June 23rd, 2016 | Rachel Parry
It’s holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a short break, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely. Usual service will recommence on Monday 4th July 2016 but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings so far this year.
Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your real wedding was one of our top picks.
Today’s real wedding is totally getting us in the mood for summer. We love Beth and Dan’s gorgeous choice of venue for their barn wedding and stunning coastal setting, with them enjoying much of their celebrations outdoors!
Highlights for us include the pretty pastel colour scheme, the informal style wedding breakfast and, of course, Beth’s stunning fitted dress and gorgeous accessories. We would have quite liked to have attended this one ourselves!
With images by Photography34.
beth says: We got engaged on 24th December 2012. This was a special day for us as that’s the date when we got together. We had a nice little trip to Chester booked as a treat. Dan says he had put that much thought into my engagement ring that he didn’t think about how nerve racking the proposal would be. He’d had the ring made by a local jeweller, he choose the design and wanted it to have a twist. He asked for my birth stone to be entwined in it, so nobody knows that I have a secret amethyst stone underneath the diamond. When the light shines through you can see the amethyst. He waited all day for the right moment to present itself though I was totally oblivious. We drove back home from Chester, booked a table for our Christmas Eve date night tradition and then Dan proposed under the stars.
We did the legal parts of the marriage on 24th August 2015, then held our wedding ceremony and reception two days later on 26th August – the anniversary of our first date.
We got married at The Barn in Burniston, near Scarborough, on the coastal road. We choose this venue as it was just everything we were looking for in one. The Barn is beautiful on its own and the team there allowed us to have what we wanted, which made our day complete.
We didn’t pick a theme, we loved how rustic the barn was. We chose a colour scheme of pastel colours and incorporated them throughout, but kept the overall look very soft and natural.
June 15th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
If ‘photographer’ is the next task to complete on your wedding ‘to do’ list then this morning’s post just might help, as we’re introducing you to our fabulous new Brides Up North Sponsor, Jenny Maden Photography.
Having fallen in love with photography from a young age, Yorkshire-based Jenny was committed to making her passion her full time job and is now thrilled to witness and document couples’ big days for a living.
Filled with enthusiasm, Jenny loves to get to know her couples and all their plans, striking up a real connection with her clients that encourages them to relax in front of the camera.
To explain more about passion, we’ll let Jenny do the talking…
How did you get into wedding photography?
jenny says: My love of photographs goes back as far as I can recall. As a young child, long before I took photos, I’d love digging out the family albums and I could spend hours rummaging through holiday snaps. I then went on to take pictures myself – initially on a film camera and then on my first digital camera; a Casio Exilim.
It was in early adulthood that I became a real photography enthusiast. I was bought my first semi-professional camera as a birthday present and taken to Knowsley Safari Park to photograph the animals. My love and appreciation for photography grew from there. I enrolled on a photography course and spent many weekends on photography workshops, with other professional photographers, to really get inside the technicalities and hone my photography techniques.
As my skills developed and my portfolio grew, the bookings came and I’ve really never looked back! My passion is my job – and that’s pretty awesome!
What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?
There are so many things I love about being a wedding photographer!
I love getting to know my couples before the big day; getting a feel for their personalities, how they like to spend their time, what they have planned for the big day etc. I’ve stayed in contact with many of my couples, long after their weddings, in fact I’m meeting one of my ‘brides’ next month with her brand new baby!
I just love weddings! The dress, flowers, jewellery, shoes, table décor, cake, the food and drink, venue, bunting, games on the lawn, musicians – you name it! Sometimes couples incorporate quirky and unique touches into their wedding day, which I’ve perhaps not photographed before, which is a real treat for me.
Lastly, and I think perhaps my upmost favourtite thing, about being a wedding photographer, is capturing the emotion of the day; happiness, laughter and love. The feelings between the bride and groom are so evident, but the love between them and their parents, siblings and friends, is so clear to see too.
I get to witness this close-hand and document it. Being a hopeless softie with a passion for photographs, this is an absolute pleasure!
How do you get couples to relax on the day?
Have a giggle and allow the couple to just be themselves. It’s worked a treat so far.
May 31st, 2016 | Julia Braime
At this time of year there’s nothing quite like a trip to the British seaside, and so today we’re heading to the gorgeous town of Scarborough for the engagement shoot of Ash and Kara.
