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Wednesday Wedding Inspiration: Lovely Lilacs

May 29th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Lovely Lilacs Wedding Inspiration

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1. Johanna Hehir ‘Lila’ 2. Delicate Floral Wedding Cake 3. Floral Hanging Birdcages 4. ‘April’ Floral Hair Wreath 5. Jennifer Behr Halo 6. Floral Tablescape 7. Purple Stalacite Necklace 8. Agnes & Norman ‘Audrey’ Heels 9. Polka Dot Cutlery Case 10. Mismatched Bridesmaids

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All good things must come to an end, and today is our regular guest blogger Katy of What Katy Did Next’s last post here on these swirly silver pages for a while.  Katy’s been creating beautiful mood boards for us for over a year and in this time has seriously seen her business take off.  We’ll be sad to see her go!  Whilst Katy’s busy making pretty things, we are introducing some brand new regular features to the site, so watch this space – news soon.  In the meantime, it’s over to Katy…

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Katy says:  I don’t often get excited when I hear lilac as the main colour scheme for a wedding – with images of girly pastels all over the internet for inspiration. Even bride Rachel wasn’t sure about incorporating her favourite colour into her big day. The lovely bride to be who marries late next spring, asked for my help with an inspiration board full of beautiful floral displays, an outdoorsy rustic vibe and of course… lilac!

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I’ve blended lilac into the colour palette with mismatched bridesmaids, whoSE dresses were all handmade by the bride and her mother! Of course if you don’t moonlight as the mice from Cinderella, try Dessy or twobirds bridesmaid for similar styles. You could even take pictures to a local dressmaker for a quote? The beautiful drape in the dresses are perfect for a boho feel – to be teamed with pretty flip flops, loose waves and fresh flowers. I adore the purple stalactite necklace from Etsy.com shop FriedaSophie. The unique pendant is perfect as a gift to your maids. 

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The bridal gown is ‘Lila’ (not lilac!) and is one of many gorgeous dresses from Johanna Hehir. Her designs are perfect for an outdoor affair – the fabric of this particular design will look spectacular floating in the breeze. The shoes are from Rachel Simpson’s new Agnes & Norman range – i absolutely love brides in a coloured shoe and this tone is breath-taking. 

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Not all venues are suitable for this look but if you’re a lover of spacious, neat tablescapes then the beautiful hanging birdcage displays could be perfect in place of centrepieces, the colours can be reflected on the table with mismatched vintage crockery or kept crisp white and clean with colourful place cards – or cute cutlery pouches like the polkadot package which doubles as a place setting (bottom, centre). If you’d rather go all out on an extravagant centrepiece, I love the huge rustic crate full of beautiful florals in all shades of purple – including lilac!

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Click here to see previous Wednesday Wedding Inspiration Mood Boards

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Pin It Forward UK…

May 15th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Pin It Forward UK 2013

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Heard of Pinterest?  Of course you have, right?  Who hasn’t? Addicted?  Who isn’t? Well, as it turns out, my best friend Jane, who emailed me the other day asking “What’s this Pinterest thing, and should I be doing it?”.

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My answer would be this – if you are planning a wedding, looking for decorating inspiration or just like pretty visuals– then you probably should, yes!

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Pinterest is basically an online tool for collecting and organizing the things you love in mood board style formats.  It’s fun, useful for collating your inspirations all in one place and as you begin to cultivate your boards it adds a little bit of creativity to your screen time. You can “pin” things from around the web onto boards you create, on any topic you’d like. 

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When I was planning my own wedding, I was all about my scrapbook.  This was a real book bought lovingly from John Lewis, covered in hearts with pretty rainbow pages.  I spent hours tearing and cutting from wedding magazines and printing from blogs to create an area where all my ideas came together visually.  I was actually really proud of it – it felt like a little art project – and I would show it off in a not entirely unbridezilla like manner to anyone who cared to look.  Looking back, a move into professional wedding blogging was the next obvious step, although I would never have dared to dream it at the time!

