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Wednesday Wedding Inspiration: Purely Pastel

October 17th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Purely Pastel Wedding Inspiration

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1. Pastel Bouquet 2. Justin Alexander Gown 3. Floral Cupcakes 4. Lace Peep Toes 5. Pastel Pom Poms 6. Lace Jam Jar Display 7. Criss Cross Chiffon Dress 8. Table Decor 9. Jenny Packham Headpiece 10. Burlap & Lace Chair Bows

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Have you missed her?  Our regular guest blogger Katy of What Katy Did Next is back with a beautiful burst of purely pastel wedding inspiration.  Lap up the lovely!

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Katy says: This week’s request comes from an old school friend who is due to be married in March. Hannah asked me for a bit of help putting her wedding style into a mood board, filled with her favourite things – lace, pastel colours & vintage style. Hopefully I have incorporated these things into a fabulously fresh wedding inspiration collection for Hannah’s Spring wedding.

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The bride and her bridesmaids are hoping to get hands on with the wedding decor so I’ve made sure there are plenty of easy DIY touches within the board. Jam jars are so versatile at weddings and Hannah plans to decorate and use them as tea light holders for a romantic cosy atmosphere. Decorate with lace, ribbon, twine or for a more modern display spray paint or even blackboard paint to double as table numbers. If you are having a small intimate affair they could also double as place names. Fill them with flowers or pretty bonbons and marshmallows as part of your centrepieces.

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The pastel colours can spread through your whole wedding. I have used them in almost everything – bridesmaids, bouquet, cakes, and very easy to DIY tissue pom poms – very popular this year! String a few up together to create a fabulous photobooth backdrop for your guests and have them take polaroids as part of a guestbook.
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My favourite part of the board? The stunning combination of the Justin Alexander gown with a pretty decorative headpiece to compliment. the back of the dress is amazing and doesn’t need to hide under a veil.

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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!

August 8th, 2012 | Julia Braime

Simple Sea Mist

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1. Wedding Wishes Bottles 2. Mellifluous Necklace 3. Seafoam Lacie Shoes 4. J Crew Sinclair Dress 5. Stemmed Sea Glass 6. Sea Shell Cake 7. Sea Glass Earrings 8. Sea Island Stationery 9. Jenny Packham Berkley Gown

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A good friend of mine came to me with a wedding dilemma recently (yes, I do get a lot of that!), asking how to incorporate her favourite colour – green – into her wedding day, without it looking too, well, green.  She had considered other colour schemes, but just didn’t want to leave her favourite out, yet couldn’t quite get it right. 

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Leave it to guest blogger Katy of What Katy Did Next and her fantastic fortnightly wedding inspiration boards to come up with the solution in this beautiful sea mist collage. 

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Katy says: Though I’m sure (in the North) we are all sick of excessive water, I have taken this week’s inspiration from the sea and created a simple and elegant beachy wedding style. Seafoam, mint and sage greens are so beautiful combined together or used alone. I have used them to soften the simple stark white Jenny Packham gown, which would work so perfectly with the textured freshwater pearl necklace from BHLDN that has a tassel tipped strands that dangle down your back, begging to be shown off! Team it with a tousled updo – which is great for a beach wedding and keeps the sea breeze from messing with your locks.

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You can be sure your accessories are completely unique with the Sea Glass Earrings handmade by Surf & Silver Sea Glass Jewellery. They would make perfect gifts for your bridesmaids. I am completely in love with the J Crew ‘Dusty Shale’ coloured chiffon dress! The draping is exquisite but if the style isn’t for all your maids the colour is available in other styles too. Stick with the sea theme and have flashes of sea glass in your bouquet or a charm around the base.

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My favourite part? Possibly the coloured glass bottles labelled ‘Wedding Wishes’ – words of wisdom and loving messages left from all your guests, which would make a fabulous keepsake in your love nest! I am also blown away by the simple but effective cake – seriously stylish!

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And her wedding inspiration brilliance isn’t all that Katy is offering us this week! Katy is holding a giveaway over on her blog and she would like to invite Brides Up North readers to enter too.  For the chance to win a bespoke headpiece  from What Katy Did Next to the value of £150 you just have to email info@what-katy-did-next.co.uk with your details or comment on Katy’s blog post (say hello from Brides Up North too!).  The competition closes on 27th August 2012. 

