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black tie. a sophisticated wedding with sparkling touches at colshaw hall – holly & will

July 1st, 2015 | Julia Braime

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This wedding is a very glam occasion indeed with an evening wear dress code and classic black, white and silver colour scheme.

We love the men’s choice of smart suits with braces and dicky bows as well as the bridesmaids’ elegant floor-length lace dresses. Stealing the show bride Holly completes the well-dressed wedding party in her gorgeous princess style gown with simple detailing.

Puling the whole classy affair together there are stunning arrangements and elegant décor by Red Floral Architecture and sparkling stationery by Love Invited.

With images by Martin Hambleton Photography.

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holly says: We got engaged on 7th September 2011. Will had organised a meal at Piccalino’s in Manchester, which I thought was just a treat for me finishing a course I’d been doing. My mum and step-dad were there so everything seemed pretty much ordinary (barring the fact looking back Will had his best shirt on). Once we had sat at our table a beautiful bunch of red roses were given to me by the waiter and next thing Will was down on one knee in the middle of the restaurant showing me my gorgeous engagement ring. The whole restaurant, even the chefs were cheering. It was a very memorable moment.

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We set our wedding date for 6th December 2014. I had always wanted a winter wedding, as I knew living in Manchester we could never depend on the weather being nice. I didn’t want it to be any closer to Christmas so the first weekend in December it was (which happened to be my 27th Birthday).

Our chosen venue was Colshaw Hall at Over Peover, Cheshire. We just fell in love with this venue the minute we stepped foot inside. There are no other venues like it in the area!

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We didn’t really have a style/theme but I knew I wanted all my guests in evening wear so there had to be quite a chic and glamorous feel to the day. In terms of colour I like everything quite white and minimal so all the flowers were white and we had stunning Perspex accessories and lots of candles.

Overall the colour scheme was black, white and silver sparkle which I chose because I wanted everything to look clean and simple.

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When it came to my dress, I chose a design that was the complete opposite to what I first thought I would chose. My dress was quite ‘princessy’ but not too over the top with an ivory satin, strapless bodice and quite a full skirt. Around the waist it had delicate silver detail. I found my dress in Maria Modes in Macclesfield. The ladies in there were so welcoming and helpful!

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Will wore a suit from Whitfield & Ward in Wilmslow. He went for a black evening suit with a dickey bow and braces. Will didn’t want anything too traditional. The groomsmen also wore suits from Whitfield & Ward – the same as Will’s but without a waistcoat.

My six bridesmaids meanwhile wore long black lace dresses. They had a low V shaped dip at the back with a satin belt. I got them from Adeava in Macclesfield.

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We were lucky enough to not to have to hire transport on the day, as Will’s dad owns a Classic Car Restoration Company in Denton called Ratcliffe Accident Repair Centre.  So we both had beautiful Bentleys to use on the day.

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Martin Hambleton Photography took our photographs. I chose Martin to be our photographer after seeing what a stunning job he did for a close friend of mine. Martin really helped with any questions or worries I had leading up to our wedding, he was always on the end of an email or phone. Will and I felt so at ease on our big day and Martin captured such beautiful photographs. We would recommend him to everyone.

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We also hired a videographer called Unforgettable Memories who was recommend by Martin. We wanted to have a video of our day so that we wouldn’t miss out on the moments we wouldn’t be able to be a part of. Craig was great from Unforgettable Memories and we are so happy with the final video.

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I carried a stunning bouquet of calla lilies that were created by Matt at Red Floral Architecture. Red Floral also provided beautiful arrangements of white roses, Perspex candelabras and lots of candles to decorate. I made our super sparkly silver table numbers.

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Our wedding stationery was provided by Love Invited Ltd. Amanda there created the most beautiful stationery. I knew what I wanted so getting that printed just how I imagined was great.

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I decided to not give favours to the adult guests. I wanted the evening to be fun so put silly moustaches, lips and hats on a stick props for each guest. I did give the children a little present each though to keep them entertained during the meal.

We didn’t want a traditional cake so went for a sweetie cake instead. I did want it to look like a wedding cake but then be able to be separated in the evening for everyone to enjoy. It was made by Gemma Kelly of Little Gem’s Sweetie Cakes.

