June 25th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
The swoon-worthy wedding of Rachel and Chris brings both style and elegance together in a beautiful ‘modern botanicals’ theme. Lush eucalyptus and succulents are lit with tasteful copper lanterns on the tables and spill from the bride’s luxurious, scent-filled bouquet.
Choosing a scheme of grey and copper, Rachel cleverly weaves her delicate, modern colour scheme throughout the whole day, with no detail left to chance; from the copper writing on the confetti cones and order of service at the church, to the Mr and Mrs cake topper and charming marble place names, on which the guests’ names were painstakingly written in copper calligraphy by Rachel and her mum. Grey is a sophisticated choice for the bridesmaids’ dresses, and tones beautifully with the elegant surroundings and pale colourway of the venue.
The bride is stunning in a Blue by Enzoani gown, which brings old Hollywood glam together with modern elegance in a halterneck dress of lace and tulle, with a daring keyhole back. Hiring a classic car to travel from the church to the reception only added to the glamour, while also giving Rachel and Chris some time together to celebrate exchanging their vows. Tell us more, Rachel…
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Lloyd-Clarke Photography.
rachel says: Chris proposed in a gorgeous restaurant called Kat and Theo in New York, in August 2016. As I went to pick up my drink, Chris slid the ring box on to the table – lots of crying and “Oh my Gods” happened before I realised I hadn’t actually said yes! We then celebrated with cocktails in the square of the Rockefeller Centre.
We got married on 7th April 2018. I wanted all of my family from Canada to be able to join us and Easter is the best time for them to fly here. Plus, I’m a teacher so it meant we could have a week beforehand to prepare and a week after to relax. Spring is also our favourite time of the year.
The ceremony was at St Michael and All Angels Church in Middleton Tyas, and the reception was at nearby Middleton Lodge. My parents live close by and we had been to the Coach House at Middleton Lodge several times before and absolutely loved it. The fact that they have a cellar bar that opens until 2am was also a big selling point! The church is really cute, up a country road and surrounded by fields.
I would absolutely recommend the venue to other engaged couples. My bridesmaids, mum and I stayed at the farmhouse on the estate the night before the wedding, which was perfect. The farmhouse itself is absolutely gorgeous and we enjoyed a meal together for my final night as a ‘miss’. On the morning of the wedding, we were then all together in the living room while we had our hair and makeup done.
Middleton Lodge itself was amazing. Our wedding co-ordinator (Chloe) was so attentive and reassuring – I am quite a control freak, which I think she soon realised so she kept me up to date with everything that was going on and made sure it all looked how I had imagined. She was brilliant and made sure the day ran perfectly. I also loved having lots of people stay at the lodge with us and then we all enjoyed a delicious breakfast the next day.
For the theme, we wanted quite a modern, botanical style and not so much a ‘traditional’ wedding style. I wanted lots of succulents, eucalyptus, etc. to be the main style of flower. We went for a grey and copper colour scheme, with lots of greenery in the flowers.
June 22nd, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Ending the week on a high, we’re welcoming Abigail and Ashley to the blog to share the details of their super well-organised big day. Taking place on Easter Monday earlier this year, they exchanged vows at the bride’s quaint village church before celebrating with family and friends at The Millhouse Restaurant in Skidby, East Yorkshire.
Breaking with convention, the bride fell in love with a skirt while out wedding dress shopping…and decided to team this with a blue bridesmaid gown underneath, creating the illusion of a top. But crucially, doubling up as a party dress for later in the evening!
And this wasn’t the only thing that the couple did a little differently. Their colour scheme was in fact the theme for their big day, as they asked all their guests to dress in blue grey and silver. That would certainly help whittle down the eternal wedding guest dilemma of, what do I wear to the wedding?!
Well, it’s time to find out, as we hand the blog over to Abigail to talk us through all the fabulous highlights and explain why, despite the torrential rain, they were both simply “made up” when it came to their photography from their special day.
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Now, over to Abigail…
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Silver Sixpence Film and Photo.
abigail says: We got engaged on Sunday 27th November 2016 at 4am in the morning as we set off for a couple of nights in London. It nearly killed me as I couldn’t phone anyone till at least 7am because it was so early!
Our wedding date was 2nd April 2018, Easter Monday. Ashley is a teacher and we wanted the wedding to be during the school holidays and Easter Monday was all that was available at our chosen venue.
