October 28th, 2014 | Julia Braime
I’m trying to embrace the season – hollowing pumpkins, fur lined boots, fireworks parties and thoughts drifting to Christmas lists… and then a wedding like this drops into my inbox.
Vicky and Matthew, what are you trying to do to me? Let’s soak up some sun, as we join this lucky Manchester based couple for their stunning destination wedding on the white isle.
No hard feelings. Not many, at least.
Images by Brides Up North Sponsor James Tracey Photography.
Vicky says: Matt proposed to me on a random Wednesday evening in August 2013. Matt took me by surprise and decided he would take me out for tea and an overnight stay in Manchester, this immediately roused suspicions but I continued pretending I had no idea. After dining at Australasia, Matt took a me back to the Great John Street Hotel – At this point I believed the proposal was not going to happen, but on arriving back to the room I found rose petals scattered on the bed and a bottle of champagne and strawberries awaiting me arrival. Needless to say tears of joy flowed and more alcohol was consumed.
We were married on Wednesday 27th August 2014 at Elixir Shore Club in Cala Codolar, Ibiza. After doing a 3 day long recce of our favourite Island (somewhere we frequent regularly) we settled on our final appointment ‘Elixir’. Not only were we blown away by the views (tears flowed again) but Vickki who was both the owner and in charge of running the venue, was the most welcoming, friendly person we had encountered so far.
We wanted our wedding to be relaxed and informal to suit the Ibizan vibe. After losing my father in 2013, I decided I would prefer a very informal affair where friends and family could come together and celebrate the event without it being a stifling ‘traditional English’ wedding.
We opted for bright colours so they would stand out against the Ibiza beach backdrop.
I decided to wear something light and comfortable, particularly with the time of year and the obvious heat expected in Ibiza. As it happened, our wedding day apparently reached temperatures of 43 degrees.
I purchased my dress from Bride by Swarbricks in Middleton. The dress is named the Pronovias ‘Pelicano’. The lady who looked after me also holidays in Ibiza every year so we had a lot to talk about during the fitting stages.
Matthew wore a powder blue cotton suit from Next, ideal for warm temperatures. The best man and ushers wore the same suit in a different colour.
James Tracey was our photographer as recommended by friends. We were blown away by his images of our friend’s wedding, particularly the contemporary edginess and just knew we had to book him.
All flowers were silk and created by Nicola Knight in York. All our guests brought a bunch of flowers with them, along with copper sprayed Kilner jars for the flowers to sit in on the tables. We gave away the flowers at the end for guests to keep as a memory.
All the decoration on the day was completed by family and friends, Molly, Phil and Amanda Newton, Rosie and some serious ribbon tying from Steven Grainger.
Our favours were created by Echo Designs and consisted of handmade hanging hearts with printed maps of Ibiza on them.
We opted for a very laid back cake, a favourite of ours, a Victoria Sponge made by my sister in law Molly in a villa microwave oven – it took a few attempts but tasted delicious!
We chose the luxury wedding BBQ as arranged by Elixir and we can honestly say it’s the best food we have ever tasted and many of our guests agreed. The BBQ was served as a buffet style again taking on a more relaxed feel to the day.
My mum pre-recorded her own performance of ‘All of Me’ by John Legend which was played as we walked back up the aisle. We prepared all other music ourselves and had a DJ, Steve later in the evening who was recommended by Elixir.
We used Kids in Ibiza to look after children who cared for the children perfectly. One of the guests was stunned to see her daughter being pushed around in her push chair by the babysitter so she was able to eat her evening meal. A close friend Heidi Heywood, prepared children’s party bags for the kids which they loved!
Una, who manages the weddings at Elixir, paid perfect attention to every single detail and everything ran so smoothly we couldn’t have asked for anyone better. We would 100% recommend our venue to anyone looking to enjoy a wedding on the White Isle.
We have just returned from a two week honeymoon, which consisted of one week touring Sri Lanka and one week in the Maldives on the island of Kuramathi. We had a cultured week in Sri Lanka then a week where we truly relaxed in the Maldives where we had the opportunity to snorkel with tropical fish and sharks.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t sweat the small stuff (or big stuff) and enjoy every minute.
