January 5th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
So here we go, 2016! To get our New Year off to a gorgeous start we’re heading north to bonny Scotland to relive the big day celebrations of Louise and Duncan.
Keen to incorporate parts of her past into her future, Louise chose to wear her mum’s French lace wedding dress that had been carefully stored away in the attic for 35 years. With a few alterations by a dressmaker, Louise created her dream dress, turning something old into something new and proving that the tradition can still work for modern day brides. We love!
With images by Green Wedding Photography.
louise says: Our engagement story isn’t the conventional romantic type, but in our own personal way it was perfect for us as a couple. Dunc and I used to drive to a lovely forest near Dundee called Tentsmuir in the days when we first started dating. We would drive there in the evening and look at the stars through the sun roof of his 20 year old Honda Prelude! It was here that we had our first kiss and so was such a special location for us. One evening we drove to Tentsmuir Forest under an incredibly clear, starry sky. I was standing out of the sun roof of his car, enjoying the peaceful evening and trying to spot shooting stars, I glanced down to see Dunc awkwardly balanced on one knee on the driver’s seat with a ring in his hand. He quite nervously asked if I would marry him, and I of course said yes, but couldn’t help but laugh at the comical aspects of the situation.
We got married on 22nd April 2014, at Dalhousie Castle, near Edinburgh. It is a beautiful old castle, dating back to the 13th century. It has all the old features and is decorated and furnished appropriately, which we both loved. It also has a quaint little chapel for the ceremony to take place. It really had everything we were looking for in a castle wedding venue. After seeing Dalhousie for the first time, we knew we didn’t have to look anywhere else.
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December 17th, 2014 | Julia Braime
This morning we join Hannah and Arul for a wedding celebration that was a true celebration of their different cultures. This couple mixed morris dancers and high tea alongside goat curries and Indian dress, without batting an eyelid. And you know what?
It just fits.
The result? A fresh and fabulous day, with meaningful touches, an heirloom wedding dress and a whole lot of love.
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Sarah Beth Photography.
hannah says: We got engaged on my birthday (28th February 2013). We were on holiday in the North Yorkshire Moors and we went to The Lion Inn pub in the middle of nowhere (my granddad’s ashes are spread there) it’s a pub loved by all the family and we went every Christmas.
We went on a walk along the moors and we walked for miles (turned out Arul was looking for the perfect spot where all the classical elements: earth, wind, water and fire were present).
We sat down for a tea break Arul said he had another present for me. Out came the ring! It was perfect: we were alone with beautiful views and it was the best walk back to the pub where we had lunch by the roaring fire next to the piano.
We were married on 26th August 2014 at Bilton Church. We chose this as at midnight it would have been my Granddad’s birthday (27th August). Therefore he would still be part of the day. The wedding was in the village where I grew up and the church that my grandparents were married at, and the reception was at The Haven Arms, Hedon.
Our wedding saw the joining of two different cultures – English and Srilankan. The wedding was celebrated in both cultures over Day and Night. We did vintage high tea for the day celebration. I chose to wear my grandma’s dress and we collected tea cups, side plates and tea pots all year, the venue provided the bunting and Morris Dancers entertained the guests.
The night theme was Indian with lots of coloured lighting, Indian food, Indian music and the guest in Indian clothes (sarees for women and kurta’s for men). This reflected Arul’s country of birth Sri Lanka with his mum and brother travelling from Sri Lanka for the wedding.
I wore my grandma’s wedding dress. She offered to buy my wedding dress and I asked to look at hers.It was important to me to make my grandma a big part of the wedding as she has been a huge part of my life.
I got my two adult bridesmaids sage green dresses from House of Fraser and my flower girl’s dress was made especially for her.
Arul wore dark grey tails with a sage green cravat to match the bridesmaids.
I carried sweet peas which all the family grew, these where the flowers my granddad grew on his allotment so it was important to include them. I also had roses (Aruls mum’s favourite) and peonies. The flowers and arrangements were by Evergreen Garden Centre in Bilton.
My friend Francesca picked Arul up in her Audi and I had a vintage car by Alternative Wedding Cars.
We had the flowers clustered on the pew ends and wrapped in lace to match my dress and had love heart shaped bird cages hanging outside the church.
The Haven Arms were so accommodating. We went to two tasting sessions and the chef sourced special ingredients for the evening curries based on Arul’s feedback. They also sourced all the bunting, chair covers, lighting and led lighting to match our theme. The owners even dresses up in Indian clothes on the night!
This place is brilliant for people wanting a themed wedding as they are so adaptive.
My auntie Di made our fruit cake. She makes all our family cakes and gave us this as our wedding gift. My bridesmaid Sarah made all the cupcakes and we bought a cake stand from Ebay to display them both.
During the day we were entertained by the Makara Morris Dancers. They were fantastic and invited us to practice with them prior to the wedding and let us choose all their dances on the day. They kept the guests busy while we were having pictures and filled a gap between food and speeches (getting everyone to join in) which everyone said was brilliant.
As a special touch for later in the evening, my friends and I spent a year learning an Indian dance in order to surprise Arul and the guests.
We went on a Log House Holidays honeymoon in the Cotswolds. We were in a log cabin on a lake with our own hot tub and rowing boat!
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to make your wedding a reflection of who you are, it’s a lot of hard work but totally worth it.
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January 7th, 2014 | Julia Braime
You all know I’m not afraid to champion a true High Street Honey when I find one, but there are high street success stories and then there’s this brand new “8” Bridal collection by Phase Eight, which has completely knocked my socks off.