Barrett’s Caterers provided the catering on the day and we chose a menu made up of our favourite foods.

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As a special touch, Will and my family surprised me with a birthday cake at the beginning of the speeches. Everyone sang Happy Birthday, I have no idea how we will top my birthday celebrations to come!

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For an extra but of fun in the evening we hired a photo booth from Hipswing Entertainments, which turned out to be a great idea. The photographs are great and Hipswing provided a great service.

I would recommend every company that was involved in making our day run so smoothly, including our venue. Georgina and the team that run it are all great and couldn’t have done more to make our day special. I loved every minute of it!

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For our honeymoon we went to Mexico and stayed in a beautiful hotel called Excellence Playa Mujeres, somewhere we had never been before and it was just paradise. We had ten days to just relax together. We had dinner on the beach, danced all night at CoCo Bongos and found a new favourite cocktail – Banana Mamas.

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My top tips to other Brides Up North would be to enjoy every moment of planning and try not to get into arguments about anything as everything always works out in the end. On the big day take everything in as much as you can and to sneak a few moments on your own with your partner. Finally, don’t wear your heels all day, it’s just not worth the pain the next day!

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sweet on you. a valentine’s wedding in the north west – rachel & ian

July 1st, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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Today’s wedding couple encountered every bride and groom’s worst nightmare when their chosen reception venue went into administration just months before their big day.

Keeping their cool Rachel and Ian found an alternative venue in The White Heart at Lydgate. Though they had to switch their date from early April to Valentine’s weekend, the determined duo decided to stick with their pretty pastel springtime colour palette and were pleased to say it worked seamlessly. Add in some cute vintage touches and fabulous florals and you’ve got one very sweet big day!

With images by Katie Sidell Photography.

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rachel says: We got engaged whilst on a relaxing weekend away at the seaside in Bridlington in July 2013. We went for a walk to the beach at Flamborough Head where Ian had planned to propose. However when we arrived it was rather busy and a young family and then a man with a metal detector spoilt the moment for Ian so he chickened out! We later went for a walk along the cliff tops and whilst sat on a bench overlooking the sea Ian got down on one knee!

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We should have been getting married on the 4th April 2015 but after the wedding reception went into administration we were left to find a new venue just before Christmas! The White Hart Inn at Lydgate came to our rescue and we got married on the 15th February 2015 – it was to be a valentine’s wedding weekend!

We got married at St Paul’s Methodist Church in Shaw, which is the church I have attended along with my family all my life. It was really important to me to get married there because it’s a place where I have grown up!  Ian doesn’t go to church so it took me a few years to persuade him! Our reception at the White Hart was absolutely perfect and we couldn’t recommend this venue enough.  It is surrounded by picturesque landscape and amazing scenery.

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Having got engaged at the seaside in Bridlington, we came across a shop called Behind the Times (one of our favourite shops) which recycles materials to produce vintage products which soon became our theme. We purchased our save the dates and wedding invitations along with lots of other bits from there.

After deciding on a spring wedding we went for a neutral colour scheme with a variety of pastel shades.

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My dress was from a bridal shop called Amelia’s Bridal Boutique in Clitheroe. We visit Clitheroe quite a lot and my Mum always said that when my sister or I got engaged we would go there to look for dresses. So that’s where I went. My dress was the very first one I tried on, and I just knew it was the one. The dress had a high lace neck and a stunning low V back which led into buttoned detailing down to the satin train. It also had a beautiful detailed waist band and pockets, which was a real quirky selling point for me!

Ian wore a slim fit navy blue suit with matching waist coast and tie with a fresh white shirt.  The suits were from Next.  His shoes were black brogues, also from Next.

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I looked for months at bridesmaid dresses and couldn’t make my mind up! In the end my sister, who was my maid of honour, ordered them online and surprised me one night with all my bridesmaids wearing them!  The dresses were a simple, long, high-necked, maxi dress from BHS in a champagne colour. The dresses had a lovely detailed waist band which tied into my waist band. The groomsmen meanwhile all wore matching suits, shirts and tie to the groom.

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We travelled in my Grandfather’s vintage Mercedes. My Grandad was thrilled when we asked him if we could use his car and if he would be our chauffeur for the day. Him and my Grandma went all out and dressed the car in bows and put flowers on the parcel self – they loved it! It was perfect!

