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leafy chic. an autumn wedding with a nod to halloween at hilltop country house – joanne & chris

February 1st, 2016 | Rachel Parry

An Autumn Wedding at Hilltop Country House (c) Lee Brown Photography (113)

Monday comes around quick, don’t you think? But to get you through what always feels like the longest day of the week, we’re sharing this gorgeous real wedding.

We absolutely love Joanne and Chris’s big day, not only because it took place during one of our favourite seasons (the other being spring), but also because it was held at a venue that we adore too!

Located in the heart of the beautiful Cheshire countryside, Hilltop Country House provides a stunning setting combined with first class service, exclusivity and delicious menus.

And how do we know all this? Because we’re fortunate enough to stage our Luxury Wedding Exhibitions in the romantic gardens of this charming venue twice a year – the next one is coming up on 3rd April 2016, so put it in your dairies!

In the meantime we’ll leave you to admire the pretty via Joanne and Chris’s wonderful wedding photos.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Lee Brown Photography.

An Autumn Wedding at Hilltop Country House (c) Lee Brown Photography (20)

joanne says: We got engaged at midnight on 11th October 2014, while we were at home. We’d just got home from a trip to Matlock Bath to see the illuminations so were in high spirits.

Following the engagement we set the date of wedding for 31st October 2015. We wanted an autumnal wedding, but practically speaking, it had to fall in with school holidays as I’m a teacher and Chris is training to be one. The fact that it was Halloween was a nice extra touch.

An Autumn Wedding at Hilltop Country House (c) Lee Brown Photography (116)

Our chosen venue was Hilltop Country House, in Prestbury, Cheshire. It’s close to where we were both brought up; I was brought up in Rainow and a lot of my family are from Bollington; Chris is from Disley.

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by the sea. sophia tolli for an autumnal wedding at newton hall – amanda & phil

December 9th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

An Autumn Wedding at Newton Hall (c) Danny Birrell Photography (57)

Today’s real wedding couple love nothing more than escaping to the beach with their daughter for some quality family time. It was little surprise then that when a wedding venue by the sea was suggested, they booked it straight away.

Taking inspiration from the season, Philip and Amanda’s wedding day featured elegant autumnal touches including some rather unusual white pumpkins that are apparently only available for a few days of the year. Shame, they would suit our office perfectly!

With images by Danny Birrell Photography.

An Autumn Wedding at Newton Hall (c) Danny Birrell Photography (62)

amanda says: We got engaged on 7th December 2013, during a weekend away to York where we met at university (we now live in Whitley Bay). We went for a nice lunch and a few glasses of wine, and got all wrapped up to go for a walk around York. We were in the York Minster Gardens when Phil got down on one knee and popped the question, just as the minster bells began to chime. Everyone around us cheered and it was all very romantic. After seven years together of course I said yes.

An Autumn Wedding at Newton Hall (c) Danny Birrell Photography (65)

We were married on Sunday 18th October 2015. We knew we wanted an autumnal wedding, in October, as that was the month we met nine years previously.

We went for a look around As You Like It in Jesmond, Newcastle, and had a chat with them about their venue. They mentioned a sister venue, Newton Hall in Northumberland, were having an open day soon after, so we went there for a look around, fell in love and reserved the date that day! Newton Hall had a formal, yet relaxed atmosphere that we just loved! All of the little eccentricities just added to the character of the venue, and when we walked into the garden suite, we just knew it was perfect. It was an added bonus it has its very own beach close by!

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made in knutsford: an autumn wedding shoot in the north west

December 1st, 2015 | Rachel Parry

A Styled Wedding Shoot at Tatton Park (c) Mr & Mrs W (4)

This afternoon on the blog we have a gorgeous autumn wedding styled shoot full of rich tones and truly beautiful styling.

Organised by wedding planner Kristin, who makes up one half of Mr & Mrs W, the shoot was a collaboration of top suppliers from Knutsford to show off the talent that can be found within the North West town.

