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let the music play. jenny packham for a vintage wedding at the bowdon rooms – amy & rob

March 23rd, 2016 | Julia Braime

A Vintage Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Let Love Flourish (33)

For those of you planning a vintage wedding, this morning’s bride Amy has lots of lovely inspiration to share.

Having set her heart on a vintage style dress and venue, Amy found exactly what she was looking for in Jenny Packham’s Damask gown and beautiful The Bowdon Rooms located in Altrincham, Cheshire.

From there an elegant colour scheme of blue followed (we just adore Amy’s blue shoes and nails) and she also incorporated a subtle music theme as a nod to one of her and Rob’s favourite pastimes.

For those that like the look and sound of The Bowdon Rooms, why not come along and see the stunning venue for yourself on Sunday 17th April during our Luxury Wedding Exhibition, which will feature the area’s top suppliers too!

With images by Let Love Flourish.

A Vintage Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Let Love Flourish (52)

amy says: Our engagement story isn’t the most romantic. Rob had been thinking about proposing for a while but instead of picking the right moment and setting, he got down on one knee whilst we stumbled home drunkenly from a party in the early hours. He did propose again in the morning though, just to make sure I remembered!

We set the date for 28th August 2015. We chose to have the wedding on a Friday at the start of the Bank Holiday so we could carry on the celebrations into the long weekend.

A Vintage Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Let Love Flourish (37)

We had our ceremony at Manchester Town Hall, which we always knew we wanted as we both love the architecture. We then chose The Bowdon Rooms for the reception as we wanted somewhere that would complement the town hall with a vintage feel.

Our theme for the wedding was vintage and music. Our relationship blossomed from our love of the same kind of bands and going to gigs so we thought this would be fitting. The colour scheme was pastel blue, mainly because it’s my favourite colour, but also as it works with the ‘something blue’ tradition in weddings.

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sunday funday.

November 1st, 2014 | Julia Braime

The Bowdon Rooms Autumn 2014

bride to be?

I’ll see you on Sunday for our final event of our autumn season.  Brides Up North, it’s been epic.

We’re giving away up to 150 free Bride To Be goody bags, filled with glossy magazines, treats from Brides Up North, exclusive offers and some little pressies from our sponsors John Lewis Cheadle & Love Hearts.  As demand is high, to pick up your VIP bag all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.

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a diary date for the botanical bride: White Memoirs

October 16th, 2014 | Julia Braime

White Memoirs (c) Nina Pang (21)

This afternoon I’m handing over this little corner of the internets to Brides Up North Sponsor Rachael of The Social Butterfly, to tell you all about a rather lovely little date for your diaries: White Memoirs.

White Memoirs (c) Nina Pang (19)

Rachael says:White Memoirs will be making its Autumn debut at new venue, Halle St Peters, Ancoats on Sunday 26th October, 11am – 3pm.

Tickets: £3.50 per person available in advance by clicking here

Brides Up North also has ten complimentary pairs of tickets to give away.  The first 10 brides to contact Brides Up North quoting White Memoirs will take the bounty!  

White Memoirs (c) Nina Pang (15)

Nestled in the heart of Manchester’s industrial quarter, Halle St Peters, a Grade 2 listed deconsecrated church was lovingly rescued, restored and reopened by the Halle orchestra in April 2013. Working alongside amazing event design house, Pocketful of Dreams and Brown Sugar Blooms we will be enhancing the building’s natural beauty and creatively curating a stunning botanical themed backdrop to house thirty of the North’s crème de la crème creatives.

Purveyors of the innovative, imaginative and inspirational, White Memoirs this year will for the very first time showcase a botanical banquet displaying different table designs perfectly put together by Pocketful of Dreams. Visitors will have the opportunity to make reservations in advance and sample scrumptious sugary delights home-baked by Tea with Tom whilst washing down the crumbs with samples from cocktail mixologist The Drink’s Enthusiast’s ‘garden gin bar’!

White Memoirs (c) Nina Pang (3)

White Memoirs (c) Nina Pang (8)

There will be live music and entertainment throughout the day provided by Twisted Tubes, a 10-piece contemporary jazz group putting their own personal spin on all your favourite pop-songs! Dancing shoes are a must!

Independent bridal designer Erica Stacey and vintage-inspired bridal boutique, The Case of the Curious Bride will be showing their stunning collective of wedding gowns during two exclusive catwalk shows and will be offering special discount for orders places on the day.

