Charlotte Balbier
Brides Up North Wedding Fairs

make it personal: wedding styling tips from one stylish day

July 17th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

One Stylish Day (9)

One piece of precious advice from our featured brides that comes around time and time again is “make it your own”. But with wedding inspo coming at you from all angles, it can sometime be a little tricky to know how to put a truly personal stamp on the proceedings.

Luckily for our readers, we just happen to know an expert in this area who is a pro at taking wedding styling to the next level of gorgeous, while it still remaining a reflection of the happy couple. So please prepare to take note as our wonderful Sponsor Louise Hughes, the fabulously stylish event designer behind One Stylish Day, takes to the blog…

Main post images by Kate McCarthy Photography or otherwise provided by One Stylish Day, with additional gallery images from Nicola Dixon Photography.

One Stylish Day (13)

louise says: When browsing Pinterest and Instagram, you’ll see the same wedding trends come up over and over again. They may look fabulous, but are a bit, well, ‘done before’. You want to create a dream day that will surprise and delight your guests. So, how can you design a wedding day that doesn’t look like all the rest? Here, I share my top ten tips for creating a wedding day that is both achingly stylish and completely personal to you…

One Stylish Day (17)

Know the difference between trends and style

The key difference between trends and style is that a trend is for everyone, whereas style is deeply personal. Trends can be fleeting but style has longevity. Great style has confidence and authenticity – focus on finding your own personal wedding style for a truly unique day.

Identify your Couple Style

Think beyond superficial fashion or design details to get to the heart of what makes you tick as a couple. Are you fun-loving explorers or city dwelling culture vultures? Are you famous for your cocktail parties or kitchen table suppers? The wedding style should be comfortable for both of you and reflect both your personalities.

continue reading

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterGoogle+share on TumblrPin on PinterestShare on LinkedInEmail to someone

all in the detail: the wedding of my dreams

May 12th, 2016 | Julia Braime

Photo credit Daffodil Waves Photography (3)

Daffodil Waves Photography

We’re big believers in it being the little details that bring the overall look and feel of a wedding together. We’re therefore over the moon to be introducing another fabulous Brides Up North Featured Supplier to the blog this afternoon, who happen to know a thing or two about styling a wedding.

Prepare to go slightly weak at the knees as we say hello to The Wedding of My Dreams and their fabulous wedding prop and décor offering.

Run by mother and daughter team, Karen and Gemma, this easy to navigate website is an Aladdin’s cave of pretty details for your wedding day. Better still, as well as shopping till you drop on the site, The Wedding of my Dreams also offers an abundance of stunning big day inspiration to really crank up the creativity… and they are giving an exclusive 5% discount to all Brides Up North readers, just enter the code BUN5 at the checkout.

To tell us more about all the pretty on offer, we’ll now hand over the blog to one half of the dream team…

Birmingham Wedding Photographer

Daffodil Waves Photography

Can you give us a little overview of The Wedding of my Dreams?

gemma says: I’m the younger half of the mother and daughter team who founded The Wedding of my Dreams in 2010. My amazing mum, Karen Morgan, runs the award winning wedding florist Passion for Flowers, which I got more and more involved with after graduating from uni. I’d help on busy weekends picking up floristry skills as I went along, learning only from the best, and developed a real passion for floristry, styling weddings and to be honest everything wedding related! My job at the time was in digital marketing and social media, I knew a thing or two

At the time Passion for Flowers couples were hiring an array of props and decorations from us to complement their florals, saying they couldn’t find anything as lovely elsewhere in the market. Mum and I both love sourcing decorations and wanted couples all over the country to have access to the props and decorations we had searched so hard to find and so The Wedding of my Dreams was born.

Going into business with my mum was the best decision I’ve ever made, we both love going to work every day and both now work across the two companies. It’s so rewarding to see how far we’ve come and how both businesses have blossomed. All the hard work and late nights have really paid off. In 2015 Passion for Flowers was voted best wedding florist in England in The Wedding Industry Awards and The Wedding of my Dreams has won numerous awards since its launch.

Birmingham Wedding Photographer

Daffodil Waves Photography

What services and products do you offer to wedding couples?