To give more details on the vision of the shoot and the wedding enthusiasts that were behind it, we’ll hand you over to the lovely Kristin.

With images from Mr and Mrs W.

A Styled Wedding Shoot at Tatton Park (c) Mr & Mrs W (9)

kristin says:: The inspiration behind this shoot was to bring together all the wedding suppliers from the town of Knutsford into the absolutely stunning autumnal setting of Tatton Park.

Here in Knutsford you can get everything you need for a stunning wedding day, so we wanted to bring it all together at this spectacular venue to show all the brides-to-be out there, just how special Knutsford is.

A Styled Wedding Shoot at Tatton Park (c) Mr & Mrs W (5)

When it came to picking a photographer for the shoot, there was nobody else I would ask other than Mark, who is the other half to me and our business. With his fashion and commercial background and his natural wedding photography style, he was perfect for what I wanted to achieve.

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autumnal allure: a boho wedding shoot in sheffield’s botanical gardens

November 10th, 2015 | Julia Braime

An Autumnal Boho Styled Shoot by Key Reflections for KMR Bespoke Bridal(11)

We’ve spoken before on the blog about our love for autumn, and so when this dreamy styled shoot inspired by the season fell into our inbox, we just knew we had to share it you, our lovely readers.

Put together by a very talented bunch of Sheffield wedding suppliers at the city’s Botanical Gardens, the theme and concept behind the images was simply to inspire brides who would like a rustic bohemian themed wedding. Having been totally captivated by the images below we’d say they’ve easily achieved their goal.

To tell you more about the team work and styling that went into creating the shoot, we’ll hand over to Kelly Marie Redhead, of KMR Bespoke Bridal, who supplied the stunning dresses and accessories seen in the images. Over to you Kelly…

With images by Key Reflections.

An Autumnal Boho Styled Shoot by Key Reflections for KMR Bespoke Bridal(57)

kelly says: Inspiration for the bohemian themed shoot came from the warm autumnal colours within the beautiful Botanical Gardens in Sheffield. We created two looks to provide inspiration for brides who desire a rustic bohemian themed wedding by shooting within the woods to create a ‘rustic picnic’ and shooting within the beautiful conservatories and gardens to give a true ‘bohemian’ feel.

For the picnic setting, set stylist Julia Jeckell, created a rustic feel using old wooden crates for the picnic table and old canvas sacks and cushions for seating. The picnic table was styled with a delicious selection of outdoor picnic food – fresh French bread and cheese, red wine and autumnal fruits in shades of burnt oranges and reds. The finishing touches were made with candles in old jam jars, pine cones, rustic hearts, and props in reclaimed materials all sourced in Sheffield.

An Autumnal Boho Styled Shoot by Key Reflections for KMR Bespoke Bridal(7)

Hair and makeup inspiration for our shoot came from the rustic bohemian theme and autumnal colours. The makeup look was created by Sheffield based professional hair and makeup artist Julia Jeckell for our model, Hannah, with this in mind.

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falling for autumn: shropshire petals reader discount

October 23rd, 2015 | Rachel Parry

ShropshirePetals.com Guests throwing confetti from £11.50 per litre (3)

It’s easy to understand why brides and grooms-to-be fall for the autumn season when planning their big day.

Though the temperature drops, the romantic atmosphere increases with candle lit receptions and burnt orange backdrops, not to mention the comforting food options to create a warming wedding breakfast.

So as the leaves start to fall and the dark nights draw in, the experts at natural confetti company Shropshire Petals, are giving us inspiration on which glowing colour mixes work best for those planning an autumnal wedding whilst also pointing out the dos and don’ts of confetti.

And if that wasn’t enough, they’re also offering Brides Up North readers a fabulous 10% off orders over £65. Simply click here to get your exclusive discount code.

So let’s warm up some Pimms and talk pretty petals…

ShropshirePetals.com Pinch of Plum with Damson Wine £13.50 per litre

shropshire petals say: Autumn is the season of rich, bold colours and including some of these hues on your wedding day can instantly add warmth and glamour to your celebrations.

