August 27th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
Switching the north in place of an overseas destination, today’s featured couple, Steve and Keeley, left their Halifax home behind and headed across the pond to exchange their vows US style in the most iconic of American cities. From the getting-ready pictures against an unmistakeable backdrop of towering New York skyscrapers, to the bridesmaid dresses featuring the New York skyline on the skirt, everything about this wedding screams the Big Apple. If you’re going to have a destination wedding, might as well make it an epic one!
Steve and Keeley certainly made the most of their location, visiting famous landmarks like the Flatiron building and Grand Central Station to have their photographs taken and star in their own New York love story. After sunset, Keeley donned a pair of personalised Converse trainers and danced in Times Square for another unforgettable image to cherish.
They also took a slice of Huddersfield with them to New York, incorporating stars from the Huddersfield Town Crest into their theme and the Huddersfield Town blue, which Steve sports proudly in his handmade suit. At the end of the trip, the guests headed home with their own, personalised New York wine charms made by Keeley as a lovely memento of a day that will no doubt be etched on their memories for many years to come. Tell us more, Keeley…
With images by Photogenick.
keeley says: Steve proposed to me at home after a lovely cooked meal with our favourite band The Drums, playing in the background, who are from New York.
We got married on 29th June 2018. This was our anniversary date of when we got together.
We had our ceremony at the Marriage Bureau, New York City. Our reception was at Sarabeth’s Tribeca in New York. We chose New York because it is a magical city that holds a lot of ties for us: we went there for our first long haul holiday, our favourite band is from there and it’s just a beautiful city. We would definitely recommend the venue if another couple wanted to travel all that way. We were made to feel special and very well informed; even though we were miles away from the venue, they were excellent at communication and provided a great service.
Our theme was Huddersfield Town/Three Stars and New York. Steve is a massive Huddersfield Town fan; he has been attending games since he was two-years-old with his father. I love stars and when I found out Steve has a three-star tattoo on his arm in homage to the three stars on the Huddersfield Town Crest, we knew our stars had aligned and we were meant to be together.
Our colour scheme was blue, for Huddersfield Town, with the bridesmaid dresses being navy blue with the New York skyline on and featuring a yellow waistband, which matched the yellow sunflowers. The bridesmaids’ dresses were from a shop online called Lindy Bop.
When it came to choosing my dress, I used to dance when I was younger and anything floaty and netted I love. When I tried my dress on, I knew it was the one to twirl in. It is a Watters Wtoo design.
I also had a pair of Converse trainers on which I ironed the date of the wedding, the place and our logo – K&S with three stars – in vinyl.
My hair was done by my chief bridesmaid’s mum, Paula, and I did my makeup myself.
July 6th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
Taking romance to the next level, today’s featured couple flew their destination wedding party out to Italy and exchanged their vows against a stunning backdrop often featured in glamorous Hollywood movies and Vogue-style fashion editorials.
The ceremony between Samantha and Alex took place against a glorious view of gently undulating mountains and boats skittering across the impossibly picturesque Lake Como. Travelling in a stylish, vintage boat across the lake must have been a real wow moment! Samantha and Alex chose white as their principle colour, accented with sprigs and swathes of silvery green ruscus and urns blooming with white roses and delicate greenery, for simple and classic décor.
Samantha’s bespoke gown is exquisite, with an incredibly detailed pearl and Swarovski crystal bodice and elegant illusion sleeves; a dramatic V-neck back and beautiful fishtail skirt add to the glamour. It’s the perfect dress for the setting and, holding a bouquet of white and eucalyptus, Samantha is the epitome of elegance.
The couple chose some great special touches to add personality to the day too. Instead of a traditional wedding cake, they went all-out with a buffet-style table offering five delicious Italian desserts for guests to sample. We love the idea of giving out fans at the ceremony to keep guests cool and add to the chic vibe, and Samantha even had personalised flip flops bespoke made for guests to wear as the dancing got underway – the perfect touch for a beach-side wedding we think you’ll agree!
