Charlotte Balbier
Brides Up North Wedding Fairs

The Wedding Institute

April 16th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Stationer Vicky Trainor and Photographer Becky Mitchell are established national and regional businesses in the creative and wedding market. In January this year an exciting photo shoot ‘Rigwood Manor’ took place in an old manor house in the coastal town of Saltburn by the Sea. A shoot that was to bring together a wealth of creative suppliers who work in the wedding industry, all from the North East/North Yorkshire area, all designers and specialists with a passion for working in creative and interesting ways.  Click here and here to see the results of that very special shoot. 

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Their passion for promoting northern based artists, designers and makers is now continuing through the forming of ‘The Wedding Institute’ a very visual, community spirited and exciting event, a new twist on the wedding fair.

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The Wedding Institute: Vicky Trainor

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This first event is titled ‘The Wedding Institute @ The Village Hall’ and will take place on Sunday April 29th at Saltburn Community Hall (part of the old Victorian Theatre), North Yorkshire.

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“A wedding fair with a sprinkle of pretty and a little dash of vintage”

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“A small intimate affair, we want you to come and ‘hang out’ with us and not just ‘visit’. We want you to leave with a refreshing cluster of new suppliers to help you with your styling and wedding planning. We would love for you to make new friends, to have fun, to laugh, to have a day out, to be totally immersed in the creativity and vintage style of organising your big day. We want to inspire you to allow your personality to come through into the styling of your day and for your wedding to be true to you and the love you have for each other”.

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“A place where you can come and be inspired, escape with your imagination, take time to chat with suppliers, relax in our tea room at the heart of the exhibition, listen to live music, indulge in a 1950’s make-up session with our make-up artist or a pretty collection of ‘victory rolls’ styled in your hair by The Wedding Institute’s stylist”.

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The Wedding Institute: Brides Up North

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A stunning collection of hand-picked suppliers who are all from the North East/North Yorkshire area and are passionate about their own specialist field, a fun filled community who are thrilled to be part of The Wedding Institute. Photography, stationery, vintage wedding dresses alongside new vintage inspired wedding dresses, reception styling, bridesmaid dresses, floral styling, make up artist, hair stylist, music, china hire, jewellery and even a celebrant.

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This is also proud to be joining the team on the day and between stuffing myself with cake, styling things up and taking hundreds of photographs of all the wedding pretty, will be on hand to impart lots of advice and would love to hear your plans and ideas regarding your wedding so far.

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Vicky & Becky are already planning the second Wedding Institute event and are currently selecting vendors who offer “A tea cup of uniqueness and a slice of originality” They will also be planning their next photo shoot from September (to be launched in 2013) and this will involve a selection of The Wedding Institute members.

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To attend the event you need to pre-register and purchase your tickets by visiting the registration page of their web site at www.theweddinginstitute.co.uk

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If you do not have a PayPal account you can arrange the purchase of your tickets by emailing vicky at info@vickytrainor.co.uk or Becky at becky@beckymitchell.co.uk

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Tickets are £3.00 per person (tickets are cheaper if arriving as a small group).

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So if you are planning your wedding, whether you are in the final stages or are recently engaged make sure you pop along to this exciting event. Doors open at 12 noon and close at 6pm.

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In the mean time, in the approach to the 29th April, you can follow The Wedding Institute on Facebook

and also follow their journey in postings on their blog at www.theweddinginstitute.co.uk

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Come back tomorrow for the chance to win one of five pairs of tickets to this unique bridal event – absolutely free!

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The Wedding Institute – Little Black Book:

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Becky Mitchell

www.beckymitchell.co.uk

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Vicky Trainor & The Vintage Drawer

www.vickytrainor.co.uk

www.thevintagedrawer.com

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TeaWithRuby

www.teawithruby.co.uk

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Bridal Dresses – Truly Beautiful

www.trulybeautiful.co.uk

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Poppy

www.poppychildren.co.uk

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Make-up By Jo

www.makeupbyjo.co.uk

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Hair Styling – Adrian Wray of Chocolate

www.adrianwrayatchocolate.blogspot.com

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Wimslow Collection

www.designedbyzoe.co.uk

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Rose & Aster

www.roseandaster.com

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Furniture – Peeling Paint

www.peelingpaint.co.uk

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What Katy Did Next

www.what-katy-did-next.co.uk

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Beads & Bows

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Val Boyers

www.facebook.com/valboyersmusic

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Kings Celebrant Services

www.facebook.com/kingscelebrantservices

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Sweet Pea Events

www.sweetpea-events.co.uk

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Elise Flowers

www.eliseweddingflowers.co.uk

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Little Darling Cakes

www.littledarlingcakecompany.co.uk

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Nancy Loves Nails

www.facebook.com/nancylovesnails

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  – Images © 2012 supplied by The Wedding Institute

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Take A Peep: Behind The Scenes At A Vintage Wedding Inspiration Shoot

March 20th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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This morning on the wedding blog we met my first set of Northern Revolutionaries – the Vintage Victors (as I have christened them), led by Vicky Trainor (she of all things vintagely beautiful) and on location at Rigwood Manor, Saltburn on Sea.  Click here to meet them and see some images from their beautiful retro wedding inspiration shoot. 