When it comes to “the gown” itself, I’m usually resolutely designer all the way. But, girls, this lady might be for turning. What do you think Brides Up North, does this stunning new collection make you think about buying (quelle horreur!) off the peg? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
And could I get away with the swishy number below at my baby girl’s christening? No? Bah.
Phase Eight say: Our new vintage inspired collection matches exquisite detailing with a contemporary silhouette to offer feminine elegance and delicate charm.
Breathtaking beading and vintage inspired lace designs are expertly fitted with clever inner construction and dreamy tulle skirts for a truly ethereal feel whilst luxurious fabrics, intricate embroidery, floral appliqué and fringing add unique style to each individual shape.
November 20th, 2013 | Julia Braime
This evening I’m sharing a pretty little gem of a styled bridal shoot from my Featured Suppliers Walker & Walker Photography. Call me fickle (and you’d be right) but yesterday I readying my gloves, scarf and bobble hat with glee, and tonight, I’m wishing for summer. That’s what a flower crown will do to you…
Ben of Walker & Walker says: This shoot was a joint collaborative project between Walker & Walker and Wayside Flower and was produced with an audience so potential clients could see how we work.The shoot was staged at The Little Organic Bakery in Bridlington and we hand picked the venue for the colourful selections of flora, foliage and rustic walls that had an English secret garden charm.
Our model was Sophie. She was chosen by us as she’s curvy and demure with beautiful long dark hair and showcased the vintage white wedding dress, floral head wear, shrug, underskirt, shoes and jewellery supplied by Wayside Flower beautifully.
The floral hand tied spray was made up by Lynn Walker from Next Flowers and the vintage wedding ring belonged to Lynn’s great grandmother. Lynn also prepared the props and set styling.
Little Black Book
Images: Walker & Walker Photography
Venue: The Little Organic Bakery, Bridlington
Clothing, Jewellery & Floral Head Pieces: Wayside Flower
Other florals, props and styling: Next Flowers
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October 21st, 2013 | Julia Braime
We’re starting the week with the best of intentions (all wholesome and outdoorsy) with a gorgeously simple styled shoot “down on the farm” sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Janet of J Broughton Photography who heads up a talented collective on North West wedding industry suppliers.
Get your first fix of fresh air, and a big dose of beautiful here on the blog this morning with the prettiest vintage gowns and most stunning bridal accessories. How much do you love this wedding hair?!
Janet says: Over the summer Heidi from Glorious Tiaras and I had “met” on Twitter and soon realised that we were both keen to put together a styled shoot. A few coffees and cakes later and we’d decided on a theme that mixed vintage and rustic styles but more importantly that we wanted to use it as an opportunity to bring together and showcase different wedding professionals.
We were fortunate to find a brand new rustic wedding venue, The Wellbeing Farm that was a perfect location for the shoot. Vintage Lane Bridal provided the genuine vintage wedding dresses that perfectly accompanied Heidi’s amazing vintage brooch bouquets and tiaras and hair and make up was expertly styled by Jaki Ann. Laura from Love My Trike brought along Tilly the vintage ice cream tricycle with a variety of props and Jane from Pearlie Queen Collectibles loaned some wonderful vintage accessories. On the day we had two fantastic models, Madeline is an aspiring model and although James works at the farm and didn’t have too much choice in getting involved he was great too !
As you imagine with an outdoor shoot we were very weather dependant, our first attempt was on a day with a forecast for dry weather, and it was. Or at least it was until just after the hair and make up was done and we all ventured outside, at which point it hail stoned, rained, thundered and lightened and all with a twenty minute period! We abandoned the shoot and met again a week later when the weather was much kinder, a little mist in the background but with the sun peeping through we had the perfect weather and had a great time putting together something creative, showing off everyone’s talents and eating Heidi’s homemade flapjacks.
The day was such a success that Heidi and I have decided we would love to do this on a regular basis. Our next project involves a group of art students and is likely to be something quite theatrical with a gothic twist. We are keen to hear from wedding professionals who would like to be involved in future creative projects and can be contacted via our websites at www.jbroughton.co.uk or www.glorioustiaras.co.uk.
Little Black Book
Images: J Broughton Photography
Venue: The Wellbeing Farm
Vintage wedding dresses: Vintage Lane Bridal
Accessories: Glorious Tiaras
Vintage Ice Cream Trike: Love My Trike
Props: Pearlie Queen Collectibles
Hair and Make Up: Jaki Ann
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August 27th, 2013 | Julia Braime
If you’re a vintage purist looking for an authentic and gorgeous wedding gown, then today’s feature will be right up your street. This afternoon, I’m proud to introduce you to Brides Up North Featured Supplier Bex of Bex Brides & Rebecca Jane’s Secret Attic, creator of dream dresses and curator of treasures.
When did Rebecca Jane’s Secret Attic open and what is your background?
It kind of evolved, I first of all converted my garage at home, and then when I outgrew that I moved to Hurworth Grange, a fabulous Victorian House converted in the 1960’s for use by local people. I started with one room and expanded into two then three. Then the attic flat – which was when the name Secret Attic was coined! Nearly 2 years ago the attic of the Old Stables came available so I moved from the house to there (saving my clients the four flights of stairs)! it was so popular I soon had to expand into the Victorian bedrooms of the Old Gardener’s Cottage and the main bridal salon “The Paradise Room” is housed in the old fruit lofts.
I feel so lucky to work in such a beautiful and inspiring environment- I have lost count of the number of clients who walk in and say they could stay forever! I have sewn since I was a little girl picking up my Mother’s scraps and making them into dresses for my Sindy doll. After a career in retail management I decided to utilise the business skills I had learnt and maximise my creativity.
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