Our ceremony took place at midday at Leven Holy Trinity Church. Leven is the village I grew up in and the church was where my mum and dad got married, and where my sisters and I were christened. From there, we spent the afternoon and evening at The Millhouse Restaurant. We chose this venue as it was simplistic and bright, and the food is incredible – we knew we would be well looked after there.
Our theme was blue grey and silver and we asked all 102-day guests and our 175 evening guests to come dressed in those colours. The reason? I have been a bridesmaid nine times and couldn’t possibly choose between all my beautiful friends and sisters, so we decided to make the whole wedding party feel involved. I also had a blue and white dress rather than the traditional white.
Dress shopping was hell for me as I knew I wanted something a little different but wasn’t sure what! I ended up going to 14 dress shops, and my mum and me had a mix of good and bad experiences. I’ve always been known as a bargain hunter and totally refused to spend over £800 for my whole outfit, so obviously that was proving to be difficult.
Finally, we found Wed2b in Hull, and right there on the mannequin was this incredible skirt, I knew right then I had to have it! It was just a case of finding the right top half. Mum had the idea of me wearing a short dress underneath so on the night I would be freed up for dancing the night away. My blue dress is a bridesmaid dress from Samantha’s Boutique on Chanterlands Avenue, Hull, and I literally wore the skirt over the top with my beautiful belt which was £12 from eBay. My outfit – including alterations and shoes – came in at under £500.
June 21st, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
For our second dose of gorgeousness today is Ell and Richard’s visual feast of a wedding, centred around a romantic dusty pink colour palette. The couple carried the sophisticated scheme through the whole day; from the elegant strapless bridesmaid dresses to the translucent ribbon detail adorning the backs of the chairs.
As Ell and Richard exchanged their vows in front of the most beautiful countryside backdrop and underneath a blanket of fairy lights strung from the beams, a pair of blossom-style trees frame the scene perfectly and echo the rural vista beyond, mirroring a pair of majestic trees in the landscape. The indoor trees took on a whole new level of impact in the evening after the sun had set, as the hundreds of fairy lights sparkled romantically for the first dance.
There are some fun details too; from the cheese cake to celebrate their passion for fromage, to the jars of mini eggs that nod to the Easter weekend.
We also adore the subtle beading on Ell’s stunning gown, which we think complements the delicate feel of the entire day perfectly!
With images by Photography by Charli.
ell says: Richard proposed on the evening of my last day of work before Christmas 2016. He got down on one knee in front of the Christmas tree in our living room. My favourite time of year is Christmas and my favourite place to be is at home, in front of the fire with Richard and our black lab, Jet. So it was the perfect proposal!
We got married on 30th March 2018 (Good Friday). We got a great deal with the venue for a March wedding and so we decided to go for the latest date available. It helped that we went to view the venue on a miserable January day and still fell in love with it, so we knew no matter what the weather was like the venue was great!
We had both our ceremony and reception at Sandburn Hall in York. We loved the rustic beams and amazing views from the Grand Hall. We would 100% recommend the venue to other couples. Hayley, our wedding planner, was a superstar! She made us feel so relaxed on what I had thought would be a very stressful day.
Our colour scheme was dusty pink. I really loved the colour and didn’t want a scheme that made it too difficult to tie it in with the bridesmaids’ outfits and table centrepieces. We wanted our decor to be delicate and pretty.
For my dress, I went for an A-line design. I’m pretty tall and this was the most flattering shape/style.
I purchased the dress from Finery Bridal in Sherburn.
June 21st, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
The stunning styled shoot that’s gracing our pretty pages this morning was the brainchild of Andrea Matthews, who runs planning, design and styling business, Moxie Events. Keen to showcase those very ‘of the moment’ rustic vibes with an all-important luxe twist – Andrea teamed up with a creative cohort of wedding suppliers to bring her fabulous vision to life.
Showcasing a brand new East Yorkshire venue – The Barn at Willerby – the shoot brings together a glowing palette of golds and ombres, all beautifully offset by wild blooms and foliage for a more contemporary feel. And just wait until you see the triangle arch!
We’re always drawn to plates of deliciousness and this shoot more than delivers on the foodie front! The cake is a pared back and minimal creation in keeping with the theme, with the catering bringing together simple ingredients with a fine dining edge. Definitely teetering more towards the luxe end of the spectrum, and we’re not complaining.
It’s not all about the venue and décor though – we think you’ll be crushing on the bride and groom’s attire too. Say hello to a simple, elegant Sottero and Midgley gown complete with opal beads and lace, and one of our favourite fabrics for the beau – classic tweed.
