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Vintage Raven. A Styled Vintage Wedding Inspiration Shoot In Derbyshire

November 28th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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This vintage styled bridal inspiration shoot sent to me by Sarah at Folega Photography is nothing short of stunning.  If you are a true vintage enthusiast (and even if you’re not!) you are going to absolutely eat this up.  Pinterest fingers at the ready! 

All gowns and accessories by Vintage Raven.  If you are looking for an authentic vintage bridal look, I think you’ve found your answer. 

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Sarah says:  Swanwick Junction Railway Station is a heritage railway station situated on the former Ambergate to Pye Bridge Line which closed in 1968, but has been partially reopened by the Midland Railway – Butterley.

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The shoot came about due to a combined love of everything vintage and Swanwick seemed to be the perfect place to showcase Vintage Raven dresses and accessories. It was a gorgeous day and we didn’t wrap shooting until about 8pm since we had that many opportunities – it seemed a shame to waste the light! 

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Photography and retouching – Sarah Folega from Folega Photography

Hair – Kimberley Morris from Dolly Hair Co

Make up artist – Sarah Vinter from Flawless Make Up Artistry

Styling and shoot assistants – Misty Rowe and Gemma Louise Mahoney

Cakes – Emma Mitchell from Emma’s Cakes & Sugarcraft

Tea sets & China – Marmalade & Tea

Dresses & Accessories – Rebecca from Vintage Raven

Shoes – Model’s own

Flowers – Sasha Birkbeck from Flawless

Models: Charlotte Poulton-Rowlett, Kelly Marie Markell, Elle Andrews, Ieva Dubova, Joanna L Arnold, Joanna Madey, Miriam Rodriguez Juarez, Nicola Comer and Rebecca Charlie Thornton.

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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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The collection consists of 7 pieces –

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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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Photographer Sally Thurrell was only too happy to help as she had previously shot one of my collections and also photographed Lynsey’s Wedding.

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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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Wedding Blog Giveaway: The Ultimate Vintage Wedding Competition With Brides Up North and White Memoirs Vintage Wedding Fair Worth £2,000 (CLOSED)

January 3rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Let’s get 2012 off to a cracking start with this fabulous competition (and another date for your diaries!) from Brides Up North Featured Supplier, White Memoirs

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I first told you about the White Memoirs Vintage Wedding Fair, taking place on Sunday 5th February 2012, 11am – 4pm at Stockport Town Hall, back in December.  Click here to find out all about the concept behind the event, which promises to be a day to remember: “aiming to unite brides-to-be with the quaint and the quirky industry creatives whose expertise will ensure their special day is personally perfect!”

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This afternoon on the wedding blog, Brides up North has teamed up with White Memoirs Wedding Fair to bring you the ultimate wedding day competition worth £2,000!

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Are you dreaming of the ultimate vintage wedding day?

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This fabulous competition includes an original vintage wedding dress of your choice from White Memoirs Bridal Boutique, specialising in dresses from various decades, with beautiful detailing that won’t be found on the high street.

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No glamorous wedding dress is complete without the perfect, bespoke headpiece. Vintage inspired, bridal accessories designer (and Brides Up North Featured Supplier) Silver Sixpence in her Shoe will be offering the lucky winner a free consultation and £50 voucher towards a customised, hand-made fascinator.

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Love pin-up glamour? Bethany Jane Davies of the Vintage Beauty Parlour will help you to create your favourite vintage starlet by offering make-up voucher worth £50!

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Wedding day photography is courtesy of Hannah Rose who will ensure your wedding day photographs are styled from favourite vintage era!  Customised wedding invites from Doodle Love will notify your friends and family of your big day in just the way you want.

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Thinking of serving an afternoon tea as part of your wedding day celebrations? Delicious cupcakes and canapé sticks from Vintage Twee will look the part served on original crockery from Perfect Days Vintage (yet another fabulous Brides Up North Featured Supplier) who will also help set the scene with a variety of props, think vintage gramophones, grand candelabras, books and bunting.

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And finally a little wedding gift for the bride and groom is included from Inspirit Interiors! £200 of vouchers to put towards a piece of furniture from their collection of funky up-cycled retro pieces and romantic shabby chic antiques.

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To enter the competition all you have to do is pre-register for the White Memoirs Vintage Wedding Fair at their website, and be present at White Memoirs Wedding Fair on Sunday 5th February 2012, when the winner will be announced at 1:00pm. 

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Click here to enter. 

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The competition will close on Sunday 5th Feburary 2012.

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Terms and Conditions:

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All competition entrants must be present at White Memoirs Wedding Fair on Sunday 5th February 2012, when the winner will be announced at 1:00pm.

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Winner must be due to get married within 12 months from Sunday 5th February 2012.

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Consent from the winner to use a selection of photographs from their wedding day on The Social Butterfly Events & PR Ltd website, facebook and twitter accounts as well as Hannah Rose Photography’s website, twitter and facebook accounts.

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Consent from the winner to use these photographs for PR purposes in Bridal media.

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If the winner lives outside of Greater Manchester, they must be able to travel to Manchester for consultations.

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Click here to see full terms and conditions from each contributing supplier. 

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  – Images © 2012 White Memoirs/ provided by individual suppliers without credits

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White Memoirs: A Vintage Wedding Fair To Remember

December 4th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Rachael from The Social Butterfly got in touch about a special event for brides to be that she is planning for Sunday 5th February 2012 in Stockport:  White Memoirs, A Vintage Wedding Fair To Remember.

