Charlotte Balbier
Brides Up North Wedding Fairs

the glam outdoors. a luxe woodland wedding in west yorkshire – rosie & ben

November 13th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A Glam Woodland Wedding (c) A Little Picture (27)

If you’re Monday morning caffeine hit hasn’t managed to fully wake you up, we’re pretty sure this stunning real wedding will open your eyes – and possibly cause them to pop out of your head – as this is an outdoor celebration with a difference! We’re talking chandeliers, sofas, mirrors and all kinds of opulent details that you wouldn’t expect in this woodland setting.

Opting for Applewood and Blossom Barn Weddings on the outskirts of Leeds, this backdrop was everything they could wish for, giving them free rein over the décor, entertainment and catering for their special day. The transparent marquee offering stunning views of the tree canopies above sounds positively dreamy, and as for the cocktail shack – this is the kind of bar we’d just love to stumble upon in the forest!

Here, Rosie tells us more about how they brought their original and boldly imaginative theme – The Ritz in the Woodland – to life…

With images by A Little Picture.

A Glam Woodland Wedding (c) A Little Picture (16)

rosie says: We got engaged on 10th of December 2015, in Lake Bled, Slovenia. Every year we go away for a short break during the festive period and we had decided on Lake Bled for its fairytale, picturesque landscape. On our first day, whilst we were walking round the lake, I stopped to take a photo to send to friends, when I turned around Ben was on one knee! We continued the walk together knowing it was only the two of us who knew, and stopped for lunch and champagne to celebrate!

A Glam Woodland Wedding (c) A Little Picture (25)

We got married on 19th August 2017. We didn’t choose the date for any particular reason. We knew we didn’t want a traditional reception venue, such as a manor house, and I came across Applewood and Blossom Barn Weddings. They had only done one wedding before and we knew we could make it our own. They had two dates left for 2017 – so the 19th August it was!

We held our service at St Mary’s Church, Mirfield, which is our local church and happens to be stunning, and then the reception at Applewood and Blossom Barn Weddings on the outskirts of Leeds. We knew we wanted a traditional church service and a different reception venue. We have been to a lot of weddings and though each was beautiful, we wanted something different. At Applewood you can do whatever you want (within reason), so we could pick the decoration, food, music, drinks, entertainment, cake – everything!

A Glam Woodland Wedding (c) A Little Picture (40)

The theme for our wedding was ‘The Ritz in the Woodland’. We wanted to create a complete juxtaposition between what people would traditionally expect of a woodland wedding (bunting, wellies, burlap, hay bales) and instead create drama with chandeliers in the trees, plush sofas, mirrors, texture, all white flowers and minimal greenery.

We had a three-course meal, including steak and wine on white table linen with champagne velvet table runners. We had a transparent marquee so people could sit in luxury and see the trees, and walk through the woodland and see elegance and opulence every step of the way.

A Glam Woodland Wedding (c) A Little Picture (29)

Our colour scheme was simply ink blue and white. We wanted to keep it classy and elegant.

White flowers with a focus on peonies, roses and hydrangea stood out from the dramatic woodland background – the concept was to use flowers that you wouldn’t find in a woodland setting. We had white table linen and white flowers on mirrored centrepieces.

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lake of love. a woodland wedding at the gilpin lake house – zara & mike

October 30th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A Woodland Wedding at Gilpin Lake House (c) JPR Shah Photography (24)

If a woodland wedding setting is the stuff of your dreams, then you’re in for a real treat, as today’s newlyweds, Zara and Mike, tied the knot in June of this year in the beautiful Lake District.

Their photographer, J.P.R Shah Photography, knew how to capture this breathtaking backdrop just perfectly, with gorgeous shots amidst the leafy trees and – one of our personal favourites – onboard a rowing boat. Could this be any more romantic?

What also sets this wedding apart is its intimate size, with only 25 close family and friends – and this includes the bride and groom. Doing things differently – there were no bridesmaids either. Other special touches that we just love include shots of homemade raspberry liquor for all the guests and Swedish massages for all the ladies on the day. Wedded bliss all-round!

With images by J.P.R Shah Photography.

A Woodland Wedding at Gilpin Lake House (c) JPR Shah Photography (19)

zara says: We got engaged at home. I had recently given birth to our son and after a very difficult pregnancy and labour, Mike said to me that as he couldn’t take me out for a meal (due to our new baby) that he was going to cook me a three-course meal instead, but I had to get dressed up as though we were going out. He even provided alcohol-free champagne. He made a playlist of all my favourite songs and really did wine and dine me. He waited until my favourite song at the time Kodaline The One came on and at that point he got down on one knee and presented me with the ring box and asked me to marry him.

