May 4th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
If you’re currently on the venue hunt for a setting that has both beauty and character, this afternoon’s blog post could just signal the end of your search. As the styled shoot that we’re sharing today opens up the doors to one of the oldest buildings in Manchester’s centre, which also happens to be one of the newest venues to join the city’s splendid wedding offering.
Dating back to 1421, Chetham’s is a unique setting that boasts beautiful old sandstone walls and magical medieval features. Keen to show off its potential to brides and grooms-to-be, wedding photographer Stephen McGowan got together with a group of fellow North West suppliers to help inspire couples who are currently on the venue search.
The result is a wonderful set of images with gorgeous blooms, styling and lighting, which showcases both the building and the team’s skills beautifully. To tell us how it all came together, we’ll hand over the blogging reins to photographer Stephen…
With images by our lovely Brides Up North Sponsor Stephen McGowan Photography.
stephen says: Chetham’s is a new and exciting venue available to brides and grooms looking to get married in a gorgeous medieval Manchester city centre setting.
Our overall aim was to complement the medieval ambiance and architecture of this unique wedding venue and so I chose to photograph using natural light inside the main hall as I absolutely loved how the light fell on the models’ faces through the large gothic windows in the Baronial Hall.
In terms of styling we wanted to keep things simple and fresh with undertones of 1920s and 30s bridal styling. The models were therefore dressed in stunning Charlotte Balbier gowns supplied by 7th Heaven Bridalwear. We picked designs that we felt worked well with the historic setting and stuck to fresh, natural makeup looks created by makeup artist Emma Culbert, that didn’t detract from the dresses or surroundings. Hairdresser Jessica Shelley then styled the models’ hair to complement our 1920s theme.
Verdure Floral Design were brilliant and let us have a choice of three bouquets, along with floral headpiece and table centrepiece, to use in the shoot. We wanted the floral colours to subtly complement our look but not to overpower and Verdure Floral Design fully understood the brief and pulled this off perfectly.
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April 7th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
For any brides out there considering a vintage dress for your big day, this morning’s real wedding is likely to seal the idea as part of your plans. Just looking at today’s bride Anna in her unique vintage gown makes us go weak at the knees as she radiates such flawless beauty and elegance.
In line with her choice of attire, Anna’s wedding to beau Dan followed a vintage route with the ‘I dos’ and party taking place at one-of-a-kind venue, The Bowdon Rooms in Cheshire, with homemade décor to match.
Anna and Dan fell in love with their choice of venue after seeing it in all its beauty during a Brides Up North wedding fair (pleased to be of assistance!). And we’ll be showing off the venue once again on Sunday 17th April 2016, when we are to host our next Luxury Wedding Exhibition there. We hope you can join us!
Now, on with the pretty…
With images by Eclection Photography.
anna says: We got engaged in 2013 on a beach in Kefalonia. We’d spent the day sailing over to Ithaca on a little boat and then made a picnic to take down to our local beach. I had no idea it was on the cards until Dan suggested getting some fizz, and then I had an inkling!
We got married on 23rd August 2014. We chose the date because it was a bank holiday weekend and we wanted get the most out of our celebrations with a day-after party at my mum’s house.
Our wedding took place at The Bowdon Rooms in Cheshire. We chose it because it’s in the area I grew up, close to my mum’s house, old school and teenage drinking haunts! We really wanted a local feel to our wedding and The Bowdon Rooms really provided that. We actually made the decision to book it when we popped into the Brides Up North wedding fair there and saw how lovely the space could look. The fact we could decorate and personalise the space as much as we wanted was a big deciding factor and the team at The Bowdon Rooms really accommodated this – especially when helping us hang hundreds of paper pom poms!
We didn’t really have a theme but we knew we wanted to go colourful, instead of traditional white/cream. We also wanted to have seasonal wild flowers on the tables with a vintage, DIY kind of look so I guess that defined our theme. Our wedding invitation also lent itself to this as we worked with an illustrator called Ryn Frank, who specialises in flora and fauna designs, and designed us a beautiful illustrated wedding wreath for our invites.
