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urban class. ian stuart for a stylish wedding at grays court, york – lisa & steve

December 15th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A Pretty City Wedding in York (c) Richard Perry Photography (22)

Though we didn’t need anymore reason to get the mulled wine heating on the hob and the Baileys chilling in the fridge, Friday has arrived signaling the ok for a little indulgence. As such we’re treating your eyes to this true beauty of a real wedding, which took place in the beautiful city of York.

Lisa and Steve chose the stunning Grays Court, for their big day celebrations – a stunning, historic building which dates back to the 11th century. As luck would have it, the sun shone brightly on their wedding day and they unexpectedly ended up saying their vows in the venue’s garden, surrounded by candelabras, plinths, candles and flowers – a dreamy outdoors ceremony if ever we saw one! What we love most about the venue though, is that it looks like a secret hideaway – you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in the midst of a serene countryside setting as opposed to the heart of a city.

From the inspired grey colour scheme and Lindt chocolate favours, to the string quartet and elegant red velvet cake – there are lots of wonderful details to pore over. Our highlight though has to be the photos captured after dark, with fairy lights and dark shadows at play for some truly romantic shots!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Richard Perry Photography.

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lisa says: We got engaged on my birthday, 10th April 2016. I love history and one of my favourite places is Hever Castle in Kent; Anne Boleyn’s childhood home. Steve surprised me with a trip to Hever. We stayed at the castle and while in the gardens, he proposed on one knee with a ring! He arranged for champagne on ice in our room for our return. It was perfect.

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Our wedding date was 14th October, and we chose Grays Court in York as our venue. We love York and go whenever we can. I love Grays Court because it dates back to the 11th century, it’s beautiful with the gardens backing onto York wall and boasts views of the Minster. We’ve stayed there a few times and I knew that’s where I wanted to get married.

Our colour scheme was grey which matched the venue, as well as being my favourite colour. I didn’t have a theme in mind but realised along the way I’d chosen grey for quite a lot of things!

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I chose an Ian Stuart gown. I loved his style straight away and found a bridal shop which stocked his gowns. The dress is called Angelica. It originally had a high neck and was sleeveless with a low back, but Ian Stuart made the dress strapless at my request.

Steve wore a light grey suit from Spencer’s in Liverpool. Meanwhile, our bridesmaids wore Dessy and the colour choice was stormy.

A Pretty City Wedding in York (c) Richard Perry Photography (55)

I didn’t need transport on the wedding day as I stayed at the venue the night before. Steve stayed at The Grand and walked through York with his friends to Grays.

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love & laughter: rtp wedding films

December 15th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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We’re feeling all the emotions on the blog this morning as we catch up with our hugely talented Sponsor, RTP Wedding Films.

Husband and wife team, Roland and Lisa, who are based in the North West, compare the excitement of filming a wedding to Christmas Day – and its 100% clear from the work they produce that this is no exaggeration.

Mixing the love and romance with funny parts of the day, this talented duo create films that make you experience the tears and laughter of those who feature in the video – and they also make you want to join in party with their fabulous dancefloor footage.

See the results for yourselves in the videos below, but be prepared for a roller coaster of emotions – and a strong desire to hit the dancefloor if you have a Christmas do lined up for tonight…

Anjulee & Simon: Weddings at The Yorkshire Wedding Barn from RT Productions on Vimeo.

When did you first start filming weddings and how did you get into it?

roland says: I was always one of those people in a group of friends who carried a camera (before mobile phones). In 2004 I was an usher for a friend and offered to put together a wedding video for them. After a premiere night at their house a few people asked if I’d do theirs and before I knew it I had spent thousands of pounds on equipment, countless hours in front of a screen and had landed a career doing something I loved!

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How would you describe your style videography and how does it set you apart?

My style is definitely fun! Every wedding I film has plenty of laughs, whether it’s the groom fluffing his vows, the best man’s speech or competition for the bouquet throw. Comical moments are needed to lighten the film as there will also be tender, romantic moments, a good balance of these will ensure a great experience for the viewer.

Rosie & Richard: Weddings at Thornton Manor from RT Productions on Vimeo.

What is it that you love most about your job?

Definitely filming on the day, meeting the excited brides and grooms – it’s almost like filming Christmas every weekend!