White Memoirs (c) Nina Pang (11)

DIY brides can look forward to taking part in a series of complimentary wedding workshops in which there will be opportunities create and take home bridal accessories and gifts.

Newcomers for October include the intricate work of mixed-media artist, Emily Notman who will be launching her unusual bridal accessories range at the event. Up-cycled jewellery brand, Retold Jewellery will also be revealing their first jewel collection crafted from original vintage pieces fused with modern materials.

White Memoirs (c) Nina Pang (7)

Returning to White Memoirs, we look forward to once again working with bridal headwear and accessories designer Silver Sixpence in her Shoe who will be showcasing a handful of never-seen-before designs at the event. Paper perfect stationery company, To & From will also be returning with their new collection of ‘wedding storybooks’, creating beautiful memoirs of each couples unique story. Once again, the glamorous, Miss Bethany James Davies of The Vintage Beauty Parlour will be creating a pop-up salon and curating hair and make-up demos as well as free trials throughout the day.

White Memoirs (c) Nina Pang (16)

The first 50 brides to register and purchase an advance ticket for White Memoirs will have be given a special goody bag on arrival, complimentary glass of fizz and free copy of our White Memoirs mini magazine.

Those details again – tickets: £3.50 per person available in advance by clicking here

Brides Up North also has ten complimentary pairs of tickets to give away.  The first 10 brides to contact Brides Up North quoting White Memoirs will take the bounty!  

 

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Memoirs Of A Ballerina. A Styled Shoot By White Memoirs

January 30th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Tim Simpson Photography

Yesterday, I shared a beautiful shoot to share the designs of milliner Rebecca Jagger, and it just so happens that Rebecca’s work (which she is offering at a 10% discount to Brides Up North readers until the end of February – click here) is shown off in this styled shoot too, sent to me by Rachael, Brides Up North Featured Supplier and owner of The Social Butterfly

As well as telling you all about out own amazing events we also like to share carefully selected diary dates from our sponsors and friends that we think might interest our discerning readers.  I’ve already told you about The Social Butterfly’s forthcoming event on 16th February 2014, and this is a styled shoot devised by the exhibitors at that event to show you a little of what they are all about. For full details of the event, see my original post here. 

Tim Simpson Photography

Meanwhile, I’ll allow Rachael to set the mood:  Alone in her dressing room, a ballerina waits for her beau. Gazing at her perfect porcelain reflection in a handheld vintage mirror, she anticipates his arrival.  She lights the room with candles and puts her favourite record, 1920’s French jazz. Gently parting her lips, smiling with her eyes, she remembers their last romantic rendezvous in Paris.

Tim Simpson Photography

Taking the time to re-read his anecdotes of affection and to appreciate his lavish yet so thoughtful gestures a single dipped rose, an elegant pair of pearl droplet earrings and a jewel encrusted neck collar, her heart beats faster as his approach becomes nearer.

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The Vintage Garden. A Contemporary Styled Bridal Shoot In Lancashire

January 23rd, 2014 | Julia Braime

CT Images

This morning we are bringing vintage styling up to date with a modern beauty twist as we join a collective of North West wedding industry suppliers for a last wedding breakfast at a Lancashire landmark venue. 

Alison McMath will be just one of our fabulous suppliers at our Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Bridal Exhibitions in the North West this Spring, make sure to put the date in your diary and pre-register now! 

Cheshire 2014

But back to today’s action first.  Cat of CT Images says:  We are an all female wedding industry team in the Lancashire area and we wanted to play around with concepts of ‘vintage’ and bringing the past up-to-date.

CT Images

CT Images

The shoot took place as the last pictures ever to be taken at Pickerings Country Hotel in Garstang, which has been the setting for numerous weddings over the years. The overgrown English country and apple-laden garden became the backdrop for the autumn shoot.

CT Images

We wanted to demonstrate that contemporary hair and makeup styling can give vintage bridal gowns a new lease of life, freeing them of any constraints. The hairstyles took inspiration from different past eras and were all linked together with a more contemporary and daring bridal makeup style. Definitely more adventurous but still in keeping with beauty and romance, which is what every bride desires on her wedding day.

