July 19th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
If, like us, you love binge watching crime drama Peaky Blinders in your spare time, then we’ve got a real treat for you today on Brides Up North! We’re dishing up a swoon-worthy wedding shoot inspired by the popular TV series, brimming with vintage 1920s bridal attire and styling.
As luck would have it, an actual Peaky Blinders themed bar in Liverpool provided the perfect backdrop for the shoot, which was led by the lovely Caroline from Words to Glow, who supplies beautiful light up letters, words and phrases for hire.
There’s a stark industrial edge to the shoot, showcasing the hidden beauty to be found in an urban setting and providing us with lots of inspo on how to make this the most captivating of backdrops for your big day. Think copper tones, jewel coloured flowers, hanging Edison bulbs and driftwood and your dream 1920s wedding will begin to take shape!
Let’s step behind the lens and find out more about the shoot, as we hand the blog over to Caroline to tell us all.
With images by Vickerstaff Photography.
caroline says: The brief for the shoot was to see if we could mix the gritty world of Peaky Blinders with the love and laughter of the wedding world.
As avid fans of the hugely popular BBC show Peaky Blinders, the team – as a collective – were excited to see if we could transpose the key elements and gritty realism of the hugely popular series into real life and the wedding industry.
With the support of the newly opened themed Peaky Blinders Bar on Liverpool docks and the amazing London-based Garrison Tailors, the theme was decided. All was set to transform Peaky Blinders off the small screen and bring it smack bang into real life!
Once the theme was set, Jamie from Vickerstaff Photography and I were on the lookout for a set location that paid homage to the industrial, working class background, which forms the backbone and origin of the Peaky Blinders series.
In keeping with the show itself, The Peaky Blinders Bar in Liverpool clearly identifies not only with The Garrison Pub featured in the TV series, but also through its wall art showcasing characters as well as set locations featured in the show. It also boasts statement fixtures and fittings including huge chandeliers, copper brewing equipment and large light up bars.
Located on the Liverpool docks, the surrounding wasteland also proved to be the perfect backdrop for some outdoor, gritty shots, perfectly in keeping with the era, and the look and feel we were going for.
I provided a selection of props to showcase in the shoot, including rustic light up LOVE letters and a love heart, featuring whitewashed driftwood and metal trims – these were used to great effect to light up both the downstairs stage area and the upstairs bar.
My new METRO Boxed LOVE letters looked fabulous sitting atop the Peaky Blinders Bar, accompanied by pretty floral hoops, by Verdure Floral. Taking inspiration from modern and funky city centre industrial spaces, the letters feature a painted blackboard base and are encased in industrial inspired driftwood. Their clean lines and sparkly cabochon light bulbs provide a warm and ambient lighting which provides a beautiful backdrop to wedding photography.
February 8th, 2016 | Julia Braime
This feature comes to you a little later as normal as we’re working hard behind the scenes here at Brides Up North HQ, right on deadline for issue #05 of our beautiful Unveiled Magazine. I always love this last push, bringing together everything that we’ve been working on for so long, and I’ve got my Editor’s hat firmly on. Anna Wintour, I salute you! The industry support for this issue has been phenomenal and we can’t wait to show you all what we’ve been up to for the past six months, so watch this space!
Now, everyone needs a little pretty on a Monday morning (us more than ever right now #sleepdeprived) and as such we’re sharing with you the wonderful wedding of Sami and Matt.
We love the simplicity of this relaxed big day which resulted in a beautiful and fun filled occasion, evident from the abundance of smiles in the images below.
It’s also a lovely tribute to her ‘Gramps’ that Sami built in so many little memories of a family member who was clearly very dear to her in a subtle yet moving way.
With images by Hayley Blackledge Photography.
sami says: We first got together on a night out on St Patrick’s Day, so seven years later in 2013, Matt took me to Dublin for St Patrick’s Day and proposed outside St Patrick’s Cathedral
We set the date for 12th September 2015, it was my Gramps birthday. He meant the world to me, but sadly died just before we got engaged.
Our ceremony was at Victoria Gallery and Museum (VGM) in Liverpool, and the reception was at Crosby Hall Educational Trust Centre (CHET). We choose these as they were both unique venues and different from each other. Neither of us are originally from Liverpool so we wanted to show off the amazing buildings and sights the city has to offer. The VGM is a very old building in the city centre, and CHET centre is a bit like a converted barn on the outskirts, five minutes from where we now live.