Looking totally relaxed and loved up, Ash and Kara are captured wondering around the town’s quaint yet vibrant streets, whilst calling in at the amusements and fairground along the way. Looks like a perfect day to us!
So grab your sunnies, we’re off to the coast…
With images by Emma and Rich.
kara says: We got engaged in June 2015. It was following a difficult patch with Ash working a lot; both at work and University. He promised to take me for a meal to make it up so I thought it was a regular ‘date night’. He took me to a wonderful restaurant and then suggested we should go for a wander as we hadn’t gotten out for a while just the two of us. He led me up to the side of Scarborough Castle, through a secret snicket (a place we went to on our first meeting – after far too many beers, may I add!) This place in particular has an amazing view of both the bays in Scarborough so it’s perfect at dusk. That’s where he got down on one knee and shocked the hell out of me. I actually responded with “Are you actually kidding?” before saying yes! The best part was going to our local and finding out that all my family and friends were there waiting for us, even those who had to travel from afar! (I wondered why he was tidying and hoovering up before we left for dinner!) I genuinely didn’t have the foggiest that it was going to happen.
We are getting married on 2nd July 2016 at Scarborough registry office. We are then heading up to Pinewood Park where we have the whole site booked for the night for our friends and family to stay with us in the tipis and cowboy shacks. We are so excited!
May 31st, 2016 | Rachel Parry
If you’re currently on the hunt for a glamorous wedding venue that’s brimming with history and charm, you might want to pay extra close attention to this morning’s post, as we introduce another of our fabulous Dream Venues.
Situated in the heart of Sheffield’s city centre, Cutlers’ Hall is a truly unique venue that will tick boxes for those of you wanting to stage an opulent big day. Think Great Gatsby/Downtown Abbey style elegance and you’re along the right lines.
But there’s no need to just take our word for it. In October we will be staging one of our popular Luxury Wedding Exhibitions at this fabulous venue – and you’re all invited to come along and view the beauty for yourselves.
In the meantime, we’re handing over the blog to Chloe Wood, business development executive at The Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire, to help set the scene and tell us more about Cutlers’ Hall’s impressive wedding offering…
Images by RJH Photography.
Where is Cutlers’ Hall located and what is the history of the building?
chloe says: Cutlers’ Hall is a Grade II* listed venue situated in the centre of vibrant Sheffield and is home to the Cutlers Company in Hallamshire. The Cutlers’ Company was established by a parliamentary Act of Incorporation in 1624 and for almost four hundred years has sought to maintain the standards and quality of Sheffield manufactured cutlery and steel products and to promote the name of Sheffield. As manufacturing in the region has changed over the centuries, the company reflects this by highlighting the innovation in the region as well as upholding Sheffield’s proud heritage.
The hall is renowned for hosting weddings, conferences and dinners. Without doubt the history of the venue and its impressive silver collection complements the hall’s natural charm and elegance perfectly.
Tell us about the space available for weddings at Cutlers’ Hall…
The hall has four rooms licensed to hold civil ceremonies and available for receptions of all shapes and sizes. Our Drawing and Reception Room are ideal for smaller weddings for up to 80 guests, while our Old Banqueting Hall can accommodate up to 120 guests, and for larger celebrations our Main Hall can accommodate up to 300 guests.
What makes Cutlers’ Hall a special and sets it apart from other wedding venues?
Cutlers’ Hall is a unique, one-of-a-kind venue. The décor of the hall is absolutely breath-taking and certainly offers the wow factor, plus there is an abundance of glamorous photo opportunities. Our flexible approach allows the wedding day to run exactly how our wedding couples have dreamed of. And while we do have generic packages, we prefer to offer tailor made packages to make celebrations both individual and memorable.
May 19th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
Today we’re bringing you another helping of wonderful wedding inspiration in the form of this stunning styled shoot, put together by a talented team of South Yorkshire suppliers.
Enlisted to showcase the beauty of Manor Lodge, a new venue to the Sheffield wedding scene, photographer Stu Ganderton seized the opportunity to capture a shoot that was as honest and pure as its setting.
Keeping things simple, Stu and his expertly picked team focused on making the attire and flowers the main stars of the shoot to show that money invested into key areas of a wedding can really make it stand out from the crowd.