We think it’s about time we hand the blog over to Andrea though to chat through the shoot and all those finer details. An inspiration overload is most certainly coming your way!
Models: Lorna Tranmer and Matthew Parker. With images by Jemma King Photography.
andrea says: A desire to bring together luxury and rustic styling elements was the inspiration behind this shoot. I’m a big fan of the rustic look, however, I wanted to mix it up and add luxe vibes showing that – curated well – this is a beautiful choice for a wedding.
The photoshoot and its results were down to the bunch of super talented suppliers I worked with. Everyone understood the brief perfectly, shared the vision and executed their work amazingly.
The Barn At Willerby is a brand new venue in East Yorkshire, close to the market town of Beverley, offering space for weddings, parties and corporate events. I approached Debbie Leak – the owner, who is running the venue with her daughter Olivia – back in January and following an initial visit (when a lot of the work had only just started) I asked if she would like me to organise a styled shoot there.
It was clear to me that this was going to be a very modern barn with a luxury feel and that the rustic luxe theme would fit perfectly.
Bloom & Bridal’s triangle ceremony arch was certainly a focal point of the shoot. The arch had purposely been kept in its raw form to complement the natural garden inspired arrangements. Each group of flowers was designed to create individual zones, with a natural feel and plenty of movement and space.
Sisters Jennie and Jo, who run the florists, opted for an ombre look for the bouquet and table flowers. A limited palette was chosen to give a more modern look with the use of anthurium among the garden flowers, which is a very strong look right now.
A mix of gold and glass, high and low, table decorations and accessories were chosen to complement the tones of the flowers and to tie in with the luxury feel of this photo shoot, with beautiful stationery supplied by Samantha Cutting of Paper Cutt.
June 20th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
The daisy motif that runs through today’s real wedding between Sarah and Roy was a chance decision, inspired solely by a hand-drawing of intertwined daisies. From there, Sarah and Roy chose to run with the classic white wedding and weave yellow elements into the design, from the cake with its charming daisy decoration to the flowers, a delicate and frothy bouquet bursting with marguerite daisies. Hints of gypsophila add a romantic, traditional edge and are perfectly in keeping with the white wedding theme.
Choosing an intimate gathering for the ceremony and wedding breakfast meant Sarah and Roy could go to town with their choices, serving good-quality wines and offering several choices for the meal, which was eaten around one large table for a personal feel.
Sarah wears a glorious Lillian West A-line gown with a floaty chiffon skirt and an illusion V-neckline in delicate lace applique, the style of dress contrasting beautifully with the industrial and rather quirky venue.
Beautiful bride Sarah also chose a signature scent for the wedding – lime and bay – using candles to emit the fragrance. This is a lovely idea as, every time Sarah and Roy light a candle of that scent – or catch the aroma on the air when they’re out and about – they’ll be instantly transported back to their wedding day. Tell us more, Sarah …
With images by Priti Shikotra Wedding Photography.
sarah says: We got engaged on a weekend in Prague. Roy spent all weekend trying to engineer the perfect moment. He remembers, “I had visions of taking a carriage ride around the city, with blankets on our knees, and popping the question with flutters of snow falling. Sarah wouldn’t take a carriage ride though because she felt it was too expensive. In the end, we were in a club and she said, ‘You know, people have been saying you’ve brought me away to ask me to get married’ and the game was up – I went down on one knee”.
We got married on 30th March 2018, which was Good Friday. It was the last of the cheapest winter dates in all honesty. It also gave everyone a full weekend to relax and recover afterwards. Roy also thought he was being clever and wouldn’t forget future anniversaries, until it was pointed out to him that Good Friday is on a different day each year.
We got married and had our reception at Great John Street Hotel, Manchester. It seemed the perfect size for what we wanted: ideal for the small gathering of immediate family for the wedding itself but large enough to easily accommodate the party of friends and family we invited for the evening. The rooftop garden and ‘playground’ is a great space that, even with the hit and miss weather we get in Manchester, allows for being outside in comfort and warmth should you want to.
We would definitely recommend the venue to other couples; there’s a really nice feel to Great John Street and rooftop in particular is a great setting. The staff were polite and attentive and the team looking after wedding bookings was great at working with us to understand our needs and budgets. Throughout the day, they were efficient and discreet, and everything followed the plans we had provided them with.
When it came to a theme, we wanted a very simple, small wedding and everything pretty much stemmed from an invitation I initially found with two hand-drawn, intertwined daisies. The simplicity of rustic, handmade decorations appealed to us, but we didn’t necessarily set a theme.
