Styled wedding shoot at The Grove Hall

Today on the blog  we present this beautiful inspiration wedding styled shoot at The Grove Hall in South Kirkby, West Yorkshire organised by Tammy from Howards Events and photographed by Nisha from Your Choice Photography.

Here is what Nisha, the photographer said on the whole shoot:

The inspiration behind photographing the shoot was to simply show the art of possible. My aim is to always capture naturally beautiful images, with a romantic feel.

In winter months especially, it can be hard to envision how things might look when it’s simply bare and muddy. You often need to see how it can be. Tammy also styled the event in a rustic way with touches of gold, including bespoke props from Bramble Sky.

Abigail’s hair & fresh faced make-up was done by lovely cruelty free MUA, Nicola Whitfield and she had a bespoke gown for Yorkshire designer, Danielle Sykes. Flox Bridal provided the finishing touches with a tiara & hair vine, whilst Amber from Mini Quinni Alternative Weddings provided beautifully designed, bespoke veils.

All tables were dressed with stunning arrangements from Jackie, The Flower Shop (South Elmsall) and she created a wild bouquet, with navy blue ribbon to match the accents in the room.

The day was finished with an exquisite white detailed cake from Cherry Blossom Cakes, styling from Howards Events included balloon decor, a flower wall and calligraphy printed mirrors and beautifully captured by Dan Williams Visuals.

From Nicola Whitfield (MUA) on her desired look: For the make up look I wanted to create a neutral palette so gold tones were used on the eyes and a pink toned lipstick complemented the look. To show off the beautiful hair accessories I designed a loose curled updo on our gorgeous model. It shows how several pieces can be worn together to create a cohesive look for your special day.

From Danielle of Danielle Sykes Designs on her bespoke dress: I wanted to create a gown that was dramatic, modern and timeless, so I used a plain ivory satin and focused on creating a striking silhouette. The puff ball sleeves

From Abigail on the vendors involved: Everyone on the day The Grove Hall was so welcoming and made me feel at ease, which is what you really want from the people that are bringing your wedding day to life! I loved the set up and everything went to plan on such a beautiful day. I would work with every one of them again.

From Tammy, owner of Howards Events: We chose to go for a Navy, gold and ivory theme along with lots of greenery to tie in with the Pantone colour of the year. We gave the whole room a feeling of warmth and regalness using a mixture of textures. Jackie from The Flower Shop created a greenery hoop along with some gorgeous floral centrepieces. We added lots of finer details including lace charger plates and a stunning 3d luxury flower wall.

Jackie, The Flower Shop:

I wanted to do something that was on trend and at the moment pampas grass is so on trend so incorporated with the pampas I chose to put some stunning ivory avalanche roses, Veronica, mimosa which I sprayed gold to add richness, wax flower, dried palm lease sprayed gold for that touch of regalness and corn with trailing asparagus adding softness and a touch of colour and finished with a deep rich blue satin ribbon tied around the bouquet.

Supplier's list:

Nisha, Your Choice Photography (photographer)
Dan, Dan Williams Visuals (Videographer)
Tammy, Howards Events (styling & props)
Jackie, The Flower Shop (florist)
Cake, Cherry Blossom bakery

The Grove Hall ( venue)
Amber, Mini Quinnie Alternative Weddings (veil)
Abigail (model)
Nicola, Nicola Whitfield MUA (hmua)
Danielle, Danielle Sykes Designs (bridalwear)
Becky, Flox Bridal (bridal accessories)


Newlyweds posing with a wedding car in Yorkshire

Choosing the right wedding car for your big day

For soon to be Brides in Yorkshire, and with such a large selection of wedding cars and other transport types available in the area it can be difficult to know what kind of vehicle to choose, and which option will work best for your wedding.

However, deciding on your wedding transport doesn’t have to be stressful or difficult, if you choose a professional company which has been long established over many years they’ll have all the knowledge and more importantly the experience to help guide you in your planning, resulting in the perfect wedding transport for a perfect day.

