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Pastel Plans & Floral Fancies! Wednesday Wedding Inspiration

February 20th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Pastel Plans - Wedding Inspiration

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1. Tag Washing Line 2. Tags Frame 3. Bunting Table Plan 4. Bird Place Card 5. Butterfly Place Card 6. Lavender Pot Plan 7. Tag & Handkerchief Place Card 8. Pinwheel Place Cards

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It’s a double whammy of lovely this Wednesday as our regular guest blogger Katy has been busy sourcing the pastel pretties for Brides Up North reader Natasha.  I’m certainly not complaining!

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Katy says: This week I was asked by lovely bride Natasha for some wedding inspiration with her fun pastel theme wedding. Natasha needed help with ideas for her table decor, florals and place cards and I have put together these two beautifully coloured boards to fill you all with inspiration.

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The humble luggage tag is one of my favourite ways to direct your guests to their seats. There are endless ways of displaying them and they don’t always have to give off a vintage rustic feel. Keep them crisp and white with a modern ribbon and pin to a beautiful frame or attach to a single flower at your guest’s table setting. If vintage is your thing then brown or aged tags are perfect. Stain them with tea and attach knick knacks that mean something to you – wooden bobbins, rusted keys, pegs, brooches…

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I love interactive seating plans and place cards that can become part of your decor. Vicky Trainor’s linen floral bunting/washing line plan is to die for, and I think your guests would be pretty impressed at the simplicity of the bird & butterflies perched on their glassware or cutlery!
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Floral Fancies - Wedding Inspiration

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1. Pastel Jars 2. Floral Crate Centrepiece 3. Coloured Glass Table Scape 4. Nude Florals 5. Blue Teacup Candles 6. Ombre Tulips 7. Bow Napkin Decor

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Floral wise there is a huge trend for mixing and matching. If you are filling your bouquet with sophisticated blooms that are a tad expensive to use in all your centrepieces just blend a few in with cheaper options or make a feature of the fancier flowers by using single stems in thin glass bottles.

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I absolutely love the chic effect of bundled tulips in varying colours – this could be easily replicated with a variation of flowers to suit your theme or budget. The rustic crate centrepiece is one of my favourites and if you are wanting to keep the florals pale, add colour around the crate with pretty candles, coloured glassware or napkins – and how amazing is the bow napkin idea?!

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I hope this has fuelled everyone’s wedding brains and inspired you to get decorative with table plans!

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Hopefully the colours will entice the Spring weather out of hiding…

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Katy will be exhibiting at the Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition at Hardwick Hall Hotel, this Sunday.   Come along and say hello – the event is FREE ENTRY and is open to the public from 12pm – 4pm.

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Click here for more information about the event and to reserve your VIP bride to be goody bag, packed with treats, exclusive discounts and magazines.

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Remember: the plan is to share a new inspiration board in this time slot every other week, either compiled by myself, regular guest blogger Katy or YOU: get in touch with your own ideas and inspiration boards! We’ll be discussing our inspirations behind the images too so it’s simply going to be a whole load of lovely.

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If you are a little less arty but in need of inspiration and still want to play along, we will also be taking requests for colour schemes and themes and making bespoke boards for my readers. Please contact me to suggest a theme or colour scheme.

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Click here to see previous Wednesday Wedding Inspiration Mood Boards

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Real Wedding Recap 2012: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire With Blue Shoes, Ice Cream, Parasols & A Bouncy Castle – Christina & Craig

December 24th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Over the festive period I’ll be recapping some of my very favourite Real Weddings from the last 12 months on the wedding blog. It’s been a tough choice! In true Brides Up North style, each wedding featured on these pages is unique, beautiful and gorgeously personal. It’s been an exceptionally fabulous year! Enjoy…

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This fan-bloomin- tabulous Real Wedding was sent to me by Featured Supplier and friend Lynne of Stems Design, who worked her little cotton socks off to create the most stunning floral displays for her friend Christina’s big day. 

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Now I don’t know if its the tiny page’s hats, the parasols or the huge feeling of glee I get from these images, but I feel like kicking up my heels and dancing across the rooftops a bit, Mary Poppins style! 

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Revel in it, and be inspired!

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Let’s hear from today’s stunning bride, Christina:  We got engaged on a Med cruise in Venice on a small bridge away from all the hustle and bustle in September 2010 and married on 17 July 2011 at St Margaret’s Church Brotton with our reception at Grinkle Park Hotel in Easington.

