July 27th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
Groom Tom from today’s real wedding feature scored ultimate points for his proposal – going far beyond just getting down on bended knee, he decorated the house and filmed a proposal video to surprise Natalie when she returned home from work, before whisking her off to Belgium for a minibreak. No wonder she thought he was a keeper!
And Tom continued to earn those brownie points by getting fully involved in the wedding planning too, whipping up a clever easel, cake stand, and confetti stand for the big day; the perfect accessories for the beautifully illustrated table plan, naked cake and cute confetti cones, complete with the couple’s initials and wedding date.
A delicate colour scheme of dusky pinks carried through the flowers and décor creating a pretty and romantic setting for the celebrations. We particularly love the effect of the paper spheres and fairy lights hanging from the marquee ceiling, and the elegant table centres.
Stolen kisses under the blossom trees make for a romantic collection of photographs on what, we’re sure, was a wonderful day to remember.
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Helen Russell Photography.
natalie says: We got engaged in our first home together. Tom surprised me on my arrival home from work with a decorated house and a proposal video. It was two days before my birthday and he whisked me off to Bruges for the weekend.
We got married on Saturday 21st April 2018. It was exactly six years that we had been together. Our venue was Middleton Lodge in Richmond, which ticked all of our boxes. We were overwhelmed on our first visit and fell in love with the house and surroundings. It’s a lovely Georgian house that we could have exclusive use of for the weekend and it gave a really relaxed feel to our wedding.
We would absolutely recommend Middleton Lodge as it was a fantastic venue for a weekend of wedding celebrations. From initially visiting on an open day, we were instantly wowed and knew that Middleton Lodge was where we wanted to get married. The wedding team was excellent and no job was too big or too small. On the wedding day, Anna the wedding coordinator put my mind at rest that everything was coming together and asked final questions just to make sure everything was how I would expect it.
We didn’t have a particular theme for our wedding. I wanted to have dusky pink elements and Tom wanted to have an input into the overall look and feel of the wedding. He produced wooden boxes for country flowers, which were located at the front of our venue. He also made an easel, cake stand and our confetti stand.
Tom hired his and his groomsmen’s suits from Antich and Sons.
My bridesmaids wore dresses from Elenor Rose, Huddersfield.
Our photographer was Helen Russell, who was recommended by a family friend. We chose Helen as we loved the photography she captured; it was evident when looking at her previous weddings that she created such natural, relaxed, beautiful images. I would highly recommend Helen – she was fantastic from start to finish. From meeting Helen she gave me the confidence in our pre-wedding shoot that she was going to capture brilliant images we would cherish for a lifetime. On receiving our wedding photos, I was totally amazed at the images. They captured absolutely every bit of our day and our dreamy evening pictures are definitely my favourites – Helen knew exactly what light to work with and made having our photographs taken enjoyable.
In my bouquet, I carried a mixture of pinks/dusky pink roses by our florist, Jane Steel from Wedding & Events Floral Design. Our overall theme for the flowers was soft pinks, pale peach, latte roses, spray roses and wax flowers. I really felt our flowers were the key part to the decorations, ensuring the colours all matched well together, and they created a wow factor, especially in the marquee where we had our wedding breakfast.
We didn’t really give out favours but we did have Lindt chocolates on the place settings to match the colour scheme and also sweets for the evening guests. They were all love themed – Love Hearts, gummy hearts and heart lollypops.
Our three-tiered naked cake was made by Adele from Sweet Charlotte Cakes, who created our perfect wedding cake. The top tier was gluten free (vanilla sponge) as I’m gluten free, and the other two were lemon and vanilla sponge.
Our band in the evening was called Chromatic. We chose them due to their contemporary, high-energy live music, as we wanted something that reflected both of our music tastes and didn’t involve any cheesy wedding music that we were really against playing at our wedding.
As an additional decoration, we used Coco Luminaire for the ‘N&T’ letters on the dance floor. This was a real last-minute decision, but we were so happy we’d chosen them as it lifted the dance floor and created some great images.
My top tip for other Brides Up North is – enjoy every minute of the planning. I never really understood why brides were stressed before the wedding. I really enjoyed the whole process. I particularly liked choosing the flowers and also liked creating all of the finishing touches.
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Aislinn has a background in journalism, having filled all manner of publishing roles from editor to copywriter to feature writer. She is a former wedding photographer who ran her own business with her husband Michael. Together, they have travelled as far as Australia to photograph a client’s wedding (and spent all their earnings on a campervan trip up the Aussie coast!). Aislinn left wedding photography behind to take on the biggest commitment of her life as mummy to her young son Tom. She has been a bride, bridesmaid and even best woman (she has the speech to prove it!), which is almost all angles covered!
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