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Our photographer was Katie Sidell. She is absolutely brilliant and we can’t recommend her enough! Her pictures are so beautiful and natural. She managed to capture every precious moment of our special day from start to finish. The best part about Katie is that you don’t really notice she is there!! It was exciting to see the photographs as there were so many pictures that we hadn’t realised she had taken on the day. Aside from the photographs she is a really lovely person who made me, and particularly Ian, feel at ease with the camera and we do hope she will be free for a christening one day!

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I carried a mixed bouquet of roses, carnations, lisianthus and gypsy, all in pale colours. The bridesmaids had something similar but on a smaller scale. The flowers where from a family friend called Nina Forbes, she is brilliant and knew exactly what I wanted!

Nina made the flower arrangements for the reception which stood on the top of some tall vases. The vases were then situated on round mirror plates that were dressed with chrome tea-light candle holders. We also dressed the room using four big flower arrangements from the church. Some of the ladies at church, including my two Grandma’s, made these arrangements up the day before and they were beautiful!

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I have a very sweet tooth so as favours we filled jam-jars full of our favourite sweets!  We then dressed the top of the jars in some vintage flower material and tied brown luggage labels around them with the guest’s name on. These then doubled up as place names.

A family friend Elaine Day made our cake. We had one layer Victoria sponge, another chocolate and another lemon drizzle. It was gorgeous.

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For entertainment we used the resident DJ at the White Hart who was brilliant. He played a range of music had had everyone on the dance floor all night! Later he was on his way to a local club with four of the guests in a taxi at closing time!

We asked our guests to give us their favourite three songs to be played on our wedding day. We then used these songs to create a playlist for the wedding breakfast and a playlist for the DJ at night. This added a special touch to the day and night as people’s choices were played throughout the wedding letting them enjoy their favourite songs while we were enjoying our special day. In the evening it was also fun to name and shame some of the guests who had put some embarrassing choices on their top three – the DJ made sure they were pointed out and brought on the dance floor to our amusement!

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The White Hart Inn is amazing and we would definitely recommend the venue to others! The service we received in the build up to the wedding and on the day was brilliant. It was like they couldn’t do enough for us! They were in regular contact and had even thought of things we hadn’t to make our day run smoothly. Having an attentive manager on hand at all times throughout the day was reassuring to us both that if there were any issues they were sorted out straight away. Both of us have and will continue to praise the venue, location, food and the experience we had to all our friend and people we know.

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Our whole day was perfect from start to finish.  We wish we could do it all over again! Ian particularly enjoyed seeing his best men (his uncle and his youngest brother) stand up for their speeches. Both were so nervous before the day (a few gin and tonics were drank before the speeches) but they both stood up and spoke in front of around 130 people. They did an amazing job with funny and embarrassing stories but Ian couldn’t have been more proud.

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For our honeymoon we spent a week in Paris straight after the wedding and it was perfect. It was so romantic! We visited all the sites and spent our nights in swanky restaurants and bars. It was just a shame we had to come home as the reality hit that it was all over and we had to go back to work!

My top tips for other Brides Up North is to not stress about the planning and organising before the wedding. No matter what happens it will be absolutely perfect! Also, let your guests come to you!  Don’t stand at the door welcoming guests and then saying goodbye to guests. It’s your special day and your guests will know to find you on the dance floor!

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flowers, food & festivities: our real life bride and celebrity columnist jane takes some tips from michelle keegan

June 30th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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Last month on the blog Jane Witherspoon, our real life bride and celebrity columnist, shared with us details of her early wedding planning, including the reasons behind deciding on North East venue Brinkburn Priory, for her upcoming wedding in October.

As a celeb reporter for the likes of Good Morning Britain, Jane also made us green with envy as she told us about her latest red carpet antics which included interviewing a certain Mr Clooney. And she’s been at it again! This time though she’s been rubbing shoulders with a big girl crush of ours here at Brides Up North, actress and newlywed Michelle Keegan.

So we’ll let Jane give you all the goss on what Miss Keegan had to say about her lavish ceremony to Mr Wright, whilst also bringing you up to date with the plans for her and beau Alex’s impending wedding.