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Now, I know that so many of you are still going gaga for all things from eras gone by, so I though that I better let you know all about it…

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Rachael says: Seek out your secret finds on White Memoirs Vintage Wedding Fair Sunday 5th February 2012, 11am – 4pm at Stockport Townhall. White Memoirs aims to unite brides-to-be with “the quaint and the quirky” industry creatives whose expertise will ensure their special day is personally perfect! Every single bridal supplier is from an independent background and offers personable, bespoke products and services that are produced in small handfuls rather than big batches!  From beautiful bridal dressmakers, hand-crafted card makers, Doo-Whop DJs, crème de le crème patisseries, vintage-style photographers to bespoke jewellers, retro cars and carriages, couples in love will come away oozing excitement and truly swept off their feet!

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White Memoirs is as much of an event as it is a wedding fair by offering brides a full vintage experience. Brides will be able to watch amazing 40’s style jazz performances and have the opportunity to get involved in craft workshops, live beauty demonstrations, swing dance lessons and of course the chance to discover all the special touches that will make their special day complete!

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To pre-register and buy advance tickets for White Memoirs please visit the White Memoirs booking page here

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The first 50 lucky brides that pre-register and buy advance tickets for White Memoirs will receive a FREE goody bag upon arrival at the event. Entrance costs just £3 and can be purchased here

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If you are an independent, new starting company and share a passion for all things vintage and are interested in exhibiting at White Memoirs, please take a peek at our exclusive exhibitor packages

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Its The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year! A Vintage Glam Bridal Fashion Shoot With A Festive Twist

December 1st, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Advent calendars at the ready Brides Up North!  It’s only ruddy December!  How the bejeezus did that happen?

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I personally love the festive season, twinkly winter weddings, chestnuts roasting on an open fire and all that, and will be bringing you some seasonal treats on these wedding blog pages over the next month.

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So, lets start as we mean to go on with a festively gorgeous vintage glam bridal fashion shoot at gorgeous Yorkshire wedding venue The Mansion at Roundhay Park.  I can personally vouch for this venue and the amazing team from Dine Services as it was the setting for the inaugural Brides Up North Yorkshire Tweet Up back in September.  It is also the venue for one of the Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive Wedding Fairs next February.  Do you have these dates in your diary ladies?

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Sunday 12th February 2012

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Allerton Castle, Knaresborough

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Sunday 26th February 2012

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The Mansion, Roundhay

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Sunday 15th April 2012

The Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive

Nostell Priory, Wakefield

Time: 12pm – 4pm

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Your exclusive invitation to three days of bridal brilliance at Yorkshire’s most desirable wedding venues.   A choice selection of the region’s finest wedding suppliers will be on hand to inspire and advise.  With fabulous giveaways and on the day discounts too,  only the best will do for Brides Up North and Dine.   Details of how to register as a Brides Up North VIP Bride To Be coming soon. 

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EXHIBITOR BOOKINGS: email me at julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for details. 

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This shoot, sent to me by Shelly of Toast, is a mash up of bauble bling, giant windmills, twinkles, vintage bunting and stunning dresses.  By ‘eck it works. 

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The shoot was organised by Vicky at Sugarplum Creations to showcase her new 2012 collection ‘Vintage Glamour’. 

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Vicky says: Last year was all about the Sparkly Crystal Bride but this year is all about the chunky Vintage Glamour look.  Each piece is handmade from vintage brooches and jewellery broken down into new and exciting things; such as tiaras, necklaces and bracelets. I knew this would work with Ian Stuart’s Killer Queen Collection so I quickly got in touch with the girls to organise the shoot!

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I really wanted to convey the elegance and creativity of everyone involved. Being able to work with Ian Stuart, Cymbeline Paris and Jenny Packham all in one day was an honour and I wanted to make pieces to compliment every aspect of the different designers.

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Shelly says:  Vicky got in touch with me to shoot her new collection along with a selection of beautiful dresses from Hayley at The Bridal Collection in Harrogate. I don’t normally do straight up shoots – I usually like to do something a little bit more rock n roll, but the chance to shoot Ian Stuart frocks was too good to miss. I invited Rachel at Simply Vintage Events to provide us with a beautiful eclectic vintage backdrop to go with our Jenny Packham and Cymbeline Paris dresses, whilst I created the giant pinwheels which were real talking points and the paper flower backdrop. Rachel also provided the enormous Christmas baubles. 

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The amazing flowers including the frilly tulips in the birdcages and the set with the candles and orchids, were created by the genius Fiona at Firenza Floral Design – her talent knows no end.

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Hair and make-up was by the lovely Emma at Make Me Up by Mac and of course the backdrop was the stunningly beautiful The Mansion in Leeds – we all love that staircase (although I must have gone up and down it a million times on the day!).

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Since there were so many beautiful dresses to shoot, I invited my good pal Paul Joseph Photography over to help me shoot it all. And even our styles are slightly different, we still ended up getting the odd shot which are very similar! Thanks go to everyone who helped the shoot run smoothly.

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Photography: Toast and Paul Joseph Photography

Venue: Mansion, Leeds

Dresses loaned by: The Bridal Collection 

Accessories: Sugarplum Creations

Make-up & Hair: Make Me Up by Mac – emmamilner@live.com

Vintage china and accessories: Simply Vintage Events

Flowers: Firenza Floral Design

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