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cakes that make you go ooh: say hello to booootiful cakes

May 23rd, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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We’re thrilled to be introducing another Brides Up North Sponsor to the blog, Jeanette Moorhouse of Booootiful Cakes.

As her business name suggests, this talented lady designs and creates show-stopping cakes to suit a whole range of preferences, themes and styles; from intricately iced and fancy floral creations, to metallic and marble masterpieces.

And her skills don’t end there – for these sweet spectacles also taste as good as they look with fabulous flavours all part of the offering!

Baking for Yorkshire-based Jeanette is more than a job, it’s a passion that’s been passed on through her family…

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Tell us how your interest in baking first began and why you decided to start your own cake business?

jeanette says: As the daughter of a master baker, I was brought up with a love of cakes and so my father is my main inspiration.

At eighteen I studied decoration and flour confectionery at Thomas Danby College, Leeds, and after a number of years in the industry, I then went on to Slattery’s in Manchester to study the Art of Chocolatiering.

My father and I worked together for eight years until I moved to America to stay with friends and revaluate my career.

So, I’ve been full circle – from master baker’s daughter to watching the cake trade change from fruit cake royal icing to fondant icing, technics altering over 40 years and a few career changes along the way back round to the wedding cake trade that I was born in to.

Where do you get the inspiration from for your cake designs?

Inspiration comes from everywhere: from listening to brides and grooms (really listening), talking to other people in the industry and looking at venues to colour palettes, to the changing seasons of the year and the ever-changing fashions of wedding dresses.

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What is it that you love about your job and working in the wedding industry?

I love seeing the pictures of the weddings after they have taken place to see the couple’s visions become a reality. From the venue to the details, I really love all aspects of a wedding day.

If a couple book you to make their wedding cake what is the process?

When a customer enquiries with me, we initially through their likes and dislikes in cake so that when they come for their free consultation I’ve prepared a variety of desirable flavours to taste. Designing comes after we have gone through various size options, as well as shapes, detailing and themes.

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Tell us about the different styles of cake that you create and the flavours that you offer?

All our cakes are hand crafted to the highest standards, fully personalised to brides’ and grooms’ exact requirements and as such my service is fully bespoke and each design is individual.

The cakes I design vary from simple, plain styles decorated with ribbon to more intricate and colourful designs featuring iced flowers, ruffles or butterflies. Marble and metallic style cakes are also becoming more popular among my couples.

In terms of flavourings, I offer everything from classic vanilla, fruit and chocolate to more unusual flavours such as mocha, coconut and lime and red velvet. I’m also happy to take requests if there’s something special that a couple has in mind.

Where would you advise couples to get inspiration from for their wedding cake?

I always say to couples not to get bogged down with all the themes out there and to go with what they originally love as a couple. The moment comes down to the bride and groom cutting their cake on their big day and I want them to really love the cake that they choose.

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What sets you apart from other wedding cake companies?

Booootiful Cakes prides itself on creating wedding cakes that make the cutting of the cake as special as the day itself. Each cake is crafted from the finest ingredients, all locally from around West Yorkshire, so that the cake not only looks amazing but tastes even better. The wow factor is truly at the heart of Booootiful Cakes and the attention to detail must be seen to be believed.

What is the feedback like from clients? What do they love about our cakes?

It is my belief that what’s on the inside of a cake should be as good as the outside, my couples feel the same way and always comment on the taste being as wonderful as the design.

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still nature. raw elements & texture for a romantic wedding styled shoot in north yorkshire

May 19th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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To round off a winning week of blog posts we have this heart-achingly beautiful styled shoot put together by a talented collaborative of suppliers in rural North Yorkshire.

With Brides Up North Sponsor and exceptionally creative stylist Louise Hughes of One Stylish Day, at the helm of the design for the shoot, the end result was only ever going to be a set of stunning images brimming with stylish inspo for your big day.

So ladies, prepare to spend the rest of your Friday afternoon lost in world of natural wedding beauty. Sorry, not sorry!

