Brides Up North

when we collide. a stylish white wedding in Northumberland – tina & andy

December 9th, 2014 | Julia Braime

a white wedding in Northumberland (c) Little Miss Boyco (36)

Tina & Andy’s big day is just sublime.  From their chic styling, to their outdoor wedding breakfast, personalised brew and simple yet special personal touches, this is a celebration that has real class.

And take a look at their randomly captured proposal video.  It’s moments that this that make life amazing. 

With images by Little Miss Boyco.

a white wedding in Northumberland (c) Little Miss Boyco (7)

tina says: For our 10 year anniversary, we decided to have a big trip to celebrate – and what better way to do that than going to Vegas and Orlando! Little did I know, Andy was planning his own little surprise. In the months leading up to the holiday, Andy had spoken to my parents about his plans and had also found the perfect engagement ring, with the help of my little sister.

On the second last day of the holiday, we went to Universal Studios in Orlando for the “Cinematic Spectacular” – a light, laser, water and firework display in celebration of 100 years of Universal. At the end of the show, as we walked out with the crowds, we reminisced about our favourite parts of the holiday and how the show was the perfect way to round off the trip. As we chatted, Andy stopped and turned to me and said there was just one more thing that would make the holiday more perfect. And this is where he got down on one knee and proposed! Amongst the blur of tears and strangers clapping and cheering, I accepted!

In a crazy twist, the proposal was actually captured on video by one of the passers-by, which was posted on YouTube a couple of months later, and which Andy randomly stumbled across a few months after that!

If you would like to see the moment for yourself, take a look. It is so strange being able to watch it back but also awesome we have this memory to cherish forever!

a white wedding in Northumberland (c) Little Miss Boyco (16)

We chose to get married at High House Farm in Northumberland as it had everything we were looking for in a venue – beautiful countryside surroundings, delicious locally sourced food, a cute little play area for the kids – and of course, the fact it’s a brewery just added to its charm (myself and Andy are both avid beer drinkers)!

We especially loved the outdoor barn and knew it would be the perfect place to have the ceremony, the wedding breakfast and the evening party. We also loved the fact there was no package to adhere to – we were allowed to choose our own food, drink, entertainment, and decorations.

The main thing we wanted was for our wedding to be as personal as possible – we wanted elements of “us” in as much as we could. It was really important that the wedding reflected us as a couple and not just a wedding package. We also wanted to keep it quite soft, rustic and romantic. In keeping with the venue, we decided to adopt a country theme – that is soft colours, floral prints, twine, and lots of candles and fairy lights.

We decided to have olive green as it is one of my favourite colours and we thought it would fit well with the country theme we wanted.

a white wedding in Northumberland (c) Little Miss Boyco (21)

My dress was a Maggie Sottero from Wedding Essentials in Newcastle. I had an idea of the kind of dress I wanted – something soft, elegant and which was a bit different to the “typical” wedding dress. I spent several months dress-shopping and thought I had finally chosen the dress I wanted which ticked all the boxes however it cost a bit more than I had budgeted. As fate would have it, in the very last shop on my very last day of a “just-in-case-I-see-anything-else” shopping trip, I saw a replica of the dress I had my eye on – in the sale! I tried it on and knew it was the one – long, soft lace, with a low v-back with just a little touch of bling. Lucky for me as a few weeks later, the store closed down!

In keeping with the fact we wanted to have the wedding as relaxed and informal as we could, we decided not to hire or buy suits. Instead, Andy wore a suit he already had and loved – it was a navy three piece suit (jacket, waistcoat and trousers) from Burton and he teamed it with a white shirt from Next, a skinny tie in the same olive green as the bridesmaid dress and some brown brogues also from Burtons. As Andy is a big fan of comic books, he also wore Wolverine socks and handmade Wolverine cufflinks, a present I had bought him for his birthday earlier on in the year.

a white wedding in Northumberland (c) Little Miss Boyco (26)

My little sister was the only bridesmaid – she wore a long chiffon, one-shouldered dress from Dessy in moss green form Wild Brides in Sunderland.

I saw an advert at work that a colleague made paper flowers and bouquets out of recycled materials – we thought this was really interesting and unique and so contacted her to see what she was able to do for our wedding. We found she could customise the flowers (using different materials, decorations etc) and it would also work out a lot cheaper than real flowers. Coupled with the fact me and Andy both suffer from hayfever and the flowers would be a lasting memory of the day, we jumped at the chance!

