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vintage romance. sophia tolli for an elegant wedding at middleton lodge – beccy & craig

September 14th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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Today’s real wedding is the type that calls for some serious pinning, so mood boards at the ready ladies, as this one is brimming with gorgeous inspiration.

Tying the knot at one of our fabulous Sponsor and Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Fair venues, the wonderful Middleton Lodge, Beccy and Craig took cue from the elegant setting planning a sophisticated yet fun wedding weekend, complete with stunning attire, dreamy décor, delicious food and fabulous entertainment. Top marks guys!

With images by Lucy G Photography.

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beccy says: We got engaged on 13th December 2014, just four months after we starting going out (we have known each other for nearly four years though). Craig proposed at my parents’ house, in their dining room! We live in Cheshire but Craig is from Teesside originally. His parents had come to stay with us for the weekend and had brought the engagement ring with them, which he’d bought from Whittakers in Yarm, but didn’t have a way of collecting without me knowing.  He had been thinking about all the different ways to propose and hadn’t decided on the best approach, so when we got to my parents for a joint-family meal Craig managed to get my mum on her own to show her the ring and told her he wasn’t sure when he was going to do it. She told him it didn’t matter where or when because she knew I would say yes.  The parents were all so beside themselves with excitement, Craig thought then was as good a time as any… and beside which, both sets of parents may have spontaneously combusted at any point otherwise! I had been wondering what was wrong with him given that he offered me his dessert and I’ve never seen Craig not finish a meal before!

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Our wedding was on 20th February 2016, as we wanted to get married as soon as we could.  We visited our venue on their open day and asked about availability.  We nearly went for November 2015 but decided that February would be a good time as it would give us something to really look forward to after Christmas and the New Year.  We also knew it would be good weather for where we wanted to go on our honeymoon.

We got married at Middleton Lodge, which is in Middleton Tyas, near Richmond in North Yorkshire. We started looking for venues as soon as we got engaged and were initially thinking of somewhere between Cheshire and Teesdale, like the Lake District, but we didn’t really find anywhere that we loved. We saw Middleton Lodge on hitched.co.uk and we fell in love with it immediately. We went along to an open day there, having not viewed any other venues, and as soon as we saw it, we knew it was the place for us – it was perfect!

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We didn’t really have a theme as such for the wedding, our inspiration stemmed from the venue but also my dress, although Craig didn’t know that of course!  My dress wasn’t white or ivory – it was classed as blush but it was a very, very pale peachy/champagne pink. Given the colour of my dress, I thought that grey would work best for the chief bridesmaid and her dress was really sophisticated and beautiful.  The feel of the venue combined with the look of my dress and my bridesmaid’s dress inspired us to aim for a vintage, glamorous look. We therefore decided to use lots of silver/mercury glass as a key feature. We actually sprayed an awful lot of glass bottles, jars and containers to look like mercury glass ourselves. The glasses had been saved up by us and both sets of parents over the course of a year, so lots of jam had been eaten, along with wine and whiskey drunk, all for the good of the wedding! We dotted these around Middleton Lodge, lighting tea lights in the jars to give off a glow which reflected against the bottles to create a lovely, warm atmosphere. We also had silver candelabras as our centre displays on the guests’ tables with silver candlesticks, which had pearls draped over them. Our wedding stationery also complemented the feel and featured a grey ribbon with a pearl embellishment, as I had lots of pearls on my dress.

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I got my wedding dress was from 7th Heaven in Congleton, where we live. The shop is owned and run by the delightful and totally gorgeous Helen Allen. I feel very honoured and privileged to call this lady my friend. Choosing my dress from 7th Heaven was really special. Helen, her mum Brenda, Leslie and the seamstress Carolyn are just amazing. The shop is beautiful inside and out and you are made to feel incredibly special – you never want to leave! I tried on a number of dresses and was struggling to decide between a few until Helen’s mum came down from her fitting appointment to see how we were getting on. She reminded us that they wanted me to try on the dress on the mannequin in the window because it was a little different. As soon as I put it on my mum cried and I knew that was the one!

I absolutely adored my dress, it was Sophia Tolli and it was called Starling.  I really felt like a princess in it. The dress was very different to those I had previously tried given its colour and detailing. It was a strapless ball gown with a sweetheart neckline in lace and tulle which had a fitted, lace up bodice. It flared out from the hips into a big skirt and had a chapel length train.  The dress was a blush/champagne pink and covered in charcoal grey lace and crystal and pearl beading.  It also had a beautiful and very sparkly satin belt to match that went around the waist.continue reading

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Wuthering Heights. An Atmospheric Styled Vintage Bridal Shoot In Yorkshire

March 31st, 2014 | Julia Braime

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I’m putting this feature together late on Mothering Sunday after a blissful day full of cuddles, friends, family, flowers, roast dinners and blackberry crumble.  Baby in bed and fire on, I’m curled up in a snug corner at my own Mum’s house with my laptop, and getting ready for the week ahead. 

Sunday nights are usually reserved for a steaming bath and a good book, but busy schedules always call for a bit of a catch up and putting today’s post together has been just lovely.  These beautiful, creative images sent to me by friend of the wedding blog Abi from Wooden Hill Images are more like editorial art than your typical styled bridal shoot, and curating this selection has been like stepping into the pages of a Bronte favourite. 