We got married on 1st June 2017. The start of June tends to have lovely weather, which was ideal as we wanted an outdoor wedding. It was also exactly two years from the day we had first visited our wedding venue of choice.

A Woodland Wedding at Gilpin Lake House (c) JPR Shah Photography (8)

We tied the knot and held the reception at The Gilpin Lake House, just outside Windermere. Mike and I only ever looked at one wedding venue and we instantly fell in love. Not only was the venue one of the most amazing hotels, but the grounds were beautiful, the scenery was amazing and the lake was simply stunning too. This is even before mentioning the swimming pool, two hot tubs and the sauna that we had exclusive use of for our time there! As a special surprise we treated all the female guests to a full body Swedish massage.

A Woodland Wedding at Gilpin Lake House (c) JPR Shah Photography (13)

Mike and I both have large families, so we decided that we wanted a very small wedding with immediate friends and family; a grand total of 25 people.

We had exclusive use of the lake house, so we arrived on the Wednesday and tied the knot on the Thursday. All our friends and family left on the Friday, but Mike and I stayed the extra night for a minimoon.

A Woodland Wedding at Gilpin Lake House (c) JPR Shah Photography (4)

We didn’t have a theme, but we wanted everyone to be as relaxed as possible. Our guests were told to bring swimwear as once the wedding was complete, meals eaten and speeches done, we wanted our guests to enjoy themselves, as though they were on an actual holiday themselves.

I chose a lilac and pink colour scheme. These are my favourite colours and I chose the flowers for my bouquet before I did anything else. I wanted roses as they are my birth flower, along with lavender as it has such a stand out smell. Now every time I smell lavender I am reminded of my wedding day.

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mesmerising macrame. a woodland boho wedding styled shoot in the north west

September 26th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A Woodland Boho Styled Shoot (c) Bobtale Photography (11)

For the boho wedding styled shoot that’s gracing our pretty pages this morning, we’re unravelling the art of macramé. Conceived by Lucy White from Little White Attic – who specialises in providing a modern twist on a traditional macramé technique – the shoot features an ice cool palette with a laid-back boho feel.

We never knew macramé could look so beautiful – and be so versatile too, with the skilfully tied knots intertwined into everything from the chair covers to the bouquets. Vintage books, candlesticks and quaint ink pots complement the macramé on show, injecting a whole lot of originality and creativity in to the set up.

Bringing on board a host of local suppliers, Lucy managed to bring her vision – of inspiring brides to channel their inner bohemian vibe – to life, and we simply adore the finished look. We’ll now hand the blog over to Lucy, as she talks us through the shoot and the evolution of this gorgeous bridal trend.

With images by Bobtale Photography.

A Woodland Boho Styled Shoot (c) Bobtale Photography (29)

lucy says: It is hard to pinpoint exactly when my macramé crush first started to develop, but I do have fond childhood memories of making thousands of friendship bracelets so I guess I could start there. Fast-forward to the age of social media, and together with my obsession with all things handmade, I started to rediscover the art of macramé online and soon got the sense that a huge revival was on its way.

You only have to throw the words “macramé wedding” into any search engine and the web is full of amazing makes and inspiration. The macramé wedding trend hit Australia in a big way in 2016 and the rustic boho vibe was fast appearing everywhere. I took my inspiration from their rustic outdoor woodland settings, vivid oversized flowers and the minimalist boho beach weddings all framed with some amazingly detailed backdrops and accessories – and used this as the basis for this shoot.

A Woodland Boho Styled Shoot (c) Bobtale Photography (5)

Hours and hours were spent knotting and unknotting until the backdrop and accessories for this styled shoot were complete, and so the next step for me was to team up with some extremely talented ladies who were already carving out fantastic careers in the wedding industry, to pull everything together.

I was lucky enough to be surrounded by some supportive and inspiring ladies, who after only one conversation, were as excited about the shoot as I was and immediately the beginnings of a styled photo shoot were born.

A Woodland Boho Styled Shoot (c) Bobtale Photography (19)

The talented Robyn at Bobtale Photography captured the shoot. She is a reportage style photographer who loves nothing more than sharing a wedding day ‘tale’ through the moments she captures. With a keen eye for even the smallest elements of the setup, she immediately sprang into action capturing the most exquisitely, beautiful detailed shots.