The best recommendation of a business is from a friend or family member that has used the services before. A company that has hundreds of five star reviews and perhaps has not been in business that long should start alarm bells ringing, reviews although a good thing should not always be the first consideration as they can sometimes be misleading and sometimes fake, however any business that has been around for many, many years must be doing something right otherwise they would not be in business, so always read between the lines and the number one piece of advice is go with your instinct.

When you’ve decided which company to go with you can then decide on which of their vehicles will best suit your theme. Even if you’re holding the wedding ceremony and reception in one place, you’ll still want transport to initially get there. You then have to consider how many people are travelling, is it in winter or summer, do you require a car with air conditioning or a bracing convertible. If you’re having a church wedding with the reception elsewhere, the transfer time needs to be taken into consideration, along with how many trips between the destinations are needed to take the Happy Couple, Bridesmaids, Mother of the Bride and so on, so do explain this to the carriage company prior to making your final choice.

If colour is important then you need to ensure the dress does not get lost in the colour of the car, for example a white car and white wedding dress sounds great but if the white car is whiter than the dress could it make the dress look greyish. Good photographers are great in solving this problem for exterior shots though, they will always have the Groom next to the car with the Bride next to the Groom resulting in dress and car not next to each other thereby creating a perfect contrast. Whether you’re having a traditional, modern, or themed wedding you’ll want the vehicles to blend with your theme. Two-tone coloured vehicles, that fit in with your overall colour scheme are a good option and will afford you a larger choice of vehicles. You could even use a traditional white or silver vehicle but bring in the colour of your wedding theme in the ribbons and bows.

Wedding car outside a Yorkshire wedding venue

Wedding gowns will vary. Some can be pencil style and simple, others may be hiding additional layers and a variety of hoops. The fullness of your dress will help decided which car is right for you. The rear seats in some cars may not give your dress the space it needs as every Bride wishes to arrive at their destination looking fresh and crease free. If you’re opting for a fuller style gown you’ll need either a modern long wheelbase style vehicle or even a limousine, some vehicles from the vintage era will provide a wealth of space as the passengers in those days used to travel in spacious cabins while their chauffeur was squashed in to the small cabin at the front.

To avoid upset on your big day do take the time to go and see the car prior to your wedding, so you can see how easy or not it is to get in an out off. A professional wedding car provider will be more than happy to arrange a viewing for you.

A two-seater convertible may be your dream wedding car, but it’s no good, if you’re opting for just the one wedding car and are looking to have four bridesmaids in your wedding party, and where will the poor old groom sit as their will only be one seat for passengers as the other is taken by the chauffeur. If you want to make one trip only then perhaps a limousine style vehicle would be more practical. Alternatively, you could hire more than one vehicle, in which case look for a company that can provide two matching or reasonably similar cars. Another possibility is to choose an elegant wedding car for the happy couple with simpler style cars for the rest of the wedding party.

Make sure you ask what items are included and what are additional, always check the terms and conditions as these are there to protect you. A good company will have a very comprehensive set of terms and conditions on their website for you to see.

Finally make sure you consider purchasing a low-cost wedding insurance policy before you book any part of your wedding as this will cover you from day one, not just on the day itself. You will be surprised how cheap these policies are and how much they cover.

Lastly, book the vehicle as soon as you know it’s the car for you, because if you like it, others will too.

To help you with your Yorkshire wedding car hire planning visit Premier Carriage Wedding Cars website or call 01924 693 684.


Wedding Jazz band

Things to consider when booking a wedding band

Everyone agrees that having background music at your wedding drinks reception can make the occasion feel extra special. It fills any awkward silences and helps to set the atmosphere beautifully for the few hours before the wedding breakfast begins, putting your guests at ease.

Wedding Jazz Band

When booking background music performers for your wedding, it's important to consider the following five aspects of booking a band:

1. Image

Will the 'look' of the band fit into your plans for the day? A wedding is a big investment and you don't want a group of scruffy musicians in the background of your wedding photos. It's vital to choose a band which understands that image is important, this is your special day and a band should treat it with as much care and attention as you do.

