We’re moving!

I’ve decided to take my blog to the next level, and have only gone and moved all content and set it up on its own domain ~ www.angelinthenorth.com.

I’d love for you to pop over and take a look. It’s there that I will be adding new content from now on and will continue to strive to put up posts that inspire, entertain, make you smile and get you talking.

I will still showcase what is wonderful about Yorkshire: our incredible, creative talent and this charming, beautiful, often unique and sometimes quirky region.

But as well as showing you what is on your doorstep, I want to help you interpret some of the most stylish sights on the web ~ whether weddings, events, interiors and fashion ~ in a way that is personal to you and let’s face it, often a whole lot cheaper. So I’ll be trying to get craftier.

Bearing that in mind, I can’t tell you how excited I was to discover I’d won £50 to spend at Bead Crafty in a competition over on the lovely blog English Wedding. I never win anything! I can’t wait to get started with making my own jewellery. Don’t forget to come and see me at the new blog site to see how I get on.

Introducing… The Yorkshire Vintage Crockery Company

This English country garden wedding ~ with all its charm, DIY and personal touches ~ is among my favourites from the blog so far.

For months before the wedding, bride Charlotte Lloyd and her mum Victoria Herring scoured local charity shops and car boot sales to add authentic vintage touches to their garden party theme.

Now the pair from Beverley, East Yorkshire have set up The Yorkshire Vintage Crockery Company.

Charlotte says: “My mum and I spent months collecting crockery for my own wedding and became quite attached to it therefore decided to hire it out so other people can enjoy it too.  It has now become more of a hobby so we are constantly updating the range.

“We are both really passionate about beautiful vintage pieces and love collecting new items to add to the collection. It also gives us a great excuse to shop!

“As well as the crockery we have picnic baskets, tinned buckets, lace jars, water bottles….the list goes on!

“The crockery can really transform any table at a wedding and add that vintage charm to make it special and wow your guests.”

They can also set up for your wedding ~ and do the washing up afterwards!

♥ The Yorkshire Vintage Crockery Company have a special offer for Angel in the North readers ~ 10% off all orders over £100 placed before the end of February 2012.

Need to know: web ~ http://www.yorkshirevintagecrockery.co.uk/; email ~ info@yorkshirevintagecrockery.co.uk; phone ~ 07801 043066 or 07790 618405

Real Yorkshire castle wedding: Becca and Charlie

Becca and Charlie planned a low key and understated wedding… but then they fell in love with Allerton Castle, a magnificent 18th century gothic castle near Knaresborough in North Yorkshire.

Allerton also has 200 acres of parkland and gardens. Unfortunately with non-stop rain there was no opportunity for the wedding party to explore the outdoors, but the castle’s opulence made for a fabulous backdrop to Yusuf Ozkizil’s photographs.

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Becca said of their venue: “I’ve always loved 1920s and 1930s vintage so it was great to find somewhere that fitted that so well, it really just gave us a theme to plan round and made it quite easy to choose things to fit.”

Becca describes herself as “not exactly bridal” but spoke highly of her “fantastic” dress designer Sally Lacock. “I absolutely love my dress and I can’t imagine having found a better one. Her dresses are beautiful and they were just the right side of actually being a wedding dress while not causing me to have a meltdown in the shop – unlike one memorable moment when the assistant in a bridal shop tried to put a veil on my head (she didn’t make that mistake again…!)

“Sally was practical without making me feel like I was on some kind of conveyor belt, and she has a great sense of style that really comes through in the way she puts the dresses together. She is pattern cutter by trade, so there aren’t endless fittings. I would recommend Sally and her dresses to anyone.”