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In your opinion what are the most important things for a couple to consider when deciding which videographer to book for their wedding?

Pick a style you like, watch a few of their films (including the feature length ones), don’t pick one videographer and ask them to create a film similar to someone else’s and make sure you are comfortable with the company you have chosen, then get to know them a little better. We usually meet up with couples prior to the wedding so they can get to know the guys who will help tell the story of their big day.

Chrissie & Ben: Weddings at Heaton House Farm from RT Productions on Vimeo.

Why would you encourage couples to have their wedding day filmed? 

The major parts to any wedding are the speeches and ceremony, if you are only having a photographer then you are losing 50% of the story. Audio is so important to a wedding, most of the entertainment at a wedding is music based so why not have this included!

What is the feedback like from your couples?

Usually it’s how helpful we have been, both on the day and the run up to it. We are quite lucky with the couples who have chosen us, they picked our style and have full confidence in what we will deliver to them. A typical response from our brides is how much they laughed and cried whilst watching the film, for the first and possibly tenth time that day!

Kate & Sean: A Summer Teepee Wedding from RT Productions on Vimeo.

Do you have a favourite part of the wedding day to capture?

If we can be honest, it’s the dancefloor, stripping away most of the equipment we have used during the day and getting in with the guests (who by this time are like friends) and just enjoying the big smiles whilst Uncle Bob is spinning his wife, or one of the ushers is attempting ‘the worm’.

What area do you cover?

Primarily the whole of the North West but we do venture further afield. We have just taken on a few destination weddings for 2018-19.

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Do you work alone or as part of a team?

I work alongside my wife Lisa #teamturner

What can couples who book you expect? 

An over excited videographer!

What is included in your videography package?

A typical package would contain a feature film edit and an online highlights clip to share with friends and family. We would also include the full ceremony, speeches as separate videos and more often than not, a bonus video with full first dance, outtakes, bloopers, extended scenes etc

How can readers get in touch with you/ see more examples of your work? 

Our blog contains most of our recent films, or you can like our Facebook page.

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a venue with a difference: the deep, hull

December 14th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

Cluskey Smith Wedding Photography

Cluskey Smith Wedding Photography

While all some brides have ever dreamt of is the traditional church wedding followed by an elegant hotel reception, others desire something more unusual for their ‘I do’ setting.

Thanks to relaxed wedding laws, the options for couples are now pretty much endless – from cinemas and art galleries to barns, warehouses and even treehouses; there really is venue to suit all styles, personalities and interests.

And in celebration of this choice and freedom, we’re catching up with one of our out-of-the-ordinary Sponsor venues on the blog today, Yorkshire-based aquarium, The Deep.

Perfect for marine fans out there, or those that simply want to stray on the other side of tradition, this spectacular venue promises ceremony and reception spaces like no other, with couples able to take their vows in-front of rare sea-life filled tanks, or even have a waddle of penguins observe their ring exchange. And don’t even get us started on the photo opportunities!

We’ll now hand over to The Deep’s events team to find out all that this extraordinary venue has to offer…

Insight Photography

Insight Photography

How would you describe the look and feel of the venue and what style of weddings does it suit?

the deep say: With amazing aquaria, stunning corals and bold architecture, The Deep is one of the most unique venues in Yorkshire. From traditional to romantic, or even a little bit quirky, any theme can find a home with us.

Can you tell us about the ceremony and reception areas and how many guests the venue can cater for? 

We can accommodate celebrations of varying sizes – whether your wedding is a small, intimate affair or something much bigger, we have some great spaces for you to celebrate.

The Deep is licenced to hold civil ceremonies around the attraction, and so couples can choose from a range of locations to say ‘I do’.  These include Endless Ocean alongside majestic green sawfish, sharks and rays, the dark and intimate Cool Seas, or in front of the quirky Gentoo penguins. We can also host ceremonies in the fourth-floor glass Observatory, which boasts views over Hull and the Humber.

What makes The Deep a special wedding venue and sets it apart from others?

The Deep offers unusual and distinctive locations for wedding celebrations and the photographs. Couples can be captured walking through the underwater tunnel, with the beautiful jellyfish or maybe a catfish or two! Then head to the Observatory at sunset to capture romantic moments like no other.