Joy from Martha Makes made us two bouquets and nine buttonholes from sheet music we had chosen ourselves. We bought cream paper from Paperchase, printed out one of our favourite songs (Iris by The Goo Goo Dolls) and had them made into flowers with pearls in the centre. We also wanted a leaf adding to the flowers to give it a bit more of a floral design – Joy had never done this before but she was happy to play around with the idea and in the end, she made them out of green gardening magazine pages – they looked amazing! Organic, personal and one of a kind!

a white wedding in Northumberland (c) Little Miss Boyco (27)

Wiesia Bojko was our photographer for the day – we feel incredibly lucky we found her and that she was available! From our very first consultation, she came across as a very warm and friendly person – with a passion for her work and a portfolio to prove it. Our impression of her has not changed one bit even after the wedding. She was professional and friendly, and has a very natural way of capturing the special moments and little details. I would (and have!) recommended her to friends and family!

a white wedding in Northumberland (c) Little Miss Boyco (33)

We had asked friends and family to save their glass bottles and jars for us since we got engaged, which we decorated with tea lights, twine and green and cream ribbon.

We decided to have real flowers dotted around the venue using the glass bottles and jars we had collected. I had seen online that it was possible to buy the flowers from a wholesaler and make up the displays yourself – and it would be considerably cheaper than ordering from a florist. As we wanted a soft, romantic, country theme, we decided to buy lots of baby’s breath, a few purple thistles and some light pink lilies to decorate the venue. We bought the flowers from a wholesaler in Gateshead (Premier Flowers) and me and my sisters put them into the bottles and jars the day before the wedding.

Me and Andy chose fabric for the bunting from Dainty Supplies in Washington and my sister (who is a dab hand with a sewing machine!) made them for us. We had three different types of bunting – one was made out of hessian which I painted white hearts onto using a stencil and fabric paint, one was hessian which I painted “Love Is Sweet” onto for the sweetie table, and the rest of the bunting was alternate triangles of olive green, floral and hessian. We also decorated the barn with fairy lights and lanterns from eBay.

We went through all of our photo albums and chose some of our favourite photos from our time together which we thought represented us a couple (e.g. festivals, beer and fancy dress!). We printed them off, trimmed them down to look like polaroids and wrote little captions beneath them – we pinned them onto a piece of twine with little wooden pegs and hung them from the walls.

a white wedding in Northumberland (c) Little Miss Boyco (34)

We decided to give out beer bottles as favours as the venue was a working brewery and we knew a lot of our friends and family would love it! We went for a tasting session at the venue a few months prior and chose the beer we would use. Andy designed the label for the beer – calling it “Tandy’s Tipple” (a name our friends call us), and High House Farm printed the labels and stuck them on the bottle for us. We used the favours to double up as seating cards – I made little origami hearts using some paper I had bought in Paperchase and I learnt how to make them from a YouTube video and wrote our guests names on them and tied them to the bottles with twine.

a white wedding in Northumberland (c) Little Miss Boyco (42)

We wanted to have cupcakes for the wedding as we felt they are more fun and informal. Andy’s sister and brother-in-law own their own restaurant and we enlisted the help of their dessert chef (Carley from Carley’s Cakes) to make us a selection of pastel-coloured cupcakes in various different flavours (e.g. cherry, chocolate, gingerbread). We also had little bride and groom cupcakes made – the bride had a veil on the top (a cutting from my very own dress!) and had iced flowers and the groom had a little top hat and a bow tie. We had bought little Mr and Mrs cake thrones for them to sit on as well!

a white wedding in Northumberland (c) Little Miss Boyco (50)

As Andy is a DJ, we decided to choose all our own music from the ceremony to the meal to the evening. We chose a selection of songs we love, and thought were in keeping with each part of the day, and mixed them together and let them play either through speakers. We had everything from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Westlife, N-Trance to Manowar! In the evening, the best man’s father very kindly lent us his lighting and sound system so we were able to have a proper disco.

Me and my dad danced to The Carpenters “Yesterday Once More” – a song which means a lot to both of us.