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jane says: So we’re on a train to see Alex’s parents as I write this blog. “Why don’t you write about invitations?” he says sarcastically. Oops, we really need to get on top of this ‘wedmin’! I can see why some people would hire a wedding co-ordinator as it’s hard to find the time to get organised. That said, we have got the bones of our wedding nailed down.

Wedding season is well and truly upon us. I’ve even been chatting nuptials on Good Morning Britain this month following Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan’s big day. I thought they both looked stunning. In fact I’d go as far to say that Michelle is the most gorgeous girl I’ve ever met!

They tied the knot at the beautiful Hengrave Hall in Suffolk in front of 120 guests. The same number that will be attending ours at Brinkburn Priory. I interviewed her a few weeks ago and we were swapping bride-to-be tips. She told me once the venue is booked that the most important thing was to get your flowers sorted. Having since seen the reports that she spent £60,000 on flowers I now understand why she thought it was a big deal!

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We’re still undecided what to do about the floral aspect of our day but we definitely won’t be splashing out to that extent on them. I love that our venue was a medieval monastery. It’s so magical. There was talk of us putting flowers in the priory itself but the more we chat about it I like that its old stone and atmospheric. We’re leaning more to the idea of filling it with candles. Our reception is being held in two tipis on site that have pit fires in them. The tables will have eastern style lanterns on them and lots of tea lights so flowers will be minimalist.

We’re working with a lovely florist called Christine at Lavenders Blue in Northumberland. She’s got some great ideas which will add elegance and simplicity to the day. Simple glass cubes with a single ivory hydrangea and greenery. The poles of the tipis will be decorated with green foliage and have fairy lights around them too. I’m a typical magpie (had to get the Newcastle United reference in) and love anything sparkly.

Jane Witherspoon Floral Ideas

Next, glorious food. What do you serve up at a wedding that’s going to satisfy everyone with different tastes? Let me introduce Wilkins Fine Dining. Neil and his team are just amazing. We’re still to do our tasting session which Alex can’t wait for. Everyone I talk to says that the food tasting session is one of the highlights of planning a wedding. We’re thinking of serving Roulade of Ham Hock and Piccalilli for starter followed by Slow Cooked Shoulder of Wingate’s Lamb, Fondant Potato and Rosemary Sauce. For dessert it’s warm Sticky Toffee Pudding with Caramel Sauce. There will of course be a vegetarian option and no doubt once we sample all of Wilkins’ taster menu this could all change!

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We’ve booked the entertainment for the night too. An old friend from school put us in touch with a band called Purple Cloud of Funk. They’re incredible. In my business I get to go to a lot of gigs and these guys really stand out. They’re fun and play tunes that will have everyone on their feet. Guests can expect a mix of the latest pop tunes mixed in with some classics and lots of Northern Soul and Motown. We’ll be asking guests to suggest a song as part of their RSVP and that will make up the play list. That reminds me, those invitations!

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In my July blog post I will be talking dresses and makeup. I bumped into Hunger Games actor Sam Claflin at the Burberry show at London Men’s Collection last week. We have a mutual friend – Ciona Johnson-King. She’s the best makeup artist in the business who’s worked with him since he started his career as well as Hollywood A-listers including Gwyneth Paltrow, Cameron Diaz and Daniel Craig. So next month I’ll be bringing you some of her top beauty tips!

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‘rapped in love. a personal winter wedding at the chimney house – shelley & andy

June 30th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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There’s no doubt about it, this wedding is a true reflection of the bride and groom, featuring their passions, loves and memories.

After an unexpected proposal, Shelley and Andy searched Sheffield to find the perfect ceremony and reception venues for their relaxed and intimate big day.

We love their unconventional wedding approach which included Shelley buying her gorgeous wedding dress from eBay (for £40!) choosing an Eminem track for their service and heading to a local pub to carry on the celebrations after the reception. Because frankly, why the hell not!

The wedding day also included a very touching tribute to Shelley’s dad, who sadly died when she was just 14-years-old, demonstrating how couples can remember and celebrate those that have been loved and lost on their special day.

With images by Shutter Go…Click Photography.