A Woodland Boho Styled Shoot (c) Bobtale Photography (3)

Love & Lace is a bespoke wedding styling company that also has an extensive range of vintage china and prop hire collection. Following my ‘woodland boho’ brief, Emma from Love & Lace, provided a variety of props and decorations to complement the overall style of the shoot and for more detailed focus shots. Vintage suitcases were used to create height for a focal floral display alongside some vintage books and brass candlesticks. She opted for grey tapered candlesticks to complement the deepness of the flowers in the brass vase. Rustic ladders were used for more detailed shots of single stems in vintage bottles and stone ink pots. A small styled display with the ladders, an apple crate and a vintage suitcase was also created and allowed Emma to add in more details to shots. One of Emma’s chairs from her collection was accessorised with Lucy’s beautiful macramé chair back and White & Wood’s wooden bride sign.

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babes in the wood. charlotte balbier for a relaxed woodland wedding in yorkshire – ceri & liam

September 18th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

A Woodland Wedding in Yorkshire (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (88)

We’re kicking off the week with a truly cool and individual big day that had a relaxed rustic and boho vibe.

Taking place at an exclusive location in Mulgrave Woods, Whitby, today’s couple Ceri and Liam, tied the knot in the ruins of a castle before moving onto a marquee at Liam’s parents’ house for a chilled reception, complete with views over the whimsical woodland and coastline beyond.

We’re totally crushing on Ceri’s gorgeous lace dress by Brides Up North Sponsor, the fabulous Charlotte Balbier, not to mention those uber-cool bell, bead and pearl anklets.

Keeping the style bar up high, we also adore the bridesmaids’ pastel dresses and flower crowns, as well as the men’s brace and bow tie combos! This party are on point!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Bethany Clarke Wedding Photography.

A Woodland Wedding in Yorkshire (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (113)

ceri says: Liam had originally planned to propose during a surprise trip to Edinburgh but didn’t find the right time so ended up asking me once we got home to Durham. He popped the question on a bridge over the river during the Lumiere light festival.

We set the date for 24th June 2017, as it was close to the solstice so we’d have lots of daylight.

A Woodland Wedding in Yorkshire (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (82)

We got married at the Old Castle in Mulgrave Woods, Whitby. These are some old ruins deep in the woods, we wrote to Lord Normanby who owns the land and who Liam’s dad has worked for, for 40 years to ask his permission for us to hold our ceremony there. Our guests had to walk through the woods to reach it though some were taken via Land Rover. For the reception, we had a marquee in a field overlooking the woods and sea at Liam’s parents’ house, which is a gatehouse to the woods in a village called Dunsley.

As our ceremony at Mulgrave Woods wasn’t the legal one (we went to the register office another day) we asked Liam’s close friend Tristan to conduct the ceremony. He did such a fantastic job and it made it even more personal and relaxed.

A Woodland Wedding in Yorkshire (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (83)

Our rings were mad by my friend Geri of Smuggler’s Treasure. It meant a lot to us that they were made locally and by a friend, they are a hammered texture with an engraved heart inside. Geri also made me some anklets, which had brass beads, bells and fresh water pearls on as I had bare feet on the day.

A Woodland Wedding in Yorkshire (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (40)

The theme of the wedding was very relaxed we didn’t have a colour scheme but we incorporated the woods into the styling with real trees in the marquee, log cuttings and lots of wild flowers. I’m a photographer so we had lots of vintage cameras around too.

There was lots of green throughout the wedding due to the amounts of foliage – we made living chandeliers using old bike wheels, greenery and fairy lights and hung them in the marquee.

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woodland escape. a boho wedding shoot at this green moon, yorkshire

August 18th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

Rustic Styled Shoot (c) PJ Phillips (95)

If you’re a fan of the great outdoors, then we think you’re going to fall head over heels for today’s styled shoot, which bundles together all those whimsical rustic vibes with an inspired boho bridal look and the natural setting of the classic (and increasingly popular) tipi.

Located within the grounds of an organic farm and set in ancient woodlands, This Green Moon is a relatively new wedding venue on the outskirts of Leeds and, we think, an eco-bride and groom’s dream. And this editorial shoot, led by Claire Amelia of Leeds-based boutique The Bridal Emporium, delightfully captures the beauty of this magical setting. We’re talking secret hideaways, twinkling fairy lights and a stunning floral chandelier.

Rustic Styled Shoot (c) PJ Phillips (100)

There are all sorts of gorgeousness to pore over – where to begin? The cake is pared back yet so elegant and eye catching; the perfect fit for the all-natural styling of the shoot. Then there’s the table settings – again, very understated but this time, with pops of blazing orange that work beautifully with the amber tones of the tipi itself.

We’re also especially taken by the fabulous bouquets, which look like they’ve just been freshly picked from the surrounding woodland, offering up a wild and carefree vibe in keeping with the shoot’s bohemian theme.

As for the bridal looks showcased by the three models – all are effortlessly chic and stylish, with long flowing unstructured gowns adorned with pretty detailing, paired beautifully with undone hairstyles and a natural makeup palette.