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I have lived in Brotton my whole life and have lots of fond memories of the church, my eldest sister was married here too which is my first memory of a perfect wedding.  Grinkle Park has always been in my family as the whole family go there one day over Christmas period to get together for dinner, this is a tradition that goes back long before i was born!

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I loved it when my Dad and I got out of the car outside of the church, the feeling is indescribable, and my Dad shed a tear which was lovely. 

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Our theme was kind of vintage glam, but really it was just lots of bits and pieces that I love, rather than solely sticking to a theme. I love lace and pearls and wanted the whole thing to be very dreamy and soft. I also wanted it to be fun and relaxed, not too formal and very personal.  Colour wise, we decided on a mixture of pastels, mainly baby pink and blue.

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My bridesmaids wore ivory 50’s halter neck tea length gowns with pale pink satin laced petticoats. I got them made to measure from Honey Pie Boutique and I was amazed at the quality when they came.  I had my three nieces as flower girls and they wore hand made dresses in pale pink. I made the headbands for my bridesmaids after seeing some I loved but didn’t want to pay the price for six of them! When we finished making them I loved them more than anything i had seen in the shops.

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I went for a Pronovias fitted drop waist lace bodice with a full skirt made up of individual lace trimmed frills… I loved it! It was from Poppy Bridal in Darlington and the lady who worked there made my headdress to match using the same lace my dress was made of, I think I almost loved the headdress more than the dress!

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Stems Design did all the flowers on the day – the most gorgeous blooms that I have ever seen! 

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To personalise things, I had collected lots of china tea cups from charity shops to use as my favours to our lady guests, we had whiskey bottles for the men with a picture of me and Craig together from when we were 12.  On the back of everyone’s name place was a memory myself or Craig had of that guest. We called each table after a bridge in Venice and we also hand made the invitations which included the actual invitation sewn onto a lace handkerchief for the guest to keep. Instead of a paper guest book I cut lots of squares of different pink and blue fabric up and pinned them to a scrap book for the quests to leave their notes on, eventually i will get round to sewing them together to make a patchwork quilt.

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Treats wise, we hired an ice cream van and chose an ivory five tiered cake that reminded me of the lace on my dress. We had four different flavours including fruit, chocolate, carrot and ginger.

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We both really loved the whole day,  but the first dance to the Beatles Twist and Shout was memorable! All our close friends got up after about a minute and joined in with us which we loved.  

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Craig’s dad booked us a surprise Western Med cruise for our honeymoon which we loved, we went to lots of places such as Barcelona, Southern France, Naples Italy, and Pisa.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to relax and enjoy every single moment of the day, don’t worry if your guests are having a good time. Get plenty of pictures and ask if your photographer will stay for after your first dance, our pictures of us and guests dancing are amazing! Also don’t forget to get some of your cake! I did!

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HEARTCongratulations Christina & Craig! HEART

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Friday Fabulous!

October 5th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Leafy Couture from Russell Jeanes of Artisan Films on Vimeo.

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My friend and colleague Sarah of Leafy Couture sent me this beautiful little film of floral inspiration, and it was too beautiful not to share. 

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Grab your Friday morning cuppa and prepare to be very inspired!

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The Mansion Wedding Exclusive - Luxury Wedding Exhibition.

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Leafy Couture will see all you lovely brides to be at the Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at The Mansion this Sunday 7th October 2012, 12pm – 4pm, free entry.  Have you pre-registered for your VIP Bride To Be Goody Bag yet? Click here.

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A Year In Bloom: A Bouquet For June

June 26th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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In this new series on the wedding blog, one of my friends and very favourite florists Sarah of Leafy Couture shares her favourite seasonal blooms for each month of the year with twelve stunning bouquet ideas for you to print out and keep.  Scrapbooks at the ready!

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James Melia for Leafy Couture

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White Peonies

Lily of the Valley

White Freesia

Rosemary

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Sarah of Leafy Couture says: One of the many joys of being a wedding florist is the changing season keep provides you with constant inspiration. June to me will always signify peonies, the heady scent, the delicate unfolding layers of the petals. I get so excited when the first ones are available. Here white peonies have been tied together with Lily of the Valley, the tiny delicate bells that have such a special short season, We have brides who have chosen their wedding date based on the availability of this delicate pairing.

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I added delicate white freesia too, my favourite scent. I had a huge vase of freesia in the room when I was getting ready on my own wedding day, the smell of them takes me back to the nervous excitement I felt that morning. I have also added rosemary, a lovely summer herb to use in bouquets as it not only adds more scent but signifies remembrance. It is so important to have scent in your bouquet as when you smell that same scent in the future the memories will come flooding back.

