February 26th, 2018 | Laura McDonagh
Here at Brides Up North we’ve almost forgotten what sunshine feels like. It’s been a loooong winter, am I right? Well, today on the blog we’re featuring a wedding that’s guaranteed to heighten your summer cravings – a sun-drenched ceremony, cobalt skies, and a pinky peach colour scheme of dreams – #sorrynotsorry.
Natalie stripped all embellishment from the tulle of her divine Enzoani dress for an elegant ‘naked’ finish and ivory, pale eucalyptus green and gold ruled their palette along with pops of peach. Combined with the sunshine, the blue skies and the lakeside views, their day feels as refreshing as an iced glass of fizz. Just what the doctor ordered.
Brace yourself, readers – summer is on its way!
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Nik Bryant Photography.
natalie says: We got engaged in Barcelona in September 2016, after watching the magic fountain show. It was just perfect!
Our wedding date was 8th July 2017. We didn’t have a specific reason for the date; we simply wanted to get married in summer 2017, we’d chosen our venue and they had the 8th July available so we snapped it up. I’m studying at university, so the date meant I’d have finished for the summer and would give us time to finalise any details in the run up to the wedding. Oh, and we were also hoping for some summer sun!
We got married at The Fisherman’s Retreat in Ramsbottom. The room where our ceremony was held had floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the hills. It was a gorgeously sunny day and we were really lucky to say our vows with such an astonishing view in sight. For the reception we changed rooms so we had full access to the lake and our guests could sit outside to enjoy their drinks and celebrate. We originally chose the venue because it was in such a beautiful location and because they gave us a lot of freedom in terms of how we spent our money. There was a ‘minimum spend’ but we could decide to spend this on whatever we wanted instead of it being a set package like so many other venues.
We had a peach orchard theme to tie into the gorgeous views at the venue. We wanted a friendly, casual but fresh vibe for our guests and it turned out exactly as we wanted.
Colour-wise, we went for peach and gold with lots of greenery, for example eucalyptus leaves for place cards and greenery wrapped around the wooden beams in the ceremony room.
My dress was from Perfect Daze Bridal in Scissett, Huddersfiled. It was from the Enzoani Blue collection and called Janessa. I loved the fabric and had the tulle part reshaped to create a detachable train which I loved! I had the jewels taken off the tulle and shaped so it was ‘naked’ and I adored its simplicity.
Sim wore a grey dress suit from Swarbricks in Middleton, with a grey and ivory tweed waistcoat and a navy blue tie. The ushers wore the same suit and tie with a different waistcoat.
My bridesmaids wore dresses from Chi Chi London – and they were utterly gorgeous. They were called Suzi and they were a beautiful peach colour.
We hired cars from a company called Broadoak for myself, my parents and bridesmaids to get to the venue. We had a white Rolls Royce and a white Jaguar S type. Sim’s family surprised him by hiring a limo!
Our photographer was Nik Bryant and he was excellent. His photography really captured the key moments of our day and I’m really glad he was a part of our wedding. He was so friendly and approachable, yet completely professional and our photographs were fantastic.
We didn’t have a videographer although Nik used a GoPro to film some key snippets of the day – totally unexpected and great to look back on.
Our flowers were provided by Simply Flowers in Cheadle. I carried a handtied bouquet of beautiful soft pinky-peach David Austin Roses, ivory roses, ivory lisianthus and ivory veronica with sage and eucalyptus. My bridesmaids had pretty gypsophila posies.
They also did our buttonholes, which comprised of a single pale pink/peach rose with gypsophila detail, as well as some ladies’ corsages which were finished off with a pretty ribbon tied in a bow.
We had crates of peaches and candles in glass bell shaped holders in the table with eucalyptus intertwined. Our name places were made from eucalyptus with name tags attached. Small trees lined the aisle and we had a white aisle runner with petals strewn across it as well as peach chair covers, both supplied by I Propose 2 U venue dressers in Warrington. We also had greenery wrapped around the wooden beams on the ceiling, the top table had eucalyptus leaves, peaches and candles scattered across it and we also had a giant love heart filled with flowers on our dancefloor.
We chose to donate money to Breast Cancer UK instead of giving out favours; we felt it would be a more meaningful use of the money.
Sim’s mum made our cake and it was gorgeous! It was a rum cake beautifully decorated in white and peach flowers.
For our wedding breakfast starter, we had goat’s cheese and onion tart, a roast beef dinner for the main and sticky toffee pudding with ice cream for dessert. It was delicious! For our evening guests we had fish and chips or battered halloumi and chips, which was also really tasty apparently; we were so busy dancing we forgot to eat any!
We had a DJ called Tom Hardwick play in the evening and he was fantastic. He played some really funky tunes and all our guests were up dancing from start to finish.
We also had some games outside for guests to play after dinner which included the limbo, ring toss and hula hooping. My hens surprised me with a rehearsed and fully choreographed dance to the Can Can which was great fun! (We went to Paris and watched the Moulin Rouge show for my hen party, which was the link).
Following our wedding we would most definitely recommend our choice of venue to other brides and grooms. They were fantastic with us, everything ran smoothly, and the organiser couldn’t do enough for us to ensure everything was perfect for our day.
A standout moment? It’s impossible to choose. The meal was incredible, the speeches were brilliant, the best man’s limbo competition was particularly funny but, in short, it was just amazing to have all of our family and friends in one place celebrating our relationship. It was a wonderful day from start to finish and we came away as husband and wife, which has to be the best part.
We went to Bali for our honeymoon, the Gili islands in Indonesia and a visit to Hong Kong. It was fantastic – very hot, but we did so much. We went to the night market, spent a day in the rooftop infinity pool, explored Hong Kong’s nightlife, went white water rafting, toured around Ubud, went to a water park and ate a lot of delicious food.
My top tip to other Brides Up North is – don’t stress! It will all work out in the end. Just enjoy the journey as it’s such a lovely, exciting time. Maybe give yourself a little longer than nine months to plan though – we could have done with an extra two months possibly.
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Laura is a true Northophile: she married Adam in Durham in 2011 accompanied by 200 Northumbrian lamb shanks and a Mackem 1950s tribute band who did a rockabilly cover version of Celine Dion's My Heart Will Go On. They honeymooned in Northumberland in a 1972 MG convertible, went surfing in Alnmouth and made it to the Edinburgh Fringe (let's ignore the fact that it rained all week). Her big mantra is 'no regrets'...but if she could travel back in time and wear a wedding dress with a Peter Pan collar and pockets, she'd pretty much die happy.
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