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Remember: the plan is to share a new inspiration board in this time slot every 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 Wed-spiration Mood Boards

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Wednesday Wed-spiration: Peacock Paradise

July 25th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Wednesday Wed-spiration Peacock Paradise

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1. Bowtie Flats 2. Coloured Bouquet 3. Pashona Dress 4. Name Place Baubles 5. Marchesa Bridal Gown 6. Moroccan Glass Lantern 7. Peacock Aisle Swag 8. Plaid Ring Pillow 9. Peacock Button Hole

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Getting the day off to a gorgeous start, our regular guest blogger Katy of What Katy Did Next is back with a peacock inspired Wednesday Wed-spiration mood board that has got our feathers all of a flutter here at Brides Up North HQ. 

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Katy says: Bride Fiona contacted me and requested possibly one of the hardest boards I have put together yet! Fiona marries in November and is having Indian and Scottish influences with peacock blue as a main colour with flashes of hot pink and lime! Not one to pass up a challenge, I have created a jewel toned affair with subtle Scottish hints and luxurious pops of peacock…

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With the beautiful colour palette Fiona provided I leaned towards intricate Indian detailing using coloured glass lanterns which would make amazing centrepieces. Alternatively you could have a chilled out seating area for your guests with the soft lighting of hanging lanterns and colourful cocktails. The gorgeous name place baubles from Cox and Cox flow with the theme perfectly and are priced at £12.50 for a pack of 10.

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Taking away the colour but carrying on the pattern is the Marchesa bridal gown which could be brightened up with coloured statement earrings and beautiful peacock B

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Fiona is having hot pink roses and lime lilies in her bouquet – to reflect the peacock blue you could frame the bouquet with peacock feathers! As a nod to the Scottish theme why not add a few purple thistles? I also added a  fun ring pillow with a lime and hot pink tartan ribbon! The pillow is handmade so you could even ask the designer to use peacock blue fabric in place of the white.

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I hope I have managed to make your theme work, I had a lot of fun and look forward to the next challenge! Keep your requests coming in!

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Remember: the plan is to share a new inspiration board in this time slot every 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 Wed-spiration Mood Boards

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Wednesday Wed-spiration! Prima Ballerina

July 11th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon’s wedding blog instalment comes to you a little later than planned – at least this globetrotter is back home at last (!) – but it is no less beautiful for the delay. 

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Brides Up North reader Francesca writes: “I used to dance a lot and I would like to incorporate this into my wedding somehow.  I am thinking ballerina styling, soft pinks… but I don’t know how to do this without it looking overly girly and kitsh? Can you help me with some inspiration?”

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Francesca, your wish is our command, with a Wednesday Wed-spiration mood board by Brides Up North guest blogger Katy of What Katy Did Next.  We hope that you love it as much as we do.  Pink doesn’t have to mean sickly sweet. 

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Prima Ballerina Wedding Inspiration

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1. Ballerina Bun 2. Lusan Mandongus Gown 3. Ballerina Louboutins 4. Hydrangea Bouquet 5. Peonies Table Decor 6. Lingerie by Annette / Headwear by What Katy Did Next 7. Ruched Dress 8. Music Sheet Button Hole 9. Ruffle Cake

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Katy says: As requested by Brides Up North reader Francesca, I have incorporated ‘dance’ into this week’s moodboard. Hints of ballerina styling and soft pinks were a must, but our reader wanted the theme to stay away from kitsch and overly girly decor. I avoided the obvious tutu style wedding dress and went for a classic and elegant wedding gown that still resembled ballerina attire, I love the draping chiffon. Slightly pricey but very fun heeled ballet shoe Louboutins would look amazing with the dress and a beautiful swept up bun, which could be styled very neatly or with loose tendrils depending on your wedding mood.

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I do think little flower girls in tutus would be very cute – keep them stylish by adding a wrap around cardigan in true ballet style. A beautiful soft pink bridesmaid dress like the ruched beauty pictured. There are lots of beautiful ballerina style dresses out at the moment that are maybe a little too short for bridesmaids. If there is a style you like why not take images to a local dress designer and talk about altering or designing your own dresses?

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I picked gorgeous tutu-like flowers such as hydrangeas and peonies for your bouquet and centrepieces, and tissue pom pom flowers would also make a great alternative centrepiece. You could make some yourself out of sheet music like that fabulous Groom’s button hole. To keep the pink from being too girly, mix it with grey shades or a contrasting black – it will break up the candy coloured pink and white and look stylish too. Over all when I think ballerina, I picture ruffles, floaty fabric, ribbons and pearls. All perfect for creating a beautiful and ethereal theme.

