February 29th, 2016 | Julia Braime
It’s Monday morning and we’re ready and raring to bring you yet another week of fabulous inspiration here on the blog, kicking off with this gorgeous autumnal wedding at Salford Quays, in Manchester.
Having found their perfect venue in the form of On the 7th, an exclusive members club featuring modern décor and vintage touches, Leanne and Ashley decided to follow suit in their simple styling by mixing the old with the new.
They also decided to incorporate beautiful tones of rich purples and gorgeous berry hues as a nod to the season, which makes an elegant alternative to the traditional red and orange tones, usually picked for autumn weddings.
We just love the opulent blooms, Leanne’s sparkling princess gown and the men’s checked shirt and bow tie combos – looking good guys!
With images by Clara Cooper Photography and second shooter Paul Williams.
leanne says: We got engaged at Grill on the Alley, our favourite restaurant in Manchester on 14th July 2013. It was where we had our first date and as we celebrated three years since the day we got together Ash asked me to marry him.
We had agreed to exchange gifts so I’d got him the aftershave he’d ran out of but he said that the gift he had ordered me was late. It was a Sunday and he was sure it would arrive on the Monday. I thought nothing of it and we had a great day in the sunshine at Media City sitting on the deck chairs they have there in the sun. Later on we went for our meal and Ash had ordered champagne to the table for when we arrived and his explanation was that three years was a big deal.
After we ate our meal Ash decided to tell me that he had something to tell me….he’d been lying to me. I wasn’t sure what to expect but after what felt like a lifetime he explained he had my present with him and that he hadn’t ordered something. He asked me to close my eyes and when I opened them Ash was down on one knee presenting me with the ring. I asked him whether he was joking and then cried for what felt like a long time until Ash finally told me I hadn’t answered him.
Our wedding day was 19th September 2015. We got married at On the 7th, which is a member’s bar that’s part of the Eclectic Hotel Group. It’s on Media City in Salford. When I visited the venue it was perfect; modern in décor with some vintage touches. I loved the old style armchairs and the black and white tiled floor in the pantry. Ash and I love going out for food and drink in Manchester and On the 7th is exactly the type of place we would go to for a date night.
When it came to styling the wedding, we tried to mix the old – candelabra’s, book cases, hessian table runners and chair ties – with the new – modern furniture, minimal flowers, our outfits etc.
The wedding was in the middle of September so autumnal colours were important. We went for modern tones of deep red and purple for the groomsmen’s shirts and tied this to the bridesmaids’ flowers. The ladies then had a more classical look with platinum for the dresses and more feminine tones in the bouquets, with the addition of blue berries and pale pink.
I got my wedding dress from a beautiful shop in Earby called Sugared Almonds. I chose a princess style gown by Maggie Sottero, which was not how I pictured getting married. My frame suggests I’d suit something fitted but when I stuck to lace fitted dresses I didn’t feel like I was getting married. I remember me and my sister picking up gowns I would never have considered to make fun of it as I’d been to numerous shops and tried on what felt like hundreds of dresses. I tried on one that was never a contender until I looked in the mirror and everyone gasped. I knew that was the one.
Ash decided he wanted two tones to his outfit. A navy fitted jacket with dark grey trousers. He wore a checked shirt with braces, pocket square and bow tie. He bought the suit, tie and shirt rom Moss Bros. He also bought some beautiful brown brogues from Reiss. The groomsmen wore the same as Ash, who loved the idea of everyone at the wedding wearing a bow tie, so we made this part of the dress code.
My bridesmaids wore platinum multiway dresses. I found them on Etsy from a lady in Singapore whose business was called The Peppy Studio.
I was kindly chauffeured to the venue on the day of the wedding by one of Ashley’s friends who has a Bentley.
Our photographer was Lucy Cooper, of Clara Cooper Photography, with her second shooter for the day, Paul. I have already recommended Lucy to other couples and will continue to do so because she’s fabulous. She’s reasonable with her packages, extremely easy to get on with and she makes you feel special – as though she has no other weddings to shoot. She also makes a big effort on the day to get to know everyone. I loved Lucy’s relaxed style of photography and the way she captured my friends and family smiling and laughing.
I carried a bouquet of pink roses, purple calla lilies and a mixture of berries. I got the idea from Pinterest and took the picture to Jemma Holmes at Flowers by Jemma Holmes, in Swinton.