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shelley says: We got engaged just after we’d bought our first home together. I was busy unpacking boxes in the kitchen, chatting away on the phone to my best friend, Siobhan, while Andy was out. I heard him come back in but took no real notice. About two minutes later I turned around, still on the phone to my mate, to see him bent down on one knee with the ring in one hand and a takeaway Costa in the other (he knew the way to my heart). I said to my friend “I’m going to have to call you back, because I think sh*t is about to get real!”

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We set the date for 20th December 2014, there was no real reason behind the date apart from that we both wanted a winter wedding.

We got married at the Rutland Hotel and had the reception at the Chimney House in Sheffield. We wanted a small intimate ceremony and reception and both venues were perfect for this. The Chimney House was absolutely amazing and was far better than we could have ever hoped for. We chose the Chimney House as it suited our style perfectly; graffiti on the walls, exposed brick work, skull candle – we’d move in there if we could!

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We didn’t have a theme, instead we just went with us and what we liked. We did have a colour scheme though; grey with silver. We chose it because we thought it fitted in with that winter vibe.

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I’m not a dress kind of girl and I’m much more comfortable in some jeans, flat shoes and a leather jacket! However I did buy a really beautiful lace mermaid style gown with a sweeping train from a website without trying any other dresses on! I did really like it but it just wasn’t me. So I ended up going on eBay a few weeks before the big day and getting a lace long sleeved vintage style dress instead – I think it cost about £40 quid!

I also wore a faux fur jacket, second hand from eBay, with Vivienne Westwood shoes. I wore my mum’s veil which she wore on her wedding day and my grandma’s 1950’s veil headpiece, which she wore on her wedding day too. I loved the whole outfit, it was much more me.

Andy wore a navy blue three piece suit with white shirt and silver tie.

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My mum, Anne, made all six bridesmaid dresses. They were vintage Vogue patterns. I was finding it difficult to decide on a dress that both the bridesmaids and I loved and then I found the pattern and my mum offered to make them for me. All the bridesmaids loved them. She did an amazing job, and the girls looked stunning.

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Ryan from Shutter Go Click was our photographer. We would both absolutely recommend Ryan to other couples. I was quite nervous about the whole photography thing (I don’t like having photos and just tend to instantly go awkward as soon as someone points a camera at me). This didn’t happen with Ryan, he made us both feel completely relaxed and at ease. All the wedding guests said how great he was and we loved having him part of our day. The photographs are absolutely amazing and are better than we could have ever imagined. We even joked the other day about renewing our vows, just so we could have Ryan photograph it.

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I chose to have a brooch bouquet which I bought from a seller on Etsy. I then added a few brooches which belonged to my nan and one which Andy’s grandma, Jean gave me. The bridesmaids also had smaller brooch bouquets made by my sister, Sarah.

The flowers and decorations we provided by the Chimney House. They asked if we’d like any particular flowers or theme but we just said to do what they wanted. I’m glad we did, it looked absolutely amazing!

Place names and cards were made also by my sister, Sarah (which also doubled up as favours). They were small toy dinosaurs spray painted silver with a little name card tied round their neck (both mine and Andy’s favourite film is Jurassic Park!) We also put chocolate dinosaurs in a little bag.

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My cousin Stephen did the honour of walking me down the aisle (to Stan by Eminem) as my dad died when I was 14. My sister, Sarah did the ‘father of the bride’ speech, so to speak, and what a speech it was! The event manager of the Chimney House said it was one of the best she’d ever heard. She’s even had a few offers since from our friends’ partners asking if they help write their own best man/groom speeches!

It was really important to me that I did something in memory of my dad so to honour him, I did a video tribute editing clips to the track When the Going Get’s Tough by Billy Ocean, from my childhood with him and the rest of my family and friends right up to the present day. There was some pretty embarrassing stuff on there (me at 15 rapping into the camera, thinking I was the next Eminem and running round the garden naked at five-years-old to name a few) but if he was there to make that speech it was have been 100 times more embarrassing!

People were laughing and crying at the same time! At the end of the video, I ended it with just a clip of me and my dad, walking hand in hand away from the camera which faded to blackness and the words ‘In Loving Memory of Stephen Bingham, Father of the Bride’ came on the screen. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house!

