Charlotte Balbier
Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Shows Spring 2017

winter sparkle: a styled bridal shoot at holdsworth house

March 10th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A Winter Styled Shoot at Holdsworth House (c) Tim Dunk (28)

We’re stepping inside an enchanting Jacobean manor today for a dramatic, atmospheric styled shoot in Yorkshire.

Showcasing some of the best features that a wintery wedding has to offer – we’re talking bold bouquets, ambient lighting and a splash of gold – this styled shoot really brings the venue, Holdsworth House, to life.

Claire from The Bridal Emporium teamed up with a number of specialist suppliers from the north, including a magician. The group contended with some rather unforgiving weather on the day, but you’d never be able to tell from the fabulous photographs. If anything, the weather just adds to the drama of the images, helping us to fall in love with the beauty of a winter wedding all over again.

With images by Tim Dunk Photography

Models: Emily Jade Walsh, Caitlin Jade McCoy and Alexander Tordoff

A Winter Styled Shoot at Holdsworth House (c) Tim Dunk (54)

claire says: Our winter photo shoot took place in November last year and showed off the beautiful venue of Holdsworth House.

Many brides and grooms get married in the autumn and winter seasons now and we believe you can still look stylish in the colder months. We think this shoot screams uber chic with a touch of elegance, perfect for modern couples looking for a little bit of an edge to their special day.

A Winter Styled Shoot at Holdsworth House (c) Tim Dunk (40)

A Winter Styled Shoot at Holdsworth House (c) Tim Dunk (44)

The team at Holdsworth House were in discussion about doing a shoot with photographer Tim Dunk for a while, then The Bridal Emporium wanted to collaborate with Tim too, which led to us looking at the venue.

We thought that the venue would make a fabulous location for a photo shoot thanks to its dark wood and stone paneling which perfectly suit glitzy numbers, soft lighting, strong cake designs and wintery colours.

A Winter Styled Shoot at Holdsworth House (c) Tim Dunk (32)

I gathered a fabulous team together and showed them our mood board, which oozed sparkle, warm colours, kilts and a touch of romance.

We wanted to create a ‘real life’ photo shoot, to really show brides and grooms how their day could unfold against the stunning backdrop of Holdsworth House. To Have and To Hold Films captured the romantic essence of the venue on film, too.

A Winter Styled Shoot at Holdsworth House (c) Tim Dunk (45)

The day was very successful; we managed to get full ‘real life’ shots, including interaction with a real magician – Matthew J Magic – plus outdoor scenes, even though the weather wasn’t good at all. Luckily, we’re a fun team of suppliers who can work well together, so the poor weather didn’t affect the shoot!

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autumn amour. maggie sottero for a chic urban wedding in leeds – rachel & robin

December 2nd, 2016 | Laura McDonagh

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Today’s chic city real wedding simply exudes elegance. There’s a stunning Maggie Sottero dress, a gorgeous autumnal colour palette and an organic, woodland theme.

There was also plenty of personality to this stylish wedding too, with nods to the groom’s love of owls, Cockney rhyming slang table names and a real ale special brew called ‘Old Legover’!

With images by Olivia Brabbs Photography

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rachel says: Robin’s proposal centred around an owl theme. He has a particular passion for owls – since he was a child he collected all things owl. It has turned into a running joke that owls are literally taking over our house, so it was no surprise that they featured quite heavily in Robin’s proposal. Robin went to great lengths to set out an owl-themed treasure hunt, which went on for a few weeks (!) and, led by a number of clues, I found Robin under the ‘Owl of Justice’ – a carved owl that can be found at the back of the Civic Hall in Leeds, where Robin proposed and we later got married.

Our wedding date was the 9th September 2016. We both love autumn and wanted a natural earthy wedding. The weather also always seems to be lovely in Leeds in September, so we were lucky to secure the date when we did.

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We got married in the Banqueting Hall in the Civic Hall in Leeds city centre. We chose the venue for obvious reasons (hello gold owls!) but we were both so stunned at how beautiful the hall is once you get inside. We even decided to have a drinks reception after the ceremony to make the most of our time there. We really wanted to have our reception somewhere close to where we got married and settled on the Devonshire Hall in Headingley, to have our party; an amazingly grand hall of residence, which forms part of the University of Leeds. We loved the blank canvas of the dining hall and the design of the building is so lovely with the cloisters and outside space. We both got a great feel from the place when we visited so it was an easy decision.