March 23rd, 2016 | Rachel Parry
This afternoon we’re transporting you to a world of dreamy botanical romance as we share this gorgeous styled shoot captured in my home city of Sheffield.
Lady behind the lens Chloe Grayson makes up one half of Leeds-based wedding photography and design brand Fox & Owl, which she runs with her business and life partner Martyn Roper. Keen to provide inspiration for those planning an elegant, natural and folksy wedding, creative Chloe came up with the concept for an ethereal, vintage and botanical shoot captured at none other than Sheffield’s leafy Botanical Gardens.
We just love the soft muted tones, elegant styling and stunning surroundings! To fill you in on all the little details, we’ll hand over the blogging reins to Chloe…
chloe says: The shoot was a collection of styled bridal portraits and detail shots portraying simple, elegant, natural and folky wedding inspiration.
Ever since my childhood, nature has played a prodigious part in my work and has forever influenced my style. It was therefore only a matter of time before a styled wedding shoot should be exposed to that same treatment.
The intention was to create a collection of photographs with a sense of timelessness and a feeling of otherworldliness. Inspired by the universal theme of romance and looking to decades past, this series was curated to bring out the reminiscer and the dreamer in us all.
The shoot took place at the charming Botanical Gardens in the handsome Steel City of Sheffield. Both the glass pavilions and the Victorian lawns were used. Dense greenery and botanicals are set to be very popular in styling this year and there seems to be a distinctive increase in outdoorsy, travel-themed locations for weddings.
Perfectly imperfect, loose organic florals made up the bouquet. The wildly romantic, less structured floral design allowed elegance to be juxtaposed with unfussiness. Both the bouquet and buttonholes were arranged and handmade by myself, using a mixture of locally sourced flowers.
March 23rd, 2016 | Julia Braime
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.
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.
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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January 5th, 2016 | Julia Braime
Today’s second helping of real wedding inspiration sees two different themes brought together – vintage and bling!
In keeping with the barn setting of their big day, Ashleigh and Shaun chose to incorporate pretty vintage touches and natural blooms into their décor before adding a little sprinkling of bling. After all, what’s a wedding without some added sparkle?
With images by Pixies in the Cellar.
ashleigh says: Shaun proposed to me when we got the keys to our first house, in 2011. He did it in the living room of our new home.We set the date for 15th August 2015, as we wanted a summer wedding and it was around the date we first staring seeing each other.
Our chosen venue was Browsholme Hall. We wanted something different and quirky, but with a modern twist – it ticked all the boxes
For our theme we tried to fit in with the style of the barn but also have some bling; we called it ‘vintage bling’. Other elements included bare wooden chairs with bows and brooches on but no covers. Our guest book and table plan were also wooden. We had flock drapes but with fairy lights, and the cake was flock too, but with a bit of bling.
To fit alongside the theme we picked a purple colour scheme. We both like the colour and it went perfectly with the venue too.
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December 4th, 2015 | Rachel Parry
Happy Fri-yay! To get your weekend off to a fabulously pretty start we’re sharing this gorgeous real wedding which took place up in the North East.
To complement the setting of their indoor ceremony at Woodhill Hall, Lee and Lianne decided on a rustic theme with pretty vintage touches added along the way which remained in keeping with their romantic colour scheme. In particular we love the blousy blooms and elegant detailed wedding cake!
For their evening celebrations the bride, groom and their guests then moved onto a beautifully decorated tepee in the venue’s grounds, where the real party got underway!
With images by Jamie Penfold Photography.
lianne says: We got engaged whilst on holiday in Benalmadena, southern Spain. On the way to a restaurant on the harbour we took a romantic stroll along the pier to a lighthouse for what I thought was to take some photos. Lee then asked me to close my eyes and when I opened them he was down on one knee and asked me to marry him.
We got married on Saturday 18th July 2015, at Woodhill Hall, Otterburn, Northumberland.
In terms of the venue we were looking for something a bit different and less traditional. When we walked into Woodhill Hall we instantly looked at each other and said what a lovely feeling the venue had. The fact we had the hall to ourselves for a weekend with 13 rooms to have our family and friends stay with us made it so much more personal. There was no doubt after we took our first viewing it was the right venue for us.
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