March 19th, 2014 | Julia Braime
It’s over to Cheshire today as we join Brides Up North reader Katie and her new husband Thomas to celebrate their Real Wedding day in lovely, laid back style. Katie and Thomas chose a relaxed, fresh and homespun feel with touches of mint, pink and coral for their simple and pretty celebration.
Not just a crafty bride, textile designer Katie is also the designer behind the beautiful bridal accessories and jewellery range at Eliza Vale (named after her great-grandmother). If you like her style, check out her brand new look book here or visit her website. You are welcome!
Images by Julie Cummins Photography.
Katie says: Thomas asked me to marry him in May 2012 on the lake in Central Park, New York where we had met 10 years previously.
We were married on 31st May 2013 at Sandhole Oak Barn in Cheshire. We just loved the laid back vibe of the place, the stunning setting and the ease and professionalism of the owner and caterers that we met at the first viewing. We looked around several further venues but had already fallen for Sandhole. Also it meant we could have the ceremony and reception in one place, as well as having 19 rooms and lots of hotels close by.
We wanted a relaxed country wedding with a handmade feel. I planned on making lots of the decorations and not wasting money on things you really wouldn’t notice on the day. The venue needed very little doing to it and it was the beauty of the oak barn and lake setting that gave us the atmosphere we wanted.
We opted for a colour scheme of mint green, pale pink and coral.
I chose an Edwardian style warm cream silk gown with beautiful embroidered lace polka dot silk tulle overlay and silk sash belt from The Vintage Wedding Dress Company. I had seen it in London with my mum and sister but luckily found it in a sample sale half price in Ireland so I was delighted. It was the perfect size and totally undamaged so I really felt it was meant to be!
I had seen my Rachel Simpson shoes on a few blogs and was lucky enough to also pick these up in a sample sale in Ireland.
I wore very simple jewellery as the dress itself was quite detailed. I bought very small pearl studs and my mum lent me a stunning Edwardian necklace that was left to her by her grandmother. I made a simple veil and attached a little of the same lace used in my dress to the top which I embellished.
I made an embellished lace headband for the evening.
We designed individual dresses for each bridesmaid, bought mint green silk crepe and chiffon and I dyed some beaded lace to match for the cap sleeves.
I made hairpieces for the three bridesmaids based on what they liked and matched in with the style of their dresses. They wore their own nude shoes.
I made the flower girl dresses from some cotton broiderie anglaise that I dyed a slightly peachy tone. I bought silk organza and satin to make corsage headbands that matched in with my dress.
The groomsmen wore their own suits. We bought new white shirts and mint green ties and handkerchiefs to match in with the bridesmaids. We also got Tom and the best man Paul vintage gold cufflinks from the 1940’s. I got Tom a tie pin that I had engraved and gave to him the night before the wedding.
I made a headpiece for my mum using some of the lace from my own dress and little netting. She wanted something unfussy but still wanted to look like mother of the bride.
As the whole day was in one place we thought it a waste to get fancy cars. My Dad drove me on my own and played me Bob Dylan’s Forever Young on the way which relaxed me (a bit!)
I printed some family pictures onto fabric and put in embroidery hoops, along with a few embroideries just for a bit of decoration.
A friend of mine, David from Darktown Jubilee played guitar and his friend played the piano as we signed register and walked back up aisle and also whilst reception drinks were served.
A wedding cake wasn’t one of the things that was important to us so we got an M&S cake and decorated it with matching ribbons and some handmade bunting.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to make a speech! I felt this was my one opportunity to really say what I felt about my close friends and family in a meaningful way. I thought I would be nervous but was just so relaxed by this stage and probably went on a bit to long! Also the feminist in me says, well why shouldn’t you have your say too??
Also don’t waste time and money on things that don’t matter. Think about you and your partner and why you are doing it. Our outfits (Tom took much longer choosing his than me!), a great photographer, keeping it as easy and convenient for people as possible and food everyone would enjoy were our top priorities!
We hired The Craickers for the evening entertainment. It was a great mix of Irish and English music and got everyone up dancing.
After the wedding we honeymooned in Singapore and Bali for 15 days. We spent 6 nights in a fancy hotel to unwind and then went to the island of Lembongan for 5 days in a beach hut. It was heaven, so relaxing, gorgeous food and lovely people. For us it was the perfect mix of lying on the beach, snorkelling, surfing and plenty to explore and do on the island.
Congratulations Katie & Thomas!
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Former lawyer and bride to be Julia founded Brides Up North in 2010 with a chip on her shoulder. Frustrated by the poor Northern presence in glossy bridal magazines and online, she decided to do something about it herself. Astounded by the rapid growth of her blog and brand, Julia now manages Brides Up North’s online content alongside their busy wedding exhibition season, industry events and related commissions. And she’s always, always, got a new project on the go…