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Simple Pleasures. A Small & Stunning Styled Bridal Shoot In Yorkshire

November 8th, 2013 | Julia Braime

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

Sometimes in the wedding World, it seems like everything is always more, more, more.  More lace, more skirts, more flowers, more guests, more details… more money.  So sometimes, it’s nice to strip everything right back and rejoice in the simple.

This Friday morning, I bring you a small, simple and absolutely beautiful little styled bridal shoot from a group of Yorkshire wedding suppliers whose work I really rate (some of them are even Brides Up North Featured Suppliers).  So grab a cuppa and a KitKat, and prepare for something blissful.

Be inspired.

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

Hayley of The Harrogate Wedding Lounge says:  The initial idea for the shoot was very ethereal so the location on the Yorkshire Moors was perfect! We set up shop in a lovely warm local inn to do Hair, Makeup and dressing before heading out into the wind and rain. Our beautiful model Amy was a true professional and coped well with the difficult conditions.

We wanted to demonstrate a more simple laid back look and what you can achieve with your bridal look by adding different accessories including belts, shoes, headwear, flowers and dashes of colour. The gowns we used were beautiful yet very simplistic.

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

We chose Mistletoe from the Mia Mia collection by Alan Hannah and the Ghislaine Dress from the Enzoani  collection. Mistletoe is a stylish long sleeved Silk Chiffon gown with pretty covered buttons and a flowing sash. The Ghislaine is a full skirted lace and tulle gown with a beautiful beaded belt. we teamed this gown with a fabulous lace edge cape by Joyce Jackson.  Both gowns are available in my boutique, The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The flowers on the shoot were from Emma’s Home and Garden and featured beautiful details used in unique ways.  We styled three looks including: an arc of pale pink astilbe; an asymmetrical head piece of lisianthus, lavender, craspedia, gypsophilaand wax flower and a flower crown of lisianthus, craspedia, lavender, tree fern, and dried protea plus a simple hand tied posy of faded lilac limonium finished with vintage velvet ribbon.

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

Hair and Makeup on the day was styled by the super talented Victoria Farr Hair & Make Up Specialist.

Victoria says:  The brief was to create a look that is different to what we have seen on this type of styled shoot with lots of creativity. Think ‘Vogue’ with statement lips and eye liner!

Our model had the most beautiful elfin features and short blonde pixie hair which is perfect to let the makeup speak for itself. Our first look was to show the eyeliner and using lashes on the lower lash line instead of the top, which created the illusion of wider eyes and using an almost white colour on the lips with a matt finish kept the look editorial.  The lashes were removed for our second look which concentrated on Amy’s lips. Using the floral arrangements as inspiration and our location, a dark plum was used on the lips to stain them, giving a natural just bitten finish.

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

Jess of Jess Petrie Photography says:  In regards to overall styling I always free-style… it’s the way I work!  It helps me have more creative freedom on the shoot.  When something is planned expectations are under-met and/or “panic mode” sets in if something is out of place, unexpected, or different.  To work on a shoot I have to be calm and embrace things as they happen naturally.  The worst thing you can do is over think it!

Everyone had an input on the overall styling, which is what I prefer, as I like to involve the team.  It’s not all about the photographer, everyone is bringing the shoot together and working equally as hard.

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

We are trying to help brides bring out a little creativity in their overall bridal look and feel and by using matching accessories i.e belts, flowers, shoes and so on, you can style a dress in a very unique and individual way.  

The colours are always important, especially for great pictures. I would advise brides on choosing pastel colours for their accessories and flowers.  It’s nice to create a colour theme throughout and have complimenting colour schemes towards your dress and venue.

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

Little Black Book

Images: Jess Petrie Photography

Wedding Gowns: The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

Hair & Make Up: Victoria Farr Hair & Make Up Specialist

Flowers:  Emma’s Home and Garden

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

 

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Jess Petrie Photography

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge & Victoria Farr Hair & Make Up Specialist are Brides Up North Featured Suppliers, but this is not a sponsored post

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Terry Fox Couture 2014: A 1920s Styled Bridal Shoot At The Bowdon Rooms

November 1st, 2013 | Julia Braime

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

So, have you got the message yet?  We are hosting another fabulous Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham THIS Sunday 3rd November – and we’d really, really like you to be there.  Click here for all the details and to pre-register as a VIP Bride to Be.

