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Award winning catering from GFS

GFS are an award winning Leeds and Yorkshire based wedding catering company who pride themselves on sourcing fresh, season and local produce for all their outside catering events;. . . More >>

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TOAST of Leeds

I’m Shelly... I am Toast, a contemporary Leeds wedding photographer. Welcome to Married in Leeds. This is the place to find all the awesome suppliers a bride and groom could. . . More >>

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Cool vintage car hire

Fancy arriving in style to your wedding in Leeds? Or just don't fancy rocking up to the Church in a traditional wedding car? Then how about one of these babies to get you. . . More >>

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One Life Weddings

A religious wedding isn’t for everyone and having a One Life Wedding means you have the freedom to include the words, vows and readings that are important to you.

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Modern Malmaison Bride

City centre weddings are awesome. Not only can you walk everywhere, but it's also full of great hotels like the Malmaison in Leeds. The Mal is a fantastic wedding venue and has my. . . More >>

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Village Hall wedding in Laycock

Tony and Joanne got hitched in October at the cutest little village church in Laycock, West Yorkshire.  Their reception was at the village Hall also in Laycock.

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Hire ice cream on a bike!

Here at Married in Leeds we think its kinda impossible to not love the thought of ice cream on a bike at a wedding right?!

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Bespoke tailors for men

This is a post for the men out there! Looking sharp on your wedding day should be right up there on a man's list of things to do for the wedding, and choosing your look is a fun. . . More >>

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The Whimsical Cake Company

Here at Married in Leeds, we are suckers for beautiful cakes. And they don't come much more gobsmackingly gorgeous than Leeds wedding cake baker The Whimsical Cake. . . More >>

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Corn Exchange Wedding

Sarah & Anthony had the most gorgeous Italian rustic themed wedding - not in Umbria but right here in sunny Leeds. The pair were hitched at the Corn Exchange in Leeds city. . . More >>

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Leeds wedding planner

So you've got engaged, check. You're getting married in or around Leeds, check....but what now? The whole process of planning a wedding can be fun but also crazy and stressful.. . . More >>

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So You're Getting Married

Our local Leeds friends at 'So You're getting Married' run a national wedding blog. We absolutely support local wedding people who do good things, and their blog is dedicated to. . . More >>

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Twaite Mills Wedding

We love this teepee wedding at Thwaite Mills in Leeds. Coral and Scott, both from Leeds, hired a tipi from Yorkshire based Tipi hire company More >>

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The beautiful Saltaire Church

Leeds has some amazing churches and one of the most beautiful we've ever seen has to be the Saltaire United Reformed Church.

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Simply vintage events

If you’re planning a rustic country wedding, Simply vintage is your one stop shop! Simply vintage is a Bespoke vintage styling service run by Rachel Chippendale who uses. . . More >>

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Unique wedding head pieces

Chrissie is a designer and maker of handmade hats and accessories. Her beautiful little shop is based in Hebden Bridge and is a fabulous emporium of milinary.

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Leeds Christmas Market E-Shoot

At Married in Leeds we love to see couples having their pre-wedding photos in places which are special to them. Louise and Steve had one of their very first dates at the Leeds. . . More >>

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The Leeds Club

Here at Married in Leeds we love promoting cool, chic, city central wedding venues. The Leeds Club is a wedding venue which ticks all those boxes.

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Stems Design Leeds florist

If you're in search of a contemporary wedding florist located in Leeds, then look no further than Stems Design. Lynne. . . More >>

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A Leeds countryside engagement

Believe it or not, Leeds has some fantastic countryside. Head out of the city a few miles and you are surrounded by some gorgeous scenery. Rachel and Alan had their pre wedding. . . More >>

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Faversham & Wharfedale Grange Yurt Wedding

There are so many amazing places to get married these days, that it can be hard to choose which one is right for you. Sam and Mike decided to hold their nuptials in their. . . More >>

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DIY Weddings

We love weddings that have personal touches, and with the likes of great wedding blogs such as Boho, Green Wedding Shoes and Rock N Roll Bride bringing DIY to the forefront of. . . More >>

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Urban Leeds engagement shoot

Today on Married in Leeds we're sharing this urban-themed engagement shoot by Leeds wedding photographer John Hope.

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Jo Bilham Makeup Artist

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.