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The style of this bouquet is classic, elegant and would suit all kinds of dresses, it would work especially well with a lace embellished dress as it is very romantic.

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Wedding Planning SOS: Hello Petal!

March 15th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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It might not surprise you that when planning my own wedding, I was one of those brides who kept a wedding scrapbook (more on my own wedding scrapbook coming up very soon on the wedding blog) – not so much a place for collecting ideas – more a work of art to be treasured for centuries to come.  By me and me alone, but still:  it was fabulous!

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So, when it came to finding a florist to turn my dreams into reality (and on budget!) this was no mean feat.  I was lucky to know and work with amazing North East florist Claire De Lune, who absolutely nailed it on our big day (you can see some pictures here, here, here and here if you are so inclined) – but what if you have no idea where to start?

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That’s where my fabulous guest blogger and Yorkshire wedding planner, Helen of Bash comes in!  Take it away Helen! 

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With images by Faye Hatton Photography and flowers by Leafy Couture

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Helen says: As an established Wedding Planner, I am experienced in helping couples at various stages of the planning process to achieve their perfect day. It is something I am particularly passionate about. Nothing gives me greater satisfaction than the sight of a gleaming smile on the face of a radiant bride, enjoying every moment as her dream day unfolds. With this in mind, is it surprising that I am ever so slightly particular about the suppliers I choose to work with? It’s essential they share the same ethos: they’ll be prepared to take time to get to know and understand you, and will be determined to deliver a service that exceeds your expectations.

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In many cases, this is often the very reason why so many Brides contact me. Having chosen a venue and visited a number of wedding fairs where they’ve met numerous photographers and tasted great cake, they need a helping hand in refining their choices but don’t know where to start.

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So far in this series, we’ve looked at identifying priorities, choosing a venue, finding the right photographer and sourcing stationery, and now it’s the florist’s turn. Granted, your florist plays a huge part in terms of creating some of the most important accessories for your day, but before you rush out to meet them, please take another leaf out of this little ‘Wedding Planning SOS’ book.

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Great florists do get booked early and often impose a limit on the number of weddings they are willing to do to ensure they can offer a personal service so it is worth starting the search as early as possible.  Before you get started, look for testimonials on florists’ own websites. There’s nothing quite like a genuine recommendation.

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Not only is it important to choose wisely, it is vital that you give them all the information they need in order to create what you’re looking for. There are a number of factors which will almost certainly influence your choice of flowers, not least the venue (in terms of its scope and grandeur), the style of your dress and of course, any colour palette you have in mind.

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In preparation for any consultations, it is also worthwhile gathering together fabric swatches and collecting images, clippings and articles which help to illustrate what you do and do not like. Whilst you may not have the time to invest in creating mood boards, at least be prepared to describe what you consider to be the key aspects of your day as these will inevitably have a bearing on the choices you make.

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Even if you haven’t selected your dress, be prepared to talk about the styles you like and what you believe will suit you. Bear in mind that you will be carrying the ultimate accessory which should complement both the dress and your body shape. An oversized bouquet can so easily overshadow a simple gown or cover up gorgeous curves, which could otherwise be accentuated. Visualise yourself carrying your bouquet. How does it look? How do you want to feel?

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Think of a reason… will your bouquet and any other floral accessories contain any flowers which have a special meaning to you? Perhaps there’s a particular flower that resonates with you because its appearance or scent reminds you of a special person, place or time.

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Whatever the season… although it has to be said that some flowers are simply not available all year round, a great florist should usually be able to source what you’re looking for, or at least suggest a suitable alternative. Do bear in mind that seasonality can have a significant bearing on cost. Flowers are particularly expensive around Valentine’s and Mother’s Day and at Christmas time, red and white roses generally become more expensive.

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Once you’ve considered these points, you are ready to meet with a florist to talk through your ideas. This is an ideal opportunity to ask questions about the service they offer:

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Who will create your bouquet, bridesmaid’s flowers, ceremony arrangements, centre pieces, button holes and corsages? Many hands make light work but how personal is the service you will receive?

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Will they deliver to multiple locations and will this be included in their quotation or is there an additional cost?

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How flexible are they? If they’re delivering flowers for more than one wedding on your wedding day, can they co-ordinate delivery with your photographer’s arrival? This is particularly important if you want to incorporate the delivery of the flowers into the documentary of your day.