The Wedding of my Dreams is an online shop brimming with beautiful wedding decorations and details to style your tables and venue. We sell table decorations, centrepieces, tea light holders, table plans, favours, and signs, oh and so much more.

Our blog runs alongside our website and we use it as a way to show styling ideas and how our products can be used at weddings. If you’re a crafty DIY bride we have a number of free printables and step-by-step guides on our blog too, so you can make your own bits and pieces. Check it out our blog here.

continue reading

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterGoogle+share on TumblrPin on PinterestShare on LinkedInEmail to someone

The Winter Boudoir. A Sweet Reveal shoot by Cat Hepple Photography

January 20th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Cat Hepple Photography

Boudoir photography has a bad name, and this is no-one’s fault but it’s own.  All to often, boudoir photography is tacky, hard, artificial, awkward and the absolute opposite of soft and and sensual.  Would I book a boudoir shoot?  Absolutely not. 

But what about a Sweet Reveal shoot?  Handled in an entirely different way at the hands of our wonderful Featured Supplier Cat of Cat Hepple Photography and her team of creatives, these shoots are less of a present for his bottom drawer, and more of a present to yourself – for your armoire or bedroom window seat.  Affirming, confidence building, celebratory and oh soooo sexy, would I book a Sweet Reveal shoot?  Well, maybe I already have…

Cat Hepple Photography

That’s for me to know, but for now, here’s Cat and her team (watch out for Brides Up North Featured Suppliers Victoria Farr and Story Of Your Day Wedding Films too) to ease you into this very good idea, as they present their “Winter Boudoir” shoot.

Cat Hepple Photography

Cat says:  Sweet Reveal shoots are stylish boudoir shoots with an editorial feel- they look like something from a glossy magazine. I created this style of boudoir for my brides who often asked for a boudoir shoot but with a more subtle and romantic feel than typical images you’d expect from a lingerie shoot.

The Winter Boudoir from Story of Your Day on Vimeo.

I always work around a theme, a styled look for each shoot, carefully crafted around the woman I’m going to be working with. Recent shoots included a Bond Girl influence, a boho look, and a Carrie Bradshaw styled look. It’s an individual as the woman.

Cat Hepple Photography

Cat Hepple Photography

For this shoot, I wanted to use ballet as our inspiration, we weren’t looking to recreate a ballet scene, but to use elements of dance to soften the feel and give it a fashion edge. Firstly the lingerie choices were so important, soft laces, high waisted knickers, tulle skirts, body stockings, all gave a nod to the world of ballet. I brought in the expert help of Jayne Winn from Sheer Bliss lingerie boutique, who sourced the beautiful lingerie pieces used in the shoot. Added to that  we sprinkled a little extra glamour using gorgeous necklaces and hair decorations. These pieces added that all important editorial feel to the finished look.

Cat Hepple Photography

Cat Hepple Photography

Cat Hepple Photography

Cat Hepple Photography

I asked Charlotte Miller from Eden and Eve to style the shoot for me. Charlotte has a lot of experience at styling and understands how to bring a concept to life. She added warm sumptuous fur throws and ballet ribbon to our scenes and suggested one necklace be worn as a headpiece to go with some beautiful sleepwear in the softest blush rose pink. The key for this shoot was not to make it look too cutesy. Women having a boudoir shoot want to look sultry, sassy, sexy and chic. So we didn’t want the look to become too fluffy. This is where Victoria Farr our hair and make up artist became so important. She created hairstyles which you wouldn’t expect to see in the ballet room, so keeping the look more edgy and fashion conscious. The whole mix works so well together.

Cat Hepple Photography

Cat Hepple Photography

Cat Hepple Photography

Many women are scared of boudoir shoots, feeling that everything will have to be on show and that they can be completely unforgiving to most women, but this simply is not true. These carefully crafted shoots are about exploiting the best parts of a woman, and giving her confidence to feel and look amazing. The transformation between a woman who arrives for the shoot feeling nervous and when they leave looking and feeling radiant and confident, is one of the best things for me about The Sweet Reveal. It’s amazing to do that for someone.