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Wuthering Heights from Sarah MacVean on Vimeo.

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Abi says:  Since much of my work draws inspiration from literature, I decided for my annual bridal inspiration shoot to choose one of my favourite books, Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, a classic love story.

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The aim was to inspire a bride to expand their ideas and be creative. I wanted to create a shoot that told a story that would do this and allow a viewer lose themselves in another world for a time, drawing loosely from the book to capture the essence of the character of Cathy and portray the eerie and yet quintessentially beautiful atmosphere.

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I initially approached Jane from Wedding and Events Floral Design who immediately understood and loved the idea. Not long after Bex Brides, Love Hair and Beauty Boutique and MacVean Videography came on board and through the means of a highly useful Pinterest board everyone was able to gather exactly what the feel of the shoot would be…

Creating Cathy from Sarah MacVean on Vimeo.

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The shoot was going to take place on a misty, atmospheric sunrise in the heart of the Yorkshire Moors but as the day approached we realised we had chosen the sunniest day of the year so far! So we abandoned until sunset, meaning there was no hurry with the hair and makeup – and we all got a lie in!

Behind the Scenes from Sarah MacVean on Vimeo.

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Love Hair & Beauty fulfilled the brief perfectly. Makeup for an English beauty with a beautiful weathered look, rosy cheeks and tumbling locks and unkempt styling.  Lindsey our model isn’t a professional model, as I like to ask ‘real women’ to model where I can and as soon as I saw her I knew she had exactly the look that we were after.

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The outfit was actually a few different looks, Victoriana blouses, a hessian belt with a vintage cameo and the bespoke skirt which I made with a thousand pins, metres of different muslins and nets and Jane kindly stitched was testament that sometimes you can create something totally unique yet beautiful. The cape, again from Bex Brides brought the outfit alive, and I’m definitely hoping to see more brides with cloaks and capes!

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For the brides out there reading this – a bride doesn’t always HAVE to wear a white dress!  Look to the past, draw influence from things that mean something to you, be individual.

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Photography and styling – Abi Whitmarsh – Wooden Hill images

Flowers and headresses – Wedding and Events Floral Design

Hair and Makeup – Love Hair and Beauty Boutique

Outfit – BexBrides

Video – MacVean Videography

Props – Homemade and Vintage

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The Snow Queens – A Styled Bridal Shoot In North Yorkshire

February 12th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I’ve something extra specially sparkly, snowy and gorgeous for you this afternoon.  After enduring weeks of grizzle, grey and slush, I think it’s time we fell back in love with the white stuff… because brides really should love white, now, shouldn’t they?!  This pretty and impromptu styled shoot comes to you courtesy of friend of the wedding blog, Abi, of Wooden Hill Images, and I’m so excited to share the loveliness with you. 

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Abi says:  Being a natural light photographer, the outdoors fascinate me. In January whist watching the weather forecast and seeing what was forecast to be the last of the snow, inspiration hit!

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The inspiration behind much of my editing comes from both literary classics and the way a photograph can make you feel.  With more and more brides getting married in winter, I thought about the visions of Narnia and snow filled fields and the beauty of wintry ‘costume’.  I called on my good friend Jane from Wedding and Events Floral Design and we decided to seize the moment. We had 48 hours!

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Jane contacted and arranged the use of Howebridge Wedding Venue in Sowerby, Thirsk, utilizing the gardens and field.  Brides and Belles, Northallerton so generously offered the use of any of their dresses that fitted our brief and local models were found who would brave the elements! Claire Taylor of the Cake Fairy Company expressed interest in joining us and so we began to draw up a vision of different Snow Queens.

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On the morning of the shoot, it had snowed harder than anticipated so we had to swap venues as Howebridge was unreachable. Wedding Events and Floral Design offered the use of their gardens and field. With only two models able to get to the shoot, we called on their ability to become all the different Snow Queens that we had envisioned.

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With oceans of humour and huge dollop of giddy excitement, our first Snow Queen, Georgia was born. Her world is outdoors, the juxtaposition of interior living, outside. She reads romance, wrapped in luxurious fur, in quiet simplicity.  In contrast Olivia, is a Queen with stylish authority, a billowing bridal gown and a superior air about her.  Bo, a pretty, playful bride with a love of Nordic worlds and with a bejewelled bouquet of brooches and trinkets has an inner smile.  Cordelia (my personal favourite) has an ethereal, frosted quality, from a medieval land her Bridal coat and natural circlet in her hair, encapsulating all things rustic.

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Unfortunately, as we progressed through the shoot the snow was thawing incredibly fast so we were working to huge time restraints. The cake had to retire inside for fear of being ruined and Snow Queen ‘Katarina’ hasn’t even made the final cut because the snow thawed all over her dress and hair!

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We wanted to use these photographs to inspire other brides. When planning your wedding, think who you would like to draw inspiration from – a book, a character, a season, nature. Play, think of individual ideas to make your wedding your own and unique.

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Photography – Abi Whitmarsh for Wooden Hill images

Flowers and Props – Wedding and Events Floral Design

Dresses and Tiaras – Brides and Belles, Northallerton

Cake – Cake Fairy Company (Claire Taylor)

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With thanks and apologies to Howebridge Wedding Venue, Sowerby, Thirsk.

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