Me and Andy’s first dance was to Biffy Clyro’s  “Many of Horror” – which isn’t a typical first dance song but a song which we both love, invokes great memories, and which was a little more alternative.

a white wedding in Northumberland (c) Little Miss Boyco (54)

We bought a cheap mirror from a high street store, and we wrote the seating plan for the wedding breakfast on it and displayed it during the day. On the night, we took out the mirror and used the frame as a photo prop.We had also made speech boards by ordering speech bubble shapes from eBay, and covering them with blackboard vinyl. We asked our guests to write a message on the board and pose with them in photographs.

a white wedding in Northumberland (c) Little Miss Boyco (55)

I would recommend High House Farm to other couples who love the countryside, love good food, love good beer and the option to create the wedding they want!

a white wedding in Northumberland (c) Little Miss Boyco (59)

It sounds cliché but I loved every single part of the day, from seeing all the guests during the ceremony, to walking up/down the aisle, to laughing/crying during the toasts, to dancing my shoes off on the night (literally – I swapped my cream lace heels for my lovely pink Converse trainers!)

If I had to choose one, I really loved seeing all our friends and family stood around us in a circle at the end of the night, singing Green Day’s “Time of Your Life”. It is a song we both love and to see the people we love singing it back to us was just amazing.

a white wedding in Northumberland (c) Little Miss Boyco (61)

Two weeks after our wedding, we jetted off on a 4 week honeymoon around South East Asia. It was a trip we had both wanted to do all our lives. We spent 5 days in Tokyo, Japan – eating insane amounts of sushi and ramen and sightseeing, and then we went on a two week cruise which stopped at some incredible ports – we shopped in Osaka and Okinawa, we went to a hot springs resort in Taiwan, we ate fresh seafood and visited the Cu Chi tunnels in Vietnam and we ate from a hawkers market and watched the skytrees in Singapore. We then spent a week in Hong Kong – visiting family and sightseeing. It was an incredible trip and something we would love to do again!

a white wedding in Northumberland (c) Little Miss Boyco (80)

It sounds simple but our top tip for other Brides Up North would be to make YOUR wedding what YOU want it to be. We knew from the start we wanted a wedding that reflected us and our relationship – we are so glad we didn’t just choose a wedding package on offer.

a white wedding in Northumberland (c) Little Miss Boyco (79)

Another top tip – spreadsheets! Make spreadsheets for everything! They keep you organised and save so much stress!

a white wedding in Northumberland (c) Little Miss Boyco (75)

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keep calm & marry on. a wedding in the Yorkshire Dales – lindsay & chris

December 8th, 2014 | Julia Braime

a pretty vintage style wedding at Taitlands (c) Anna Crossley Photography (50)

Let’s get this week’s gorgeous wedding schedule kicked off with this absolute beauty, sent to me by newlyweds Lindsay & Chris and their fabulous photographer Anna Louise Crossley.

This afternoon we’re back at Taitlands (check out this lovely wedding that we featured only last week), and I can see why the venue’s brides and grooms fall in love with this place.

Ey up, lets head to the Dales, for a vintagey wedding full of pretty – not least the stunning bride herself!

a pretty vintage style wedding at Taitlands (c) Anna Crossley Photography (5)

lindsay says: We got engaged on a cruise in Alaska on 17 August 2013.  We were in our room getting ready for the first formal night, which was our second night on the cruise.  Chris was in his tuxedo and I was in a long black dress.  Chris asked me to come out on the balcony for a minute but as I had no idea he was going to propose I refused saying it was too cold and windy and I had just done my hair! He got down on one knee in the room and asked me to marry him.

We wanted somewhere in the country that was relaxed  yet stylish.  It had to be somewhere where we could hold the wedding, the reception and the evening party. It wasn’t easy but we found  the perfect place, Taitlands, near Settle in the Yorkshire Dales.  Chris and I just fell in love with it and knew it was the place for us to get married.  We tied the knot on 18th October 2014.

a pretty vintage style wedding at Taitlands (c) Anna Crossley Photography (8)

We wanted our wedding to be relaxed, rustic and romantic, with a touch of vintage thrown in. My mum has been a huge fan of vintage for a long time, so had some brilliant ideas up her sleeve.  We also decided to make as much as possible ourselves.  My mum did an amazing job making the bunting, cake, bouquets, confetti and the list goes on!