I know for some people they might find it upsetting to do a tribute like this for a close family member on their wedding day, but I’m so glad it, because even if for only five minutes, it felt like his was there with us in the room.

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For the wedding breakfast we went for the menu option which was titled, ‘The House Feast’ – and it was exactly that! All the guests loved the food. The menu included shin of local beef braised with Kelham Island ale served with horseradish dumplings and herbed chicken breast and boned chicken thighs with confit garlic poached with peas, spinach and baby carrots.

We left the wine choice up to my mum (both myself and Andy aren’t big wine drinkers) and we also ordered kegs of real ale and larger from the Kelham Island Brewery.

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The Chimney House isn’t the kind of venue to have a disco/wedding band so instead we opted to just play our favourite music while we ate.

After the Chimney House some of the wedding party went to The Hop pub in Sheffield where one of my friends, Lauren, had organised a special cornered off area with a private bar. There was a live band on and it was great just to sit and relax after a long day. Lots of our friends who couldn’t make it to the wedding (because of the small numbers) came and others kept popping in on their way to the next bar!

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To add a special touch to the day we asked all our family for photos of them on their wedding day and for some of their favourite family photos. We then had a slide show of them playing at the Chimney House on their projector. It really got everyone talking and laughing about old memories.

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We also did a ‘first look’ photo on the garden before the ceremony. Andy stood with his best man, Shane, with his back to me while I walked onto the garden followed by my bridesmaids. I’d seen the idea on the internet and thought we’d give it a try. The thought of walking into a room (even with only 40 people) gave me nightmares, so we thought if Andy and I saw each other first, it might calm my nerves a bit. I’m not sure how these things are really meant to go, but as soon as we saw each other, we just burst out laughing!

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We would certainly recommend the Chimney House to another couple like us who want an intimate and relaxed reception. From the first enquiry, they were so helpful and did everything they could to make our day perfect.

We both have so many amazing memories from that day. I can’t really remember any of the ceremony apart from trying really, really hard not to faint! I’d been so calm all day and as soon as I heard Dido start the verse of Stan…I lost it. I pretty much ran down the aisle clung on to my cousin’s arm. I can just remember trying really hard to stop my legs from shaking while trying equally as hard to concentrate on what the registrar was saying! If I’d have been asked what the best part of the wedding the following day I’d have said getting through the ceremony in one piece! But now after a few months, it’s a tough one. Different parts were so special in different ways. My sister’s speech, the video, but I think the best part was walking back down the aisle hand in hand with Andy and looking at him to see my husband.

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We were planning on a trip to the Maldives for the honeymoon but then Eminem (my childhood hero) announced a US tour four months before the wedding. Without even asking, Andy said, I guess we’re blowing the honeymoon budget on a trip to Detroit then to see Eminem. So we did! We also spent a couple of days over New Year in our favourite place, Berlin.

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to go with what you want and don’t let anyone try to convince you otherwise. We did our thing and stuck by it (even though we did get a few rolled eyes/weird looks along the way). During the day just take a step back and watch everything that’s going on around you and enjoy it!

Also, don’t leave making your ceremony music playlist until an hour before the ceremony (Andy’s fault!).

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dream venue: hornington manor

June 29th, 2015 | Julia Braime


Brides Up North dream venue Hornington Manor can be found in the village of Bolton Percy, situated in the beautiful North Yorkshire countryside near to the historic city of York. Their motto is your day your way so a Hornington Manor bride would be one that has her own idea of how her special day should be (sound like anyone you know?!). The flexibility of the venue, combined with the exclusive use of the Manor, allows a Hornington Manor bride to put her own personal touch to every detail of her special day.

We like the sound of that. Let’s find out more.


Tell Brides Up North about Hornington Manor, what is its history?

Built in 1770, Hornington Manor is a Grade II listed farmhouse, which has been beautifully restored to an extremely high quality to provide luxury self-catering accommodation. The Manor is situated in 300 acres of countryside and formal gardens, and is home to a working farm. This farm has its own flock of sheep, and grows its own crops, which are used to produce natural fillings for the luxurious Harrison Spinks mattresses.

What facilities does it have? 