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If you do one thing today, watch these video clips.  A very cool way to see a whole day’s shoot in a matter of minutes and also a prudent reminder to never (or always?) work with children.  Sometimes not as angelic as they seem…

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Katie Byram Photography http://www.photographybykatie.co.uk

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If mornings are for meetings, afternoons is where it gets even more interesting – as we go behind the scenes for a day of wedding pretty!

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Katie Byram Photography http://www.photographybykatie.co.uk

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And from such mayhem, such beauty.  See this morning’s images here, and some of the gorgeous styling details I’ve not already featured below… vintage brides, be inspired!

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The collective have a little message to pass on: We hope you enjoyed our floral filled photo shoot of ‘Rigwood Manor’. Many of the creative suppliers who worked on this project will be exhibiting at The Wedding Institute at The Saltburn Village Hall on the 29th April 2012, it would be lovely to see you there, it is a ticket only event.  Click here to buy tickets. 

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Little Black Book

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Behind the scenes images – Photography By Katie

Videos – Debbie Stogden Photography

Styled images – Becky Mitchell
Styling & Stationery – Vicky Trainor

Venue – Be All You Can at Rigwood Manor
Brides Dress – Truly Beautiful
Adult Bridesmaids – Poppy
Make-up – Make-up By Jo
Hair Styling – Adrian Wray of Chocolate

Flowers – Bels Flowers
Cakes – Just Darling Cake
Furniture – Peeling Paint

Silverware – Tea With Ruby

Chair Bows – What Katy Did Next
Glassware – Northern Lights Interiors
Little Bridesmaids– Lillian’s House
Little Bridesmaids tutus – Bo & Bo
Little Bridesmaids hair pieces – Designed By Zoe
Vintage Props & Dresses – Margaret Garbut
Jewellery – Rose & Aster
Hair Accessories – DC Bouquets

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2012 Photography By Katie and Becky Mitchell

Vicky Trainor is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, but this is not a sponsored post

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Meet The Northern Revolutionaries! The Vintage Victors! A Vintage Styled Bridal Inspiration Shoot

March 20th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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You may have heard me shouting it from the rooftops once or twice and I’ll say it again {with feeling!}: Brides to be! Oi! Yes you! Join the Northern Revolution!

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If you are new to the wedding blog, you might have stumbled across these swirly silver pages after becoming more than a little bit disheartened that everything “wedding” seemed to be going on down South.  Magazines, wedding blogs, directories, TV.  They all seem a bit Southern focused, non?  Nothing wrong with that I guess – and still so gorgeous – except it does get a little weary for those of us Up North doesn’t it?

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As a bride to be that’s what I thought too.  And I thought that it was time something was done about it

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As I’ve explained in various press interviews, like this one and that one, when it came to wedding planning, I was in no way properly informed about all the fantastic bridal talent in the North of the country, and fully anticipated lots of costly trips to London to source my suppliers. In my efforts to save on train fares, I ended up doing a lot of research into the local wedding industry and uncovered a thriving hub of talented suppliers that just weren’t buzzing loudly enough about their businesses.

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I thought that somebody needed to turn up the volume – and why shouldn’t it be me?

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Step forth, Brides Up North and our very own little Northern Revolution!  Join us!

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I’ve already featured an inspiration shoot from today’s collective of suppliers – remember this?  You loved it!  Today I am featuring another part of the same shoot some images from which have <<<shock horror>>> already appeared on another wedding blog over at Annabel’s Love My Dress, but the reason I’m doing this (repeating similar content is not something I like to do very often – if ever – let me tell you) is that, well, this wonderful group of Northern suppliers asked me so very nicely. 

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I also wanted to give a different slant to featuring a styled bridal shoot by finding out a bit more than the norm about each talented individual who has worked so hard to put it all together as well as showcasing the gorgeous results.  I feel a bit of a wedding blog series coming on here, so why don’t I stop crusading for a moment and introduce you to a group that I’ll call my first set of Northern Revolutionaries, lead by the oh so fabulous Vicky Trainor (whose styling and stationery is to die for – did you see her in action at the Brides Up North Super Showcase?!).  I’ve nicknamed them “The Vintage Victors” and here they share their own past, present and future and their pretty vintage “Rigwood Manor” styled shoot. 

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As I explained, this is a slightly different format to your usual wedding inspiration shoot, so this morning, we meet them and see a few sneak peeks – and this afternoon… we venture behind the scenes!