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Remember: the plan is to share a new inspiration board in this time slot every 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 Wed-spiration Mood Boards

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Wednesday Wed-spiration: Feathered Friend

June 27th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Feathered Friend

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1. Feather Bunting 2. Beaded Crinkle Gown 3. Feather Trimmed d’Orsays 4. AVA Hairpin 5. Navajo Feather Illustration 6. Lace Feathered Dress 7. Feather Ring 8. White Feather Cake 9. Feather Pocket

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This stunning wedding inspiration board speaks for itself and needs no introduction from me, so it’s straight over to regular guest blogger Katy of What Katy Did Next to talk you through her thought process. 

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Katy says: After my last colourful mood board I toned down the colours and used a super stylish palette of muted beige, pale gold and flashes of rust and aqua influenced by the beautiful Navajo illustration from the Surface Philia Interiors and homewares range. A Bohemian theme runs through the board with the use of feathers in just about everything. For the DIY bride, why not try your hand at making the beautiful paper cut feather bunting to decorate your venue? You could personalise the bunting by cutting them from you & your groom’s favourite old books, maps of your favourite destinations or where you first met and use loose feathers as place cards for your guests.

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If your groom isn’t big on flowers how about a stylish pocket of feathers – simple and chic – if the brown is to plain you could pretty it up with spotted Guinea fowl feathers or sprigs of dried flowers keeping with the colour scheme. The wedding gown by Tadashi Shoji is clean and elegant with beautiful draping and detailed embellishment which needs little or no accessories but the small and perfectly formed feather hair grip with a flash of colour will tie the rest of your ensemble in with the rest of the theme.

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The clean white of the bridal outfit leaves plenty of colour and expression for the bridesmaids and i have chosen a gorgeous natural gold dress from Matthew Williamson – which does cost almost six times as much as the bridal gown but try taking the image to a local dress maker who will gladly help talk through possible designs for a less pricey alternative. I am in love with the stark white of the wedding cake with the intricate feather detail, a blank canvas to spread your colour scheme even further.

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I’m a huge fan of the natural subtle shades in this board, but don’t be shy and let us know if you have colour schemes you want us to have a go at. Perhaps something to convince the sun to shine again?

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Remember: the plan is to share a new inspiration board in this time slot every 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 Wed-spiration Mood Boards

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2012 as credited, supplied by What Katy Did Next

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Wednesday Wed-spiration! We’re All Going On A Summer Holiday!

June 13th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Is it that time of the week already?  This one seems to be flying by in a blur of Real Wedding gorgeous over here at Brides Up North HQ.  Keep ‘em coming – if you would like to submit a Real Wedding, all you have to do is get in touch.   

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All this busy leaves me dreaming of a hammock somewhere hot.  It might still be raining cats and dogs where you are, but I’ll bet that your thoughts are already somewhere slightly balmier…like those of my fabulous guest blogger Katy of What Katy Did Next, who cooked up today’s Summer Holiday wedding inspiration board at my request!

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Pass the factor 20. 

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Wedding Inspiration - Summer Holiday

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1. Ombre Coral Necklace 2. Sarah Seven Gown 3. Floral Arrangement 4. Wanderlust Wedding Invitation 5. Paprika Sling Backs 6. Tealight Holders 7. Stripe Print Dress 8. Chevron Cake 9. Cherry Blossom Earrings 10. ‘Love’ Parasol

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Katy says: How about a lovely Summer Holiday inspired mood board this week? When Julia told me this week’s request I was unsure if the inspiration was to come from the fabulous Cliff Richard film (which would have been incredibly fun) but I’m sure you’ll agree I have created something sunny, modern and trendy, with Mediterranean shades with gorgeous pops of turquoise and fancy decor.

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Coral and turquoise are both very popular shades at the moment, so I put the two together and warmed the colour palette with burnt orange and pale gold hues. The beautiful dress is perfect for a destination wedding on the beach – no sandy train! – and rather than teaming with a veil or headpiece (shocking i know!) I have paired it with unique accessories including the beautiful ombre coral necklace. If bold necklaces aren’t your style why not commission a beautiful bespoke cuff to match your wedding shades?

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Spread your colour palette by decorating the aisle with a mix of floral arrangements and beautiful jewel coloured tea light holders or lanterns. You could order a set of personalised parasols and have your bridesmaids carry those down the aisle – or for a fun night in with your girls order plain parasols and have a go at painting them with messages yourself. If the striped bridesmaid attire isn’t up your street, a trend that is spreading like wildfire is rainbow bridesmaids (see Julia’s
Sing a Rainbow board.)

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Fingers crossed I haven’t got Cliff Richard’s Summer Holiday stuck in everyone’s heads and that you are dreaming of summer sun and sandy beaches!

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Remember: the plan is to share a new inspiration board in this time slot every 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 Wed-spiration Mood Boards

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  – Images © 2012 as credited, supplied by What Katy Did Next

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