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Leeds hair and makeup artist Natalie

We have something for the ladies on Married in Leeds today, with this insight into the world of well-known Leeds hair and makeup artist Natalie Willingham. If you're looking for. . . More >>

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Firenza award winning florist

If an award winning Leeds florist is what you're looking for as part of your wedding day planning, then why not take a look at More >>

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Yorkshire Sculpture Park Wedding

The Married in Leeds photographers get to shoot in some amazing venues in and around this fabulous city. Old country houses, posh castles, tipis and barns. And occasionally we get. . . More >>

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English and Spanish Rustic Barn Wedding

Grace and Borja's Yorkshire based wedding had a distinctly continental flavour.

The couple decided to get hitched in the beautiful National Trust property East Riddlesden. . . More >>

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Festival Style wedding at Northorpe Hall

Northorpe Hall Barn was the perfect wedding venue for Charlotte and Shaun. As festival and music lovers, it made complete sense that their wedding was in a similar vein. And so. . . More >>

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Quirky table ideas

We've seen some amazing unusual and quirky table details at weddings in Leeds this year, and we wanted to share them with you! Everything from old whisky bottles with candles,. . . More >>

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Kizzy Edkins hair stylist

Most ladies as part of their wedding preparation will require a hair stylist to help create their look on a wedding day, so today we're introducing hair stylist Kizzy Edkins from. . . More >>

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Weddings in Leeds Cathedral

When it comes to getting married in church in Leeds, it doesn't get any bigger or grander than this.

Built in 1904, Leeds Cathedral sits proudly in the centre of the city. . . More >>

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Bespoke wedding stationary

It's pretty likely that part of your wedding planning will involve finding someone to create stationary for the day. From save the date cards and wedding invites, to table names. . . More >>

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American vintage car hire with Cherry Pie

Boy do we love this! If you're looking for something unusual for a wedding car, then have a look at these vintage 1950s American beauties from Leeds based company Cherry Pie. . . More >>

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Ali Haley Jewellery in Leeds

Here's a selection of beautifully designed and ethically sourced jewellery from Ali Haley. Based in Hebden Bridge, Shelly from TOAST photography shot her wedding in the Lake. . . More >>

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Moody Yorkshire Sculpture Park Pre-Wedding Shoot

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is an inspiring place to hold a wedding. First of all, the contemporary styling of the building is perfect for modern weddings and then you have the. . . More >>

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Stationery by Beautiful Ink

Working from her home studio in Denby Dale, Beautiful Ink was created after designer Vanessa designed her own wedding invitations. After getting engaged in 2010 she scoured the. . . More >>

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Vintage take on a traditional day

Carly and Neil had a vintage take on a traditional wedding. Married at the beautiful St Wilfrid’s Church, Calverley, followed by a big celebration at The Woodlands, Gildersome,. . . More >>

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Alternative Leeds wedding venue

Here at Married in Leeds, we're always fans of alternative wedding venues. Steeped in history with original beams and fabulous real ales, More >>

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Pretty Rustic Wedding at East Riddlesden

Here at Married in Leeds, we do love a pretty wedding. Louise and Lee's couldn't have been more English rustic pretty. The sun shone, the wildflower meadow at East Riddlesden was. . . More >>

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Leeds wedding photographers Paul Joseph

On Married in Leeds we're huge fans of all things wedding (obviously) and all things quirky and different. That's exactly what Leeds wedding photographers Paul Joseph Photography. . . More >>

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Weddings on a Grand Scale

Wellpleased Events are an events management company based in Leeds who organise events for inspirational companies like Selfridges and Thomas Sabo as well as private. . . More >>

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Just Darling Cakes

Present at pretty much every wedding is a wedding cake! Your wedding cake can be as unique as you are. At Just Darling Cakes, no two cakes are the same, each one is designed. . . More >>

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Boutique Catering Leeds

Boutique Catering offer delicious mouth watering menus at lots of Leeds venues including the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds City Museum, Harewood House and the Gatehouse at. . . More >>

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Rock n Roll City Centre Wedding

Here at Married in Leeds, we firmly believe that your wedding should be representative of who you are. If you're an outdoors festival kind of couple, then a barn will be perfect.. . . More >>

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Stylish Outfits for Grooms

The boys are making a stand. No longer is a wedding just about the Bride. These days our metrosexual guys are taking just as much care in choosing their wedding outfit as the. . . More >>

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New wedding packages at The Leeds Club

Ok folks we have information on the brand new wedding packages at The Leeds Club for you. We love this place and its situated bang in the centre of Leeds, so if you're after a. . . More >>

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A Heart of Leeds urban photoshoot

We love Leeds. It's a colourful, vibrant city, full of interesting architecture and urban loveliness. Katie and Chris live right in the centre and decided to have their pre. . . More >>

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New York Brass Band

Let's get this party started!