CT Images

CT Images

CT Images

CT Images

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Beautifully Bespoke. Diary Date: White Memoirs Vintage Wedding Fayre

January 13th, 2014 | Julia Braime

White Memoirs Vintage Wedding Fayre

As well as telling you all about out own amazing events (blowing own trumpet admittedly, but that’s just what they are) here at Brides Up North, we also like to share carefully selected diary dates from our sponsors and friends that we think might interest our discerning readers.  This small but perfectly formed event – White Memoirs Vintage Wedding Fayre – brought to you by Brides Up North friend and Featured Supplier Rachael of The Social Butterfly – and including a lot of Brides Up North’s own favourite exhibitors and other featured suppliers – is one of them.  Diaries at the ready girls!

Rebecca Jagger by Nicola Mackrill Photography

Rebecca Jagger by Nicola Mackrill Photography

Rachael says:  “White Memoirs aims to showcase the talent within the wedding industry on a local, independent level whilst inspiring couples to put their own personal stamp on their special day using small businesses to handcraft their wants and desires. The exhibitors I work with do business in handfuls and are truly bespoke, both in the products they make and the services they offer.

For the very first time White Memoirs vintage-inspired wedding fayre will showcase at a new city centre venue, Rosylee Tearooms on Sunday 16th February 2014.

Open to visitors from 11am till 4pm, the unique and intimate event will bring together just fifteen independent bridal businesses from a specialist craft background, guaranteed to inspire couples looking to put their personal stamp on their special day.

The Case Of The Curious Bride

The Case Of The Curious Bride

Brand new bridal boutique The Case of The Curious Bride will be showing a handpicked collection of lovingly restored, true vintage wedding dresses as well as a small, unique collection from British bridal designers.

Revealing her exquisite accessories collection exclusively at White Memoirs, Samantha Dickinson of Isobel Hind Couture will showcase neckcollars, cuffs and headpieces. Each item is handcrafted by weaving together vintage organza and lace with Swarovski Crystals and pearls.

Isobel Hind Couture

Isobel Hind Couture

Exhibiting with White Memoirs for the first time, Saville Row tailor, Rebecca Jagger will be presenting her new bridal headwear collection inspired by her own wedding. Not forgetting the Groom, she will also be showing a range of ties and bow ties created using Liberty print fabric. Gents will also have the unique opportunity to take part in a complimentary mini spirit tasting session with The Drinks Enthusiast, who will also be giving more information about his spirit trail stag parties.

The Drinks Enthusiast

The Drinks Enthusiast

Award-winning jewellery brand, La Pearle will present their stunning array of elegant, jewel encrusted accessories perfect for Brides looking to add a touch of sparkle to their big day.

Ensuring everything looks perfectly pretty, event dressers, Pretty Little Trio will be showing off their styling skills and assortment of one-off props and curious finds to hire.

La Pearle

La Pearle

Neighbouring Northern Quarter based business, Kiku Boutique will be bringing a beautiful selection of handmade corsets, silk negligees, vintage nightwear and lingerie. Perfect for the Bride’s special day and her honeymoon!

Bespoke one-to-one wedding stationery company, To and From will exhibit their personal, handcrafted card collection and keepsakes.

Bethany Jane Davies

Bethany Jane Davies

Scrumptious wedding cake company, Marie Antoinette Cakes will be showcasing their amazing selection of beautifully baked wedding cakes, finished with intricate icing designs.

There are two very different but equally talented wedding photographers taking part, including the wonderfully whimsical Lucy Little, whose work is featured across all White Memoirs branding. Also exhibiting is award-winning photographer Tim Simpson who shot ‘Memoirs of a Ballerina’, the wedding campaign behind White Memoirs at Rosylee Tearooms (soon to debut on Brides Up North, watch this space).

An Era Of Experience

An Era Of Experience

The glamorous, Miss Bethany Jane Davies of The Vintage Beauty Parlour will be creating a pop-up salon in a private powder room and will be curating hair and make-up demos as well as free trials throughout the day.

Lucy Little Photography

Lucy Little Photography

DIY brides looking for alternative hen party ideas, can gain inspiration from travelling vintage party service An Era of Experience whilst enjoying live entertainment from Vintage 78 Gramophone DJs.

Finally, no vintage wedding fayre would be complete without special discounts and free goody bags that will be running throughout the event. Visitors can also enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbly upon arrival.”

For more information visit www.eventsbythesocialbutterfly.com.  To pre-register email thesocialbutterfly.uk@gmail.com  or call 07771333582.

*Entrance Free, Goody bags and complimentary cava whilst stocks last.

 

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2014, provided by The Social Butterfly

This is a sponsored post and is not a Brides Up North event.  Brides Up North will accept no responsibility for postponement or cancellation – check with the organiser before travelling.

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