The Bowdon Rooms Autumn 2013

Meanwhile…

Combining a bit of wedding dress eye candy of a Friday afternoon and showing off just how versatile this unique venue is (watch our for another real wedding from the venue this afternoon showing it looking completely different!) I’m proud to welcome Emma and Jonny of LOVE Bridal Boutique and Jonny Draper Photography, along with the brilliant Terry Fox, as they introduce Terry’s latest collection.  Enjoy!

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

Tell us about the new collection by Terry Fox?  What was the inspiration behind the collection? Which fabrics were chosen for the new collection and why?

Terry Fox HQ: The 2014 collection from Terry Fox was a particular treat – sizzling with sex-appeal and inspirational in its sheer creativity. Our couture-trained designer makes it look easy and that, perhaps, is the secret of her success; she layers fabrics and colours, patches together delicate pieces of the finest materials to create something that is always surprising and reliant on finish and texture rather than formal silhouettes.

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

Who would be a Terry Fox bride? 

TFHQ: A Terry Fox bride knows her own mind, is fabulously gorgeous and is looking for a bridal designer as individual as them!! Let’s say ‘classic with a twist’. Terry Fox brides understand the important aspects of a dress from fit to finish.

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

What sizes are available?

TFHQ: All sizes, all shapes, any fit! Each Terry Fox dress is uniquely created to the brides individual measurements.

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

What sort of price point?

LOVE Bridal Boutique: Prices start from around £2,100 up to and around £3,000. This cost includes the dress being made to a bride’s measurements and any minor modifications to a gown. Here at LOVE we believe Terry’s dresses to be great value for money, particularly considering the dresses are made from the finest silks and laces and are created in the UK.

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

What is the process from finding “the one” to final fitting?

LOVE: When a bride finds her dress here at LOVE, it’s a very special experience indeed, celebrated by the bride and her family with a glass of bubbly and lots of jubilation! At this point a bride’s full measurements are taken in order to ensure a perfect dress fit and also any special requests/requirements are agreed with the bride. All Terry Fox gowns are made-to-measure for every bride. The great thing about a Terry Fox gown is that they can also be modified to suit the bride – silks are available in a multitude of colours, and dress detailing/embellishment can be tailored to the bride’s individual requirements.

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

After this initial order stage a bride will usually revisit the boutique in advance of her first fitting to choose any accessories she might need, and there are a wide range of Terry Fox accessories available to compliment this dress collection perfectly.

When it comes to fittings, the bride will come back into the boutique to try her personalized gown and any minor adjustments required will be made by my in-house seamstress.

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

Why are you so excited to stock Terry Fox at LOVE?

LOVE: When we first saw Terry’s collection down at Terry’s amazing studio in Suffolk (which is a complete treasure trove by the way and just how every girl’s dream bedroom would look!), we were completely blown away and knew instantly they would be the perfect partnership with LOVE. It is clear to see that Terry lives and breathes dresses and beautiful fabrics and that comes across with every gown she creates. Every single last embellishment, intricate embroidery and drape has been carefully thought through and just takes your breath away.

We also knew that these gowns offered our brides a more unusual dress choice, and this is something which I hear time and time again from my brides. When a ‘Terry Fox bride’ (she might not know it yet!) walks through our door her eyes light up instantly. She couldn’t figure out before what she was looking for and why she couldn’t find it… until the moment she sees this beautiful collection!

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

The fact that each gown can be tailor-made to a brides requirements too, with a vast colour selection of silks to choose from is something which offers a fabulous point of difference compared to a lot of other designers on offer.

This stunning collection is definitely for the bride who wants something that little bit different and to express her creativity. Her selection of dress shapes and styles is so refreshing too in a completely inimitable Terry way!