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Vicky Trainor

Vicky Trainor – Stationer and Stylist

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Let’s go back

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Paper girl, actress, bar-maid, student, textiles designer, owner of greetings card company, lecturer, aka Mrs Hunter, house owner, mother of two gorgeous girls Ava & Mia, floral inspired stationer.

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Right about now

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Designer & maker of printed card and linen stationery, creator of The Vintage Drawer, professional potterer, stylist, freelance greetings card designer, one of the founders behind The Wedding Institute, lover of all things hand made.

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Flash Forward

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…to continue to approach designing stationery with a creative twist. To develop my range of hand made products for receptions. Enjoy varied styling adventures. To further work with Becky Mitchell on new and exciting styled photo shoots and continue to make The Wedding Institute an exciting and creative wedding fair experience.

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www.vickytrainor.co.uk

www.vickytrainor.blogspot.com

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Becky Mitchell Photography

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Let’s go back

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I’ve always loved looking at pictures and people fascinate me so photography seemed a natural course to take. When I started taking photographs I was shooting on an old Hasselblad and developing the film and printing work in a darkroom. My background in traditional, documentary photography has given me a deep appreciation for the medium.

My first child, Charlie was born in the final year of my degree and accompanied me along with my long-suffering husband on those early projects. Then Lilla, my little girl, was born two years later and I took a year out to enjoy my children. During this time the little ones were my main subject and the perfect models and I started making pictures (this time with a second-hand digital camera) documenting their earliest years.

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It’s lovely to know those early pictures of my own children formed my first portfolio of child portraiture and from there I started my own business. This quickly blossomed and developed and took on a new direction when I had the opportunity to photograph my first wedding.

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Right about now

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Things have gone in leaps and bounds. My husband (and a pretty amazing photographer too) and I opened Profile Gallery & Sitting Room – a dedicated photography gallery and a vintage inspired teashop – my pride and joy. I have been able to indulge in my love of all things old and beautiful and organize ‘For The Love Of’ vintage fairs in my Victorian hometown of Saltburn-by-the-Sea.

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Flash forward

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I’m really looking forward to working with my amazing brides and grooms. I’m always thrilled when couples choose me as their photographer it makes my day!

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www.beckymitchell.co.uk

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Becky Mitchell Photography

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Jo Leversuch

Make-up By Jo

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Let’s go back

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I’m Jo Leversuch, the owner of Make Up by Jo. I am a professional freelance make-up artist who specialises in bridal make-up at home or abroad. My services include bridal make-up and private one to one make-up lessons.

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Right about now

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I’m a busy bee at the moment with wedding season which is now popular all year round. My exciting news for this year is that I am a feature writer for The Bridal Magazine which I am really enjoying, my current article is what make-up to wear if you are getting married abroad.

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Flash Forward

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I’d like to continue with my bridal feature writing and planning to set up make-up lessons courses for anyone who wishes to know basic hints and tips about make-up.

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www.makeupbyjo.co.uk

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Becky Mitchell Photography

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Adrian Wray

Adrian Wray – Hair Stylist from Chocolate

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Let’s go back

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Hello, ok, well, I was in the Coldstream Guards for six years when I left school and on leaving the army worked in France as an adventure training instructor. I then did a lot of youth work with disengaged teenagers and worked for Connexions (I have a Royal Humane Award for bravery!). I decided to start hairdressing as I wanted a total change in jobs, starting with an apprenticeship with Hooker & Young before going Freelance, but after a few years took time away to focus and enjoy being a Dad!

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Right about now

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I’m working as a Freelance Hair Stylist with clients and also enjoying being involved with various photo shoots, mainly in the wedding industry. I work with clients creating and developing interesting vintage styles influenced by varied eras.

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Flash forward

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…So my future is simple: to be the best I can be. I’m grateful for the people that help me on the way and give back as much as I receive and I always remember that I’ve never done it all by myself.  The clusters of people around me are a continuous inspiration.

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www.adrianwrayatchocolate.blogspot.com

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Becky Mitchell Photography

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Claire Weir

Just Darling Cakes – Claire Weir

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Let’s go back

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I am Claire Weir (nee Darling, hence the name of the business), a largely self-taught Cake Designer based in Huddersfield. The Just Darling Cake business started off as a home based business in 2008 and moved into The Just Darling Cake Studio in November 2010, a huge leap but one that is definitely paying off.

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Right about now

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The business is growing fast with twice as many weddings already booked for this year than in 2011. They vary enormously from uber sophisticated glamour with silver, diamante, crystals and deep red roses to the most relaxed but lavish strawberries and cream tea party, which includes a three tier cake and a spread of scrummy scones, cupcakes, cookies and trifles. This wedding season is going to be so much fun!

