Brides Up North

White On White. A Winter Woodland Styled Wedding Inspiration Shoot In Cheshire

December 1st, 2013 | Julia Braime

Amanda Balmain

Can you believe its Advent already?  I’ve so much gorgeous Real Wedding content to share with you between now and when that New Year’s ball drops that I thought I’d sneak in a pretty Sunday post to welcome the season.

If you’re planning a winter wedding – or just thinking about decorating your home for the holidays – there’s nothing chicer than layering white on white, as this lovely little decor and details inspiration shoot from North West photographer Amanda Balmain and floral designer Sharon Saberi at Aphrodite Flowers shows.  Be inspired to create something lovely this Christmas. 

Amanda Balmain

Amanda says:  Sharon and I actually put together this simple shoot earlier this year, but the ideas would work equally well for a beautiful winter wedding breakfast.  We would both love to work on an outdoor wedding and we thought this gorgeous tree in the pretty woodland setting was just perfect. We had such fun decorating the tree and it looked so pretty that we both thought we would like to get married again right there (although we’d have to wrap up warm)!  On the day the light was just perfect to give a warm glow to our all white winter floral colour palette. 

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Amanda Balmain

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Amanda Balmain

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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

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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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Country Life: Vintage Gowns & Glorious Tiaras For A Styled Bridal Shoot In The North West

October 21st, 2013 | Julia Braime

J Broughton Photography

We’re starting the week with the best of intentions (all wholesome and outdoorsy) with a gorgeously simple styled shoot “down on the farm” sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Janet of J Broughton Photography who heads up a talented collective on North West wedding industry suppliers. 

Get your first fix of fresh air, and a big dose of beautiful here on the blog this morning with the prettiest vintage gowns and most stunning bridal accessories.  How much do you love this wedding hair?!

J Broughton Photography

Janet says: Over the summer Heidi from Glorious Tiaras and I had “met” on Twitter and soon realised that we were both keen to put together a styled shoot. A few coffees and cakes later and we’d decided on a theme that mixed vintage and rustic styles but more importantly that we wanted to use it as an opportunity to bring together and showcase different wedding professionals.

J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

We were fortunate to find a brand new rustic wedding venue, The Wellbeing Farm that was a perfect location for the shoot. Vintage Lane Bridal provided the genuine vintage wedding dresses that perfectly accompanied Heidi’s amazing vintage brooch bouquets and tiaras and hair and make up was expertly styled by Jaki Ann.  Laura from Love My Trike brought along Tilly the vintage ice cream tricycle with a variety of props and Jane from Pearlie Queen Collectibles loaned some wonderful vintage accessories. On the day we had two fantastic models, Madeline is an aspiring model and although James works at the farm and didn’t have too much choice in getting involved he was great too !

J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

As you imagine with an outdoor shoot we were very weather dependant, our first attempt was on a day with a forecast for dry weather, and it was.  Or at least it was until just after the hair and make up was done and we all ventured outside, at which point it hail stoned, rained, thundered and lightened and all with a twenty minute period!  We abandoned the shoot and met again a week later when the weather was much kinder, a little mist in the background but with the sun peeping through we had the perfect weather and had a great time putting together something creative, showing off everyone’s talents and eating Heidi’s homemade flapjacks. 

J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

The day was such a success that Heidi and I have decided we would love to do this on a regular basis. Our next project involves a group of art students and is likely to be something quite theatrical with a gothic twist.   We are keen to hear from wedding professionals who would like to be involved in future creative projects and can be contacted via our websites at www.jbroughton.co.uk or www.glorioustiaras.co.uk.

J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

J Broughton Photography

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Images: J Broughton Photography

Venue:  The Wellbeing Farm

Vintage wedding dresses: Vintage Lane Bridal

Accessories: Glorious Tiaras

Vintage Ice Cream Trike: Love My Trike

Props: Pearlie Queen Collectibles

Hair and Make Up: Jaki Ann

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 J Broughton Photography

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We Love Yorkshire: A Styled Wedding Inspiration Shoot

September 6th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Ruth Mitchell Photography

So, it’s official – Autumn has arrived.  The weathermen are saying that there’ll be no more sun for us, and I find my thoughts turning to new boots and winter coats (ah ok, I was thinking about those back in July… always a season ahead of myself)!  If you’ve got a September wedding coming up, don’t despair, I reckon we can still squeeze out an Indian summer yet.

