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look book: winter wedding wonders

November 13th, 2017 | Aislinn Thompson

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Winter weddings are a gift for the bride who wants to add a twist to her wedding attire to suit the season; whether that by covering-up more a little more flesh with luxurious detailing and fabrics, adding some sparkling accessories, or throwing on an extra cool layer. We’re thinking floaty capes, long delicate sleeves, cute high-neck collars, and even edgy biker jackets. So, in case you hadn’t guessed, today’s Look Book post is all about the latest bridalwear designs that we feel are particularly well suited to winter…

Main feature images Monique Lhuillier, see ‘the big picture’ for more styles.

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The fashion-forward bride can’t go wrong with a cape for the season – and who doesn’t want to exude a Wonder Woman aura on the biggest day of her life? Badgley Mischka has some of the dreamiest bridal capes on the scene. Both The Angel and The Annabelle complement the beautiful, clean silhouettes of their gowns with divine capes that scream vintage Hollywood glamour with a boho edge. The Ally-A tulle jacket has a dreamy train that does the job of a veil as well as a cape and, for the more daring bride, the Ashton Bralette and Jacket is a sexy, vintage glam two-piece bodice, layering a long-sleeved lace jacket over a strapless sweetheart bra top that you can pair with a skirt of your choice.

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In complete contrast to the ethereal cape, Monique Lhuillier is showcasing bold and edgy jackets in her Fall 2018 collection. The Alexis has biker chick written all over it, while The Sawyer has a slightly softer feel, with laser cut lace detailing. Also in the collection is The Yoko, a trouser suit for the bride who wants to break out of the box.

If you just want a nod to the season, Amanda Wyatt is showcasing some beautiful gowns with collars. The Buttercup has an elegant lace collar with cute cap-sleeves and a beaded belt at the waist. Definitely a dress that demands an up-do to show off the gorgeous detailing. Then there’s The Audrey, an A-line gown with a pretty satin collar edged with beading, and The Aria, a mid-calf length satin gown with a collar sporting no fewer than 7,000 beads from the front to the back in a pretty V-drop.

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style sheet: winter wedding alternatives

December 14th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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As we find ourselves in the coldest yet most magical season of the year, we’ve been turning our thoughts to winter weddings.

Some brides and grooms may be put off marrying at this time of year due to the increasingly unpredictable British weather, but with some careful planning and fabulous styling a winter wedding can be a real treat for all the senses, and in turn, more memorable for you and your guests.

Think scented candles for fragrance and ambience, warm comfort food to evoke nostalgic memories and winter tipples to help get the party started and you’re part way there.

If, however, what’s putting you off is the somewhat ‘go-to’ styling of winter nuptials, we’re here to change your mind. For we’ve come up with three alternative winter wedding themes that steer clear of crimson red and sparkling silver schemes, plus there’s not a reindeer or bauble in sight!

Ladies, we give you both comfort and class…

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Just a small diversion from the traditional red winter wedding colour palette, a winning mixture of purple, pink and burgundy shades can give a wedding an instant hint of opulence.

Such tones also work beautifully with the flowers and fruits of the season making these a great way to project your chosen colour scheme.

Big, bold and blousy bouquets and floral decorations add to the luxurious feel that the rich hues emit and will help to provide striking focal points. For further plushness, metallic accents, particularly in gold, work in perfect harmony with the beautiful berry tones and give a small nod to the festive season without being at all OTT.

Beyond the blooms, mercury glass tealight holders and metallic vessels and vases look fabulous with the palette.

To remain on theme berries can be used in the bouquets and button holes as well as within the food and drink menus and the cake.

When it comes to the bridesmaids, brides can go with just one of the berry tones that suits her maids best, perhaps magenta, indigo or violet, or alternatively can have her leading ladies in a full spectrum of the hues.

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Possibly one colour scheme that works all year round, grey is both a classic and elegant choice of palette.

For winter weddings the hue can be ‘warmed-up’ by introducing different textures and shades providing both interest and depth.

