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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 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… 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. 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. 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

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

June 19th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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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.

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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’.

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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!”

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

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an autumn affair. a stylish winter wedding at priory cottages – jude & colin

January 20th, 2015 | Julia Braime

a winter wedding at Priory Cottages (c) Helen Russell Photography (38)

Priory Cottages near to my adopted home town of Wetherby in North Yorkshire is one of my favourite local venues, and I always get a warm welcome from their team when I pop in to pay a visit.  I’m used to seeing the venue dressed for spring and summer celebrations (not least the fabulous wedding of one of my best girls, Charlotte – you can see her big day here), but it’s lovely to see how special and sparkly this place looks on a late autumn day.

Jude and Colin’s wedding brought all the brightest colours of nature inside for a stylish, cosy and heart warming day, filled with fun. My absolute favourite kind of celebration that there can be.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, and all round lovely lady, Helen Russell Photography.

a winter wedding at Priory Cottages (c) Helen Russell Photography (5)

jude says: We got engaged on 25th August 2013.  Col had originally planned on doing it on my birthday earlier in the month but the ring wasn’t ready, so plan B was when we were visiting my best friend in Derby. Little did I know but they were all in on it. He proposed in Matlock in a cable car on our way up to the Heights of Abraham. Our friends Manda, Chris and their little boy Vinnie were there too so we got some great pictures of the proposal. I had just found out that I was pregnant so the champagne picnic was enjoyed by everyone else!

a winter wedding at Priory Cottages (c) Helen Russell Photography (9)

We were married on Friday 7th November 2014. We both love the autumn and the vibrant colours associated with the season are beautiful.  We were hoping for a crisp cold sunny day! We got the rain instead!

We tied the knot at All Saints church in Wighill.  It was small and cosy but beautiful. We attended the church in the year prior to the wedding and all the locals were so friendly. The reception was at The Priory Barn and Cottages, Nr Wetherby. We fell in love with The Priory as soon as we visited it. The barn has been restored and the old architecture of some of the buildings is beautiful. Serena the owner was fabulous from start to finish, we immediately knew that she would be on hand to help, which she was. We wanted a venue that was different, we had been to nine weddings in the past 14 months and didn’t want to marry somewhere our friends had done so.

a winter wedding at Priory Cottages (c) Helen Russell Photography (13)

We chose an autumnal/rustic style. I’m an outdoorsy girl and love nature and a natural feel to things. The table centre pieces were slices of logs we had gathered with skeleton leaves and Chinese lanterns. We used mini pumpkins were as table numbers.  We had kilner jars with candles standing on upturned logs dotted around the venue and some old driftwood was used. We used a lot of hessian and lace and candlelight.

Our colour palette was purples and oranges – gorgeous vibrant autumnal colours that complement each other

a winter wedding at Priory Cottages (c) Helen Russell Photography (19)

My dress was from the Bridal Rogue Gallery in York. It was a Pronovias dress, ‘Leonde’, a tulle mermaid style made from Chantilly and Guipure lace. It had crystal, pearl and gemstone embroidery below the bust.  I fell in love with the dress immediately. I wanted something classic and vintage and loved the lace and open back. I wore it with a borrowed vintage fur and Diane Hassall lace shoes. My mum bought me some beautiful diamond earrings which I hope my daughter Ava may wear one day.

I used Lisa Jones Hair and Makeup. Lisa is fantastic at what she does, I’ve had my hair and makeup done several times by her and it always looks immaculate. She is fun to be around and after a long sleepless night with a teething 10 month old she worked miracles!

a winter wedding at Priory Cottages (c) Helen Russell Photography (23)

Col wore a navy blue three piece suit from Ted Baker. He bought a pocket watch which finished the suit off beautifully.

My bridesmaids Manda and Sarah wore a rich 50’s style purple dress, with a jewelled cuff and a-line skirt from House of Fraser designed by Eliza J. They wore bright burnt orange heels from Next.

The flowergirls Ava and Olivia wore ivory dresses with purple petals sewn into the hems and our page boy wore a three piece suit from BHS with a pair of white Converse pumps.

a winter wedding at Priory Cottages (c) Helen Russell Photography (26)

a winter wedding at Priory Cottages (c) Helen Russell Photography (29)

We wanted something different from a traditional wedding car so opted for a 1967 ivory VW campervan called “Summer”. This was hired from The Yorkshire Wedding Car Company.

a winter wedding at Priory Cottages (c) Helen Russell Photography (34)

Helen Russell was our photographer. We would definitely recommend her. I was introduced to her at a friend’s wedding and immediately warmed to her, she has an amazing ability to make you feel at ease in front of the camera. We loved her vintage style, she has a great passion for her job and you really get the feeling that she wants to give you the best images she can.  She managed to capture the romantic yet fun mood of our day. We had a pre wedding shoot with her and took our daughter Ava and Col’s son Elliott along… she was great with the children.

a winter wedding at Priory Cottages (c) Helen Russell Photography (35)

Wendy at Paperwhite Flowers provided our flowers. She is such a professional and so passionate about her job.  She knew exactly what I wanted and goes above and beyond.  My bouquet was a wild hand tie with lace and a decorative vintage key.  It had creamy white vendella roses and superbubbles, spray roses and buds, large dolcetto roses, purple and plum foliage, orange rosehip, fountain grass, purple lisianthus, rosemary, astrontia million stars, birch and willow twig and was wrapped in fine green ivy.

a winter wedding at Priory Cottages (c) Helen Russell Photography (45)

a winter wedding at Priory Cottages (c) Helen Russell Photography (44)

Paperwhite provided all the flowers, dressed the top table and provided a large pumpkin filled with beautiful flowers and asparagus grass. I wanted a messy looking arrangement rather than something too structured. It was perfect.