We didn’t have a colour scheme in mind but it naturally followed with the daisy theme that a classic ‘white’ wedding was perfect, with a hint of yellow in the flowers for a touch of colour. The bridesmaid dress was chosen to complement the wearer’s complexion. The guests wore shades of blue, ranging from cobalt to navy, which was neither co-ordinated nor intentional and it amazes us to this day how that happened.
June 19th, 2018 | Laura McDonagh
image source, photography by Carly Bevan Photography
So, you’ve chosen your venue, decided on the date, picked your colour palette and drawn up your guest list. Dress dilemmas are done and dusted, and you’ve selected which gal pals will accompany you down the aisle (still agonising? Check out our tips!). You’ve painstakingly worked your way down the wedding admin tick-list, from the cool stuff – food, music, entertainment – to the not-so-cool stuff – insurance and checking the venue’s PAT testing requirements.
If that’s the case, then bravo and a big shiny gold star for you! And we have good news: it’s time to take a break from all the adulting and spend some time indulging in the frivolous – but fun – details. We’re talking about the kind of finishing touches and frippery that won’t necessarily make or break your day (or your budget, for that matter) but are nevertheless important to you. These little features are often used as a way to make your celebration more personal, more poignant or simply to pump up the wedding wow factor.
So how to make your big day stand out from the rest?
image source, photography by Weddings by Smith
Maybe I’m just a weird stationery fiend – always a possibility – but I find that there are so many ways to incorporate little personal paper details into your big day. I’ve been to weddings where origami decorations (flowers, rainbow-coloured cranes) featured heavily, paper pompoms, lanterns and streamers provided a colourful (and cheap) decor hit, and place settings and table plans and numbers/names were creatively inspired. Plus, any excuse for a creative get together and cava – oops, I mean crafting – session with your pals, eh?
image source, photography by Pixsmiths Photography
Couples who put thought into their favours just make us squeal with their cuteness. They don’t need to be expensive – bottles of Bolly and Creme de la Mer products might be affordable for Kimmy K, but not for us mere mortals – so get your thinking caps on. My favourites from recent years have included a pork pie wrapped in floral fabric, gingerbread men from a local bakery, Jameson miniatures from a fellow whiskey-loving bride and Nutella tubs with guests’ names on the label. What’s personal to you that you haven’t seen before at a wedding? I feel a spider diagram coming on….
image source, photography by Bethany Whittaker
Another detail we love – guest books with a twist. Colouring in charts, polaroid or photobooth sessions, date and anniversary ideas, advice for a happy marriage, memory requests, song recommendations – they all get a thumbs up for individuality and creativity from us. Could your venue or interests lend you some inspiration? One couple I know who married in Newcastle’s Baltic modern art gallery asked all of their guests to draw a self-portrait of themselves and stick it to the glass walls, later putting all of the pictures together into a book. It was a great ice-breaker activity on the tables for people who didn’t already know each other and caused a not-insignificant amount of hilarity – bonus!
image source, photography by Bethany Whittaker
It used to be that brides and grooms thanked their mums with a big bouquet of last-minute lilies and that was that. Well, no more. Bridal party gifts are another area where the bride gets to go off the beaten track and have some fun. You can go personal – family pictures from the past turned into a beautiful photobook? – or poignant – an engraved locket with a snapshot of the two of you? Maybe she’d appreciate a massage to unwind from all of the stress of the preparations, or perhaps you could book an afternoon tea for the two of you to debrief and share photos a few weeks down the line. The same goes for your #bridesquad, #groomsquad and all of the others who’ve lent a hand, an ear or a wedding car for the big day – think personal and be creative.
image source, photography by Hayley Blackledge Photography
We look at a lot of pictures of cake (I know, it’s a tough gig) and, by default, lots of cake toppers. It’s clear that this is an area where brides and grooms express their individuality, straying far from traditional couple figurines. We’ve seen Lego people, knitted creations, superhero motifs and even beloved pets rendered in icing. What tickles your fancy?
Also, we’ve lost count of the number of brides who declare their dislike – or their husband’s lack of enthusiasm – for a traditional fruit cake with marzipan icing. The cake flavours described on these hallowed pages, from chocolate orange to pink lemonade, reflect the individuality of each couple and make us drool with worrying regularity. But who says you even have to have cake? We love it when brides demand something a bit different: a favourite family pudding, a humungous cheeseboard or a croquembouche – or an entire wall of doughnuts?! Now we’re talking!
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