If you’ve cracked open the black opaque tights and are anticipating lunch at your desk (forgot your umbrella?  Thought so) then today’s sunny styled shoot sent to me by Ruth Mitchell Photography and  celebrating our great Yorkshire countryside should take you back to less soggy times. 

Be inspired… there’s always next year!

Ruth Mitchell Photography

Ruth Mitchell Photography

Ruth Mitchell Photography

Ruth Mitchell Photography

Ruth Mitchell Photography

Ruth says: We all knew all along but now it’s official, Yorkshire has earned the title of the leading destination at the World Travel Awards. With it’s dramatic landscapes, stunning coastline and vibrant cities and great architecture what better place to get married?

Ruth Mitchell Photography

Ruth Mitchell Photography

Ruth Mitchell Photography

Ruth Mitchell Photography

Ruth Mitchell Photography

Ruth Mitchell Photography

Way back in April, Yorkshire Country Weddings decided that we wanted to share some of the natural beauty of the area with you.  Based right in the middle of the Dales and North Yorkshire Moors national parks in the area where James Herriot had his veterinary practice, we were inspired to have a photo-shoot with a simple country theme in keeping with the area.

Ruth Mitchell Photography

Ruth Mitchell Photography

Ruth Mitchell Photography

Ruth Mitchell Photography

Ruth Mitchell Photography

Ruth Mitchell Photography

Ruth Mitchell Photography

Ruth Mitchell Photography

Ruth Mitchell Photography

We love some of the gorgeous themed weddings that brides choose but we thought that the beautiful landscape surrounding Laskill Country House in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park spoke for itself -so on a very windy day in April some of the areas best wedding suppliers got together to showcase the area and their products. See if you can spot anyone under the table hanging onto the tablecloth so that it didn’t blow away – again!

Ruth Mitchell Photography

Ruth Mitchell Photography

Ruth Mitchell Photography

Ruth Mitchell Photography

Ruth Mitchell Photography

Ruth Mitchell Photography

Due to the wind we were unable to take all of the outside shots that we would have liked to, but you can sample them for yourself on Sunday 22nd September when Yorkshire Country Weddings are holding a wedding fair at Laskill Country House which is near Helmsley and just along the road from the fabulous Rievaulx Abbey. After meeting the suppliers you can soak up the scenery with a free coffee, and a cake if your fancy takes you, and chat about the ideas and inspiration you have gleaned from your visit.

Ruth Mitchell Photography

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Images: Ruth Mitchell Photography

Wedding Flowers: Elise Flowers

Wedding Dresses: Carlton Couture Bridal

Props: Party On Balloons and Event Hire

Wedding Cakes: Fairycakes & Co

Make Up: Shazia Brierley Makeup Artist

Stationery: Oh Abigail

Venue: Laskill Country House

 

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Ruth Mitchell Photography

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Flower Garlands & Paper Poms: A Styled Boho Wedding Inspiration Shoot In The North East

September 4th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Captured Hearts Photography

Dashing in with a quick dose of (very) prettiness as an antidote to the madness and chaos – chaos I tell you! – at Brides Up North HQ ahead of our largest event of the season this Sunday at Ramside Hall Hotel.  It’s all floor plans, fashion shows and VIP goody bag stuffing here, but I hope that this lovely little shoot sent to me by Poppy of Papaver Designs provides you with a little wedding inspiration zen this evening.  I sure as hell need some!

Images by Captured Hearts Photography

Captured Hearts Photography

Poppy says:  An idyllic garden in Spennymoor, Durham was transformed into the setting for a glamorous wedding themed photo shoot earlier this month. I talked my neighbours into hosting after a woodland venue cancelled at the last minute. It turned out to be the perfect setting for this boho glam style shoot.

Captured Hearts Photography

Captured Hearts Photography

This otherwise normal back garden was home to an abundance of wedding cakes, bunting, artwork, decorations, models and businesses from across the North East. They all came together to create a unique and inspirational photo shoot to inspire brides for their special day.

Inspiration was taken from bohemian ideals. Love, life and music played a big part in this theme. Bright pinks and purples mixed with gold contrasted with the natural garden setting to make a bold statement. 

Captured Hearts Photography

Captured Hearts Photography

Captured Hearts Photography

Among the businesses involved was photographer, Emily Pearson from Captured Hearts Photography. I originally met Emily at Derwentside Enterprise Agency where we both got business support and advice via mentoring, workshops and free courses. 

