Here at Married in Leeds, we're always fans of alternative wedding venues. Steeped in history with original beams and fabulous real ales,
Today on Married in Leeds we're sharing this urban-themed engagement shoot by Leeds wedding photographer John Hope.
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We've worked with some great make up artists over the last few years and Jo Bilham has a gentle and friendly approach when it comes to bridal make-up.
If the dress of your dreams is a vintage inspired number, head on over to Lace and Co. Based in Horbury, their wedding emporium is a tribute to all things vintage.
We popped in to see owner Heidi Waring to find out what makes her wedding gowns so special.
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"I guess I am an incurable romantic at heart. I love anything related to weddings but there is something particularly special about wedding gowns, the different styles from the thirties art-deco style dress to the fifties intricate lace tea-length dresses to today’s more modern, sexy column gowns; the different fabrics from the beautiful black satin Givenchy dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in 1960s romantic comedy Breakfast at Tiffany’s (one of my favourite films!) to the traditional lace gowns like Kate's dress at the Royal Wedding," explains Heidi.
"We try and give our brides a really special, personal experience with a vintage inspired tea of cake and elderberry wine and give them a lot of time to enjoy trying on the dresses so they can choose the one that is perfect for them," she explains. "Many of our brides are loving the luxurious draping effect of the tulle underskirts on some of our gowns and we are also going to be stocking up on our Downton-Abbey style accessories - combs, veils, brooches, fascinators etc so brides can customise their dresses to give them an even more unique, personal touch."
"Our dresses are not typically the modern, contemporary gowns you find elsewhere. Every bride wants her dress to be unique and reflect her own personality and that's why I believe our dresses are so popular. They reflect the popular 1920s and 1950s eras but each one looks entirely different depending on the personality of the bride wearing it, from fun and flirty to traditional and elegant."
"If I had to pick my favourite wedding gown, I would have to choose between two dresses," says Heidi (pictured below) . " Elodie by Charlotte Balbier is a divine vintage inspired French lace gown with delicate cap sleeves, a V neckline and a small puddle train. She would suit any type of wedding from a 1920s decadence style wedding to an outdoor festival themed wedding. My second would be Claire, a gorgeous spotty and lace calf-length dress by House of Mooshki. She is our 'Snow White' dress and has an illusion neckline and scallop edge trim in French corded lace. To choose between the two would be far too hard, I would have to wear one for the day and one for the evening!"
You can find Lace and Co online at www.laceandco.com