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

Our dedicated events team pride themselves on attention to detail and ensuring the most important day of your life goes without a hitch.

Do you have any accommodation or getting ready areas at the venue?

There are rooms on site that can be used for changing subject to availability. The Deep doesn’t have its own accommodation but is close to several hotels that suit a variety of budgets.

Tell us about your catering options at the venue…

Your first meal as a married couple is extremely important, so be assured that our in-house chefs can muster up a masterpiece. From simple canapés to a three-course dinner, all our food is sourced locally, prepared in-house and served to you by our experienced corporate team. We do not allow external catering to be brought onto site, but we are able to cater for special dietary requirements including gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan.

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back story. ronald joyce for a timeless yorkshire wedding – lauren & andrew

December 14th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

A Timeless Wedding in Yorkshire (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (56)

Today’s couple, Lauren and Andrew, wanted timeless over trendy for their special day, and so tails, armfuls of roses and a traditional hearty Yorkshire menu were the order of the day.

Light-up letters, live music and a talented DJ ensured their reception went with a bang, as well as an alternative guest book in the form of some fun photobooth action.

Of all the gorgeous details you’ll see below, however, there’s one that really stands out: Lauren’s gown. In our humble opinion, her stunning Ronald Joyce creation steals the show – the lace overlay, sequin detailing and that beaded string back is Choirs-Of-Angels-Singing-Halleluiah levels of stunningness – just take a look for yourselves…

With photography by Brides Up North Sponsor, Bethany Clarke Photography.

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lauren says: We got engaged on Christmas Eve 2015, and chose Saturday 2nd September 2017 as our wedding date. We liked the fact that we would get the end of summer/early autumn colours outside but also hoped for a warm, sunny day (which we got!) It was also important to give my sister and husband enough time to fly in from New Zealand for the wedding.

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We were married at the Immaculate Conception Church in Sicklinghall. It’s a catholic church which was important to Andrew, but had the attractive setting that I’d always imagined getting married in.

The reception was at The Bridge Hotel & Spa Wetherby. It was the first place we looked round after researching some places that took our fancy. It was an instant hit and nothing we saw afterwards compared to the overall package they were offering. It had a spacious function room and lovely grounds but still had a ‘country inn’ feel to the bar and restaurant, which we loved.

A Timeless Wedding in Yorkshire (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (57)

Colour-wise, we went for coral. We felt it matched with the time of year and the coloured roses we wanted for the bouquets.

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My dress was a Ronald Joyce gown from Platinum Brides, Leeds. I loved it from the moment I tried it on, and the fact that it was different to the ‘norm’, especially the back, made it perfect.

Andrew wore a silk slate grey suit with tails and a white waistcoat from Bridal Apparel, Leeds. We wanted a more traditional look compared to a normal suit and felt it was important for a once-in-a-lifetime day. He matched it with a coral cravat and handkerchief.

Our bridesmaids wore coral Morilee dresses from Platinum Brides, and the groomsmen wore the same as Andrew but with grey waistcoat.

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all wrapped up: festive beauty

December 13th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

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The festive season is upon us, and that can only mean one thing – it’s time to p-a-r-t-y!!

If you’re anything like us, you will have already purchased your festive threads during a frenzied online clothing splurge prompted by the Black Friday sales. So, with our party attire now sitting pretty in our wardrobes, we thought now a good time to focus on fitting makeup for the Christmas and New Year season.

This is probably the one time of the year when we can muster up the confidence to be more daring with our beauty look and go all-out glam, experimenting with those top beauty blogger trends we’ve been secretly crushing on over the past few months.

Ultra-glam makeup isn’t just for Christmas though…it’s also perfect for winter weddings! And so today on the blog, we’re sharing a few of our favourites that are ideal for brides who wants to inject some festive flair into their big day look.