Captured Hearts Photography

Captured Hearts Photography

I create handmade lanterns, wedding stationery and other wedding-inspired items. I run a busy online shop and website and am enjoying selling my hand-made wares all over the world. However my heart is in the North East and the amazing talent that is here.

Captured Hearts Photography

Captured Hearts Photography

Captured Hearts Photography

Captured Hearts Photography

Captured Hearts Photography

I enjoy getting together with local businesses to create photo shoots.  It’s a great way to make connections and promote each other’s work. There is some amazing talent in the North East and we should be proud of the independent businesses that come from here.

Captured Hearts Photography

Captured Hearts Photography

Captured Hearts Photography

Captured Hearts Photography

Captured Hearts Photography

Captured Hearts Photography

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Papaver Designs – Wedding stationery, tissue paper pom poms, lanterns and favours

Captured Hearts Photography – Photographer

Emma Bunting  – personalised bunting for all occasions

House of Boutique Cakes – bespoke cakes for every occasion

Anna Mobile Beauty – mobile beauty treatments

Kathryn S Trueman Bridal & Occasions – Bridal and occasion wear

Kelebek Art – Bespoke collages featuring inspiring quotes

Woven Menswear –  Menswear

Daisychain Events – Wedding and event planning

Gabrielle Kerry & Dan Smith – Models

 

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Captured Hearts Photography

Emma Bunting is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, but this is not a sponsored post

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Pearls v Polka Dots! A 1950’s Inspired Wedding Inspiration Shoot At The Bowdon Rooms

May 14th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I’m extremely excited about our first ever luxury and vintage wedding exhibition in the North West – more specifically at The Bowdon Rooms in Altrincham, Cheshire – this coming Sunday 19th May 2013.

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Last year, when sourcing a venue for our first North West show (it had to be perfect – something new to add to our portfolio of diverse venues, not too big, not too small, not too clichéd, and something a little bit unique).  I featured these images on the wedding blog as part of a styled shoot and knew that I had to get across to The Bowdon Rooms to talk to the team and see it for myself.  A castle venue this is not, but if you are looking for an authentic and friendly venue with a real vintage vibe, yet big enough to hold a proper party – this is for you.

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Come along and see Brides Up North and our fabulous exhibitors (plus a few exciting surprises – wait and see!) this Sunday 19th May 2013.  Some of the team behind this photo shoot will be there to meet you and show off their talents in person as well as a hand picked selection of the regions’ finest wedding suppliers.   We are open from 12pm – 4pm and entry is FREE!

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If you would like to beat the queues, gain speedy entry and grab yourself a FREE Brides Up North Welcome Pack packed with little treats from Brides Up North, the regions’ best bridal glossy mags well as some fab on-the-day-only exhibitor discounts – while stocks last only – you can pre-register for VIP Bride to Be access now. What are you waiting for?

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To register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Welcome Pack fill in your details below, marking YOUR EVENT VENUE OF CHOICE e.g. “THE BOWDON ROOMS” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Welcome Pack upon entry to the Luxury Wedding Exhibitions.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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The team say: Have you ever thought you’d been born in the wrong era?  Do you love the post war formal wear of the 40s, the fun and froth of Carnaby Street, Mary Quant, Biba and the swinging 60s, and what about the psychedelic 70s?

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Photo shoots are always an interesting proposition, but to make them different means moving away from the norm and searching for something new.  To do that, we thought we’d go back in time using the nostalgia of the late 50s and early 60s for inspiration – Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn et al : full of pearls and bling, versus the new trend from across the pond of  American kitsch, all juke boxes and polka dots.

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Gathering together the right group of like minded fabulous professionals was easy – all ready to create a time gone by at The Bowdon Rooms, Cheshire.  An Edwardian dance hall full of history and atmosphere and an ideal venue for a wedding celebration with stylish ‘Downton Abbey’ era architecture and beautiful original features, to enhance any decorative theme.

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On a bright sunny spring day Alex Davies Photography – our talented photographer – got to work  with our models : Suzi Sequin, who’s unique style was perfect for our ‘kitch’ look, and Gemma Davy, whose height and poise fitted perfectly with our glamour theme. Once the hair and makeup had been beautifully executed by the talented Fatima Vadia of Make Up Base, we started the marathon shoot of eight gorgeous dresses by Nicole at Pearl Bridal Boutique. These were wonderfully complemented by the accessories: feather fans, birdcage veils, hairpieces and corsages all by the extremely creative Laura Simpson at Laurel Weddings.