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Is it possible to see a sample of their work?

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Are they prepared to arrange a meeting at the venue?

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 Could any elements be re-cycled? For example, flowers used to decorate the ceremony might also be utilised during the reception or evening celebrations. Perhaps they might even double up as gifts?

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 Will they collect any hired items, such as vessels or vases the next day or is it your responsibility to return them?

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What are their payment terms?

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Following the consultation, your florist should write up a detailed proposal, itemising the number of arrangements, the kinds of flowers to be used, and any additional costs associated with delivery and set-up.

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If you have followed this advice and asked the right questions, I hope you will be happy with the outcome and receive precisely the flowers you want. You will certainly avoid some of the pitfalls that are usually the result of a florist having no option other than to create their own interpretation of your ideas, because you haven’t been clear from the start.

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Previous guest posts by Helen:

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Wedding Planning SOS- Practical Paper- Wedding Invitations

Wedding Planning SOS – Picture Perfect- How To Choose A Wedding Photographer

Your Move! Wedding Planning SOS- Where On Earth To Begin?!

Wedding Planning SOS- Hotel, Motel, Holiday Inn- Wedding Venue Rescue

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Real Wedding Recap 2011: Chicka Bow Wow Chihuahua! A Farm Wedding In Yorkshire – Katie & Thomas

December 24th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Starting off my Christmas 2012 recap of the wedding blog’s favourite Real Weddings from 2012 with style is Katie & Thomas’ farm wedding in Yorkshire.  This wedding manages to be crazy, quirky and cool whilst also being exceptionally beautiful.  I just love it!  Merry Christmas Katie and Thomas!

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When Matt Tordoff of Greyeye Photography got in touch to say that he had an amazing Yorkshire wedding for me to to feature on the wedding blog with chimney sweeps, bubbles, tunnels, head to toe tweed, rainbow wellies and a Chihuahua bridesmaid, I thought it was another of his jokes (like the time he put me in Maggie Sottero in the Yorkshire Dales and handed me a lead attached to a whippet).  Turns out it wasn’t.

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With some stunning photography by Mr Tordoff, Katie and Thomas’ Real Wedding is something very, very special indeed. 

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Over to Katie: We got engaged on Valentines Day 2011 after going to the Isle of Skye for a week to stay in a thatched cottage with our Great Danes and married on 13th August 2011 in our local village church at Nun Monkton. 

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After getting married we took a short drive back to our family small holding for the celebrations to start. It was an obvious choice as it is a very prominent part of our lives.  We wanted an informal English country wedding. 

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My dress was from The Bridal Lounge Of York and my bridesmaids wore dresses made by Rebecca Downes which were gold with a cream underskirt to match our colour scheme.  I carried Old English roses with white hydrangeas and white gladioli in a long stem bouquet.

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I stayed with my bridesmaids at Rudding Park the night before the wedding, and had organised for a vintage bus to take us to the church. whilst Tom went with his family into the village and then walked to the church with the guests.

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Click through to see the rest of Katie and Thomas’ stunning and original images, and to hear more about their day. 

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Blooming Gorgeous! Happy Fifth Birthday Leafy Couture!

October 24th, 2011 | Julia Braime


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A few weeks ago this was invited along to join in the celebrations for my Florist friend Leafy Couture’s Fifth Birthday at Harewood House’s Wedding Open Evening.  As one of a select number of exhibitors, I spent an utterly gorgeous evening drinking champagne and chatting to brides to be in the beautifully decorated Courtyard, bedecked with blooms by Sarah and her team.

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This morning, we celebrate with Sarah, find out about Leafy Couture’s roots and how they hope to grow, whilst she shares some seeds of wisdom that will help you in choosing your own wedding flowers. 

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Happy Birthday Leafy Couture – tell Brides Up North about how it all began?

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I was searching for a creative change in direction and was given a beautiful bouquet of flowers.  I was blown away by the style, textures and fab colours… I quickly researched courses and my love affair began! I booked myself on a course and part of the requirements was 120 hours work experience. I blagged myself into a job in a local florist and was soon learning the ropes. I later moved on to a more modern and funky florist, spending all my time researching new designs, trips to London to see famous florists and lots of trade shows and exhibitions.