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

What was your inspiration for the shoot, why did you choose the venue/ styling and who was involved?

LOVE: When we saw the new Terry Fox collection at The White Gallery, there was a clear 1920′s, Art Deco feel to it which was one of the reasons we loved it so much. When we realised that the new dresses we had chosen would land at the boutique around the same time as The Great Gatsby was released in the cinema, our overall inspiration for the shoot was born.

We went to see The Great Gatsby & there was such a wonderful nod towards this era in the new Terry Fox collection that we knew we just had to base our shoot on this film.

We got in touch with Neil at the amazing Bowdon Rooms in Cheshire which is an original Art Deco venue and the concept began to come to life!

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

Cue a call to vintage model, Laura Norrey (we had seen her work on Facebook & knew she would be perfect for this shoot), our amazing friends Paisley Gamble (hairdresser based at Macleod Bradley) and Gemma Hallowell (Make Up Artist), Sian and her gorgeous floral creations at The Didsbury Flower Lounge and award winning photographer (and co-owner of LOVE Bridal Boutique) Jonny Draper and our team was ready! With a simple brief of creating six completely different looks in one single day!

We were also delighted to showcase the new headdress collections from our amazing accessory designers Donna Crain and Halo & Co, and these pieces worked perfectly with Terry’s new collection.

The shoot was amazing.  Since we had a small team on the day, communication was easy, everybody relaxed very quickly and we had a lot of fun. 

Each look & set up worked perfectly & Neil and his team at The Bowdon Rooms could not have been more helpful. We were able to use literally anywhere we wanted and I think that is what ultimately gave us this great set of photographs.

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

How can brides find out more about the new Terry Fox collection at LOVE?

To find out more please contact Emma at LOVE either by phone on 0161 941 6446 or email emma@lovebridalboutique.co.uk

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

LOVE Bridal Boutique will be exhibiting with Brides Up North at The Bowdon Rooms this very Sunday 3rd November.  Do pop in and say hello, open 12pm till 4pm, completely free (because we are nice like that)!

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

Little Black Book

Photography – Jonny Draper Photography

Venue – The Bowdon Rooms, Cheshire

Dresses – Terry Fox at LOVE Bridal Boutique, Altrincham, Cheshire

Accessories – Donna Crain and Halo&Co

Model – Laura Norrey

Hair – Paisley Gamble at Macleod Bradley

Make-up – Gemma Hallowell

Flowers – Didsbury Flower Lounge

 

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Jonny Draper Photography

LOVE Bridal Boutique/ Jonny Draper Photography/ The Bowdon Rooms are Brides Up North Featured Suppliers but this is not a sponsored post

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Flaunt It Fabulously. A Styled Bridal Shoot In The North West

August 19th, 2013 | Julia Braime

www.chapterphotography.com

This morning on the blog we are showing off – one amazing elite wedding venue and the work of some really rather fabulous Northern suppliers.  Because, well, if you’ve got it (and hell yes, we’ve got it up North!) why not flaunt it?

Early one sunny Monday morning in Spring, one of the most exclusive wedding venues in the UK quietly opened it’s doors for a secret bridal photo-shoot to celebrate 15 years of Jean Jackson Couture. The shoot was to be an artistic collaboration between one of the North West’s finest dress designers and a small collection of highly sought-after and award-winning wedding suppliers, including the lovely Phoebe of Brides Up North Featured Supplier Flossy & Leigh Make Up Artist Company.  And what beautiful results…

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Pure & Simple. The Designer Series: Ivory & Co

August 15th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Ivory & Co

Ivory & Co. is an award winning company known for their designer silk wedding dresses and one of the largest selections of bridal accessories in Europe. Their head designer Sarah Bussey studied Design at the prestigious Goldsmiths College and has worked extensively in the fashion industry in New York and London.  Today we chat to her about her style philosophy, inspirations and the understated elegance of her beautiful designs. 

Sarah says: What matters is the ethos of luxury materials used to produce innovative and stylish designs. Our wedding dresses, tiaras and jewellery are chic and original whilst still being romantic and feminine.