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We began in the  upstairs Jazz Club of The Bowdon Rooms – ‘The Cinnamon Club’, where the dark walls, and cosy corners were a great backdrop for the dining table and chairs and ceremony area, which was dressed by Karen Finkill of Perfection On Linen.  Karen can accessorise and complement most colours with her choice chair covers, bows and fabulous table dressing.   To further enhance the atmosphere of the room, Swing and Jazz band, Dominic Halpin and the Honey B’s joined in the fun whilst Naomi Koop, Solo violinist wowed us with her skills, entering into the spirit of the shoot wearing her very own 1950s designed polka dot dress.

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With each new look came the opportunity to introduce beautiful bouquets designed by Sarah of Barkers the Florist. Rich reds, pearly ivory and such pretty pinks.  Not forgetting the added delight of the wedding cakes , cupcakes and novel ice cream cakes, in many colours befitting each theme by Francesca at The Cheshire Cat Cake Company.

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Moving downstairs to the more formal area, with tables again dressed to delight:  tall elegant table centres draped with pearls and orchids.  The sparkle of silver bows and the diamanté detail of the cakes added to the glamour. More fabulous dresses see the music stage come alive and the warm glow of the fireplace completes our inside shoot.

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A quick peek outside, before the sun departs, sees a picnic ensue – with tea and cake, along with garden shots to end the day with the best of the afternoon sunlight.

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All in all an fabulous fun day, with lots of clever and talented people creating beautiful photos to inspire, in a venue worthy of a fabulous wedding day.

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Alex Davies Photography – photographer                               

Barkers The Florist – florist                                               

Pearl Bridal UK – dresses                                                    

Laurel Weddings  – accessories                                             

Perfection On Linen -  venue dressing                             

The Cheshire Cat Cake Company – cakes                                  

The Bowdon Rooms – wedding and music venue                

Dominic Halpin and the HoneyB’s – band                                      

Naomi Koop – solo violinist and 50s dress designer            

Fatimah Vadia – hair and make up                              

Suzi Sequin – model
Gemma Davy – model

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  – Images © 2012 Alex Davies Photography 

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Behind The Yellow Brick Road… A Peek Behind The Scenes

March 20th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Now, I’ve been known to organise a styled shoot or two here at Brides Up North (click here, here, here, here and here to see a few) so I know just how much effort and hard work goes into bringing an initial concept to print in a magazine, or published online.

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I know that lots of my readers are interested in how a shoot comes together, so here’s a sneak peek behind the scenes at the fabulous LOVE The Great and The Wonderful shoot – inspired by the Wizard of Oz – for the latest issue of Lucia Rose Wedding Magazine. 

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Phoebe at Flossy & Leigh Makeup Artists Company, who put together the team, says:  Our first stop was to find a wedding photographer with a creative vision who would be able to take the idea and put their personal touch to the shoot.  It simply had to be the Christine Harrison Wedding Photography Team. Christine and Ian were given the brief and literally, their ideas blew us away. Both Christine & Ian have had years of experience shooting massively successful campaigns for top clients such as Barbour and Hunter, but nowadays they are concentrating their talents on the wedding world. HALLELUJAH!

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Next we sourced our number one floral venue dresser. By now if you’re researching floral suppliers for your wedding, you’d have to be living under the sea to not have heard about Red Floral Architecture, the award winning company based in Hyde.  The owner and visionary Mat Hepplestone, took the brief and went off to create his Red Floral Interpretation. The results speak for themselves.  If you’re thinking flowers were just something you held down the aisle, think again.

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Mat collaborated with the exquisitely talented Manchester-based Eleventh Heaven by Ann McKavney to create some of the unique sequin chairs you see featured. Ann also designed and created all of the bespoke hair accessories for the shoot. They often collaborate together to incorporate Ann’s crystal creations into his floral work (Red Heaven Rocks).

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Just like with any bride, finding the dress is probably the biggest decision you’ll face. You need to go somewhere with lots of choice and honest friendly staff. We went straight to Prestwich to our friend Carol James at the twice County Bride award-winning Fairytale Brides.