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Flash forward

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The way in which the business is growing means that I will soon be looking to take on staff and I would love to train an apprentice from scratch and eventually have a whole team of highly skilled cake designers to work with, although we may need a bigger studio!

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www.justdarlingcakes.co.uk

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Becky Mitchell Photography

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The Wimslow Collection (Designed By Zoë)

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Let’s go back

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Well it all started by accident really. I think it was in the summer of 2009 when I went to Glastonbury festival where they were selling really simple floral hair garlands. That’s where the story starts. I fell deeply, truly, madly in love with mine and returned mud splattered back to North Yorkshire vowing never to take it off. However, it broke and so the creative in me decided to make a new one, and it really worked. From there I set out with one small, but beautifully formed, wicker basket and a few headbands and sold them on the little market in Whitby during the summer. My little wicker basket turned into one table and then two tables and then travelled all around the country selling more and more elaborate pieces.

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Designed By ZoeRight about now

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The wicker basket has continued to grow and develop and really rather excitingly it is starting to get noticed. The basket, or rather floral hair adornments have had their debut appearance in Wedding Magazine, and have looked utterly fabulous at various real weddings. Currently I am focusing my attention more and more on the beautiful brides here, there and hopefully everywhere. There is nothing more fabulous than seeing the smile on  brides to be faces when their pieces, my creations, are ready to be taken home.

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Flash Forward

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Well Designed By Zoë has some extremely exciting news… we are rebranding and travelling to The Wimslow Collection. Fingers crossed, The Wimslow Collection will allow for me to continue producing fabulous pieces whilst maintaining the same ethos but will carry us forwards too. That ethos being to make gorgeous pieces that make people feel fabulous, resulting in making people smile and feel on top of the world. Over the next few weeks and months we will be travelling around and would love to meet you. Pop over to www.wimslow.com to find out where we will be. Also please watch out for our appearances in Brides Magazine, Wedding Magazine and Wedding Flowers over the next few months, and remember that it all started out from one little wicker basket!

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www.designedbyzoe.co.uk

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Becky Mitchell Photography

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Poppy Children

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Let’s go back

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I was brought up in the North East in Yarm.  We lived on a farm on the outskirts of town and we had loads of freedom as kids. Life was always centred around my parents’ two businesses, Strickland and Holt, a small independent department store in the middle of town and Poppy. My parents started Poppy in 1980, they were not sure if Strickland and Holt would pull through as it was in a bad way back then. So Poppy was born: they started with decor, bedding and even sold to Harrods.

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Then the clothing came and from my experience it seemed a bit like Marmite, people loved it or hated it. The company did really well until the year 1998 where prints went out of fashion and British manufacture seemed to disappear. The company was mothballed in 2000.

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I was wanting to carve my own future and desperate to do my own thing, so I went to Manchester Metropolitan to study three dimensional design consisting of product design, ceramics,glass,metal work and much more. When I left I moved to London and started working as an assistant photographer, this was really my passion at the time. It took me a while to realise it was all about numbers and technical stuff, and that basically I wasn’t very good at any of it.

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I started working for Cath Kidston. I would be given a time table each week and I got to travel to each and every different shop around London. I soon started thinking of a business model for Poppy, based on a more lifestyle shop rather than giving people a specific product.  I learnt a lot from there and I then moved home to start Poppy.  They gave me a space to open a Poppy shop in the back of Strickland and Holt, where a lot of the garments had originally been made.

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I decided if I drew all my own prints i could convey the old fashioned look that I wanted to. I was inspired by 1950’s children’s books, the colours and the illustrations. This is where it all started. It was important to me that a dress would be cared for and not just a cheap item to be disposed of. I wanted it to have more importance to the children. So Poppy and her dog Fred were born, this way there is always a story to be told.

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Right about now

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Well, I think the most exciting thing is the adults clothing, I always made a dress for me to wear at the shows I did.  People kept saying they would wear one, I didn’t believe them but in the end we thought lets try it and see, that was last autumn winter and here we are making more and more, it seems they are just like nothing else.

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Flash Forward

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Well the plan was always to grow Poppy more as a life style brand, and I would like to grow the bedding, accessories and also the women’s collection. I think that in terms of the wedding world, we can stir it up a bit too, our dresses have been doing well as bridesmaids dresses and offer something really unique, also it does not matter if your tiny or grown up, we have a dress to fit.

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www.poppychildren.co.uk

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Lillian’s House by Sarah Heseltine Lillian’s House by Sarah Heseltine

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Let’s go back

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I specialised in silk screen printing at university and after graduating in 2010 with a degree in Surface Pattern Design, I started to build my own little studio, hidden away in an attic space, where I started to print again and figure out the direction in which I wanted to move.