There was no particular theme to the wedding, though we made all the decorations. The table names were named after cities we’ve visited and we decorated the seating plan using bits that we’d picked up while we were in those cities.
We chose green as the colour scheme as it’s my favourite colour, and also the favourite colour of my Gramps.
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August 10th, 2015 | Rachel Parry
It might only be Monday but we have something that’s going to get you well and truly in the mood for a party! This ultra-glam Studio 54 disco wedding styled shoot, courtesy of Caroline from Words To Glow Light Up Letters & Venue Décor.
Caroline came up with the cool concept for the shoot whilst exhibiting at The Deaf Institute in the heart of Manchester’s city centre, and got some fabulous North West suppliers on board to bring her hip vision to fruition.
So join us as we enter this Boogie Wonderland, filled vibrant lights, retro décor and shiny disco balls!
With images by McAvoy Photography.
caroline says: The shoot was entitled ‘Studio 54’ and was a Studio 54 1970s disco inspired concept, taking inspiration from the 1970s/80s style decor and musical roots of the shoot location: The Deaf Institute, which can be hired for weddings.
I fell in love with the quirky decor and retro vibe of the venue whilst exhibiting at a wedding fair there and quickly saw the fabulous potential to create a styled shoot showcasing some great locally based wedding suppliers; whilst simultaneously highlighting the key retro focal points of this great city centre venue.
The overall look and aim was ultra-1970s glam, based on dance clubs of that era. Locating the shoot in the city’s Deaf Institute instantly provided the edgy, yet retro look we were looking to achieve. With theatrical style seating and balconies and individual booths tucked into the recesses of each room, the venue had an undeniable ‘dance club’ feel. Adding in the parquet dance floor, huge glitter balls, vintage wallpaper and a retro bar, featuring wall mounted vintage stereo speakers, and the scene was set for a disco!
Understanding the overall look for the shoot, it was important to choose not only well respected North West wedding suppliers with complimentary styles, but those who had a previous history of professional collaborations to ensure a smooth and seamless feel to the whole day.
With models handpicked by Nicole from Bridal Chic in the City and the theme agreed, the shoot was organised by Jenny from McAvoy Photography, who was key in leading the coordination of the chosen suppliers on the day and was responsible for determining an all-important photo shoot schedule and brief to work towards for all suppliers.
Jenny, who is based in North Manchester, seamlessly offers a unique blend of ultra-glamorous, fashion inspired photography; whilst expertly capturing what are undeniably beautiful and emotive images as they happen – making her the perfect lady for the shoot.
Adding to its already cool interior, we decorated the venue with accents of gold and white, with large feather plumage in dramatic table centre vases, sparkly glitter balls, candles and large sparkly light up letters, to set the disco themed scene.
The ornate cakes were provided by Caroline’s Cake Company, based in South Manchester, who offer a bespoke cake design service and specialise in beautiful and unique celebration cakes that taste as good as they look.
The light up letters came from my business, Words To Glow Light Up Letters & Venue Décor. We have a vast range of beautiful light up letters, numbers and signage to hire, including options such as ‘DANCE’ letters seen in the shoot, as well as ‘PARTY’, ‘MR&MRS’ and ‘LOVE’, plus initials and ampersands (&), bringing that added sparkle to the dance floor!
The theme took further inspiration from style icons of the era, such as Bianca Jagger and Farah Fawcett. This equalled big hair, smoky eye makeup with bold red lipsticks, floaty fabrics with sequins or satins in colours of cream, gold and chocolate brown, brown fur stoles and lace capes, as well as big sunglasses.
Dresses were provided by Isla Jean Bridal from their lovely two-storey shop in the north of Manchester, which stocks the likes of Aire by Barcelona, Belle and Bunty, Cymbeline, Cabotine, Eliza Jane Howell, Maria Senvo, Stephanie Allin and Lou Lou.
The gorgeous gowns were complemented by gorgeous accessories from Dream Veils, who have been designing and making wedding veils for more than 20 years, footwear from the fabulous Charlotte Mills Shoes and additional accessories from Jo Barnes Couture, who creates hand crafted and bespoke vintage headdresses and accessories.
Our models Tanya and Sam, had their made up done by Lorna Elizabeth, who trained at Manchester’s prestigious School of Make Up and has a genuine love and passion for the industry. She offers a specialist freelance make-up service for any event, from bridal and special occasions to make-up parties, fashion shows and tutorials.
Completing the team was Verdure Floral Design, a highly respected and award winning floral design team based in North Manchester, who created all the fabulous flower arrangements.
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