2. Professional

You can get a good idea of how professional a band is during the booking process. Do they have a clear and concise booking process? Are they quick to respond and decisive with costs and requirements? Indecisiveness is a good indication that the band isn't used to performing at weddings and problems could arise at a future date with them.

3. Contract

It's an obvious point, but it's important that you both sign an engagement contract for the booking and pay a deposit (if required). A form of legal agreement between you helps to mitigate any disagreements in the future. The contract should mention the date, arrival time, start and end time plus any requirements that the band may have; food, drink, accommodation etc. The band should have a standard contract for the purposes of weddings.

4. Repertoire

Weddings are usually a mixture of generations from your family. So, music everyone will enjoy is a must. You may be into some obscure Norwegian prog-rock trio, but there's a good chance that your parents (and their parents) are not! It’s best to opt for a band which play a variety of music across all years.

5. Schedule

Having a detailed running order for the day is vital. Ensure that you agree on an arrival time with the band and know how long it takes them to setup so you can inform the venue staff what to expect. Be aware that if the band are to be performing in a room which is already occupied by your guests, then you may need them to setup a couple of hours in advance, as to not disturb your guests with sounds checks.

One wedding band which ticks all these boxes is the Devon jazz band, Mojito. They are a professional jazz trio based in the southwest of the UK and have years of experience in planning and performing at weddings throughout the region. You can find out more about their wedding services on their website, but they are a highly recommended wedding jazz band in the area.


Game of Thrones themed wedding at East Riddlesden Hall

Game of Thrones themed wedding at East Riddlesden Hall

We're delighted to show you this Game of Thrones themed barn wedding on the blog. With the ceremony in the Airedale Barn at East Riddlesden Hall the beautiful rustic charm of the venue was the perfect fit for our wedding theme. The bride got ready in a lovely log cabin just a short distance away from the venue. The ceremony in the barn was just beautiful with nuptials exchanged under the fairly lights in the barn, it was a really intimate and emotional ceremony.

The day was relaxed but fun for everyone. For the wedding breakfast there was a medieval style banquet, again fitting in with the wedding theme along with singing waiters that added more of a fun factor to the afternoon celebrations.

Game of Thrones themed wedding at East Riddlesden Hall

About the photographer

Matthew Grainger is a wedding photographer based in Yorkshire. His photography style is a mix of completely natural documentary photography throughout the day with some creative but natural couple portraits and fun, relaxed group shots. You can view more of Matthew's wedding work on his website: www.matthewgrainger.co.uk

Other suppliers:

Venue - East Riddlesden Hall

Getting ready location - Fawether Grange


Wedding camper van vw

Wedding Car Hire – How Much Can You Expect to Pay?

For many couples a wedding will be the first and possibly only time where you have to plan a large-scale event. Setting a budget is easy but we all know once the planning starts your initial figure can quickly get tripled in a matter of months. This is why it is important to understand the costs associated with all aspects of your wedding.

With many years’ experience in helping couples pick their perfect wedding car we are sure that this guide will give you a great idea of which motors will be available to you whether your budget is at the lower end of the scale or you are going all out.

Having recently received the silver certificate of excellence from Bridebook, you can rest assured that you will get the 5 star treatment when booking through BookAclassic.

BUDGET Up To £250

1. VW Camper

Wedding camper van vw

If you’re looking for a bit of fun and that relaxed surfer feel then this is the perfect choice. A hugely popular choice in 2018 we are sure we will see the same trend in 2019. Ideal if your wedding is in summer and want to add some bohemian chic.

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2. Ford Anglia

Ford Anglia wedding car

Harry Potter fans rejoice! You will be well versed with this classic, however we cannot promise you that you will be able to fly in it. Potter fan or not this is a great little wedding car with its distinct styling and English charm.

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BUDGET £251 - £500

3. Beauford Tourer

Beauford tourer wedding car

A fantastic choice as a mid-budget wedding car. Designed to look like a 1930’s luxury vintage car it is hugely popular universally. If you are going to have a summer wedding this is perfect as you can opt to put the soft top down and enjoy the best of the English weather.