With images by Nicola Dixon Photography.

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nicola says: I organised the shoot as part of my styled shoot workshops for amateur and pro photographers. I chose Camp Katur for the location because I love outdoor wedding venues, and really wanted to add this venue to my portfolio. The outdoor woodland ceremony at Camp Katur is really unique and was a really big pull for me. I knew Lucy MacNicoll, the florist and Louise the stylist, could create something really special in that area. And they did. Watching them at work was awe-inspiring. This styled shoot was probably my most memorable because of the team, that creative energy was present through-out the whole day, all the attendees of the workshop felt it too.

I think the shoot came to life fairly naturally, Louise and I threw around words like kinfolk, organic and wild and Louise put together a moodboard for Lucy and I.

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There really was something magical in the air that day, I know I was on a natural high for days. When a group of creatives come together and bring a vision to life for a group of photographers to photograph and marvel at, hearing everyone’s ‘wows’ when they saw the styled areas made all the emails and planning worthwhile. So much so that we have planned a couple more styled shoots for 2017 as it really felt like a dream team.

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louise says: Styling wise, I wanted to steer away from the ‘boho’ look, which this style of venue can naturally call for. Instead I wanted to go with a fresh approach to outdoor weddings and focus on slow living with an essence of stillness and calm.

The shoot focused on a deep respect for the surroundings with a vision that the tablescape design did not look out of place in any way, but blended with the backdrop effortlessly.

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The intent was to create a design inspired by the Danish Hygge aesthetic, with elements that looked like they had been gathered and swept up from the surrounding forest floor but with pops of soft highlights and rich toned accents. A key focus was on highlighting the beauty of the outdoors, whatever the season.

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sunny side up. alfred angelo for an autumn wedding at whirlowbrook hall – catherine & frazer

May 9th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

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If you’re contemplating an autumn date for your special day, then this afternoon’s real wedding will have you falling head over heels for this beautiful time of the year. Think rich jewelled tones, café au lait dahlias and a picture-perfect sunset, and you’ll get a fair idea of what to expect.

Our couple, Catherine and Frazer, tied the knot at Whirlowbrook Hall, a gorgeous manor house set within 39 acres of landscaped gardens. Plumping for a navy blue and pewter colour scheme, their elegant vintage-inspired theme works beautifully with the venue’s classic backdrop.

As you’ll see, there are so many Pinterest-worthy highlights from their special day – the stunning four-tiered cake (complete with edible sequins) is a favourite, and I just love the bride’s statement blue shoes!

With images by Mylo Photography

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catherine says: We got engaged on our seven-year anniversary, at home, on 27th December 2014, on what was a lovely crisp wintery morning. I had been dropping not so subtle hints about getting married for about a year but Frazer kept saying I’d have to wait and see as our anniversary was coming up.

The day dawned and he made me breakfast. He called me through for my sausage sandwich. I put the ketchup on and flipped the top slice of bread onto the sandwich. Neatly carved into the bread was “will you marry me?”. I think I actually said, “Oh go on then!”. Because of the snow we were unable to visit our families to share the good news for about a week!

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We got married on 16th October 2016. We always knew we wanted an autumn wedding, as we love autumnal colours. Plus a sunny autumn day can be so beautiful. As it turned out, it rained heavily until about an hour before the ceremony and then stayed sunny and dry. We got some fabulous photos with the autumn sunset too.

We hosted our ceremony and reception at Whirlowbrook Hall in Sheffield. We hadn’t intended to go and see Whirlowbrook, as my sister had always wanted to get married there and I didn’t want to copy. We had gone to two wedding fairs nearby, and heard that Whirlowbrook was also holding one. We thought we’d go and see the suppliers rather than the venue, but as soon as we walked in, we knew we’d get married there! The atmosphere was so special, the staff were friendly and attentive, and the Hall and grounds are stunning. We also liked the fact that we’d get exclusive use of the venue for the day, and it was small enough to be intimate, yet still had enough space for everyone.