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I took the leap of setting up on my own five years ago as I wanted to concentrate on weddings and special events.  We did 15 weddings in the first year from my mum’s cellar, with candelabra arrangements lining the cellar steps and large pedestal displays in the front room!  We soon outgrew the cellar and moved into premises. The past five years we have gone from strength to strength and have done weddings as far as Belfast and London, with work regularly published in the national magazines such as Wedding Magazine and Wedding flowers. We also teach flower school. In the busy summer months we can have up to six leafy girls busy making arrangements so its all go and we wouldn’t have it any other way!

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What are your qualifications?

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I have BTEC level two and three diploma in Floristry and also taught Floristry for two years with my PTLLS teaching qualification at Shipley College.  I also have a Degree in Sociology.

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What services do you offer?

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We create all the flowers that couples will need on their special day from bridal party flowers, ceremony arrangements to venue dressing. We have dressed marquees, hotels, stately homes and private parties. We also have a large range of hire items such as candelabras, trees, cake stands, candlesticks and vintage props. We offer an initial consultation then can meet couples at their chosen venue for a site visit if needed and we can create mock up arrangements to help them visualize their day.

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Can Brides Up North come in to see you and do they need an appointment?

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We offer a by appointment only service and couples can come and see what we do and look at our portfolio. We do have a price list but it is a guide as all weddings are bespoke. We ask for £100 deposit to book the date and we do get booked up quickly for certain dates in the summer.

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If you had to make Leafy Couture a birthday bouquet, what would you include?

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Hard question as we love so many flower combinations… it would have to contain roses as they feature heavily in our work and as our birthday is officially in the summer we would probably include hydrangea, sweet peas, astrantia with lots of herbs and textures. We would also include some David Austin roses as they smell divine!

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What was the thinking behind the open evening at Harewood House?

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Well, we are five years old and in this day and age its important to celebrate still being here and being so busy. We love an excuse for a bit of a celebration and there is always time for cake.

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We are the recommended Wedding florist for Harewood House and so we thought it would be a great place to celebrate and to showcase some designs.  It is such a beautiful location and its right on our doorstep. We love dressing the Pavilion and the Courtyard: they are such blank canvasses and so you can let your imagination run wild with any theme.

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What are your plans for the future with Leafy Couture?

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We are developing the flower school for brides to be and hen parties with the Michelin starred Box Tree in Ilkley and so people can create fab arrangements and have an amazing dining experience at the same time.

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We shall keep doing what we do with over 40 weddings booked in for 2012 already and also look forward to working on some more photo-shoots with our industry friends. They are a chance for us to play and show our creativity, we love being in the wedding industry.

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What are you top 5 tips for wedding flowers?

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HEARTGo with what you love, its your wedding not anyone else’s, so do your homework, trawl wedding blogs, rip out pages of magazines…

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HEARTGo seasonal – flowers are just at their best at the right time of year. 

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HEARTChose a delicate scented flower in your bouquet to calm any last minute nerves – flowers you could choose include – lily of the valley, sweet peas, peonies, lavender, mint and freesia.

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HEARTLess is more: sometimes just using one type of flower en masse can look just stunning.

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HEART If you are on a budget spend the most on your bouquet as it is the most photographed arrangement on the day, when else in your life do you carry flowers?

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What are your no nos for wedding flowers?

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HEARTDon’t be too gimmicky… flowers are beautiful so let them speak for themselves

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HEARTI’m not a lover of red and white together in a bouquet as it looks too stark.

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HEARTIf you are going to try do flowers yourselves to save money then do a course such as at our flower school or a local college.

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HEARTIf you are having different people creating flowers for different areas such as bridal, church and reception keep it simple. 

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Faye Hatton Photography

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Faye Hatton Photography

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Why do you read and like Brides Up North?

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We love Brides up North as it is a fabulous resource for brides providing daily inspiration and a great place to find suppliers. We are also passionate about the North and so its great to see a wedding blog flying the flag for the North showcasing all the talent we have up here. I was very lucky to have my own wedding featured on Brides Up North and felt very proud seeing my husband and I on the blog. We also attended the tweet up in Leeds it was a great way to meet industry friends.

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If you were making a Brides Up North bouquet – what would it include?

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I think we would create a really vibrant bouquet with a modern feel and with lots of pink! We would use cerise anemones with black centres as they are funky and modern but a very beautiful spring flower to reflect the freshness of Brides Up North. We would include lots of roses as they come in lots of gorgeous pinks and also pink ranunculus to carry on the spring theme. We would finish the bouquet with some lime green guelder rose to add a funky feel and bind the stems with cerise ribbon, a black lace overlay and black pearl pins.

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{Ooh!  Yes please!}

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  – Images © 2011 Faye Hatton Photography

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