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Eye Candy: Jenny Packham Bridal Spring/ Summer 2014

July 16th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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As regular Brides Up North readers will know, I have latterly made it my business (it’s a hard life…) to connect with the big name designers in the wedding fashion industry, find out more about their design processes, inspirations and life behind the scenes at the top bridal design houses.  After my Real Wedding features – which will always be a top priority here at Brides Up North (keepin’ it real!) – the Designer Series and Eye Candy features are my absolute favourites to put together.  After all, I once fancied a career in the fashion World myself.

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I know a huge favourite with my readers – hello you – is the lovely Ms.Jenny Packham, and it is with great excitement that I am able to share a sneak preview of the bridal brand’s 2014 Spring/ Summer collection with you today on the wedding blog. I’ll leave you dripping in silks, sparkle and tulle, but be vigilant ladies – these dresses will be landing in a boutique near you soon!

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Jenny Packham says:  The 2014 Bridal Collection is inspired by the Belle Époque era of the early 20th Century. A statement of romantically soft, feminine design, the collection encapsulates the spirit of Edwardian style and the Art Nouveau movement which defined it. The Belle Epoque or ‘beautiful era’ transformed fashion, abandoning restrictive corsetry and creating the flowing silhouette ever since associated with the Age of Elegance.

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Intricate, light beading, delicate embellishment and clean, understated silhouettes play homage to an Edwardian inspiration, whilst romantically volumous ballerina skirts, graceful tulle sleeves and elegantly exposed backs bring to mind a very modern bride, evoking scenes of a chic European destination wedding.

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Available in ivory, champagne and magnolia, luxurious silk mikado, sumptuous draped chiffons and exquisite French lace are adorned with delicate silk flowers and twinkling crystals in a spectrum of antique metallic silvers and champagnes.

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So come on then Brides Up North, which would you choose?

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 supplied by Jenny Packham

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Set your Sky Boxes For ITV’s The Wedding Shop! Confetti & Lace Are Hitting The Small Screens!

February 25th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Now, if you follow me over on Twitter or Facebook, you will know that I love a bit of telly as much as the next person.  My absolute favourite type of telly?  Downton Abbey.  End of.

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Lady Mary and co aside though, reality style documentaries or shows like The Apprentice, Grand Designs or One Born Every Minute take the biscuit for me (although given my own personal circumstances right now – huge bump and just about to pop – I’ve been avoiding that last one diligently).  

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So imagine my excitement when my friend Abbi at Confeffi and Lace – remember our huge £2,000 wedding dress giveaway here on the wedding blog last year?! – told me all about the one hour ITV film documentary that has followed their boutiques (mainly their Pudsey branch here in Yorkshire) their staff, what bridal retailers do and some of their lovely customers over 10 months last year. 

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“Anyone can walk through the door. We never know what we’re getting. In our diary all we’ve got is a name. Three hours later we probably know their life story from start to finish.”  Marg, Wedding Shop Assistant

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The Wedding Shop is on prime time ITV, 9pm on Thursday 28th February (this Thursday!) and is estimated to draw over one million viewers. One million!  Abbi tells us that “We’re already overrun in the shops with appointments so it’s great for us, all our suppliers, associates, Leeds, Harrogate, Yorkshire and the Wedding Industry”.  And that, readers, makes me very happy indeed.

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From the ITV press centre: Every year around 250,000 couples tie the knot in the UK. Confetti and Lace is one of Yorkshire’s busiest wedding shops with up to 100 brides a month coming to choose that all important item, their wedding dress.

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The Wedding Shop provides a funny, heartfelt and unique insight into British lives and attitudes to marriage.  This new 60-minute documentary follows day-to-day life at the shop and the stories of three brides as they approach their big day. In doing so it captures a glimpse into the lives of families at one of the most stressful and happiest times they will ever experience. 