Our colour scheme evolved as we went along.  In the end it was a mixture of navy, dusky pink, white and burgundy.

a pretty vintage style wedding at Taitlands (c) Anna Crossley Photography (10)

Both my mum and I had been looking at dresses independently.  When we got together we realised that we had been looking at the same dresses. I wanted a fitted mermaid lace dress with straps.  The first dress I tried on was from Wedding Belles Of Otley, it reduced my mum to tears… twice! I tried other dresses on in different shops but I knew I would go back to the first dress.  It was by Nicola Anne and called Dolce. I loved my dress!

Chris had a tailor-made suit from Kristopher’s on Kirkstall Road in Leeds.  The material he decided on was navy with a black fleck.  His suit was perfectly made and had nice little touches such as a label stitched to the inside of his jacket with our names and wedding date.

Chris said he wanted to wear a pocket watch with his suit, so he borrowed his granddad’s watch and my mum lent him a silver fob chain that had belonged to her great uncle.

a pretty vintage style wedding at Taitlands (c) Anna Crossley Photography (16)

My bridesmaids dresses came from Coast.

My chief bridesmaid Helen, had a full length navy dress with a beaded belt and a plunging back.  Jenny, Angela and Joanna had knee length floaty navy dresses to accommodate Jo’s baby bump!  Imogen, my little niece and flower girl wore a dress came from Accessorize. It was dusky pink with little flowers and she had some pink sparkly shoes which she loved to bits and a hair band to match her dress.

Both dads and the two best men bought blue suits from Slaters in Leeds.  They teamed them up with white shirts, burgundy paisley ties and tan shoes.

a pretty vintage style wedding at Taitlands (c) Anna Crossley Photography (21)

Because our wedding was relaxed and DIY,  we decided to do the flowers ourselves.

My mum and my uncle Tony went down to the wholesale market in Huddersfield and came back with a car full of flowers. I had some beautiful dusky pink vintage roses called Memory Lane in my bouquet, together with blue veronica.  My bridesmaids has a mixture of pink roses, white and pink spray roses and purple limonium.  Imogen carried a little bucket full of petals from the hydrangeas in mum’s garden.

a pretty vintage style wedding at Taitlands (c) Anna Crossley Photography (31)

My mum was in her element decorating the venue! She made the cones for the ends of the chairs and we filled them with gypsophelia.  She had collected vintage glass vases and jars wrapped with string, we just filled them all with a selection of flowers and they looked amazing.  We also had tea lights in lace covered jars in vintage saucers.  My mum’s trusty sewing machine came out of retirement and she made 100 metres of bunting. If you want a wedding planner, you should book my mum!

We spent the Friday before the wedding decorating the Coach House and the marquee and had lots of help from family and friends. Karen (my new mum in law) brought her mum’s vintage sewing machine which we gave pride of place to. We wanted the wedding to have special memories for us so tried to include as much as we could that was personal.  Imogen also wore her great- great grandmas pearl necklace.  I wore a comb made from the tiara that mum had worn when she was married. My mum’s lovely and very clever friend, Jill, made it up for me and it looked amazing!

a pretty vintage style wedding at Taitlands (c) Anna Crossley Photography (33)

Instead of favours we had a sweet table. It was a real favourite and everyone loved it. After all, what’s not to like about a table full of sweets!

a pretty vintage style wedding at Taitlands (c) Anna Crossley Photography (39)

a pretty vintage style wedding at Taitlands (c) Anna Crossley Photography (40)

a pretty vintage style wedding at Taitlands (c) Anna Crossley Photography (43)

Our photographer was Anna Louise Crossley.

Anna lives in Leeds like us and we met up for a chat and booked her straight away.  She has a lovely relaxed style and we knew she was just right for us. I would recommend her to anyone, her photos are amazing!

a pretty vintage style wedding at Taitlands (c) Anna Crossley Photography (46)

a pretty vintage style wedding at Taitlands (c) Anna Crossley Photography (49)

Taitlands provided all the food and it was delicious.  We chose Roast Beef for our wedding meal.  Each table had their own joint of beef, so one person on each table had to put on an apron and carve for everyone.  It was a lot of fun and something that was certainly different.  We provided a selection of wine for each table and some fizz for the toasts.  We also had sausage sandwiches for supper and they went down a treat!

a pretty vintage style wedding at Taitlands (c) Anna Crossley Photography (51)

Since I was a little girl my grandma’s chocolate cake has been my absolute favourite.  Two mammoth baking sessions later and my grandma, (who is 92) and my mum had made 9 cakes for a 3 tiered naked chocolate cake.