To help make your day as colourful as the season, we’re sharing our autumnal confetti colour inspiration, which includes opulent oranges, deep purples and divine greens. Going beyond the traditional throwing of confetti, our natural petals can also be used to decorate venues and reception tables, as can our stunning wheat sheaves, which evoke that extra autumnal touch.

very berry

Berries are sure sign of autumn with their rich red and purple colours, making such tones an ideal choice for October and November weddings. Include a subtle hint of berry colours into your confetti with our Pinch of Plum mix. This is a delicate combination of Icing Sugar delphinium petals and Marjoram which creates a beautiful blend of ivory, green and purple. For a bolder splash of colour, some Damson Wine rose petals could be added.

earthy goodness

When you think of autumn, you think of trees changing from green to golden brown.  Include a mix of all of these colours to make your confetti mix really stand out. Opt for a combination of ivory delphinium petals with some stunning brown and gold sunflower petals.

coral reef

Warming red and orange tones can be seen all around at this time of year. To inject such colours into your big day pick a delicate mix of our Candyfloss and Icing Sugar options, which feature pastel pink and ivory with a bold splash of clementine rose petals.

the perfect blend

Pick and mix your confetti choosing an array of autumnal colours. We suggest ivory, orange, black and deep purple, which can be achieved using our Icing Sugar, Ginger Snap, Black Bird, Clementine and Aubergine mixes.

make it monochrome

Complement the darker days with black and ivory petals using our Tuxedo confetti mix. Those wanting to inject a little warmth can do so by adding our Golden Slumber rose petals or perhaps some smaller Honey’b petals.

ShropshirePetals.com Country Garden Wheat Sheaf as bouquet£27.50 (2)

And to make sure your confetti falls to the ground smoothly, here’s our dos and don’ts of confetti…


  • Do check with your church/venue to see if they allow confetti. Most now stipulate that you can only use natural petal confetti, as it is 100% biodegradable and eco-friendly.
  • Do choose the right confetti. There are different colours and sizes of natural petal confetti. The best petals for throwing are small petals, such as delphiniums or wild flowers.
  • Do pick and mix your confetti. Choose from an array of colours and different petal types to create a mix totally unique for your wedding. Our pick and mix tool is perfect for choosing your preferred colours and seeing how they look together.
  • Do work out how much confetti you will need. Depending on the type of confetti moment and photograph you want, you will need to know how much confetti you will need. You can use the Shropshire Petals confetti calculator to help.
  • Do discuss with your photographer. If you want to capture the magical moment your guests shower you with confetti, make sure you plan your confetti shot with your photographer before the big day.


  • Don’t be afraid to experiment with confetti before the big day. Order some free samples and have a play to see what works for you.
  • Don’t forget that confetti isn’t just for throwing. Large and small petals look great when used as table decorations. Natural petals are perfect for creating a romantic petal path or to have for a cute flower girl to scatter down the aisle.
  • Don’t forget to delegate the giving out of confetti. Give a member of your bridal party the job of ensuring confetti is handed out to your guests at the right time for your confetti moment.
  • Don’t forget to order confetti. Many forget about confetti until it is too late, so to avoid disappointment place your order with a delayed delivery to get it ticked off your list.

ShropshirePetals.com Tuxedo £11.50 per litre

Shropshire Petals produce 100% natural, biodegradable confetti in a variety of colours and petal types.  For more information and inspiration, visit www.shropshirepetals.com

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the big debate: autumn/ winter vs. spring/summer

June 19th, 2015 | Julia Braime

Found on bodas.net

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This morning on the wedding blog we tackle that age old wedding planning conundrum – when is the best time of year to tie the knot? A spring/summer soirée or autumn/winter shindig?

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rachel says: autumn/winter

While we can’t guarantee sunshine during the spring/summer season in Britain, one thing we can be sure of is cold weather come autumn/winter. So instantly, if for nothing else but to avoid weather woes, I’m drawn to the chillier months of the year in which to tie the knot.