Booking a band for your wedding can be tricky. You have to get the balance right... something for the young uns, something for the old uns.... . . More >>

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Weddings at Temple Newsam

Most Leeds folk are probably already aware of Temple Newsam, perhaps not everyone however knows that its available for weddings. The house at Temple Newsam is old, like 16th. . . More >>

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Vintage Style Wedding at Holdsworth House, Halifax

Holdsworth House in Halifax is a quirky little hotel.  Full of wood panelling, mullioned windows,  interesting nooks and crannies and a beautiful knot garden outside, Rachel and. . . More >>

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The Bridal Gown

  So you've booked the perfect venue, found a great photographer, now all you need is that one amazing dress!

The bijou Bridal Gown emporium over in Otley, Leeds, is a. . . More >>

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East Riddlesden Hall

If you're looking for a venue and if rustic and vintage is your thing then East Riddlesden is the perfect venue.

With its flourishing gardens and atmospheric hall, East. . . More >>

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Leeds City Loveshoot

Today we're sharing a pre-wedding photoshoot from Leeds wedding photographer Paul Joseph.

Natalie and Adam are a super cool couple, both LOVE music and the whole music scene. . . More >>

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Weddings at Denton Hall ~ Leeds Wedding Photographer

If you're looking for a beautiful stately home, rolling countryside and amazing food for your wedding, then look no further than Denton Hall in the Yorkshire Spa town of Ilkley,. . . More >>

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An Otley Chevin engagement

Amanda and Paul are a Leeds couple who planned their engagement shoot in Otley Chevin woods with their dog for company! We do love photos in the woods and at the right time of. . . More >>

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Oakwell Hall Wedding Photography

Gemma and Kevin picked Oakwell Hall in Birstall, West Yorkshire, for their wedding reception. What we love about this venue near Leeds, is the barn which you can really dress up. . . More >>

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The Wedding Concierge

If you’re a bride or a groom and you need a little helping hand with your wedding plans, check out Helen Davies - The Wedding Concierge.  If it’s wedding related, she is on. . . More >>

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Weddings on The Northern Belle

The Northern Belle - sister train to the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is now available to hire for your wedding reception - perfect for all those vintage lovers out. . . More >>

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Art Deco Wedding Venue Leeds

When you're looking for a wedding venue, there are so many things to consider. Location, size, style... well the Radisson Blu in the centre of Leeds has it all. It's not your. . . More >>

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A pre-wedding photos with TOAST

I always encourage my clients to do a pre wedding shoot that suits them. There’s absolutely no point in me dragging you to the local park if an urban setting is more your thing. . . More >>

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Weddings at Oulton Hall

With its sweeping driveway and sumptuous interiors, Oulton Hall is a perfect venue for the more traditional wedding.

Built in the 18th Century, it has a state of the art spa. . . More >>

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Urban Wedding at The Metropole

Samantha + Mark are a Leeds couple who love the city they live in. They picked The Metropole Hotel as their wedding venue because of its' central location. Getting married in the. . . More >>

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Lace & Co Bridal Boutique

Vintage style weddings are still crazy popular and dress designers are finally realising it is here to stay.

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Leeds hair and makeup artist Natalie


We have something for the ladies on Married in Leeds today, with this insight into the world of well-known Leeds hair and makeup artist Natalie Willingham. If you're looking for someone to be part of your day who can do both your hair and makeup for you, then we definitely recommend that you get in touch with Natalie through her website www.nataliewillingham.co.uk.

So that our readers can discover a little more about Natalie, we caught up with her to find out more about what she does and why she loves makeup and weddings so much! Not only that but we soon found out that Natalie tied the knot in New York recently! Lets get started...

Why did you start your business?

It’s simple, I love makeup and weddings are a close runner up.

What’s the best thing about doing the job you do? I get to meet some really fantastic people and I love hearing their stories – how they met, the proposal. It’s also fab to see a brides’ confidence in her looks increase from trial to the big day itself. But most of all it’s a privilege to be part of a brides very special day.