The chef at Taitlands assembled the cake and decorated it beautifully with strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries.

Chris is a big fan of Superman, so I asked Karen to try and find a blonde bride and a Superman groom for the toppers and she did!

a pretty vintage style wedding at Taitlands (c) Anna Crossley Photography (55)

My Uncle Jon has played guitar in a band for years.  He played Fields of Gold by Eva Cassidy for me to walk into the ceremony.  You could hear a pin drop!  Then at the party his band were amazing.  They played a mix of classic songs that made sure everyone was on their feet.  My mum had very sneakily arranged for my school friend, Kay and Chris’s brother Stevie to join the band with their ukuleles.  It was the most amazing surprise and brought the house down.  When the band had a break, we had a playlist of requests from the RSVPs. Even after the party had ended, a few of us were sat singing… we just didn’t want the party to end!

a pretty vintage style wedding at Taitlands (c) Anna Crossley Photography (63)

I loved it all from start to finish.  I can’t pinpoint an exact favourite moment!

We went to New York for 8 nights and then the Bahamas for 6 nights.  New York was absolutely amazing, it’s somewhere I’ve always wanted to go.  Chris organised the honeymoon and didn’t let me know what he had planned in New York.  He did an amazing job, we went to a Nicks game (go Nicks!), we went to see Lion King on Broadway and went on a cruise around the Hudson River that went right up to the Statue of Liberty.  As well as going on a rowing boat in Central Park, up the Empire State Building and many more! The Bahamas was red hot and we had an amazing room with our balcony overlooking the beach.

a pretty vintage style wedding at Taitlands (c) Anna Crossley Photography (69)

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to get everyone involved and make lots of lists!

a pretty vintage style wedding at Taitlands (c) Anna Crossley Photography (45)

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tweed & country. a dramatic bridal shoot in Cheshire

November 13th, 2014 | Julia Braime

tweed & country styled bridal shoot at Owen House Wedding Barn (c)  Mr & Mrs W (2)

Designed and shot by husband and wife team Kristin & Mark (collectively Mr & Mrs W), I’ve a styled bridal treat lined up for you today!  With rich colours, dramatically dark styling and texture galore, this is a decadent close to an autumnal Thursday afternoon.  

Wrap up warm…

With styling and images by Mr & Mrs W.

tweed & country styled bridal shoot at Owen House Wedding Barn (c)  Mr & Mrs W (11)

Kristin says: Our inspiration for the shoot was in essence ‘Tweed and Country’. With tweed being seen more and more in wedding fashion, I wanted to incorporate it with the Bride as well as the Bridegroom and nothing encompasses tweed and country than a Cheshire farm shoot, in both senses of the word.

tweed & country styled bridal shoot at Owen House Wedding Barn (c)  Mr & Mrs W (14)

I wanted to start with outdoor pursuits and end with a debauched party and feast with a dark undertone, using antlers, feathers and the odd skull here and there.

tweed & country styled bridal shoot at Owen House Wedding Barn (c)  Mr & Mrs W (4)

The team we used for the shoot are local to the area.  We worked together before and I knew that each supplier would provide exactly what I envisaged, which sometimes even I can’t do!

To realise my concept, the venue was always going to be Owen House as its so rustic, quirky and rural and there is nowhere quite like it in the North West.

For menswear it was no contest with the tweed experts at Whitfield and Ward being close at hand, and the beautiful wedding dresses came from The Wedding Boutique Cheshire. Fiona actually hand designs and makes her own styles so was able to make all the little extras I needed.

The outstanding hair and make up was by Nicholas Austen, the flowers were by Living Colour Floral Design and our props came from The Authentic Hire Company and Pretty Little Trio.

tweed & country styled bridal shoot at Owen House Wedding Barn (c)  Mr & Mrs W (9)

The shoot was such good fun.  Everyone got so involved and really understood the brief. We hope that you like the results! Going forward I have another couple of shoots in mind and I might even go a bit darker next time, but in the meantime I am looking forward to creating some enchanted woodlands and a sequin extravaganza in a Tipi for some real life brides.

tweed & country styled bridal shoot at Owen House Wedding Barn (c)  Mr & Mrs W (7)

tweed & country styled bridal shoot at Owen House Wedding Barn (c)  Mr & Mrs W (10)

All the suppliers, props and styling are all available in and around the Knutsford area.

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