The Sweet reveal shoots make a great Valentines day gift. Imagine surprising your partner with the most beautiful little album filled with gorgeous shots of you. Currently if you book for Valentines, hair and make up is included in the price too, making it a great way to do something amazing for someone very special.

Cat Hepple Photography

continue reading

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterGoogle+share on TumblrPin on PinterestShare on LinkedInEmail to someone

Simply Successful! Supplier Showcase: Simply Bows & Chair Covers

May 16th, 2013 | Julia Braime

.

Back in 2010 when I launched Brides Up North, there were a just handful of wedding industry supporters who really understood what I was trying to achieve (the Northern Revolution y’all) – and helped me to champion my cause until everyone else understood it too.  The road has been long and full of late nights and hard, hard work, but I will always to be grateful to that first brave band of Brides Up North Featured Suppliers who took a chance on a rooky blogger and wedding enthusiast.

.

Sarah Pittendrigh of Simply Bows & Chair Covers was one of those fabulous people and I am proud to have worked alongside her for almost three years.  Whilst Brides Up North has grown, Sarah hasn’t exactly been resting on her laurels either.  A true North East success story, Sarah now has a trophy cabinet to rival Manchester United’s and an ever expanding empire.  She’s even (whisper it!) going South.

.

.

Simply Bows and Chair Covers

.

.

This week Sarah launches her weekly column in the Newcastle Journal – every Thursday – where she will be sharing her experience from starting a business from scratch as a single mum, right through to franchising it and now having 12 multi award winning offices across the UK. Sarah says:  I hope my column will inspire budding entrepreneurs and offer support to existing companies. I would also be happy to try and answer any questions on business people may have.

.

Sarah Pittendrigh established Simply Bows & Chair Covers in 2008 after being made bankrupt when the national events company she worked for suffered the effects of the economic downturn. Whilst helping to organise her brother’s wedding, Sarah found a gap in the market for stylish, high-quality chair covers and linen and launched her business across the North East area. Since then, Simply Bows & Chair Covers has grown rapidly and Sarah opted to launch the franchise operation in 2010 as customer demand for her unique service grew quickly all over the UK.

.

.

Simply Bows and Chair Covers

.

.

Simply Bows & Chair Covers are now a multi-award winning company, with award winning franchisees. They manufacture high quality chair covers and accessories for you to hire, for your special event.  They are a professional team of event and wedding specialists with over 20 years experience in the industry, working on many weddings and high profile corporate gatherings in some of the most prestigious venues in the UK.

.

Sarah says:  We pride ourselves in the high quality product that we deliver supported by excellent customer service. On the back of this we receive many letters of thanks and referrals from our satisfied clients.

We hold in stock many different sized chair covers, and prior to your event we ensure our chair covers are the perfect fit for your venue. Your chair covers will be fully fitted on the day of your event by our professionally trained staff, this way we can guarantee you an exceptional standard of delivery.

.

.

Simply Bows and Chair Covers

.

.

Simply Bows & Chair Covers encourage all of their clients to create a theme for their big day that reflects their own style and differentiates them from their friends. They have a huge selection of chair covers, to include coloured chair covers with matching coloured table linen and also hold in stock organza sashes for chair bows, diamante chair bands and chair treatments in hundreds of different colours, that they can use to match with wedding flowers/bridesmaids dresses or corporate branding.

.

The company has has seen demand for its services increase dramatically in the last year and now has franchises in locations such as Aberdeen, Cumbria, Lancashire, Berkshire and around the North East and Yorkshire. At the end of 2012, the business was named Most Promising New Business by the British Chamber of Commerce.

.

.

Simply Bows and Chair Covers

.

.

Speaking about her latest business growth, Sarah says: “Expanding across the South of England is a really important step in the business’s growth. I get lots of enquiries from this region and it’s very exciting to now have Kimberley in Essex on board who has such a lot of experience and ideas for the company. And North Northumberland is a really vibrant region for our business and our new franchisee Janine brings with her such passion and a great wealth of experience in both the wedding sector and events’ industry.

.

Janine says: I really love the business and what it does- and how it fits into my lifestyle. It’s great to be part of an exciting, growing business with such an enthusiastic team.