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4. Daimler 250 V8

Daimler wedding car

A real classy choice, the Daimler looks great at any venue with that distinguished 60’s styling. The interior of this car was really ahead of it’s time and you will really enjoy seeing some of the fantastic vintage features that this car offers.

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BUDGET £501 +

5. Rolls Royce Phantom

Rolls Royce Phantom wedding car

The flagship vehicle in the current range the phantom is the height of luxury and comes with a £300,000 price tag. Thankfully you are able to hire it at a fraction of that price but it is perfect if you are looking to pull out all the stops on your transport.

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6. Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud

Rolls Royce silver wedding car

No surprise that there is another Rolls to finish our higher budget choices, however this one is more for the traditionalists. First built in 1955 this was seen as the core model at the time and it has aged gracefully into one of the most stunning classics on the roads today.

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Who Are We?

BookAclassic is the UK’s preferred classic car hire site for weddings, with the most extensive offering of iconic and classic vehicles both in the UK and worldwide. The choices are almost endless and can cater for whatever style of wedding you decide. We are sure you will find the vehicle of your dreams on our platform and you could be booked in a matter of minutes with a few simple clicks.


Embroidered wedding patches

Customize your wedding with personalized embroidered patches

Embroidered patches have existed for over one thousand years, but during the early ages, they were simply threading stitched embellishments fitted on clothing. Most recently, people have revived their popularity. Today the personalised embroidered wedding patches are more popular. Therefore, The wedding designs mostly reflect on the positive empowerment themes and popular culture.

When planning your wedding, the personalised embroidered patches should help you customise your wedding. The customisation allows you to use as many elements as possible to make unique gifts for the couple. The market also provides a wide variety of projects and patterns that will definitely bring joy.

Nothing will be more personal than beautifully custom embroidered patches. You can try a few ideas like an addition to the wedding dresses by stitching little blue bows inside the dress lining or some complex ideas like the use of small swatch from the groom's outfit or wedding dress to make fantastic artwork in the wedding venue.

Stunningly beautiful hand-stitched stationery for your wedding, signs for the reception, table names and the traditional horseshoes in delightful ways will make a difference. For great results, use quality fabric in the creations.

Embroidered love patches

Types of wedding embroidery patches

Here are the two most common embroidery patches that you can try out.

  • Leather patches

The leather is a higher quality option for the custom patches. You can print the leather patches with your preferable choice or emboss it. The market provides a wide range of leather colours to match your wedding needs. You will also get a perfect custom patch for your wedding.

  • Merrow border or overlock stitch

Merrowed border or overlock stitch is among the modest forms of borders that you will find on patches of every type. The designer will start by offering you a variety of choices so that you can decide on what you need for your wedding. You will get the custom design you choose for your wedding embroidery patches.

Conclusion

Wedding embroidered patches are more common today than woven or printed badges. Even though the perfectly edged pieces are in vogue, the design of custom patches is rewarding, easy and fun to produce with an embroidery machine. With custom designs, you will be able to impress your guests or make the perfect gift for the newly wedded couple. There are many ideas to try during the, and whichever the approach you decide to take, the end product is always appealing.

Patchion provides top quality embroidery service. Their experience and professional approach will help you create wedding related embroidered patch.

Embroidered wedding patches

 

Visit Patchion today, send them an image and receive top quality custom embroidered patches within two weeks. Call them and say "Awesome Yorkshire Weddings" to get free UK delivery.
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Disney Snow White wedding styled shoot

Disney Snow White wedding styled shoot

Thday on the blog we have this dreamy fairytale Disney Snow White wedding styled shoot created by a bunch of amazing wedding suppliers from the Yorkshire area.