Need to know:
Bride’s gown designer: Sally Lacock
Bride’s hair: Westrow, Wetherby
Bride’s make up: did own
Groom’s suit: A Suit That Fits, top hat from Christy’s
Wedding rings: Cred
Flowers and centrepieces: Twisted Willow
Invitations, place names: did own
Table numbers: Cox and Cox
Favours: teacups bought from charity shops
Catering: Dine
Cake: made by bride’s mum
Entertainment: Brideshead Ballroom Stompers
Honeymoon: Cuba

Triple award-winning accessories designer Chez Bec presents 2012 collection

Chez Bec has just been named winner of the bridal accessories category at the Wedding Ideas Awards ~ for the third year running.

So it is a pleasure to bring you the 2012 collection, described as ultra feminine and romantic with a gentle vintage twist.

There are 50 pieces ~ headbands, hair combs, hair pins, flowers and jewellery ~ with freshwater pearls, sparkling Swarovski crystals, diamantes, bows, lace, chiffon, silk and appliqués.

Emerald headband, £128

Sienna II headband, £122

Sienna I headband, £72, Katie hair flower, £68

Sienna headband, £72, Katie hair flower, £68

Martha hair comb, £84, Florence necklace, £68, Florence earrings, £30

Lily hair comb, £64, Bella pendant, £38, Bella earrings, £32

Harriet earrings, £36

Eva hair flower, £68

Daniella headband, £128

Beau headband, £65, Harriet earrings, £36

Alexandria hair comb, £68, Florence necklace, £68

Credit where it’s due:
Photography ~ Claudine Hartzel; venue ~ Gosfield Hall; model ~ Alice Christian; hair ~ Jo Irving at Lovehair; make up ~ Lara Crudgington; dresses ~ Isabella Grace

Mary Poppins inspiration shoot ~ how to recycle and upcycle your wedding

I’m all for re-using and recycling wherever possible, so wanted to share this inventive Mary Poppins themed styled shoot ~ in which everything you see is second hand and found in charity shops.

The team behind the shoot found some amazing finds in the charity shops of East Yorkshire, including:

♥ Gold and yellow tea set ~ four cups and saucers, four side plates, a serving plate, milk jug and sugar bowl (£3)

♥ Tiara (£1.99) and dainty green gloves (£1.25)

♥ Two china swans (£1.99)

♥ Oriental parasol (£3)

♥ White pill box hat (£5)

♥ White peasant-syle bridesmaid dress (£8)

As well as using second hand items, they DIY-ed to make their resources go even further:

♥ Earrings (£2) to decorate favour boxes

♥ Old framed pictures (£3 and £2.50) were painted with chalkboard paint and used for table names

♥ Floral print curtain (£4) used to make favour boxes, line the suitcase and as a tablecloth

This shoot was the winning entry into the Upcycle Challenge organised by All Wrapped Up Events and the Brides Up North wedding blog. The aim was to encourage people to spend in charity shops and show that reusing and recycling can look as good as buying new.

One of the judges, Emma Woodhouse of The Wedding Reporter, said the Mary Poppins shoot had “a charming elegance and exudes romance.” She said: “There are lots of elements that would work individually outside the theme of the shoot. They also seemed to use a vast array of sources to gather their items from and that just goes to show how much can be ferreted out on a small budget.”

The team behind this shoot were Rebecca Aspin, founder of Sell My Wedding, Gabrielle Jackson from Images by Gabrielle, graphic designer Sarah Hathaway from Love My Wedding Invites and model bride and event organiser Laura Andrew.

All items bought for the competition went up for sale on Sell My Wedding at their original charity shop price.

Has this shoot inspired you to upcycle in your wedding?

Doily wedding stationery from Paper Dates

As you may have noticed, this week’s blog posts have been inspired by the charm and versatility of the humble doily.

Looks like I’m not the only one feeling the doily love! Have a look at this beautiful doily-inspired range of invitations, save the dates and table numbers from Yorkshire-based wedding and events stationers Paper Dates.

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12 of the best doily DIY projects

♥ To see more from this blog, click through to our new site.

Here are a dozen of the best ~ and easiest ~ doily DIY projects around, starting with one of my own {see this post for the how-to}.

1 Doily vase or jam jar cover ~ use as tea light holders, table numbers or just to decorate your reception.

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