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Well, Pinterest is like that wedding scrapbook.  Only there is less chance of mashing pritstick into the carpet and people who actually want to share in your wedding obsessing can opt to follow your boards.  Brides to be, get involved
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I was contacted recently by the Pinterest team to be a part of their blogger team as they launch Pinterest properly in the UK.  It turns out that Pinterest are adding some snazzy new features to make the pinning experience even more relevant. 

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As Will Taylor, blogger at Bright.Bazaar explains in this blog post for Pinterest, about the Pin It Forward campaign and the launch of Pinterest in the UK ‘While the site has always been available worldwide, the team is making Pinterest feel even more welcoming for those of us across the pond. In addition to Pin It Forward UK, there’s a new (very proper) British English language setting and improvements to make local UK content more easily discoverable for UK pinners when searching.’

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As a wedding blogger, for whom most content comes direct to my inbox as a result of submissions or specific press requests, I mostly use Pinterest when planning special editorial shoots for the wedding blog or as inspiration for styling my bridal events and networking parties.  Some I choose to keep secret using the handy “Secret Boards” feature until my inspirations become reality.  Check out this shoot and this shoot, inspired by the  Electric Avenue and Romantic Opulence boards.  All our Wednesday Wedding Inspiration mood boards (like this one from this morning) are also uploaded onto a rather pretty page. 

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I also host some of my personal boards over there too… at the moment its all about dream homes, babies, shoes and shopping facilitation!  What can I say, I’m a complex character…

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Come on over and follow the Brides Up North boards, I’d love to see you there! 

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Cat Hepple Photography

Electric Avenue shoot by Cat Hepple Photography

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Joe Dodsworth Photography

Romantic Opulence shoot by Joe Dodsworth Photography

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To finish, as part of the Pin It Forward UK campaign, I’d like to introduce you to a fellow blogger – and Northerner – Rachel from Marry Me Ink.  Rachel runs a cool blog especially for the tattooed bride.  Click here to check out her blog, and here to check out her boards

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Happy pinning Brides Up North!

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Wednesday Wedding Inspiration: Whispers Of Blue

May 15th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Whispers Of Blue Wedding Inspiration

1. Tulips Image 2. Jenny Packham ‘Shukura’ Gown 3. ‘Perdita’ Headpiece 4. Floral Cake 5. Suede Shoes 6. Upcycled Frame Noticeboards 7. Alex Monroe Flying Swallow Necklace 8. Table Decor 9. Bridesmaids Gowns

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This morning on the wedding blog our regular guest blogger and epic mood board builder Katy of What Katy Did Next is getting pale and interesting with a wash of blue and grey…

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Katy says:  I think perhaps I’m getting a little psychic! After yesterday’s splendid weather, this fortnight’s wedding inspiration board is perfectly suited to today’s grey cloud and rain!  I have a huge colour crush on the faded dove grey blue used in my ‘Perdita’ headpiece from my Winter Collection (top, right). I love the almost colourless shade and how beautifully it teams with greys, silvers and pale shades.

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The colour palette is beautifully versatile in that it can be glammed up with crystal and sparkle for a fashionable Wintery ‘do’, add lace bunting or balloons and use it for an outdoorsy barn wedding. I even love the idea of adding a few more stripes and having a nautical theme!

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The simple tulip bouquet tied with velvet ribbon is amazing as a bridal bouquet – but if you’re looking for something more extravagant try a similar style with hydrangea, ranunculus and peonies? The tulips would work perfectly for your maids, which I love in their mismatched styles (bottom, right).

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Black and white photos work perfectly with the colour scheme – I love them dotted on the upcycled frame noticeboards I found after fawning after delicious personalised silverware from The Faded Nest. The frames could also double as seating charts or menu’s and you could decorate them with old family photos from both bride and groom’s family for a personal touch in your wedding decor!