The Disney collection is all about seeing what you can create when you have the right team of vendors beside you! Working with Vickie from Spectacular Scenes was an absolute dream, this was all about greenery and bringing the outside in…she created every floral piece from the bouquet to the table dressing, including the bespoke waterfall flowers on (Fran's) CoCo Vintage's Chaise Lounge. She genuinely pulls it out of the bag, so when I mentioned I wanted puppies she just made it happen! Fran headed over from Liverpool with all the finishing touches, which complimented the Storeybook Wedding cake beautifully.

Elizabeth James Events joined us with their incredible foliage wall, providing the perfect backdrop for our stunning Stelfox Bride lace gown and bespoke hair accessories from Janie at The Lucky Sixpence. Jess Price is one of Your Choice Photography's studio Make-Up Artists, so having her present on the day was incredible and her elegant make-up completed Sabrina's hair styling magically. The final touches to our day with Celine (Snow White) at The View Marquee was complete with Inked by Hand's unique stationery/calligraphy.

Full list of suppliers involved in this shoot is available at the bottom of this page.

Disney Snow White wedding styled shoot

Suppliers:

Planning/Photographer: Your Choice Photography Nisha Keaton
Styling/Florist: Spectacular Scenes Vickiie Ellen Ryder
Wall Hire: Elizabeth James Events Hannah Elizabeth James
Vintage Table/Decor Hire: Coco Vintage Collection Fran Steer
Stationery & Calligraphy: Inked by Hand Deb Borrett facebook.com/inkedbyhand @inkedbyhand @inked_by_hand
Cake: Storeybook Cakes Lorien Storey
Dress: White Stelfox Bride (Shikoba) Rebecca George
Dress: Red Courage & Dash Collective Hire Joshephine Tay
Hair Accessories: The Lucky Six Pence Janie Wolverson
Shoes / Decals Primark / BespokebyLAx
MUA: Make Me Up Beauty
Model: Lestrangemergoth Celine Tate
Location: The View Marquee Reece
Hair: Brietaity Sabrina Tait


Wedding fireworks

The Best Fireworks for Capturing Wedding Photographs

Fireworks can add a lot of extra magic to your wedding. They can also be used as a backdrop to wonderful wedding photographs.

What are the best fireworks for capturing amazing wedding photographs?

The Best Fireworks for Photos

Fireworks come in all shapes and sizes. You have big rockets that shoot up high into the night sky and sparklers that dazzle closer to ground. While all fireworks are wonderful in terms of the enjoyment, you will find some fireworks working better in photographs.

Here are four favourites for capturing stunning wedding photos.

Wedding fireworks
Photo credit: fireworkscrazy.co.uk

Fountains

Fountains are definite favourites when it comes to fireworks. These impressive fireworks can reach heights of up to 20 feet and can last for a good few minutes depending on the specific product you buy.

Fountains add drama to your photos and again depending on the product can either run continuously, creating a sea of sparkle and fire, or go off in individual explosions. They can be used as a backdrop in all sorts of wedding photos. Two fountains on the side of a photo could even work as a lovely frame to a kissing couple!

Sparklers

Fireworks can also add just a touch of sparkle to your photos and for this, sparklers are the perfect option. You can use sparklers indoors for most occasions so this is great for adding that firework-effect to your photos inside your venue.

With slow exposure, it’s even possible to use fireworks for drawing words or images to your wedding photos. A sparkler allows you to draw a heart that will show up in the final image, for example.

You can add a lot more depth and fun to your photos when you think about making the most of camera effects as well as the fireworks themselves.

Catherine Wheels

Catherine wheels don’t explode up in the air like many other fireworks. These are usually nailed in a wooden structure and when set off they tend to spin in circles. They create a wonderful effect of a spinning ball of fire, with different coloured sparks flying all around.

The wheels usually last around a minute or two, which gives you plenty of time to take stunning photos. Since it all happens on the ground, you are able to use them as a backdrop for photos of your wedding guests or the wedding couple, and they work great in conjunction with fountains and smoke bombs, which we’ll look at below.

Smoke Bombs

Smoke bombs definitely deserve a mention. If you want to create a dramatic effect, then setting off a smoke bomb in the background is a wonderful idea. The slight smokiness looks brilliant either outdoors acting as ‘mist’ or even on the dance floor – if the venue is okay with it and you have a specific indoor smoke bomb product!– the perfect look for dreamy photos of the newlyweds!