.

.

Simply Bows and Chair Covers

.

.

Visit the Simply Bows & Chair Covers website or email enquires@simplybowsandchaircovers.co.uk to see how they can help you to dress your beautiful big day. 

.

.

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 supplied by Simply Bows & Chair Covers

Simply Bows & Chair Covers is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier 

Contact Brides Up North to submit your business as a Featured Supplier

.

.

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterGoogle+share on TumblrPin on PinterestShare on LinkedInEmail to someone

Friday Fabulous!

October 5th, 2012 | Julia Braime

.

Leafy Couture from Russell Jeanes of Artisan Films on Vimeo.

.

.

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. 

.

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

.

.

The Mansion Wedding Exclusive - Luxury Wedding Exhibition.

.

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.

.

.

.

 Video © 2012 Artisan Films for Leafy Couture

Leafy Couture is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier

Contact Brides Up North to submit your business as a Featured Supplier

.

.

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterGoogle+share on TumblrPin on PinterestShare on LinkedInEmail to someone

China Doll! Supplier Showcase: Memories Of Vintage PLUS 10% Off For Wedding Blog Readers

October 2nd, 2012 | Julia Braime

.

Memories Of Vintage - Vintage Crockery Hire For Weddings

.

.

This morning I am thrilled to introduce you to the lovely Dawn, one of my fabulous Featured Suppliers here at Brides Up North.  The support of independent regional businesses like Memories Of Vintage means that I can keep delivering a double daily dose of wedding inspiration to your screens, and that you – my dear readers – can keep discovering amazing suppliers in your own area.  Train tickets to London not required.  I value every Featured Supplier’s contribution to our Northern Revolution so greatly – their talent is what it’s all about!  

.

Enough smulsch from me, let’s meet Dawn and find out more about her vintage crockery hire and wedding styling service. 

.

.

“We are a friendly company that treats all brides individually and take time to give them a special experience for a once in a lifetime day”

.

.

Why did you decide to launch Memories Of Vintage and what is your background?

.

Memories started from a passion for beautiful crockery and tradition. I have always collected china and I’m a traditional girl with traditional values. I still believe you should spend your evening meal around the dinner table with your family just as I did many years ago with my brothers and my grandmother.

.

My passion for beautiful crockery meant I really wanted to have it on the tables at my own wedding so began collecting and once I had the china I didn’t really want to part with it as it had all been handpicked for its quality and style.  Starting up Memories was one way of keeping my beautiful collection but I was also aware of how difficult and expensive it is to source so realised I could provide exactly to others what I would have wanted as a bride without the expense and time needed.  Meeting all those bride and grooms is so exciting especially when you have the pleasure of giving them their own very special day.

.

I began in retail and was assistant manager of a well-known fashion shop at nineteen and since then I have always worked with people and enjoy talking and meeting new people. At the age of 40 I had the opportunity to live my dream of studying fine art at Lincoln University and find that I use these creative skills to enhance the appearance of the table at the events I supply.

.

.

Memories Of Vintage

.

.

Tell us about your collection of vintage crockery?

.

Memories has a large collection of fine English bone china and we can cater for up to 500 guests. We have a huge selection which has a large spectrum of colours and designs, from pretty florals to strong reds and greens which are decorated with 22ct gold trims. The range dates from the1800’s to the 1950’s, some art deco and some hand painted. There is something to suit all tastes and styles. The collection includes main plates, side plates, cake plates and stands, terrines and tea pots all of which can be coordinated to your taste.

.

.

Memories Of Vintage

.

.

Can a bride and groom choose which crockery to hire for their wedding? What is the consultation process?

.

Memories welcomes involvement from the couple in order to personalise their day and choices so if the couple wanted to have a look at the crockery we do have a consultation room where the crockery is displayed.  They can see for themselves the range and styles of china and we simply go from there. If the bride has a particular scheme in mind we choose crockery or table centres to personalise their wedding, I like to tone, compliment and organise it so it will look beautiful on the tables.

.

.

Memories Of Vintage

.

.

What other tableware can you supply?

.