October 6th, 2014 | Rachel Parry
Image via floridianweddings.com, photography by J Layne Photography
Monday. Hatching an escape plan? Us too.
While we’re obviously huge advocates of Northern couples staying true to their roots and getting hitched in the upper areas of the UK, we know there are those brides and grooms that crave a total change of scenery for their big day.
This desire paired with a better chance of dry, warm weather is what often leads couples to pack-up their plans and head overseas. While it may feel like they’re embarking on one of the most exciting holidays of their lives, destination couples will find opting a wedding in a foreign country means planning to perfection and from a distance.
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In order to make it work research and organisation are key. If executed well, the result can be a fabulously laid-back big day in a dreamy destination that makes all the hard work worthwhile. If not, it may resemble an episode of some holiday horrors type programme.
So for those flirting with the idea of being a jet-set-bride, here’s a few tips to help make the journey less turbulent.
Image via bridalmusings.com, photography by Ruby Yeo Photography
The location of your wedding should reflect something about you as a couple – whether it be the destination where you got engaged, a country with a culture you both adore, or a beach resort because you both love the sun, sea, sand and erm, sangria. The chosen destination is also likely to influence the mood and themeing of your big day. Distance is important to bear in mind too. A European destination for example will be a lot easier and cheaper for you to visit in the run up to your wedding than say an American location. It will also be quicker and cheaper for your guests to travel to.
Image via theknot.com, photography by Eye Wonder Photography
Look into the peak and off-peak times to travel to and stay in your chosen area as this will help you figure out what costs both you and your guests will be facing. Also, be aware of changing weather conditions that different countries encounter throughout the year – the last thing you want to do is book a wedding in Mexico in the midst of hurricane season.
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When it comes to tying the knot overseas think of a wedding planner as a fairy godmother – you need someone you can trust to help your dreams come true. A planner should know the area like the back of their hand and therefore can advise you on everything from locations and venues to marriage laws and local cuisine. Hopefully they’ve also got a bulging contacts book of recommended suppliers that they have built up great relationships with so can get you great services at competitive prices. Bottom line is it’s highly comforting and less stressful to have a direct point of contact at the place of the wedding who can answer those niggling questions at the drop of a hat.
This really is a must, and several trips would be ideal. On your first visit you could meet with your wedding planner to make sure you feel comfortable leaving part of the planning in their hands. You could also visit different locations, venues and suppliers to help make key decisions about your day. Going once at the time of year you plan to wed is also helpful to experience the climate firsthand which may sway your decisions on food, drink and outfit choices. On any further visits you could check in with your planner, revisit suppliers for tastings/design updates and source local hair and beauty stylists.
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Apart from the obvious travel and accommodation costs for a wedding celebration that will span beyond a single day, there may be a few other costs to take on board. It may be the case that the destination you chose only allows certain types of ceremonies that you don’t qualify for and therefore you will need to do the legal part in the UK before or after. While for some couples this might just consist of a quick trip to the registry office, others might also want to add on a wedding party back home, particularly if many family and friends were unable to make trip. There’s also likely to be extra baggage costs to squeeze in all your attire and décor, plus you might choose to take a UK supplier, such as a trusted photographer, along with you. In which case there is their travel and accommodation to factor in.
Image via everylastdetail.com, photography by Meg Baisden
Image via stylemepretty.com, photography by Amy Bennett Photography
Booking people for a few days rather than a few hours requires some forward planning. Send out save the dates 12 months in advice if possible and be aware that some of your nearest and dearest may have to decline as their finances just won’t stretch to an overseas trip. Plenty of forewarning also makes it easier for your guests to book the necessary time needed off work.
Image via stylemepretty.com, photography by Peggy Picot
The best thing about a destination wedding is that it’s an adventure and getaway for all involved. Arriving a few days ahead of the main event means guests can kick-back and enjoy their surroundings so they’re laid-back but up for a good time when the wedding arrives. Following the big day it’s nice for newlyweds to have time alone together as Mr and Mrs, so if your guests chose to stick around for a few days why not book a little break in a different location to ensure your honeymoon isn’t hi-jacked.
July 10th, 2014 | Julia Braime
Those of you who thought you needed a holiday before checking in with Brides Up North this morning? You’re going to need one even more now. No apologies from me – scratch the favours off the to do list and book a mini break instead. Your hubby or wife to be will only thank you for it. Trust me.