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Right about now

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‘Lillian’s House’ is my exciting new adventure into the business world. Beautiful hand printed paper and fabric makes ‘Lillian’s House’ the perfect place to find something unique and delicious to adorn your home or even have in place at your wedding!

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My most recent beautiful collection of hand printed

t-shirts and sashes for tiny bridesmaids shows the ‘Lillian’s House’ look perfectly; wonderful colour, attention to detail and a light hearted and quirky twist. Tiny details like the inclusion of the bride and groom initials in my products give a personal feel and create a keepsake for all those involved in your wedding day.

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With all sorts of new collections being formed and exciting ideas coming into fruition, the next few months will be a busy time for ‘Lillian’s House’. April will be our official launch, with all information and sneaky peeks until then to be posted on my blog, keep reading!

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www.lillianshouse.blogspot.com

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Tea With Ruby – Jane DayTea With Ruby – Jane Day

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Let’s go back

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I am Jane Day, mother, wife and lover of china in any way shape or form which is why I am the proprietor of Tea with Ruby. I previously worked in the IT industry but you don’t want to know about that, I left it behind to be a Mum, home maker and avid china collector. You’ve probably guessed by now that I have a china hire business (due to my collection ever growing), hiring out all my bits and bobs to events to add that little bit of a vintage twist. Can you imagine sipping champagne on your big day from a vintage teacup? How delicious!

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Right about now

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Right now for Tea with Ruby, exciting isn’t the word. My current big adventure is being part of The Wedding Institute, a wedding event spectacular that will knock your socks off. It will be a most memorable experience for brides wanting something out of the ordinary.

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Flash forward

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The world is my oyster and the Tea with Ruby journey has only just begun. China hire world domination here I come, well you may as well dream big!

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www.teawithruby.co.uk

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Becky Mitchell Photography

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.Rose & Aster

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Let’s go back

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I have always been a magpie and lover of all things pretty and sparkly. I remember even at school I was often sent to the headmaster for accessorising my uniform just a little too much! I harboured my passion until a year ago when the opportunity arose for me to turn this passion into a business. I hand picked a collection of well made, beautiful pieces from predominantly British designers and presented it to the world hoping it would be loved… thankfully it was and Rose & Aster was born. (Rose & Aster deriving from both mine and my daughter’s birth flowers)

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Right about now

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One year in and things are starting to happen for Rose & Aster. Our website is slowly becoming recognised as an exquisite place to visit for timeless, on trend, affordable, ready to wear jewellery & accessory collections for both the bride, her bridesmaids and her wedding party. My log cabin showroom is always a warm and friendly place to visit should you require a personal shopping opportunity plus there are many open days planned throughout 2012.

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Flash forward

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2012 is going to be an exciting year for Rose & Aster with a fabulous new highly visual website and new blog due to be launched in the Spring. The blog will concentrate on how to translate current jewellery trends for your wedding day, Jewellery icons both past and present plus general indulgence in all things beautiful and sparkly!

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We are currently investing in what will be our best bridal jewellery collection so far plus some fabulous stand out pieces for your honeymoon. Watch out also for our expanding collection of luxurious tablet op accessories and venue decor.

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www.roseandaster.com

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Debbie Stogden Photography Debbie Stogden Photography

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Let’s go back

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After years working in IT, redundancy gave me an opportunity to change direction. I did a

Masters degree in Creative Digital Media at Teesside University, and wherever possible bent

the modules to fit in my photography. At the end of the course I decided I really needed to set

up as a photographer.

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Right about now

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I am currently working as a wedding and portrait photographer and I was thrilled to be given

the chance to video the Rigwood Manor shoot, if a bit nervous of swapping stills for video. I

am working on a number of weddings to take place over the summer. It is lovely getting to

know the bride and groom at such an exciting time in their lives.

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Flash forward

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Photographing weddings, which I love, but I would not rule anything out; so many unusual

and challenging opportunities have presented themselves in the last year. I am also in the

early stages of a personal documentary photography project, due for completion in

November.

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www.debbiestogden-photography.co.uk

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Becky Mitchell Photography

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Peeling Paint by Wendy Walker

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Let’s go back

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My fascination for re-loving furniture began as a hobby five years ago. Initially practising on friends pieces, the response was wonderful, the word spread, commissions followed and Peeling Paint was born.

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Right about now

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50% of our work is still commission driven alongside international web based sales. September 2011 saw the opening of our first showroom in North Yorkshire.

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2012 will include the extension of our showroom space, sourcing new stockists and developing a Vintage hire service aimed at the wedding/functions/film industry. The latter was born out of meeting the amazing group of creatives at The Rigwood Manor shoot. Each person involved in day left me feeling energised and inspired and I look forward to sharing many more thoughts and ideas with them in the future.