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The choice was endless. They stock Ian Stuart, My Lady, Justin Alexander, Essence of Australia also their Occasions shop stocks Ian Stuart Mother of the bride and John Charles, bridesmaids by Kelsey Rose, True Bride and Venus. The ‘black witch’ or ‘alternative bridesmaid’ dress featured, was from the Fairytale Occasions shop. Very unique and stunning to say the least.

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All of the dresses used in the shoot were by Essence of Australia and are in stock now.

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Then, we went straight to the stationery extraordinaire Deanna, at Deannamic Designs based in Clitheroe. Deanna was the natural choice here, as not only can she literally create anything and everything you want with her background in graphic design, but she can then use her creative and feminine touches to put her spin on the project.

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Deanna created the solid hot air balloon seating plan that was designed to be hung up so that you could see the seating plan from both sides. She also was responsible for the production of the most imaginative wedding invitations and place settings one could ever imagine. The detail on all the stationery has to be seen to believed.

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The number one choice for our themed cake had to be none other than the awesome Abi at Rotherham-based Butterflies and Angels.

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Having shared so many brides with Carol Clayton, the designer at Crystal Bouquets by Tilly based in Leigh, we knew we there was nobody else for the job, when sourcing an Emerald crystal bouquet.

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Ben and Sarah at The Ashes Exclusive Country House Barn Wedding Venue, in Staffordshire were as ever, only too happy to help. Any couple would be lucky to find such an obliging and friendly team around them on their wedding day. Nothing is too much trouble for the Ashes Team, winners of the 2013 Wedding Industry Award for venue in the North West.

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The whole day was captured on film by one of our favourite videographers, Hale based Rebecca Reville Wedding Films. 

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So although the original theme idea was ours, the success of this production lay in the team we picked.

However, for those of you wondering what sort of makeup and hair styling equipment (we do hair as well) we used to accomplish these looks, we would have to say the secret lies in our flawless and waterproof airbrushed makeup technique.

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We used a number of different high-end cosmetics including: Temptu, Tom Ford, Shu Uemura, Chanel, MAC, Dior, Clarins, Urban Decay and Estée Lauder. A big secret styling weapon is always the lashes. For this particular shoot we used the awesome lash range by the ND Makeup Artists range, based in The North East. These can be found online for only £8 a pair, and can be reused.

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In order to achieve the hair looks we prefer to use the state of the art salon equipment known as Cloud 9, for amazing results.

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As with the everybody involved, we travel the entirety of the UK (and beyond), but have a base in Barrowford in Lancashire. We have very close links with everyone involved in the shoot and many more.

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If you missed it yesterday, to catch up on the final results and to see the cover shot, click here…

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Photography:  Christine Harrison Wedding Photography

Flowers:  Red Floral Architecture

Wedding Dresses:  Fairytale Brides

Make Up: Flossy & Leigh Makeup Artists Company

Wedding Cakes:  Butterflies & Angels

Wedding Stationery:  Deannamic Designs

Sequin Chairs & Accessories:  Eleventh Heaven by Ann McKavney

Crystal Bouquets:  Crystal Bouquets by Tilly

Video:  Rebecca Reville Wedding Films

Model:  Annabella Johnson from Boss Model Management (Manchester)

Venue:  The Ashes Exclusive Country House Barn Wedding Venue

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Great Gatsby! A Styled Wedding Inspiration Shoot In The North West

March 13th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Now, anyone who knows me well will correctly anticipate that I am very much looking forward to the release of The Great Gatsby later on this year.  Yes, I can’t wait to soak up all that beautiful 1920’s glamour and styling, but I also have the biggest crush on Leonardo Di Caprio. It’s sad but true, and I have been unable to shake it since seeing Baz Lurmann’s Romeo & Juliet at the tender age of 14.  All these years later, whilst everyone else moved on to Depp, Pitt and Pattison, he’s still up there at the top of my list, and I have seen every single one of his films.  So as a total loser an expert on DiCaprio, and a fan of the book itself, I’d say if there’s one film Leo will do well, it’s Gatsby.

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Consequently, excitement levels for The Great Gatsby and anything so related are high here at Brides Up North HQ.   

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So when Alex of Alex Davies Photography got in touch to see if I fancied featuring her latest styled bridal inspiration shoot, a Gatsby themed affair, I was keen to see the results, although I feared it might miss a little Leo shaped magic.  And you know what? The team have put this together so beautifully, that you barely notice the lack of DiCaprio.  I was too busy drooling over those wedding dresses (particularly the chiffon shrug), that hair, those accessories, that eye makeup, those flowers…

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Alex says:  It’s amazing where ideas come from and believe it or not this idea behind this shoot came from a trip to the dentist! While sitting in the waiting room I was captivated by the trailer for The Great Gatsby which has been re-made and is due for release this summer. I adore the 1920′s style and thought that creatively this gave a lot of scope to work with.

