December 1st, 2013 | Julia Braime
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 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.
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November 8th, 2013 | Julia Braime
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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
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October 21st, 2013 | Julia Braime
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?!
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.
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 !
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.
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.
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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
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September 6th, 2013 | Julia Braime
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 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?
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.
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!
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.
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Images: Ruth Mitchell Photography
Wedding Flowers: Elise Flowers
Wedding Dresses: Carlton Couture Bridal
Wedding Cakes: Fairycakes & Co
Make Up: Shazia Brierley Makeup Artist
Stationery: Oh Abigail
Venue: Laskill Country House
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September 4th, 2013 | Julia Braime
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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
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