January 1st, 2017 | Julia Braime
It’s holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a short break, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely. Usual service will recommence on Monday 9th January 2017 but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from 2016.
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Today’s uber-pretty real wedding comes directly from one of our lovely readers, the beautiful Sarah, and features some of our fabulous Brides Up North Sponsors too, making it all the more special.
When submitting her wedding, Sarah wrote: “I love the Brides up North blog and used it to research over the last 18 months when planning my wedding. It also helped me find some of my amazing suppliers!”
And it’s wonderful comments like that which keep us busily working away here at Brides Up North HQ.
For us there are so many elements of Sarah’s May marriage to beau Alan that we love – from the bride’s incredible dress, to the romantic colour palette, blousy blooms and homemade décor. Oh and not forgetting Oscar – the couple’s super cute puppy who makes a special appearance!
sarah says: We got engaged on the 11th October 2014. Alan booked a surprise romantic cottage in the Lake District. After a day of exploring the local scenery, back at the cottage that evening he cooked us a candlelit three course meal and after our warm chocolate brownie dessert (the way to my heart!) Alan got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was such a beautiful setting for a romantic proposal and he had picked a gorgeous princess cut ring.
We got married on the 14th May 2016. We chose to get married in May as we both loved the idea of a spring time wedding. The colours and flowers I had dreamt of fitted perfectly with a spring theme. We also love to travel and explore new places and choosing a honeymoon in May meant we would get the best of the weather long haul while beating the “summer rush”.
Our wedding ceremony was held in my home town at St Mary’s Church, Beverley. The church is more than 900 years old and is just gorgeous. Inside the ceiling is painted with stars and the long aisle made for a really grand entrance.
Our reception afterwards was held at The KP club in Pocklington. As soon as we visited The KP we both instantly fell in love with the rolling countryside views. The bright and modern interior meant we had a blank canvass to personalise the room with our finishing touches. We also loved the log cabins with hot tubs in the grounds, the perfect place to get ready on the morning of the wedding.
We wanted our wedding to have a pretty spring time feel so we incorporated lots of soft pinks, ivory and lilac florals on our wedding stationary, as well as using florals and ribbons to decorate the venue. The overall effect was so dreamy and it all came together perfectly. The theme created a really relaxed feel for our guests which was also something that was really important to us.
My wedding dress was a Kenneth Winston all over lace mermaid style gown, which I found at Deborah Moore Bridal Shop in Hessle. It was the third shop I had visited and they had so many beautiful dresses to pick from, but as soon as I tried this one on my mum, sister and I all agreed instantly it was the one. I adored the low lace cut back, tulle bow and train. It was so feminine and I felt amazing wearing it on the day. I also chose a full length single tier veil so it still showed off the back of the dress perfectly.
One of my favourite accessories on the day was my crystal and pearl style Carlotta headband from By Harriet (who I would highly recommend). Harriet was so lovely and helped me pick a style that would complement my dress. My hair and makeup meanwhile was done by Vicki Suddaby, who I’d also recommend. My makeup was flawless plus Vicki was very calm and lovely to have around on the morning of the wedding.
Alan and the groomsman wore three-piece blue suits from Marks & Spencer. We purchased the ties and pocket squares from an online company called Swagger & Swoon – they offer every colour you can possibly imagine!
We purchased the bridesmaid dresses from For Her and For Him online. I was a bit dubious at first purchasing online but when the dresses came I was thrilled with the quality of them. I ordered colour swatches and found the perfect soft pink to match our colour theme and then the bridesmaids picked their favourite dresses so we had a mixture of different styles.
As the wedding transport we hired a vintage silver Rolls Royce from Superior Motor Cars. My Dad and I travelled together in it from The KP Club, where I got ready, and after the ceremony Alan and I travelled back to The KP from the church.
The church was around a 30 minute drive and that journey from the church together as the new Mr and Mrs Hanna was such an incredible feeling and gave us some time for just the two of us to enjoy a quiet moment and a glass of champagne.
We chose Sarah Beth Photography to capture our day. We came across Sarah on the Brides Up North website and instantly loved her relaxed reportage style. We arranged to meet Sarah and she was so bubbly and friendly it was an easy decision to make. On the day Sarah fitted in so well with our family and friends, it was just like having another friend at the wedding. She also brought Meagan Sarah as a second photographer on the day, who was equally lovely. The pictures turned out perfect and we were so glad we booked Sarah.
You will see from the photos that we had a special guest join us in his bow tie for pictures at the church – our puppy Oscar, who stole the show and looked absolutely adorable!
We also made the decision to book Silver Sixpence Films to record our day, and we were absolutely blown away with the final film we received. Penny and Ed are so talented and captured every part of the day with us hardly even noticing them being there.
The flowers on the day were absolute perfection thanks to Sarah Nicholson at The Floral Lounge. She really listed to my vision for the day and came up with lots of ideas of how to dress the room for our wedding breakfast. My bouquet was so pretty and consisted of some of my favourite flowers, including peonies and sweet peas.
Sarah at The Floral Lounge provided an abundance of flowers for the reception, including our pretty floral centrepieces. As well as this my mum, sister and I spent many evenings making additional decorations which was great fun. We made table numbers, straw flags, and my favourite was a four-metre long ribbon backdrop to hang behind our top table – 20 reels of ribbon later we were very pleased with the finished article! Also, I must give a special mention to Love My Wedding Invites who made our beautiful wedding stationery.
Instead of wedding favours we treated all of our guests to an ice cream after the ceremony at St Mary’s Church. We booked Dreamshakers, an East Yorkshire based company who serve ice creams from their vintage tricycle. It was a big hit with guests who could mingle and enjoy an ice cream while the bridal party got some of the official photographs taken.
I’m a massive chocoholic and neither of us are a fan of traditional fruit cake, so we went for a naked chocolate wedding cake. It was decorated with more pretty flowers from the Floral Lounge and fitted in perfectly with our theme. It was made by Caroline Couture Cakes – it tasted just as delicious as it looked.
The wedding breakfast was fitting for a spring time meal with ham hock terrine to start, chicken wrapped in bacon with fondant potato and lentil jus for main, followed by white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake for dessert. After the meal as a little fun touch we gave all of our guests an aperitif of Limoncello.
On the evening as entertainment we hired the Northern Vinyl Party Band, who had our guests on their feet dancing all night. We provided a box of “party props” in the evening, including blow up instruments, flashing glasses and glow sticks, to get everyone in the party mood. We hired the dance floor and light up letters from Leeds-based Elite Sound.
We wanted to surprise our guests with a special first dance on the night so we took some dance lessons eight weeks before the wedding with Ema Devlin Dance in Pocklington. Ema choreographed our dance to our chosen song, Ed Sheeran Tenerife Sea. If you have two left feet like us two we would highly recommend dance lessons to other couples. It was a fun, light hearted thing to do together in the last few weeks running up to the wedding as things get a little more stressful. Our friends and family loved it and it is a real talking point, even now after the wedding.
I’d definitely recommend The KP Club to any brides and grooms looking for a venue that can be used as a blank canvas and that has beautiful views.
Looking back, our favourite part of the day was definitely the ceremony, saying our vows in front of all of our family and friends was such a special moment.
Straight after the wedding we honeymooned in Bali. We stopped off for two nights to enjoy the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong before 12 days of total paradise and relaxation. For a romantic honeymoon destination Bali really had it all and was perfect after a busy year of wedding planning. Some of our favourite highlights were a romantic Balinese dinner on the beach and our private villa at The Ubud Village Resort and Spa.
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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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