We decided not to have any flowers for decoration in the venue as the interior spoke for itself. We bought hessian signs from eBay for our DIY photo booth and for the cake table. The candelabras and table runners/chair ties were from Manchester Event Hire. We had a candle lit ‘runway’ for me walking into the ceremony and throughout the day in the halls of the venue. The staff at On the 7th set everything up for us. Matty, the food and drink manager, was unbelievable as he just knew how we wanted things to be.
The wedding stationery, such as the table plan, guest name cards and table name cards, were designed by Ashley’s cousin Beverley. She was amazing, she also designed our wedding invites as she’s a freelance graphic designer but weddings aren’t usually what she works on. She was so fabulous at capturing what we wanted!
We tried to think of all different types of favours we could give to guests, but nothing suited us better than it being alcohol related. Matty from On the 7th suggested we do a Jäger train as the bar is semi-circle shaped so me and Ash could stand at either end and set it off. On the 7th set up 70 Jäger bombs and that was our thank you to our guests.
A friend I’ve known since I was little made our wedding cake for us. Her name is Jenan Jackson and her business is called A Spoonful of Sugar. We wanted the cake to match our chalkboard idea. We had a black two-tier cake with white chalk-like writing on it. It said ‘Redmonds’, which is our surname.
It was one of the best things of the day, we were worried about the look and whether it would fit but it definitely did and everyone loved it.
On the 7th have the best chef! For our wedding breakfast we had a pork belly starter with apple chutney and a black pudding fritter. The main was a choice of lamb or chicken with vegetables and mash or a potato crostini. The dessert was gingerbread pudding with butterscotch sauce and custard.
As our entertainment we chose an artist called Liam McClair as we love acoustic guitar and Liam’s voice is beautiful. He played a selection of songs we provided, along with our first dance song, from 7:30pm through to 9:30pm. What I love about Liam is he’s not afraid to make a song his own and try new things. He had around a month to learn the songs we sent and he surpassed our expectations. He even tried Candyshop by 50 Cent and 99 Problems by Jay Z – we were blown away! Later we had a DJ. I asked a colleague from work to do it as I knew he was a DJ part time. He’s played some work events before so I knew he’d be brilliant.
At the reception we had a DIY photo booth with a dressing up box. We had a friend make us a photo frame from an old mirror and supplied the fancy dress. We also did our own sweets table and instead of a traditional guestbook we had a guest board where everyone could write their message onto an individual heart for us.
Following our wedding we would definitely recommend our venue to others. On the 7th were there when I had a question at ridiculous times. They were so welcoming and attentive. Couples shouldn’t be put off by the modern look of the building, go and view it to get a feel. It’s cool, relaxed and inviting. There’s lots of space for bigger weddings and they have their own private cinema room, which is cool.
The food was delicious and high end considering it was cooked for 70 guests. The employees were friendly and no task was too much.
My favourite part of the day was our portrait shots (and I was dreading that bit), messing around with different positions and angles. We even pinched some scooters from some little girls that were riding passed us and had some fun pictures of us both riding scooters. It wasn’t planned but it was fun, which sums up our relationship, we’re silly and fun and we laugh a lot.
Another memorable part of the day was my mum walking me down the aisle and formally giving me away. She raised me and my two sisters on her own with little to no help from anyone. It was special that she had that role and she did an amazing job!
On the wedding night we stayed at The Lowry Hotel, which was amazing. For our honeymoon we decided on a three-week trip around the USA. We’d never been before and we wanted to fit as much as we could in but also wanted to enjoy each place. We spent around three to four days in each place. We visited Florida and went to Universal (I had to see Harry Potter World). Then on to Las Vegas where we danced all day at a David Guetta pool party. After those hectic places we went to LA where we stayed at Venice Beach and took a trip to Santa Monica, which was so relaxing. We then tackled the city side and went to San Francisco and visited a 40ers game and Alcatraz. We then finished up in New York, visiting the Statue of Liberty, watching a show and doing all the other tourist attractions in the city.
My top tip to other Brides Up North would be – do what makes you both happy! Try not to focus on what makes your friends and family happy as you’ll drive yourself crazy. Go with your gut on how you want your day to be, don’t listen to anyone else as it’s only about you two.
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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…
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