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From tears and tantrums to weather mishaps and family fallouts, shop owner Abbi Lewis has learnt to expect the unexpected and admits to having seen it all. She explains: “Not everything goes to plan. I’ve seen bridesmaids slap each other.”   But along with her two right-hand women Marg and Jane, their shared enthusiasm and love of their jobs is without question and they inevitably become very emotionally attached to their brides. As Marg explains: “Every single day we hear a different story and everything is different. You never, ever get bored of this job because every single girl is unique.” Jane explains: “Probably a good comparison, although not the same, is a midwife, who’s there for the birth of somebody’s child. You’re there for the build-up to somebody’s wedding day so if we can make that little bit of a difference, and make it perfect, then it’s a good job done.”

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We meet bride Tammy, 24, who has asked her nan Betty to help her choose a dress, as her mum isn’t invited to the wedding and they haven’t spoken for five years. Tammy explains “I do think about it a lot but then there’s a part of me that thinks – it’s her loss. There were just that many more bad times than good times, that the bad just overrules it and I just think – I don’t want you there to ruin it.” Tammy’s dad Chris is looking forward to walking her up the aisle, there is just the small matter to resolve over his preferred choice of attire for the occasion. He says “The outrageous option is the leather jacket with the big skull and the Mohican hair…”

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Jo is 36 and has been married to Darren for nine years. She wants to celebrate her ten-year anniversary by renewing her vows in a dress fit for a princess, as her family were absent from the first wedding due to religious differences. Jo is relishing the chance to be a bride all over again and there is no expense spared. She says: “We’ll do it more as a fairytale than as a proper traditional wedding. We’re not quite sure how I should arrive yet, whether it should be a glass carriage, a white horse or a pink helicopter…”

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Natasha is marrying Ches, her childhood sweetheart. Their teenage romance ended, only to be rekindled a decade later. Her daughter Taylor-Leigh is her chief bridesmaid. Taylor-Leigh’s dad died in a car accident before she was born and Natasha has been a single mum ever since. She says: “I’ve always been honest with her about the whole situation…so nobody else can ever say ‘this is what happened’…it’s hard sometimes because she’s never had a male figure in her life.”  But there is complete panic at the wedding shop the night before the wedding when Natasha still hasn’t arrived to collect her dress. Has she had second thoughts about the wedding?

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Will you be watching? 

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 ITV

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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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Winter Wedding Inspiration by Wooden Hill Images

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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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Little Black Book

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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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  – Images © 2013 Wooden Hill Images

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Diary Date: NEXT WEEKEND! Mia Sposa Bridal & Menswear Launch Event

January 6th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Diciembre by Pronovias

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I’ve worked with long time Brides Up North Featured Suppliers Joy and Mark of Mia Sposa Bridal & Menswear since the launch of the wedding blog way back in 2010, and so was thrilled to be invited along to their brand new premises in Newcastle Upon Tyne recently to see the space for myself.

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Take it from me, this new boutique is something else!  Huge dressing rooms, lofty showrooms and dedicated areas for bridesmaids and menswear – it felt more like a chic loft in Manhattan’s fashion district than your average bridal boutique.  Get ready to strut your stuff!

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Alcanar by Pronovias

Alcanar by Pronovias

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Average is something that Mia Sposa are not: if you are in the market for a gorgeous gown, with exceptional service levels and are based in the North East, then make Blandford Square the first stop on your search.  

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And - BONUS! – they also want to ply you with Champagne and canapés as they celebrate 10 years of business, showcase their new collections (like the gorgeous Pronovias gowns showcased in this post – all available on site) and the launch of their new boutique next weekend!

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Mia Sposa Bridal & Menswear Launch Weekend

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Joy says: We are thrilled to be showcasing our gorgeous new boutique, latest collections and also celebrating 10 years helping brides and grooms in the region with a re-launch event on Friday 11th – Sunday 13th January 2013 at Blandford Square in Newcastle Upon Tyne – by appointment only.   

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We have a few bridal appointments left for Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th January and would love to meet Brides Up North readers and help them to celebrate with a glass of bubbly too.