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We didn’t have a theme as such, but we went for an autumnal vintage elegance feel. Hopefully we captured the richness of the season and matched the grandeur of the hall with classic decorations, but still managed to do things a bit differently.

We opted for a navy blue and pewter/silver colour scheme. We wanted jewel tones for that rich autumnal feel and settled on navy as a colour which would be easy to co-ordinate. We didn’t want bright silver so settled on a darker more antique silver/pewter for our metallic accents. We also incorporated cream and ivory to lighten the overall look.

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I got my dress – the Alfred Angelo 216 Cinderella gown – in a sample sale. I knew I wanted a mermaid/fishtail style, but something a bit different. As soon as I put the dress on, I knew it was ‘the one’. My seamstress, Bride by Katie-Lou Designs, handmade a bolero and matched the lace to the detail on the bodice of the dress, it was perfect! I also wore a long one-tier veil.

My lovely bridesmaid Adele let me wear her antique pearl necklace as my something borrowed. Pearl is also my birthstone, which tied in nicely.

I chose bright blue Irregular Choice shoes for a pop of colour, they were fabulous and I got so many compliments.

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hey #bridesquad… you need to be at our urban luxe bridal show at cutlers’ hall, sheffield

April 19th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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We’re really excited to be able to invite our readers to our city chic Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Show at the the stately and sensational (whilst still being in the very heart of the city centre – how cool is that?!) Cutlers’ Hall, Sheffield on THIS SUNDAY 23rd April, 11am till 3pm, FREE ENTRY.

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In our usual style, we’ve also packed the (really, really) lovely space with so much amazing wedding day inspiration, that it’s starting to feel like a bit of a pretty party! There’ll be bubbles on arrival, bridal fashion (including a one off special designer dress sale from the likes of Pronovias, House of Mooshki, Eliza Jane Howell, LouLou and Caroline Castigliano all priced at under £800!) floral design, cakes, photography, all the little details… you name it, with all the area’s very best and most creative wedding bods.

You have to see this place!

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Cutlers’ Hall is the most romantic wedding venue right in the heart of Sheffield.

Cutlers’ Hall is a licensed wedding venue, with a choice of five elegantly decorated rooms which are ideal to host any aspect of your day. The Reception Room is perfect for an intimate ceremony and wedding breakfast for up to 100 guests, whilst the Old Banqueting Hall can cater for up to 120 guests, and the Main Hall can cater for over 200 guests.

The Grade II listed building is the perfect setting for those memorable images, with the Grand Staircase being a particular favourite of many wedding couples. Photo opportunities are in abundance throughout the building, and the famous Winter Gardens, or beautiful Peace Gardens are just a five minute walk away.

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bride to be?

To register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Media Pack (stuffed with treats and glossy mags, including the brand new issue of UNVEILED Magazine) and FREE ENTRY, fill in your details below. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Media Pack upon entry to the Luxury Wedding Show. Only the bride need register for larger groups. While stocks last.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW AND REGISTER FOR ANY OF OUR EVENTS THIS SEASON

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wedding industry professional?

We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2017. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our fabulous luxury wedding shows across three regions.

Click here to view the full schedule.

Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee your place.

Please email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for exhibitor booking and pricing information listing the events or area that you are interested in.

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Images by RJH Photography.

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down to the woods. a romantic rural wedding at priory cottages – kayleigh & paul

April 4th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

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Today’s Bonfire Night wedding is full to the brim with woodland gorgeousness. Kayleigh and Paul opted for a rural wedding venue, daisies and natural grasses in the bridal bouquet and a dramatic ivy arch as the focal point for their ceremony. The result? Fan-flipping-tastic.

As if that wasn’t enough, there’s also some cool retro styling, sparklers a-go-go and the most glorious confetti shots. Look no further: this is autumn wedding inspo at its best.

With photography by Lumiere Photographic.