Hornington Manor is a converted farmhouse, offering a total of 16 bedrooms across four separate areas of the property: The Manor House, The West Wing, The Servants’ Quarters and The Lodge. There is secure on-site parking, flat screen TVs in all the bedrooms, and Wi-Fi throughout. Hornington Manor is an extremely flexible venue, whether you are a seeking out a quiet weekend away in the countryside, or the perfect backdrop for a unique wedding celebration.


Does Hornington Manor cater for weddings? 

The beauty of a Hornington Manor wedding is that we are able to offer something for everyone. Hornington Barn is the latest addition to the venue. This rustic wedding barn is full of charming features such as original oak doors that open out onto the Manor Courtyard, and exposed beams. It boasts a huge amount of space, seating up to 150 guests and has a mezzanine level overlooking the entire barn, which could be a soft-seating ‘chill out’ area to give your feet a break from the dancefloor, or could be the perfect place to host your entertainment for your special day.

Alternatively, the Manor Lawn is a popular setting for a marquee, yurt or tipi, with spectacular views across the rolling Yorkshire countryside. A lawn wedding can easily accommodate large parties of up to 150 guests.

For smaller occasions, the Hornington Gallery could be the perfect choice, seating between 70-80 guests. This converted eco barn has wonderful floor-to-ceiling views across the Yorkshire fields.

Is Hornington Manor licensed for civil ceremonies?

Hornington Manor is in the process of gaining a license for civil ceremonies, and hopes to be officially licensed by the start of the summer 2015.

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What makes Hornington Manor a special wedding venue and sets you apart from others?

Hornington Manor is a truly magical wedding venue, and the exclusivity that comes with a Hornington Manor wedding really sets us apart from others. We are delighted to offer exclusive use of the whole of the Manor and gardens to the bride and groom for a three day long weekend of wedding celebrations with their family and friends.

The Manor is also an extremely flexible venue, which allows for bespoke and unique celebrations to be created, providing each couple with their perfect wedding.

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How can your staff help to make the planning process easier and the big day amazing? 

Each bride and groom has their own dedicated wedding coordinator, who will be with them every step of the way to offer guidance and support throughout the whole process. We work with a number of trusted, local suppliers, but we also give couples the flexibility to source their own suppliers if they wish.

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Can guests stay over at the venue?  

When choosing a Hornington Manor wedding, the wedding party has exclusive access to the whole of the Manor where up to 38 family and friends are able to have a long weekend of wedding celebrations within The Manor House, The West Wing, The Servants’ Quarters and The Lodge. If additional accommodation is required, we are able to recommend a number of nearby hotels.

Tell us about your catering services. 

We work with a number of highly recommended and trusted caterers, who provide a bespoke service, liaising closely with our couples to make sure the menus are just how they want for their special day.


Where can we get more information or contact the venue?

For more information, please see the Hornington Manor website. You can also contact us directly on 01132 055204, or by email at

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Any really memorable weddings at the venue? 

The first ever tipi wedding we held on the Manor Lawn, was a pretty spectacular and memorable occasion. The whole landscape was completely transformed with the Manor as a backdrop and three large peaks on the front lawn.

The day began extremely dreary and raining, but luckily by the afternoon, the sun started to poke its way through. This created a wonderful mist that rolled in across the fields, which is what the bride and groom had their photos against, with spectacular results!

To be honest, the people that we meet really help make all the weddings so special. We have had the pleasure in working with so many lovely couples and their families, who often become friends, keeping in touch via email and Facebook, and often tweeting nice memories of their special day at Hornington Manor.


Any funny stories to share?

One of our most recent weddings were a couple from Los Angeles – Emma is an actress and Mark is a film producer. They had a beautiful wedding party on the Manor Lawn, and as the guests were enjoying drinks on the patio and watching the sheep grazing in the nearby field over the Ha-Ha wall, some of the American guests started becoming concerned that one sheep was going into labour (it was lambing season at the time)!  The farmer chased across to the sheep in question, and found it was a false alarm and it was actually our spoilt pet sheep Harrison, who had been hand-reared three years ago. He thinks himself as quite the celebrity, and is always nearby whenever he thinks he can muscle in on a photo so must have been trying to draw attention to himself in the field. The guests absolutely adored him, and ended up having lots of photos with him, and feeding the new born lambs in all their wedding finery.

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