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I’m Katie, a Yorkshire lass now at home in the North East. I’ve had a camera pretty much attached to my hand since I was about 5 years old, and after studying a degree in Photography, Video & Digital Imaging, I found myself drawn to the fabulous world of weddings. Since 2009 I’ve had the honour of photographing a stunning variety of weddings around the country. I love my job!

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Things have been going from strength to strength. I’m thrilled that next week Wedding Ideas Magazine (issue 107) will be featuring a beautiful real wedding that I photographed last year. I am also part of Just Perfect Wedding and Events Gallery which is based in Cramlington, I’ve been exhibiting my work there since October, and the feedback I’ve had from clients has been fantastic. It’s a new concept, basically a permanent wedding fair, where couples can browse in a relaxed environment and find everything they need for their wedding, it’s been great being part of such a fantastic team of exhibitors who I regularly network with, and some have become good friends.

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I have some amazing things lined up for this year starting with a photoshoot next week, which I’ve been working on since October. It features a range of fantastic North East wedding suppliers who are getting together to create a beach themed wedding photo shoot, at the UK’s only cave bar, which also hosts wedding receptions. I also have some exciting weddings coming up, from small and intimate with two guests, to country/farm themed, to glamorous stately home celebrations. I can’t wait for what this year has to bring!

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Images – Becky Mitchell
Styling & Stationery – Vicky Trainor

Venue – Be All You Can at Rigwood Manor
Brides Dress – Truly Beautiful
Adult Bridesmaids – Poppy
Make-up – Make-up By Jo
Hair Styling – Adrian Wray of Chocolate

Flowers – Bels Flowers
Cakes – Just Darling Cake
Furniture – Peeling Paint

Silverware – Tea With Ruby

Chair Bows – What Katy Did Next
Glassware – Northern Lights Interiors
Little Bridesmaids– Lillian’s House
Little Bridesmaids tutus – Bo & Bo
Little Bridesmaids hair pieces – Designed By Zoe
Vintage Props & Dresses – Margaret Garbut
Jewellery – Rose & Aster
Hair Accessories – DC Bouquets

Behind the scenes images – Photography By Katie

Videos – Debbie Stogden Photography

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Amaryllis & Lace – A Styled Vintage Wedding Inspiration Shoot

February 13th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Oh I do like to start a new week in a flurry of pretty! This vintage wedding inspiration shoot was researched and organised by stationer Vicky Trainor and Becky Mitchell Photography. Pens were put to paper last Summer as ideas were jotted, concepts sketched and venue and industry collaborations were formed.  And then, they sent it to me!

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If you are looking for a girly, vintage vibe for your wedding day, these ladies have it absolutely spot on. 

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Vicky says: The design of the shoot is loosely based on the idea of taking areas of an artist’s old Victorian drawing room. A styled area of natural objects, organised and displayed to create a still-life, that would look fitting in the corner of any artist’s/designer’s studio. Using beautiful filters of natural light through laced windows, collaged walls, blooms of botanical prints on fabrics, old vintage drawers filled with amaryllis and flowering jasmine, lace wrapped pebbles, buttons made from shell and pretty hand sewn ribbons.

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Laced tablecloths, crochet edged stationery, bowls of lychees and blueberries lay alongside pretty home baked cakes decorated with frosted butter icing and blueberries and lace with an aroma of lemon and apple. The beautiful florals displayed in old stoneware were influenced by Victorian paintings that were playful and more natural in their arrangement, all in scented tones of white and antique creams with the occasional peacock feather.

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We wanted to use a venue that would allow the freedom to be able to use an empty room like a blank canvas, to create sets and styled areas that were in keeping with the Victorian period. So what would be more fitting than using a beautiful old Victorian manor, Rigwood House in Saltburn-by-the-Sea. They kindly allowed us to work in the whole of their ground floor for two days, and what fun we had. This venue sits under the umbrella of the name ‘Be All You Can’ and it is a fabulous spacious venue if you require somewhere to hold a more creative and a more personally styled wedding.

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We used vintage furniture from my own collection mixed with a selection from the company Peeling Paint. Helen Mawson of Bels Flowers arrived with her little van and wonderful bunches of sculptured amaryllis, roses, hyacinths, jasmine and potted pansies and the mix of their beautiful scent filled the room.

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Designer Helen Stevens of Surfacephilia and I began styling the room while Helen of Bels Flowers creatively made arrangements to fit beautifully into spaces using a wonderful collection of vases and small vessels from Northern Lights Interiors.

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A beautiful Japanese tea set was loaned to us by make up artist Jo Leversuch of Make Up By Jo and was filled with green tea and roses. The aroma of apple and lemon and cinnamon from the home baking was delicious and was produced by a new little home spun business called A Slice of Nostalgia. The 1970’s flocked nylon dress hanging on the collaged wall was donated by vintage specialist Margaret Garbut.