Photo credit: fireworkscrazy.co.uk

 

Tips for good wedding photographs with fireworks

The above fireworks and ideas are definitely worth keeping in mind when thinking specifically about using fireworks in your wedding photos, as opposed to simply having a fireworks display and hoping the photographer can capture it!

Here are two other pointers to keep in mind when planning for your firework wedding photos:

  • Always talk to your wedding photographer about using fireworks. You definitely want to hear their input and ideas, and ideally you want to find out they’ve photographed fireworks before. Even if they haven’t, another option is to take a video and then choose the best frames as your photographs.
  • Remember to stay safe. Fireworks are explosives and it’s important to follow safety guidelines and not be tempted to get too close to them for your photos.

Fireworks are a great addition to your wedding photographs. They will also add plenty of entertainment value to your wedding day so using them is a win-win!


Whimsical and boho wedding styled shoot at Escrick Park Estate

Whimsical and boho wedding styled shoot at Escrick Park Estate

This could be something straight out of a Jane Austin Novel. Whimsical meets boho in a perfect English country garden. Last Friday, five local wedding specialists gathered to showcase what we do -and boy did we!

Flawless, soft, glamorous make up by Michaela which passed the test of time and sunshine effortlessly.

Hair by Kacey Soft waves, intricate twists and pinned pieces all carefully adapted to suit each dress.

Beautiful made to measure dresses by A Country Bride. The fabulous thing is that you can change the tops and skirts to tailor your look. Whether its a classic ivory satin or a princess tulle skirt, each is impactful with delicate lace and bead work in the tops.

Flowers by Lisa’s Florist Their arrangements were just incredible! Anemone, wax flower, roses, succulents… the list goes on! They made such an impression on the photoshoot and could be paired with all the looks from the day. The headpiece definitely had ‘show stopper’ appeal we just couldn’t get enough of it.

Whimsical and boho wedding styled shoot at Escrick Park Estate

Last but not least, the magical venue that is Escrick Park Estate We were spoilt for choice with this venue. We started at the Ancient Oak woodland, where a hand crafted alter takes pride of place under the boughs of the 18th century woods. It was simply magical and would make for the most unique wedding day.

Skipwith Hall

We then continued on to Skipwith Hall, where we took a walk through the private gardens of this Queen Ann Manor House. This venue is pure elegance with its colourful borders and manicured lawns, cockleshell paths and even a pretty pond with fountain in the centre.

This is also where we discovered the charming ‘Little Theatre’ and had the pleasure of meeting a very handsome horse named Axel, who makes a cameo appearance in the photoshoot.

What a fabulous day with a fantastic team of wedding specialists.

List of suppliers:

Photography: Natalie Hamilton

Venue: Escrick Park Estate

Hair: Kacey

Makeup: Michaela

Dresses: A Country Bride

Flowers: Lisa's Florist


Art deco wedding at Qubana in Wakefield - Emma and Jonathan

Emma and Jonathan are a Yorkshire couple who opted for a private event that matched their personalities. The couple had a private ceremony followed by an art deco inspired reception at Qubana in Wakefield. The day was all about what was important to the couple and they wanted to enjoy their wedding day with their nearest and dearest.

Everything was locally sourced with flowers from Down To Earth Florist in Batley, DIY Donut Tower from Asda, grooms suit from Next, Bride and bridesmaid dress where local thrift finds and planning, concept and styling was by My Pretties UK. Wedding photography by Your Choice Photography.

About the photographer

Nisha of Your Choice Photography is a wedding and portrait photographer based in Batley West Yorkshire, covering Yorkshire mostly with the rest of the UK and Europe. You can see Nisha's wedding photography work on her website: www.yourchoicephotography.com

Emma and Jonathan's other suppliers

Flowers: Down To Earth Florist

Donut tower: Asda

Planning, concept and styling: My Pretties UK