They provided two beautiful pew ends with wild flowers for the church which we used at the barn afterwards and  chrome lanterns which we used in the church then back in the courtyard and barn.They also dressed upturned logs with kilner jars and candles wrapped with ivy trails and Chinese lanterns and placed them around the barn.

AV Matrix dressed the barn in fairy lights. This was done before we even got there on the Thursday to get ready.

We had lots of purple and cream paper lanterns to hang from the marquee roof, Col and my bridesmaids Manda and Sarah spent most of the afternoon hanging them!

My mum made 120 hanging love hearts to hang on the backs of all the chairs. Our guests took these home and it’s so lovely to see them hanging in our friends’ homes. She also dressed our chairs in hessian and lace, they looked so pretty.

a winter wedding at Priory Cottages (c) Helen Russell Photography (52)

a winter wedding at Priory Cottages (c) Helen Russell Photography (56)

We had Cancer Research pin badges as favours as this is a charity close to our hearts. The men had blue ones and the ladies had the Elizabeth Stuart silver leaf pins.

a winter wedding at Priory Cottages (c) Helen Russell Photography (62)

Taste Cuisine provided the food and we went for a real ‘winter warming’ menu for the wedding breakfast. At the evening reception we had a hog roast served with cheese and homemade pickles and chutneys from my parents.

A very close friend of mine, Ronni made our cake. We had fruit cake (to compliment the cheeses at the evening reception) and chocolate cake.  It was decorated with sugar blackberries, maple and oak leaves and wrapped in a fine hessian.

a winter wedding at Priory Cottages (c) Helen Russell Photography (64)

We lit a memory candle at the church which we took back to The Priory and had on a table with photos of our grandparents and those that are sadly longer with us.

I had some daisies incorporated into the flowers and my bouquet in memory of my Auntie Daisy who died of leukemia.

a winter wedding at Priory Cottages (c) Helen Russell Photography (72)

We used Dave Spink Videography, the girls who worked at the wedding were very friendly and professional, I didn’t even know they were around at times, we can’t wait to see the finished DVD.

a winter wedding at Priory Cottages (c) Helen Russell Photography (76)

a winter wedding at Priory Cottages (c) Helen Russell Photography (74)

Without the help of my parents the day that we had wouldn’t have been possible.  They have spent so much time making things and helped to get the venue ready and looking as beautiful as it did.

a winter wedding at Priory Cottages (c) Helen Russell Photography (86)

Howard Wing was our wedding singer- what a legend and absolute gent with an amazing voice and talent to entertain! I came across him on a wedding blog and after speaking with him immediately knew we had to book him. We certainly weren’t disappointed, he had the whole place bouncing before the starters had even finished… I’ve never been at a wedding where people are singing and dancing on the chairs before dinner ends! Brilliant! So many people said ‘best wedding we’ve ever been too!’

We had dance floor rules and flip flops for the ladies, these went down very well…the following morning we found several pairs of shoes left in the marquee!

a winter wedding at Priory Cottages (c) Helen Russell Photography (89)

It’s hard to choose a favourite part of the day. I was so happy that my dad walked me down the aisle as only a week previously he had suffered a heart attack and we were unsure whether he would be able to make the wedding. I bought my dad a hanky and had it embroidered and gave it to him before we left for the church. It said ‘I may have found my prince but you will always be king, thank you for walking with me today’.

Col’s face when I walked down the aisle was priceless, he looked so emotional.

My favourite part of the reception most definitely has to be when Howard had us all doing the Love Train around the marquee before we had even had dessert, even the waitresses got dragged into it… it was fantastic fun.

a winter wedding at Priory Cottages (c) Helen Russell Photography (95)

We chose to go to New York for our honeymoon, having a 10 month old going away for two weeks just wasn’t an option, but thanks to grandparents and aunties and uncles we were lucky enough to have 5 nights away.

We have both always wanted to go, so it was the perfect choice. We loved it. We managed to do almost everything we wanted. We would love to go back one day and check out all the lovely restaurants, bars and of course do some shopping!

a winter wedding at Priory Cottages (c) Helen Russell Photography (101)

My top tip for other Brides Up North is that the day goes so quickly so take some time together, and take a step back (easier said than done) and watch your guests having fun.

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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 white 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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

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keep calm & marry on. a taitlands 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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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

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