Another honest element to this shoot that we adore is that the models are actually a couple. As a result you can really feel the emotions, particularly in the image where Oliver is planting a tender kiss on Danielle’s head – we love!
To explain more about his ideas and how he executed them, we’ll now hand over the blog to photographer Stu…
With images by Stu Ganderton Wedding Photography.
stu says: When I decided to do the shoot, it was initially as just some simple marketing material for the venue to showcase the beauty of the ruins and Turret house. Manor Lodge has just recently started doing weddings, aimed at the Boho and DIY market, so I wanted to keep things as simple as possible, but I also wanted to show what could be done by a bride investing in the right areas on her wedding, and also what can be achieved when you engage the best creative brains in the market.
It was also important to me that the shoot had an ‘honesty’ to it, so that it was believable. So rather than spending on chocolate fountains, candy carts and love letters; getting a great dress that flattered the model along with beautiful flowers and a good photographer was at the forefront.
The two “models”, Danielle and Oliver have never had any modelling experience. Oliver is actually my son and Danni is his real girlfriend. So we had a real couple which I think complements the shoot and makes it more real!
I said all of the way through that I wanted the flowers and dress to shine through, so using the ethos of the original idea, we did not have any hair or makeup professionals on the shoot. Danni did her own makeup as she would normally, and said I wanted her to have soft curls.
The dress and veils used in the shoot were supplied by Kelly of KMR Bespoke Bridal Designer, and as soon as I mentioned the shoot to her, she knew exactly what dress she wanted Danni to wear. ‘Violet’ the dress modelled by Danielle in the shoot is an ivory, floor-length, circle skirt gown with a corded lace V neckline bodice. The full skirt is made of two layers of ivory duchess satin and chiffon with scallop lace edge detailing on the waist. We styled ‘Violet’ with the ’Louisa’ bridal belt and to mix up the looks for some of the shots we also added the ‘Evelina’ veil with Sam from Fantail Designer Florist’s stunning floral crown.
May 12th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
Providing even more fabulous inspiration for you brides-to-be currently on the dream dress hunt, we’re thrilled to be welcoming Brides Up North sponsor Louise Perry Bridal to the blog today.
Located in the pretty West Yorkshire village of Saltaire, this warm and welcoming boutique has a stunning range of dresses, with something to suit all tastes and budgets.
With customer service at the very forefront of everything she does, owner Louise takes a personal approach to ensure brides and their guests have both a memorable and enjoyable experience during their time to the boutique.
To tell us more about what ladies can expect from an appointment at Louise Perry Bridal, we’ll hand over to the leading lady herself…
How did Louise Perry Bridal begin?
louise says: It was my lifelong dream to own my own business and give customers a wonderful experience when they came into my shop. It was only when I got married myself that I realised a bridal shop would be the ideal business for me. Having studied dressmaking and costume history, and with many years’ experience of sewing my own clothes, I had an understanding of how dresses are made and the intricacies of fabrics and trims. My degree and experience as a manager in a large organisation had also developed my skills in customer service and administration.
I love making people happy and matching a bride to her perfect dress is a dream come true!
How would you describe the feel and look of your boutique?
I get a lot of compliments about my boutique. When I designed it, I wanted the experience to appeal to all the senses, from the soft classical music in the background, to the specially selected pure origin coffee that I serve to my customers. I’d like to think it allows a bride to take time out in a beautiful, spacious environment where she is able to make her important decision, without pressure.
The boutique itself is quite large, light and airy with beautiful wooden floorboards and plenty of space for a bride to walk around in her chosen dresses. I only see one bride at a time, which allows the bride and her guests all the privacy needed to make a decision.
In terms of the feel, a customer recently said that the moment they walked into the shop, they breathed a sigh of relief and all their troubles drifted away! That is exactly the feeling I was going for – relaxed and welcoming!
What designers do you stock, can you tell us a little about each one?
I currently stock three collections by Demetrios, Cosmobella and Oreasposa. All three are Italian designers and based in Milan. Cosmobella is my mid-range and largest collection. It combines beautiful detailing with affordability. Demetrios dresses are slightly more expensive, but with an exquisite finish. My OreaSposa collection meanwhile is very affordable, without compromising on quality.
In September I will also be introducing Ronald Joyce to my collections and will hold a special launch event for interested brides.
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