But there’s more to it than that. Weddings out of peak season can often come at a cheaper price, saving you a buck or two, and a celebrations at this time of year gives guests something exciting to look forward to when their summer holidays are long gone, the days are darker and the temperatures cooler. It also gives brides and grooms the opportunity to piggyback on festive occasions such as Christmas and New Year when people are in full-on party mode.

Personally I find wintry weddings can be incredibly atmospheric. As the days are shorter in terms of light couples tend to look to cosier settings with open fires and candle light to provide a sensational seasonal backdrop to their celebrations. And thanks to the introduction of Scandinavian style tepees, complete with festoon lighting, faux fur throws and fire pits, a winter wedding doesn’t have to take place within four walls.

In terms of décor the cooler months lend themselves to a wide variety of colour palettes, including warm, welcoming hues such as burnt orange as well as pale icy pastels, sparkling metallics and deep elegant shades of emerald green and sapphire blue. Twinkling decorations such as fairy lights, tea light holders and lanterns add to the atmosphere and blooms become more edgy with the addition of berries, thistles and holly.

Then there’s the food. Seriously pass me a bowl of hearty sausage and mash any day over a light salad. As a foodie I find menu choices at weddings one of the most important elements and think couples can have much more fun with comforting winter dishes and tipples, such as steak pie, sticky toffee pudding, mulled wine and prosecco with a dash of crème de cassis, compared more obvious summer options. I’m rather tempted to leave the Eggnog in the 70s though.

Found on ruffledblog.com, photography by Jennifer Eileen

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 julia says: spring/summer

Two words: peonies and Pimms.

For me, the dream English wedding scenario involves these two P’s; hazy sunshine in a cloudless blue sky; wide, green lawns dotted with daisies; a heaving bower of blooms atop a church gate; tiny bridesmaids dressed as fairies; a dazzling marquee and long, summer nights.

A spring or summer wedding will always be a winner.  Why?  Because everyone so badly wants it to work. Your guests are ready to mingle after a seemingly endless winter, the ladies are aching to don their summer brights and the boys are keen for some competitive garden games.  If it’s a bit of a damp squib on the day, no one really cares – there’s always fake tan and a free bar to keep everyone happy.  And if you luck out and the sun has got his hat on, well, hip hip hip hooray indeed!

Spring/ summer just fits with weddings.  Traditionally ‘wedding season’ for a reason, it’s a time for new beginnings and fresh starts.  The best flowers are in season, picking a honeymoon destination isn’t a game of weather roulette and you can wear a sleeveless wedding gown without worrying about goose bumps.

All that said, I actually got married in October.

Why? Because for me, my dream May wedding day would have had to involve another P – Piriton. I can generally just about cope with the red rimmed eyes and fuzzy head that my annual bout of hayfever brings – but not on my wedding day. So I shelved my flower plans and opted for an autumn celebration instead, sticking to a classic colour palette of blush pink and charcoal grey to offset and complement the colours of the season.

Just so happened, summer 2010 was nothing to write home about, but October of that year?  A scorcher. So I got my blue skies after all.

Who am I kidding – you can’t plan for the English weather… so get hitched whenever you ruddy well feel like it!  I hope the sun shines for you, whatever month you choose to say ‘I do’.

Found on tessa-barton.blogspot.fr

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 what you said on facebook:

Carla: “We chose to have a summer wedding and have our fingers crossed for sunshine!”

Jane: “Our February wedding will all be indoors anyway, so it doesn’t matter what time of year it is.  Anyway, I think a winter wedding is cosier and more romantic.”

Rachael: “We are incorporating decorations from the venue into our Christmas wedding, so we have a ready made theme that isn’t costing anything.”

Peta: “I love the idea of a traditional English summer wedding – with bunting and croquet!”

Found on inspiredbythis.com, photography by Tessa Barton Photography

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What’s your opinion – we’d love to hear your thoughts?

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