In terms of theme, we’re big lovers of the great outdoors and our vision was for a woodland/autumnal/natural style of wedding. If we’d been brave enough (and my mum had allowed us!) we’d have had our reception in the woods, so this was a good compromise.

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Our colour scheme was navy and gold and, fitting with the autumnal theme, the groomsmen wore navy suits with a variety of dark gold and burnt orange accessories. My sister is a personal stylist so she helped choose the bridesmaid dresses, and navy is a gorgeous universal colour that looks great on everyone. I’m also a big fan of a bit of sparkle so gold shoes were a must!

If I’m honest, I wasn’t entirely looking forward to the wedding dress shopping – I had no idea what I wanted and felt a bit nervous about it all. When I walked into the first bridal shop (the wonderful Bridal Boutique in Baildon) I knew that the first dress that I saw would be the one I’d wear. I tried on all sorts of different styles anyway – and was surprised by how much I loved the huge princess dresses! But I settled for the first dress: Vidonia by Maggie Sottero. Such gorgeous detailing and I felt so comfortable in it, I knew it had to be the one. I cancelled my next booking!

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Robin and the groomsmen wore three-piece navy Ted Baker suits, which we hired from Moss Bros. We got the bowties and ties, made from knitted English silk, from the website Swagger & Swoon.

The bridesmaids wore A-line navy dresses from Coast and they each chose their own gold shoes. As a thank you for being my best women, I got them all engraved bangles made by the fab Libby Jubb Jewellery. They had a little birdy charm on them which matched the turtle doves I wore in my hair. Hannah De Ath and Annabel Bailey also did a fantastic job with hair and make-up and made my mum, bridesmaids and me feel like a million dollars.

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pops of pink. a bespoke dress for a romantic wedding at denton hall – katie & james

April 6th, 2016 | Julia Braime

An Elegant Wedding at Hilltop Country House (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (43)

Not every bride’s dream dress is found hanging on the rails of a bridal boutique as this morning’s bride Katie goes to show.

Having envisaged the type of gown that she would love to walk the aisle in, Katie found a talented dress maker to bring her wedding wishes to life. The result is a stunning fishtail lace dress with beautiful capped sleeves, which we love.

The big day took place at Denton Hall – a stunning venue in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, which we will soon be visiting for ourselves to stage our spring Luxury Wedding Exhibition. So if you want to see this fabulous hall for yourself, be sure to join us between 11am and 3pm on Sunday 17th April 2016.

With images by Bethany Clarke Photography.

An Elegant Wedding at Hilltop Country House (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (36)

An Elegant Wedding at Hilltop Country House (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (31)

katie says: James and I met at whilst I was at university in Newcastle. We subsequently moved to my home town of Leeds and after spending two years renovating our home, we were very excited to be spending our first Christmas there together.

As Christmas is my most favourite time of the year, James set about to make that Christmas the most special of all. On Christmas Eve James cooked a fabulous meal. We resided to our living room, which James had filled with candles, and he proposed by the Christmas tree. He arranged for us to spend a night at the Savoy in London, and for us to choose an engagement ring together. It was magical.

An Elegant Wedding at Hilltop Country House (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (57)

The number 13 is lucky for us, so we set the date 13th June. We hoped for beautiful summer weather to enjoy the fabulous views from our venue. Our friends laugh as the weather forecast was driving rain until the morning of our wedding. We were so lucky to have the most beautiful hazy summer’s day.

James found our wedding reception venue. He’s a keen cyclist and often cycled past Denton Hall and so he arranged for us to go to see it. We fell in love with it the moment we walked through the door! The grand hall is nestled within the beautiful Ilkley countryside with the most stunning views, which we made the most of during our drinks reception.

For the ceremony, we both wanted a small traditional church wedding and we were lucky enough to marry at the picture perfect St Helen’s church in Denton, Ilkley. Denton Hall is about 200 metres from the church, so after the ceremony we walked, with our guests, across to the hall.

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