to Brides up North! It has a range of suppliers in the area and lots of lovely inspiring real weddings to get tips and ideas from.  We’ll be back to share our Real Wedding photos soon!

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Our wish for married life is to keep laughing and stay happy. Watch our family grow, can’t wait.

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Congratulations Claire & Don!

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  – Images © 2012 Tux & Tales Photography

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