This morning we journey to the Amalfi Coast in Italy (a hotspot firmly on my own travel to-do list) to celebrate Emily and Sam’s sun bleached wedding day. This home grown Leeds couple decided to forgo any chance of rain on their wedding day in exchange for La Dolce Vita. Doesn’t sound like a bad idea to me at all.
Emily says: Sam and I were celebrating our six month anniversary and we had day full of activities such as rock climbing, a game of tennis and then a romantic Italian meal. Sam seemed a bit shifty and ordered sparkling water (which he hates!) and then he suggested a walk around Roundhay Park (where we went on one of our first dates) to walk our dinner off.
The night was so still and beautiful. We sat on a bench and that’s where he proposed and pulled a bottle of champagne from underneath the bench with two glasses (which he planted earlier in day). Fireworks then started going off over the lake, set of by his two best friends! It was just simply perfect.
We were married on 31st July 2013. We wanted a wedding in the summer in Italy and as most of my friends and family are teachers it seemed a perfect time!
We chose Ravello Town Hall Gardens, Italy. We saw the Amalfi Coast in a holiday brochure whilst on another holiday and said to each other that it would be an amazing place to get married. So when Sam proposed we just knew that was the place. So six months later we flew over to view possible wedding venues. The gardens was the last place after a very long day. The view just blew us away and we booked it there and then.
We decided on a pure Italian classic theme. Our car was an Italian vintage car, our table names were Italian cities, the food was all traditional Italian, with Italian cake and wine! We immersed ourselves in our love of Italy!
We chose pale blues for our bridesmaids and groomsmen to blend in with the sea and coastline, and whites for table settings and flowers with hint of vintage creams. We wanted our decor to fit in with the scenery.
One person who was sadly missed on the day was my Mum.
My mother was sadly diagnosed with terminal cancer four days before we flew out to get married. My mother, stepdad, and two sisters stayed in England to support my mum as she was very unwell. Our friends and family pulled together to organise a blessing back in England after we cut our honeymoon short so that my mum and sisters could attend.
I always thought that I would wear lace! After trying many dresses on I fell in love with about six and all were so different! I felt so confused about what I wanted. Then I tried one on at my best friend’s mum wedding shop and it just felt right. Layers and fitted, I knew it would look perfect in the setting.
Sam wore a light blue tailored suit. It was lovely and light.
I carried a bouquet of white roses (my favourite and also my middle name) from a local Amalfi florist.
Sarah Beth Photography flew over to Italy to shoot our wedding. I knew Sarah from a previous job and thought her images were amazing! We met up and discussed ideas and I knew they would be perfect. Sarah and Tom (who assisted her on the day) were a massive part of our holiday and day and have since been booked for four weddings through my friends as they saw the fabulous photos they took!
The wedding was truly beautiful and breath-taking. It was simple, classic and romantic – our whole theme for the day. The local people were so friendly and clapped as we walked past.
March 17th, 2014 | Julia Braime
If you haven’t already come across Lisa and Alex’s cool story and accompanying blog, you are in for a treat this afternoon.
Get lost in their blog at 2 People 1 Life to find out more (they tell it better than I do!) but in brief, their tale goes a little like this. Off on their travels, Lisa and Alex – the indecisive duo that they are – decided to have a wedding ceremony in every country they visit in search of the perfect place to tie the knot. They are touring the globe in their 27 year old camper van ‘Peggy’ exchanging vows in the most unusual and unique wedding locations that they can find and embracing the culture and customs of each stop on their journey. At the end of the trip they will pick their favourite place and go back to officially tie the knot, inviting everyone they have met along the way.
So, just a little bit cool then.
When I met Lisa and Alex at our #weddinghourlive Halloween Party back in October, we clicked right away and whilst Alex helped me stuff almost 200 party bags for our guests, Lisa and I talked weddings. Turns out its a mutual favourite subject. What d’you know?
Today I’m thrilled to share my favourite (so far!) of their days with you, as we tag along with this Mancunian duo the the Emerald Isle…
With images by Poppies & Me.
Lisa says: We got engaged in 2011 at a local restaurant with all of our family there. It was our leaving party as we were setting off on a trip around the World!