We have stunning glassware, especially the huge trifle bowls which are amazing as table centres filled with gorgeous flowers. Also in the collection we have silver and glass candlesticks, which can be dressed with vintage pearls or tall candelabras for the more traditional look. We can dress and style in many different ways according to the couple’s requirements.

.

Our cut glass dessert bowls can be used for starters or deserts or they look really cute with a range of sweets if simply dotted around a children’s’ table.  We also have little Victorian salt pots which also can be used as tea light holders or look great with just a large flower placed within them.

.

.

Memories Of Vintage

.

.

Tell us about your range of vintage decorations for hire?

.

A wedding should reflect the happy couple and our range gives the opportunity to personalize individual tables: if your family has a musical background we can supply vintage table centres to include violins, trumpets and vintage sheet music. Each table can be dressed to suit the individual guests. We have vintage hat boxes, typewriters, bowler hats, top hats, binoculars and cameras- these all look beautiful with vintage flowers surrounding them or intertwined within them! We aim to make the centrepieces a memorable part of the setting and look to sculpt them according to the couple.

.

.

Memories Of Vintage

.

.

Tell us about your made to order favours?

.

Our favours are sweet and simple but aim to be a keepsake of the day… soft fragrant lavender sprigs tied together with a button label or any dried flower of your choice can be put into the design. Beautiful silver and mother of pearl handle butter knives look gorgeous with ribbon tied around them and a vintage label which enables you to put the guest’s name on. Silver sugar tongs are another favourite for favours or whatever the happy couple are looking for we are happy to source for them, it’s part of our personal service. Some couples like to give a vintage cup and saucer as a reminder of the day and we can supply and source these at a negotiated price.

.

.

Memories Of Vintage

.

.

How many settings can you supply and what is the collection/ delivery process like?

.

We can supply up to 500 guests for afternoon tea and 200 for dinner, but the collection is growing all the time so who knows where it will stop! We deliver and set up if required and the hire is for 4 days inclusive so we have setup time. It’s up to the brides if they want us to wash and pack the crockery up. I have a great florist so we can provide arrangements too on the day. Our aim is to fit in with your requirements and to be able to adapt to your needs to make things as stress free as possible..

.

.

What can Brides Up North expect when they use your service?

.

Fun, laughter, peace of mind and excellence. Brides can be involved as much or as little as they like.

.

.

Memories Of Vintage

.

.

How does Memories Of Vintage provide a superior experience to other china or prop hire companies?

.

When designing the tables, we use vintage items in a creative way and with humour if requested. The tables are a piece of artwork, a sculpture, as well as a talking point at the table. We personalise the tables for each individual couple so no two weddings have been the same. We like to think we can offer them the most unique and beautiful style. We have always received positive feedback from our bookings and our clients report that we have exceeded their expectations in terms of the service that we have provided. We are always open to ideas and like nothing better than the challenge of creating something that captures the essence of the day.

.

.

Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

.

Prices vary according to the items hired and prices include the initial consultation whether it is at our studio room or at the bride/groom’s requested venue, crockery hire, setup of the tables including table centres and personalised styling.

.

.

Memories Of Vintage

.

.

Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

.

If Brides Up North readers book a wedding with us we can offer 10% off the cost of the whole of the hire charge.  Minimum spend would be £300.  Please mention Brides Up North when booking. 

.

.

How can Brides Up North get in touch with you/ find out more?

.

You can visit our website www.memoriesofvintage.co.uk, find us on Facebook or call us on 07709 201 190.

.

.

Memories Of Vintage

.

.

Anything else that Brides Up North should know?

.

We were the sole supplier of vintage crockery for Epsom Derby over the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend. It was used in the Duchess Stand for the sponsors of the Derby Investec and their invited guests. It took two of us six hours to pack their order individually but we had some fantastic feedback and it was all worthwhile. We were very proud to think that our crockery had been part of such an important traditional British weekend and it was amazing to see the preparations that go into such an important event.

.

.

  – Images © 2012 Memories Of Vintage

Memories Of Vintage is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, and this is a sponsored post

Contact Brides Up North to submit your business as a Featured Supplier

.

.

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterGoogle+share on TumblrPin on PinterestShare on LinkedInEmail to someone