Brides and their maids can easily layer their look with grey cover-ups; whether it be a faux fur jacket, feather shrug or lace overlay. Meanwhile groomsmen can opt for a tweed or woollen suit with coordinating pocket squares, dicky bows or ties in varying fabrics creating a stylish wintery feel.

Texture in tactile fabrics and finishes can be carried through to the décor too, with velvet ribbons attached floral arrangements or holding cutlery and napkins in place. Roaming foliage across tables can also help to break up the grey and works in line with on-trend botanical themes too.

Candles at various heights in pillars, tapers and tea lights will also help to set the wintery scene as will luxurious stationery in enchanting designs.

winter blues

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Though often thought of as a ‘cold’ colour, when accompanied with rich metallic accents blue can bring element of warmth and glamour to winter celebrations.

The trick is to use a deep shade of blue and not to get carried away with the glitz and glitter, instead giving the proceedings just a sprinkling of sparkle. This could be achieved through styling and stationery choices, but also through the bride and bridesmaid attire too. So, for example, brides could add a hint of shine to their outfit with metallic heels while maids can glam-up their look with delicate gold jewellery or accessories.

The table settings are perhaps the element that will require the most care in not overdoing it. For a look of understated elegance, keep things simple by adding gold-edged glassware and cutlery to a dark blue tablecloth base. For further interest and texture use rustic touches in foliage and tree slices, and perhaps even the odd pine cone (note the “odd” there).

Meanwhile for those wanting to take the sparkle up a notch, sequin table runners and cloths are an accessible and effective option. Further additions can include metallic candle holders, stationery and plate chargers but just be sure that the overall look is class rather than brash!

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A Wedding Blog Styled Shoot – Winter Bridal Style by Brides Up North

October 10th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I was recently invited along by the Sunday Sun to act as stylist on a winter bridal fashion shoot at Rockliffe Hall in Darlington.  The edit, plus some advice on winter bridal style courtesy of this was published in the paper yesterday – did you pick up a copy?

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The team, consisting of Stan and Jane from Stan Seaton PhotographyHooker and Young Darlington, The Rockliffe Hall Spa, Hart Company, Poppy Bridal, Leigh Hetherington and myself worked all day to produce some stunning images.  I share my personal favourites here.  Be inspired!.

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If you would like to work with me on a styled shoot, please get in touch!

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Stan Seaton Photography

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The nights may be longer and the wind may be sharper, but tying the knot during the winter is a great fashion choice. The fabrics can be richer and more sumptuous; the colour palette more flattering; there can never be too much sparkle and you can go overboard on fabulous accessories.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Stan Seaton Photography

Gown by Leigh Hetherington

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Stan Seaton Photography

Gown by Leigh Hetherington

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For a true snow princess look, think layers of crisp white tulle, big skirts and lace detailing. The gorgeous gowns by Leigh Hetherington are straight out of a fairy tale. You won’t need a lot of colour, but to keep it pretty, add colour contrasts of pale blue and green. This look is all about the drama, so add a full length veil and touches of diamante sparkle to a pale hydrangea bouquet.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Stan Seaton Photography

Gown by Jenny Packham at Poppy Bridal

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If you prefer a sleeker silhouette, chose fluid fabrics like silk and chiffon and go to town on the accessories and detailing. Feathers, pearls and crystals all work well to create a stylish look with a nod to the season. When it comes to winter bridal accessories, more is more. Jenny Packham has created a complimentary line of feathered shrugs , bejewelled hair vines and crystal cuffs that set off her dresses gorgeously (Jenny Packham is available at Poppy Bridal, Darlington).

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Stan Seaton Photography

Gown by Jenny Packham at Poppy Bridal

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Stan Seaton Photography

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Stan Seaton Photography

Gown by Leigh Hetherington

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Stan Seaton Photography

Gown by Leigh Hetherington

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Stan Seaton Photography

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Stan Seaton Photography

Gown by Jenny Packham at Poppy Bridal

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Stan Seaton Photography

Gown by Leigh Hetherington

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Stan Seaton Photography

Gown by Jenny Packham at Poppy Bridal

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Stan Seaton Photography

Gowns by Jenny Packham at Poppy Bridal

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Keep reading to see the rest… and let me know what you make of my styling skills!

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