We’ll now pass the blog over to Claire Amelia to share with us all the lovely details about this woodland shoot and this stunning new venue.

With images by PJ Phillips Photography

Rustic Styled Shoot (c) PJ Phillips (4)

claire amelia says: The idea behind our rustic styled shoot was to express lots of bohemian, relaxed vibes and to showcase the indoor and outdoor backdrop of the tipi, which is surrounded by woodlands. The decor, flowers and styling injected a pop of colour that contrasted beautifully with our models’ soft pastel dresses.

Rustic Styled Shoot (c) PJ Phillips (72)

This Green Moon, set in the grounds of Swillington Organic Farm, only recently set itself up as a wedding venue, and it’s not to be missed for those in the vicinity of Leeds who are seeking an outdoor wedding, with bohemian vibes. They work alongside Yorkshire-based Totally Tipi to create the easiest wedding set-up for brides and grooms-to-be. We wanted to really show off this new venue with our editorial-style photo shoot.

We used a mix of relaxed, on-trend and fashionable flowers, decorations and styling. All the flowers, supplied by The Flower Shop Ossett, were specially designed to suit the colouring of the tipi, with rustic tables and chairs also complementing the shots we took outside.

Rustic Styled Shoot (c) PJ Phillips (91)

The stunning cake, which oozes rustic charm, was created by the talented Wildflower Bakery. The stylish and elegantly simple stationery, meanwhile, was supplied by the lovely Gray Starling Designs.

Rustic Styled Shoot (c) PJ Phillips (22)

As for the hair and makeup, crafted by Catherine Elizabeth Hair and Makeup Artistry, we decided on free-flowing locks with a natural beauty palette.

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midsummer magic: a wild woodland-styled shoot at alnwick garden

July 20th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

A Woodland Styled Shoot at Alnwick Garden (c) Rachael Fraser Photography (6)

If you’re planning a wedding with any kind of wild woodland element – natural flowers, untamed hair or foliage and greenery, for instance –  then this stunning styled shoot at Alnwick’s Treehouse Restaurant, part of the Alnwick Garden, will be inspo overload.

Talented photographer Rachael Fraser brought together a group of innovative suppliers to display the very best of the North East, including the beautiful surroundings of her hometown, Alnwick. We adore the use of warm coppery metallics, which sit perfectly against the lush greenery of the gardens and create a super-gorgeous, slightly frenzied Midsummer Madness-feel. Even the cake is on the wild side, with a delicate floral design that’s (almost) too good to eat.

If you want to see more from Rachael, head over to her newly-updated website for more details or get yourself to the Brides Up North Big Bridal Super Show at Ramside Hall on Sunday 24th September, where she’ll be exhibiting along with a whole host of other luxury bridal suppliers.

So, it’s over to Rachael to tell us more about the inspiration behind the shoot and her feelings about the results…

With images by Rachael Fraser Photography. Model Melissa Steven at Tyne Tees Models.

A Woodland Styled Shoot at Alnwick Garden (c) Rachael Fraser Photography (24)

rachael says: My reasons for doing the shoot was that I really wanted to bring together local suppliers in a collaborative way to showcase some of the beautiful work that I’d seen at wedding fairs and on their individual websites. I wanted to create an inspirational shoot that was quite light and natural with blush, grey and cream tones – all super-popular at the moment. And, of course, the vibrant lush greens of the surrounding area!

The Treehouse Restaurant is part of the Duchess of Northumberland’s stunning Alnwick Gardens, in the town where I grew up and where I still live today. It’s a completely unique venue which, with the surrounding woodland, offered a variety of creative opportunities in terms of settings for the shoot. We started on the rope bridges and then made our way down onto the woodland walk where wild garlic and flowers bloom on either side of the path.

A Woodland Styled Shoot at Alnwick Garden (c) Rachael Fraser Photography (29)

The Wedding Dress Company provided the gorgeous dress by Maggie Sottero, which was a beautiful blush dress with a sheer lace overlay. I’d seen the gown on display at Brides Up North’s Luxury Wedding Fair at the Alnwick Gardens and knew it would look perfect in the pictures.

A Woodland Styled Shoot at Alnwick Garden (c) Rachael Fraser Photography (19)

Hair and makeup was styled by Tina Elliot who created a beautiful natural look with some simple foliage in the hair to keep in with the wild, whimsical feel.

A Woodland Styled Shoot at Alnwick Garden (c) Rachael Fraser Photography (23)

The Finishing Touch Company provided a stunning bouquet with white and cream flowers and trailing grey ribbons. For the table settings, they also created a stunning display with a floral garland on the table and copper details which worked perfectly alongside Amanda Michelle’s copper and pastel scripted stationery and table plan.

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