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In the past when I’ve done shoots I always worked with a lot of Manchester suppliers but you know what, we have some great suppliers here in Bolton so I wanted to keep it very local and use the best guys we have here.

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The gowns were provided by Claire Louise Brides which is very much a family business. Claire’s boutique is beautiful and she stocks some amazing suppliers such as Suzanne Neville and Paloma Blanca. Claire also stocks beautiful headpieces by Miranda Templeton who is another local talent. Mel, the lady behind Miranda Templeton brought along her new collection to be part of the shoot.

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The gorgeous flowers were provided by Lancashire Floristry. Victoria was full of ideas and provided some beautiful pieces including a vintage rose bouquet and a pomander set with jewels.

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The hair and make-up were done by formidable talent Fatimah Vadia of MakeupBase. Fatimah trained with MAC and is such a joy to work with. She always gets exactly what I’m after and isn’t afraid to go all out to really create something stunning for the camera.

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Our beautiful model was Alex Outhwaite who was the ultimate professional and endured the cold in some flimsy gowns.

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And finally the whole shoot was set at the Egerton House Hotel in Bolton. The hotel has some beautiful grounds as well as a purpose built wedding suite and was brilliant to shoot in.

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Images:  Alex Davies Photography

Bridal Gowns:  Claire Louise Brides

Make Up:  MakeupBase

Headpieces:  Miranda Templeton

Flowers:  Lancashire Floristry

Model:  Alex Outhwaite

Venue:  Egerton House Hotel

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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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Buttons & Roses: A Styled Wedding Inspiration Shoot In Liverpool

September 28th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Just what you need on a Friday morning – a good helping of girly loveliness – with lashings of tea!  If you lean towards a pastel palette in your wedding day styling, you will love this styled wedding inspiration shoot sent to me by Gemma of Buttons & Roses Events

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Gemma says:  I’m Gemma of The Button Boutique, and this photo shoot celebrates the launch of Buttons & Roses Events.  Victoria Ammundsen and I have combined our two already successful businesses to create a unique cake and craft experience for brides to be.

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The theme we chose was centred around the Sophia Coppola film ,Marie Antionette,. The styling of the film was of luxury and opulent excess under Louis 16th and his indulged bride Marie Antoinette. At this time of austerity the idea of such indulgence with a limited budget will appeal to brides. We shot on location at The Liverpool Town Hall, a grade 2 listed building which is a popular venue for weddings and civil ceremonies.

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Victoria Ammundsen from Victoria Rose Vintage Crockery Hire provides vintage crockery, afternoon tea and celebration cake design.  Gemma Longworth from The Button Boutique provides creative craft workshops, bespoke craft products and creative venue and event dressing service.

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The two companies combined to form ‘Buttons & Roses Events’ specialising in ‘crafternoon tea’ parties aimed at hens and unique brides who a looking for alternative entertainment for their big day. Book a hen party and you and your party will receive afternoon tea (any time of the day) including a full menu of food including finger sandwiches and decorated cupcakes.

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Hen party workshops include: button & brooch bouquets, button holes, fascinators & hair accessories, wedding stationary & favours, frilly knickers and garters, crockery painting, cupcake decorating and sweet trees. All workshops will work with the colour schemes and themes of your big day and will be professionally taught to ensure you receive a product fit for your big day. We can come to you in the comfort of your own home or chosen party venue style & decorate the party with props to suit.

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Contact Gemma at bobsbuttons@hotmail.co.uk for more details or to make a booking. 

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Organised and styled by Gemma Longworth from Buttons & Roses Events & The Button Boutique

Photography by Lucy Greenhill Photography

Location Liverpool Town Hall

Fascinator Craft Workshop by The Button Boutique

Hair and Make Up by So Coco Rouge

Clothing by Raiders Vintage and The Button Boutique

Hair accessories by The Button Boutique

Vintage crockery, props and cakes by Victoria Rose Vintage Crockery Hire

Labels and stationery from Buttons & Roses

Flowers by Blue Orchid

Nails Glitz and Glam

Jewellery by Olivia Divine Jewellery

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