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Don’t forget to keep your requests coming in to either me or Julia. I’d love to help you out with any inspiration dilemmas…

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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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Wednesday Wedding Inspiration: Delicate Darkness

May 1st, 2013 | Julia Braime

Delicately Dark Wedding Inspiration

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1. Tiered Tulip Gown 2. Groom’s Attire 3. Blossom Image 4. Candlesticks 5. Silhouette Cake 6. Valentino Heels 7. Floral Arrangement 8. Rings 9. Wedding Stationery 10. Black Bridesmaid

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Normally a fan of delicate pastels and prettiness, our regular guest blogger Katy of What Katy Did Next seems to have gone over to the dark side.  And isn’t the result rather lovely?

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Katy says: I decided to have a bit of ‘me’ time making this week’s Wednesday Wedding Inspiration mood board. Greedy I know, but i have been filled with so much inspiration over the last couple of weeks that I couldn’t hold it in any longer! Today i have picked a colour palette of black, ivory and brass gold – absolutely fab for a city wedding, but if you picked a less structured bridesmaid’s gown the theme could easily be tailored to suit a country affair.

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I’m a huge lover of pale blooms and I love the idea of keeping your wedding flowers a colourless white/cream contrasted against the green foliage. I adore the delicateness of blossom, and it looks absolutely perfect positioned in a clear glass jar – scattered on tables as centrepieces, teamed with those fabulous pale candles in brass gold candlesticks. Those billowing blooms from Jo Flowers are to die for. I have been distracted many times by the work of this lovely lady – she has a gorgeous rustic feel to her work that blows me away time after time.

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The simplicity of the Wedding cake and topper is amazing! I love how the colours are mirrored in the BHLDN gown with it’s bold black bow. I know black seems a daring colour to use in a wedding but it does suit everyone! I’m sure your maids would thanks you for the beautifully flattering Dessy dress (bottom, right).

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As far as make up goes – I would keep it natural with a slick of eyeliner, have your hair in a neat up do (or boho waves for a garden wedding!) For the character of the dress to shine through, keep accessories minimal – perhaps a couple of twinkly hair grips or a discreet hair vine wrapped in your hair?

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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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Wednesday Wedding Inspiration: Ballerina Beach

April 17th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Balllerina Beach Wedding Inspiration

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1. Groom’s Attire 2. BHLDN Isadora Gown 3. Leather Braid Bracelet 4. Rose Gold Flats 5. Sand Tealight Decor 6. Fishtail Plait Image 7. Driftwood Seating Chart 8. Table Decor 9. Coral Bridesmaids 10. Pink Wedding Ruffle Cake

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Today’s Wednesday Wedding Inspiration board by our regular guest blogger Katy of What Katy Did Next combines two of life’s most beautiful – ballet and the beach – to drop dead gorgeous effect.  Don’t know about you, but I’m hoping my dancing shoes will take me to places as pretty as this come Summer!

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Katy says:  This week dancer Lauren asked me to create her a wedding inspiration board with a beautiful theme. The bride and her groom are having a beach wedding with colours to reflect Lauren’s passion for ballet. The board was to contain colours of blush and coral, and to contain hints of the beach theme without using shells and ‘cheesy’ beach paraphernalia.

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Lauren loves florals, but was unsure how to introduce them into a beach wedding. I love the idea of placing various flowers in pretty glasses or small vases and dotting them around on the tables. The floral and driftwood wreathes (bottom left) combined with coral are beautiful arranged around large storm lanterns and are a sophisticated way of creating a beachy look with florals. I also love the really natural look of the floral wreathes in the bridesmaids’ hair!

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For the bride I chose a beautiful gown with sparkling sequins and a floaty tulle skirt (perfect for dancing – or breezy wedding shots)! Instead of a veil, a loose chignon updo or a structured fishtail braid would look stunning. I added a touch of metallic with rose gold in the accessories. The flat sandals have a touch of glam about them and are a great alternative to manoeuvring heels on the beach.

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My favourite part? The driftwood seating chart! A simple but effective idea that can easily be DIY’d by you and your groom or maids!

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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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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 as credited, supplied by What Katy Did Next

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