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kayleigh says: We got engaged in 2015 after 12 years of being together (we‘re high school sweethearts!) Paul took me down to a log cabin in the Cotswolds where we’d stayed before. While I unpacked the bags, he hung up fairy lights on the terrace and lit candles. The sun was setting and it was so beautiful when I walked out and saw it all.

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We got married on Bonfire Night 2016. We didn’t want a summer wedding because we both prefer the cold and the colours associated with this time of year. It was also the perfect excuse to have hot dogs and chilli at night and celebrate with fireworks and sparklers!

We got married at Priory Cottages near Wetherby, Yorkshire. We loved this venue because it was kind of an ‘all-in-one’. We got married in the beautiful barn, moved into the marquee for our reception and our guests could stay overnight in the cottages. The drive up to the barn was beautiful and the surrounding fields were a gorgeous backdrop for our pictures.

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Our theme was autumn, using warm dark colours and earthy tones throughout. We used a lot of hessian, wood and fairy lights to create an almost woodland theme. As lovers of vintage and retro styling, we also used some old suitcases and house blankets for the inevitable chill.

Our colour scheme was dark blue and forest green. We had the bridesmaids in blue and the groomsmen too with hints of green in their ties, shoes and scarves.

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I chose a Justin Alexander dress from Ava Rose Hamilton in Silsden. It was strapless which I didn’t initially like, but the staff added a gorgeous attached lace top and it had a V-shaped back which gave it an extra special touch, too.

Getting ready, we used Luxe Beauty Lounge in Yeadon for our makeup. Emily was fantastic and made all the girls feel confident. Courtney Wilson from Hair by Courtney is my usual hairdresser and was absolutely brilliant.

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brides up north bespoke: our denton hall luxury bridal show

March 22nd, 2017 | Julia Braime

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We’ve got a rare weekend off next Sunday as we put our feet up and celebrate Mother’s Day (note to the husband and littles: I expect to be waited on!) but we’re already looking ahead to one Super Sunday of Brides Up North events to make up for it on Sunday 2nd April 2017! For the Yorkshire ladies amongst us, we have one very special date for the diary: a Brides Up North Luxury Bridal Show at Denton Hall, Ilkley, 11am till 3pm, FREE entry. 

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As your very own exclusive-use country house for the weekend, the team at Denton Hall pride themselves on meeting your needs with a personal touch. Denton Hall blends its rich history with a bespoke, flexible modern-day service – including a Michelin-starred fine dining experience courtesy of award winning Box Tree Events – to ensure that your special day is as successful, enjoyable and memorable as possible.

A week on Sunday, we’ve enlisted the help of 30+ luxury wedding exhibitors who plan to fill it’s stately rooms with wedding inspiration to help make your day even more perfect.

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The Hall is set in the heart of 2,500 acres of colourful, secluded, landscaped grounds and the exquisite interior of the Hall itself complements these beautiful surroundings. Featuring two magnificent reception rooms full of stately grandeur, with smaller, more intimate areas including an oak-panelled library and a charming period dining room you are truly Lord and Lady of the Manor at Denton.

Watch out for the Hall’s many charming features including a spiral staircase, hand-crafted genuine vintage Mouseman oak furniture, Adam style fireplaces and ceilings and crystal chandeliers. There are also 24 newly-refurbished bedrooms and two luxury suites – including an elegant bridal suite.

Come and see it all for yourselves…

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bride to be?

To pre-register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Media Pack (stuffed with treats and glossy mags, including the brand new issue of UNVEILED Magazine), simply follow the link below. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Media Pack upon entry to the Luxury Bridal Show. Only the bride need register for larger groups. While stocks last.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE 

An Elegant Wedding at Denton Hall (c) Neil Jackson Photographic (29)

wedding industry professional?

We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2017. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our fabulous luxury wedding exhibitions across three regions.

Click here to view the full schedule.

Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Email Julia at contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk for details.

Images by Neil Jackson Photographic as featured on Brides Up North – click here to Sarah & Chris’s whole day in full.

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