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The crochet and lace decorated lavender stationery was from Vicky Trainor’s Cotton & Herb Collection and the embroidered and appliqué signs and decorated lace ribbons were from The Vintage Drawer.

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Not only did Helen Stevens from Surfacephilia work on the styling of the photo shoot but she also agreed to be our ‘muse’ for the day, Helen wore a selection of dresses from Truly Beautiful, who are based in Guisborough as well as a pretty hand made organza decorated ribbon from DC Bouquets’ Mae Collection.

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The wonderful tussle of bohemian curls were created by hair stylist Adrian Wray of Chocolate and the beautiful make up was applied by Jo Leversuch from Make-up By Jo.

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This beautiful collection of imagery was produced by wedding photographer Becky Mitchell who also runs, with her husband Bob Mitchell, The Profile Gallery and Sitting Room Tea Shop in Saltburn-by-the-Sea. A big thank you to Bob who helped enormously over the two days. A selection of photography that focused on the detail from the ‘still-life’ table was taken by photographer Katie Byram, who supported and helped the team on the day of the shoot.

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Wedding Photographer, Debbie Stogden, also produced a series of videos from the day focusing on ‘behind the scenes’ footage which we hope you enjoy!

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Photography – Becky Mitchell Photography, The Profile Gallery and Sitting Room Tea Shop

Photography details of the still-life set – Katie Byram Photography

Styling & Stationery – Vicky Trainor & The Vintage Drawer

Venue – Be All You Can

Behind the Scenes Videos – Debbie Stogden

Styling & Model – Helen Stevens of Surfacephilia

Floral Styling – Bels Flowers

Cakes – A Slice of Nostalgia

Furniture – Peeling Paint

Bride’s Dress – Truly Beautiful

Make-up – Make-up By Jo

Hair Styling – Adrian Wray of Chocolate

Hair Accessories – DC Bouquets

Glassware – Northern Lights Interiors

Vintage Dress – Margaret Garbut

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All suppliers will be exhibiting at The Wedding Institute!  More details soon!

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Wedding Blog Fashion Exclusive: What Katy Did Next? She Named Couture After Meeee!

February 7th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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OMG OMG OMG I am all of a flutter!  Not only to I have a wedding blog fashion exclusive to share with you this morning that is possibly one of the most well executed bridal inspiration shoots that I have seen yet (and trust me, I see A LOT!), but one of the fabulous stars of the show is actually named after me!

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When the lovely Katy of What Katy Did Next got in touch to tell me that she had named a piece in her new collection after me, I was super excited.  Then I saw the “Julia” (above – far too beautiful and refined to have my name attached to it – I’m writing this in joggers and a hoody at 1am!) and was out of this world excited.  And then I saw these images.

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If you are planning a vintage/ Alice themed/ onehelluvagorgeous wedding… take note.  Oh, and p.s: who doesn’t have a total girl crush on Alice right now?! 

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Lets hear from the lady herself: After itching to get creative with styling another photo shoot, one of my Real Brides from the Summer got in touch to tell me about her vintage china & prop hire venture.  My fiancé and I designed and built Lynsey’s website for her and thought it only right to celebrate with a photo shoot.  It may sound clichéd but with the Vintage china and tea party vibe, it felt only right to have a go at the Alice in Wonderland theme.  Our idea was to keep it timeless, pastel and vintage themed without sinking in to the overdone slightly cheesy style.
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With the theme in mind I was able to work on something a little more extravagant and flouncy in my collection. I had had a few Mother of the Bride’s approach me at wedding fairs enquiring about fascinators, so I used this opportunity to showcase some of my ideas. I wanted the collection to be primarily influenced by a demure, Victorian style ‘Alice’ whilst reflecting the fun of the book with a little twist, which is where the idea to use another model and flip the idea of a male white rabbit to make it glamorous, flirty and fun.

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Julia (eeep!) – Beautiful blush peony with pearl centre, pewter sinamay loops, hand beaded silver leaves, a flourish of pale feathers and vintage velvet millinery leaves.

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Queenie – A regal curved Ivory base holding a pale peony with crystal beaded centre, vintage velvet millinery leaves, heather coq feathers, hand beaded silver leaves and a nest of Russian veiling.

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Olive – A steam punk teardrop base hair comb featuring hand cut leather flowers with vintage watch face centres, beaded floral areas, spots of beautiful lace and hand cut vintage paper leaves.

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Florence – A flouncy ostrich feather covered bow with delicate Lace applique, transparent baby blue leaves and hand beaded flower centre.

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Amelia – A wired string of sparkling silver beads, twisted into a foliage vine shape to be worn any way you wish.

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Lena – A petite piece featuring two hand beaded silver leaves and a beautiful vintage brooch.

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Ivy – Jewelled head piece featuring vintage velvet millinery leaves, grey pearl accents and sparkling hand beaded silver leaves.