The Irish wedding was our 41st wedding (!) and was on April 9th 2013.
We got married at Doonberg Lodge – a amazing venue with its own private beach and incredible golf course. The restaurant serves all locally sourced food and it is stunning!
We followed traditional Irish themes from braiding my hair to a handfasting ceremony, the magic hanky, belles, even down to wearing a blue dress and exchanging Claddagh rings. For an explanation of all these themes click here.
We were driven to the ceremony on the beach in the photographers jeep…it was a bumpy ride and we had a great laugh driving across the sand!
I originally had a dress custom made in the US but it got returned to sender at the last minute and Lindsay from House of Hannah managed to find me a replacement from H&M of all places, it was meant to be!
The floral focus was on my crown which was made entirely of olive branches. I had a bouquet of olive too for the pictures, I loved its simplicity.
My favourite part of the day was the ceremony. I cried the entire time. Our Celebrant Dara Molloy’s words were so true, so deeply meaningful and incredibly touching. Saying I Do to Alex for the 41st time was like it was the very first time all over again!
We focused on the pale blue of the dress and just had very neutral earthy shades throughout. My flowers were wild flowers but mainly olive branches to keep it all paired down. Our stationery by Farrell and Chase was clean, simple and stylish and presented with olive branches and rosemary too.
We were invited to a small house on the grounds of the Lodge were a group of local singers sang and played guitar, smoked us fish on the open fire and had us all up and dancing Irish style!
Our cake was no ordinary cake. It was a masterpiece! Samantha from Cloudberry Bakery created something that looked amazing with flowers handmade in icing and coloured to match my dress and one tier completely covered in gold leaf. And when we cut it…oh my! Guinness and Chocolate cake is sent from heaven above!
All of the traditions made our day incredibly special and the cake just blew our minds it was so beautiful I didn’t want to eat it… until I did and then I wanted it all!
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that the team of people you work with to help you create your wedding day are so incredibly important and can make or break your day. If you get on well with your team, nothing can go wrong and they can become very special guests on the actual day.
Our Irish wedding team included: Photography; Poppies and Me | Planning; Fly Away Bride | Styling; House of Hannah | Videography; Show and Tell | Venue; The Lodge at Doonbeg | Celebrant; Dara Molloy | Flowers; Wild | Stationery; Farrell and Chase | Hair; Upstyle Junkie | Make Up; Kerry Make-Up Artist | Cakes; Cloudberry Bakery | Menswear; Salingers and Miss Daisy Blue | Blue Wedding Dress; H&M
Congratulations Lisa & Alex!
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February 12th, 2014 | Julia Braime
With snow forecast across the North this morning, it’s only fair that we brighten things up around here with this dreamy Real Wedding from the white isle of Ibiza. Loose the woollies, it’s time to soak up some sunshine with Sarah and John on their romantic wedding day.
Anyone thinking of planning a holiday?
With images by Emma Hillier Photography.
Sarah says: On Valentine’s Day 2011 in Dubai whilst on holiday, we arranged to visit the observation gallery at the Burj Khalifa at sunset. John had planned to propose there until I invited a couple of mates along and that killed that idea off so he did it in the morning instead, with a heart chocolate from Thornton’s iced with “Marry Me?” that he took from the UK. I won’t begin to explain how difficult it was for him to keep it cold so it didn’t melt!
We were married on 11th May 2013 at Paissa D’en Bernat, near San Jose, Ibiza. We both love Ibiza and visit a couple of times a year as John is a DJ and plays out there every summer.
We have three children and wanted a venue that would accommodate them when they had had enough and needed to sleep, so a villa seemed the perfect choice! We looked at about 12, we found PDB at around villa 8 and immediately knew it was the one!
I wanted the day to feel romantic and hopefully that translated with the invites, the décor, the dress and the surroundings. We chose a colour scheme of ivory, mocha, dusky pink and chocolate.
I chose a dress called Geneva by Maggie Sottero. She is well known for doing amazing corsets and I wanted something well fitting, elegant and in keeping with the theme and venue. I think the dress was perfect for that.
My bouquets were silk and were made by my mum who is super creative! She wanted to do something personal for us and this was perfect. She also created the bridesmaids bouquets and decorated the pergola area in which we married, she is so talented!
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