Urban Decay smoky Chanel Rouge Allure

smoky eyes

Who doesn’t love a smoky eye? It’s an uber-flattering beauty trend, whether you go for a pristine finish with plenty of definition or for a much softer ‘I just woke up like this’ smudged look. Instead of black, try charcoal grey, mauve or even taupe for a more natural look. Our top pick? Urban Decay’s Naked Smoky Palette has got all the essentials you need to nail this look in one handy kit, with a sultry mix of gorgeous matte, satin and sparkly shades to choose from.

black eyeliner

It’s one trend that never goes out of fashion – the classic winged eyeliner. In the winter months, dare to go bold with your liner and pair your angled flick with copper, plum or teal for all-out drama. For peepers with impact – stick with a classic black hue, or for something more understated, go for grey or brown. Bobbi Brown’s Long-wear Gel Eyeliner hasn’t won countless awards for nothing and comes in a dinky little pot, offering the precision of a liquid liner with the effortlessness of a gel-based formula. Simply draw on with a fine brush for a budge- and smudge-free heavy line.

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glossy lids

If getting your sparkle on seems too much like an unwanted throwback to your 18-year-old self, then the high shine and glossy route is a more demure, grown-up approach to your festive makeup. Fresh and dewy – glossy eyelids work beautifully with lashings of black mascara and eyeliner for a tres simple yet sophisticated look. Our go-to product for some glossy action is the YSL Eye Gloss Smudger, which is applied as a top coat over your eyeshadow of choice for a high shine, polished finish.

pink blush

In the summer, we all like to channel the bronzed goddess look, but come winter, it’s time for our natural skin tones to take centre stage. Pale skin with pops of colourful makeup contrasts beautifully with a dark and wintery backdrop. We say, embrace your inner Snow White and keep your complexion fair, with a subtle flush of colour to your face. Our top pick is Illamasqua’s Cream Blusher in Laid, swept across the apples of your cheeks for a highly pigmented yet natural rosy-pink glow.

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nouveau chic. a stylish wedding at the belle epoque, cheshire – aimee & simon

December 13th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A Stylish Wedding at The Belle Epoque (c) Slice Of Pie (32)

Initially setting out with no set wedding theme, the inspiration for today’s featured celebration was triggered by the couple’s choice of venue. Reminding Aimee and Simon of a swanky speakeasy, the stunning art nouveau style of The Belle Époque in Cheshire, provided all the bridal inspo this pair could need for their special day.

In preparation for the party to come, the bride and groom named each table after a gin or whisky cocktail, placing their guests’ names into corks to create place settings, and also treated everyone to a shot of elderflower gin, sloe gin or whisky.

It wasn’t all about the tipples though – there are plenty of wonderful details and throwbacks to look out for, including a kitsch VW campervan and old vinyl – a quirky guestbook idea if ever we saw one. As for the chalkboard style cake – this is simply divine! We’ll pass the blog over to Aimee now though to talk us through all the fabulous day…

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Slice of Pie Photography.

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aimee says: We got engaged in Venice, in September 2014. Simon later told me that he had planned to propose at Christmas but brought it forward when we booked Venice. We had been out to dinner that night when Simon suggested heading back to the hotel early. I was initially reluctant, as I wanted to soak up as much as Venice as I could but was easily persuaded when he said there would be cake, prosecco and a bubble bath! Whilst relaxing in the bath (feeling totally spoilt at this point!) he gave me his iPod and asked me to listen to a song he had recorded. I’d heard him play guitar many times before but had never heard him sing. He had written the most beautiful song about our relationship. The last line was ‘so Aimee will you be my wife?’ At this point Simon had made his way back into the bathroom and was down on one knee. He had even been to my parents’ house and collected the ring box that my grandma’s engagement ring was in because he knew how much I cherished her. It was perfect and to say I was surprised was an understatement – I had absolutely no idea!

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We tied the knot on Sunday 7th August 2016. We’d both decided early on that we’d like to get married in the summer and that date was available.

The ceremony took place at St Mary the Virgin Church in Leigh, which is our local church. Simon’s mum used to ring the bells there when she was a young girl.

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We chose The Belle Époque as the venue for the reception. We both wanted something a little different from your traditional wedding venue. Within seconds of visiting The Belle Époque we gave each other a look and we knew it was the right choice for us.

Initially we didn’t set out to have a theme and just wanted our wedding to be filled with things that we both liked. However, we were inspired by the art nouveau style of The Belle Époque and how it reminded us of an old speakeasy so we definitely styled a lot of our wedding around this.

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We didn’t set a specific colour scheme. We just wanted soft colours that complemented each other. In the end it was a mixture of blues, greys, pinks and purples. We actually had lots of compliments afterwards about how well everything matched!

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