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Hair and Make up was done by Tracey from Beautiful Bride Makeovers and she was an absolute dream to work with, full of inspiration and knew exactly what was going on in my head without me having to attempt to explain!

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After getting a few other amazing suppliers involved I managed to find a little gem of a venue in Riding Farm Cottages. The cottages were in a little cluster not too far from Beamish and surrounded by peaceful countryside. The early January weather was slightly windy and wild for our shoot so we made the most of the beautiful country style that the cottages had.

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The shoot was amazing fun, despite the Wintery weather and the fact that our photographer’s car broke down, conked out and died on the way there! It was great to work with so many talented suppliers from up and down the UK, including our two gorgeous models Nathalie and Katie. I would thoroughly recommend each and every one of them.

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Head Pieces: What Katy Did Next
Vintage China Hire: The Whistling Bunting Travelling Tea Party
Photography: Sally Thurrell Photography
Hair & MUA: Beautiful Bride Makeovers
Venue: Riding Farm Cottages
Clothing: Alexandra King – Make Me a Dress
Petticoats: Doris Designs
Cupcakes: Daisy Cupcakes
Reception Stationary: Vicky Trainor
Lace Rabbit Ears: Talulah Blue
‘Eat Me/Drink Me’ Tags: Through the Cottage Door
Steampunk Brooches: Christopher Ainsley

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What Katy Did Next?! Only Went & Offered A Gorgeous Giveaway & Exclusive Discount For Brides Up North Readers! Win Win Win! (CLOSED)

October 29th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Oh my goodness Brides Up North – whilst I’m out and about meeting you lovely ladies at The UK Wedding Shows in Manchester this weekend (get your complimentary ticket here) the wedding blog goody giveaways are coming thick and fast! Today, a gorgeous styled shoot from a collaborative of amazingly talented Northern ladies and something gorgeous to win from What Katy Did Next!

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What Katy Did Next is offering one lucky Brides Up North reader the chance to win her  ‘Jane’ design in ivory (pictured), black, purple or seafoam worth £65!   This versatile piece could be for a bride, bridesmaid or just a night out! 

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To be in with a chance of winning just leave a comment on this post telling Brides Up North why you would rock Katy’s Jane design*

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The competition will close on 29 November 2011 (just in time for Christmas!). 

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Katy is also offering Brides Up North readers 10% off orders made before 1st December 2011 with the code BUN2011 quoted in an email enquiry or used in her Etsy shop.

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Let’s find out a little bit more about this fabulous friend of Brides Up North and her gorgeous creations.  .

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Over to Katy:  I started up What Katy Did Next a few years ago alongside my Degree course in Textiles and Surface Design. The course was a huge inspiration and fuelled my passion for all things handmade. As soon as I got engaged in 2009 I was practically addicted to wedding blogs, and started sketching a few bridal headpieces as a way to ‘pretty up’ my short hairstyle. After a push in the right direction from photographer Sally Thurrell who had me design and make an awful lot of her wedding accessories, i set about designing my first bridal headwear collection.

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After a wonderful trial and error type journey my collection was born. It consists of twenty pieces split into four sections – Bohemian, Classic, Romance & Vintage. I realised I couldn’t stick to one theme, purely because the handful of brides who contacted me after Sally had such different tastes and I wanted a collection that could promote all these styles. I kept the Classic bride pale and interesting, adding touches of pink and floral to Romance, feathers and sparkle for the Vintage bride and hand cut leather butterflies and dried lavender for a Bohemian feel.

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The handmade nature of my work is a huge bonus for clients who want something that little bit different. I am happy to work with brides on commissioned pieces and have already worked with a lot of Mother of the Brides helping design pieces to match their outfits. My website showcases my headwear with a guide price so that custom orders can be made, and as the pieces are made to order they are easily changed to match each bride’s requirements.

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I also have a lot of fun creating other wedding accessories. My love bird & peg doll cake toppers are hugely popular at the moment, with couples being able to personalise styles, colours and fabrics. My sequin heart shoe clips are a hit with bridesmaids and I have recently added garters and ring pillows to my list of products.

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I am currently working on my Winter collection set to be a glittery pale affair including pieces for bridesmaids.
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There are lots of ways to contact this lady:  by email at info@what-katy-did-next.co.uk, or you can visit her website www.what-katy-did-next.co.uk, Etsy shop www.etsy.com/shop/whatkatydidnext or find her on Facebook and Twitter
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Photography – Sally Thurrell Photography
Model & Framed Artwork – Alexandra Garrity
Paper Lanterns – Papaver Designs

Macaroons, Cake Pops & Biscuits – Cakes by Beth
Cupcakes – The Cupcake Boutique
Scrabble ‘Love’ Cushions –Lauren Crawford Textiles
Textile Door Sign – Vicky Trainor

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