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We are working with our trusted wedding suppliers Karen McGowran , Daisychain Events , Burnett 4 Cakes, ND Make Up and Greener Interiors who are setting up inspirational displays over the weekend in the boutique. 

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For more details or to make an appointment please contact Joy at Mia Sposa Bridal & Menswear:

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18 Blandford Square

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  – Images © 2013 Mia Sposa Bridal & Menswear and Pronovias – all dresses shown available from Mia Sposa Bridal & Menswear

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Eye Candy: Belle & Bunty Bridal Is Heading North!

July 17th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Oh I do like a bit of eye candy on on dreary Tuesday morning, don’t you?  Better still – it’s coming our way soon! Do you love it?

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Belle & Bunty is the cult London based womenswear label appearing regularly in the pages of the fashion
press and loved by celebrities including Victoria Beckham, Fearne Cotton and Amanda Holden, amongst others. The label was established in April 2003 by London College of Fashion trained Alice Shreeve & Hannah Coniam~Tompson, the designers behind the Belle & Bunty label, and their first collection was shown as part of London Fashion Week in September 2003.

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Belle & Bunty Bridal launched at the end of 2010 with key bestselling style The Willow from the Ready-to-
Wear collection as well as Alice and Hannah’s own wedding dress styles ~ The Belle and The Bunty and brand new designs. The girls say: “The Belle & Bunty Bridal collection is perfect for brides wanting something less traditional on their big day, that is extremely fashion conscious and also modern. Each bridal gown has an elegance and effortless glamour with a slight hint to vintage.”

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”All styles are available in ivory or cream in a selection of 100% pure silk fabrics making them extremely
luxurious to wear as well as feeling very comfortable, allowing you to have fun and feel at ease on your big day.” 

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All Belle & Bunty Bridal styles are handmade in England and the collection is available to order throughout
the year at the Belle & Bunty Boutique in London, as well as select boutiques throughout the UK.  Excitingly,  Hannah says “We are working on our Northern wholesale stockists! To start off with we are in talks with a boutique in Birmingham and are currently liaising with one shop in Cheshire and one in Manchester.”

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That’s what we like to hear girls!  Watch this space. 

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Prices start from £1,200 and the standard lead time is between 4-6 months, although styles can be made
quicker if needed. Non-bridal colours are also available in all styles for a more adventurous bride or for
bridemaids’ dresses.  Contact Belle & Bunty for more information and view more styles in the album below. 

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Don’t say I never do anything for you!

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Happy Feet! Rachel Simpson Bridal Shoes Showcase At The White Room Sheffield

April 15th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Afternoon Brides Up North!  I hope that you are having a lovely Sunday.

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I’m about to say those three little words that make every girl’s heart flutter:

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Let’s. Talk. Shoes. 

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Or more specifically 10% off gorgeous designer bridal shoes at The White Room Sheffield’s latest soiree!

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The lovely Chloe of the The White Room says: We are proud to be showcasing Rachel Simpson’s new 2012 shoe collection on Thursday 26th April 2012 at The White Room Bridal Boutique, 20 Norfolk Row, Sheffield.

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As well as her brand new collection, we will also have a wide range of her continuing collection including Mimi, Eva and Marilyn here for all to see too.

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Rachel’s shoes are perfect for the bride looking for style, vintage inspiration and a modern look far removed from the traditional satin bridal shoe that dominates the market. Her shoes in leather, lace and suede have intricate details such as champagne piping and floral inserts and all come with non-slip soles and a super soft sole, ensuring comfort is paramount.

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Not only will you be able to see the new collection before it is in the boutiques, you will also have the chance to meet Rachel herself and get her expert opinion and knowledge for your wedding shoes to complete your look.

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We will be hosting from 4pm to 8pm as an open house, so just pop along and make your feet happy! No appointment needed.

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Rachel’s shoes start at £145 and we are happy to say that all shoes purchased at the event will receive a nice 10% off so then you can go out and have a glass of wine with the girls afterwards!

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Click here for more information on the Rachel Simpson 2013 collection at The White Room. 

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I think you might just find this there too!  Marilyn… I’m coming to get you!

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