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What does your business do that is better than anyone else?

I build a special relationship with my clients and I’m quite intuitive. When I’m with them, they are the most important people to me. I listen to their needs and desires and then work with them to create the bridal look they have always dreamed of.

Choosing your bridal hair and makeup is almost as important and personal as choosing your wedding dress. As a makeup artist you are part counselor, part confidant. Brides will share their biggest insecurities about their looks and rely on you to work your magic.

I ask a lot of questions about personal style so that I may advise and guide brides to ensure they choose the right look for their personality ensuring that their most beautiful features are enhanced and those they are less happy about are concealed.

I’m very friendly and because I love weddings so much I can get as excited as they are about their big day. Quite a number of my brides are now friends, which I think says a lot about the bond I develop with clients.

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What makes your business unique?

Being a trusted expert and skilled at interpreting my brides’ requirements. Whether that’s helping them to articulate what they want, listening to feedback or simply holding their hand when it all gets a bit much. Nothing is too much trouble from making tea, helping brides into dresses, or picking labels off the bottom of shoes! Everything is about giving each bride their own special moment and an experience they will remember for the rest of their lives. This is their day to shine and be treated like a princess regardless of age or whether it’s their first wedding or their third!

I’m also very flexible and can create long lasting classic looks or something more individual.

How many years in business?

3 years and its been the best 3 years of my career!

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What kind of training have you had?

I trained at the Cheshire Makeup Academy specializing in bridal hair and makeup as well as fashion and media so if you fancy something more adventurous, I can get the colours and sparkle out!

Being taught by industry professionals ensures you learn many tricks that may not be taught on traditional health and beauty courses, plus your work experience brings you into contact with celebrities and magazine editors from huge publications. I was encouraged to assist makeup artists who already had very successful careers before working on my own, meaning that I could deal with anything that was thrown at me.

Vogue Italia online and Hello magazine have published some of my work.

What do you think the future of the wedding industry holds for your business?

Hopefully, more success within the wedding world. It is very important to me to create an experience for each bride that is as individual as they are. I only work one wedding per day, so I arrive as early as I need to and don’t leave until the bride is on her way to the ceremony. I work with other makeup artists who I am confident have the appropriate skills and can deliver a standard and quality of work similar to my own, as they are an extension of my brand.

I want to create a brand within the wedding industry, were I am known for creating a special experience for the bride and bridal party, where a trusted ‘friend’ comes to create your wedding look, not just a supplier.

What do you enjoy when you’re not doing weddings?

Shopping for makeup – I’m addicted! I love spending time with my husband (we got married in October 2012 in New York), I love to travel, and eating out.

There’s not a day that goes by where I am researching different hair and makeup looks. I often miss the plot line in films and tv as I’m too busy looking at hair and makeup.

What do you predict the next wedding trend will be?

Trends are constantly evolving and I think we can look to the catwalk and red carpet for lots of inspiration. Vintage or old Hollywood glamour is a trend that has longevity and as we move into spring we will start to see a lot of pastels and bright colours influencing both makeup and dresses. I think hairstyles will be soft, girly and romantic with lots of loose waves.

If you were getting married, what would be the one product of your own that you would choose?

I got married in New York in October 2012 and debated for a long time about having my makeup & hair done by an artist. I understand the difference having your hair and makeup created professionally can make to your emotional state of mind but also your photographs. However, as I didn’t have time to establish a relationship with an artist in New York and I had a very definite idea of the look I wanted to create, I decided to forego the pampering and do it all myself. It was actually one of my favourite parts of our wedding day.

I chose to create a 1950’s look with a twist. The black eyeliner flick was essential and I kept it fresh, pretty, modern and very me with a bright pink lipstick. My Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner and Chanel Perfection Lumiere foundation were key to creating this look and for lasting all day, especially as its had been raining and we did a lot of running around the city on the subway, in taxis, walking down the street, and even took a flight in a helicopter! (This is Natalie>>>>>>>)

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What’s the number one piece of advice that you would give to couples planning their wedding?

Remember that it is your day and what’s important is how you feel and the memories you and your husband take away with you. So when it feels like its all getting too stressful, take a deep breath and think will we remember this in 2 years time?

Natalie WIllingham

Married in Leeds readers can get in touch with Natalie for their wedding via

www.nataliewillingham.co.uk

Email: natalie.mua@hotmail.co.uk


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