With images by Kristos Kabiotis.
samantha says: We got engaged in October 2015, on Richmond Hill in London. Originally from the north, we have since built a life together in London, and Richmond was the first place we lived together, so is very special to us. Alex made up a story about a business meeting with a client who lives on Richmond Hill and asked if I would come and support him. As we parked up, Alex said the client was running late and suggested we go for a coffee in the café in the gardens. We walked down the steps and I just kept walking, noticing he’d stopped; when I turned, there he was down on one knee. I was in complete shock and there were many tears shed before I said yes!
I was quite emotional as I was due to travel away for a few weeks for work and, as our families both live in the north, we wouldn’t get to celebrate for a while. I tried calling everyone and no one was picking up. Alex said he had booked brunch at High Brasserie Road in Chiswick and, as I walked in, our parents and my brother were all there waiting to celebrate. More tears followed, as you can imagine. We spent the whole weekend celebrating with them (whilst taking advantage of my dad’s DIY skills!).
We got married on 31st August 2017. We chose this date as it was the same date my godparents got married. They couldn’t have children themselves and supported my mum and dad bringing me and my brother up (and now my nephews!), so it was special for them too. Sadly, my godfather passed away whilst I was planning my wedding, so this made it all the more special but also an emotional day for my godmother.
Without a second thought we would recommend these venues to other couples looking to marry overseas. I decided to plan my wedding myself (I must have been mad!) and both venues were fantastic at providing support and help where they could. We didn’t even have chance to visit either venue prior to the wedding (again, people thought we were crazy!) as I travel with work so much, so we put a lot of trust in them. We were not disappointed – they were fantastic and we could tell both venues were absolute professionals at organising weddings and had done it so many times before.
We didn’t have a theme – we let the scenery of the lake be the backdrop and create the style for our wedding. The villa we were married in was a botanical garden, which led a lot of the design and style on my dress, as well as the selection of plain ivory and white flowers that both suited the villa and the simple, chic style of the beach restaurant for the party.
We didn’t have a particular colour scheme either; everything was simple in ivory and whites, from my dress all the way to the wedding invites and menus for the day. I thought the scenery was enough to bring in natural colours and white complemented this for simplicity.
When it came to my bridesmaids, however, I opted for a pale blue dress, not because this was my chosen colour but because when we found the dresses I thought they suited all the girls and thought the colour went so well with the surrounding colours of the lake. They wore a simple, one-shoulder dress, with side floating detail, from a brand on ASOS, along with silver, barely-there high heeled sandals. The two flower girls wore a dress we had made by a seamstress from the same material as the bottom part of my wedding dress.
May 24th, 2018 | Laura McDonagh
It’s holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a short break, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely. Usual service will recommence on Monday 4th June 2018 but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from the first half of the year so far.
Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your real wedding was one of our top picks.
In full on holiday mode now, this morning we’re escaping to a 19th-century chateau in beautiful western France for today’s hugely Pin-worthy real wedding!
Vintage enthusiasts Dick and Angel set about restoring Chateau de la Motte Husson to its former glory and more than three years ago, and today’s bride Helena reports that she fell in love with it immediately. Looking at this veritable wonderland of circus memorabilia, fake taxidermy and eclectic additions (think unicorn heads and butterfly-adorned walls and you’re getting there…), it’s immediately obvious why.
For their magical wedding, Northern couple Helena and Owen chose to decorate the venue with meadow grasses and wildflowers and chose sparkly mismatched gowns for the bridesmaids in delicate shades of oyster grey, gold and pistachio. They ‘ate French’ (beef, baguettes, cured meats, local pork pie and wine) and added a touch of whimsy with hand-embroidered napkins as favours.
In short, the overall effect was sublime and, looking at these pictures, we can’t help but wish we’d had an invitation.
With images by Marie Marry Me.
helena says: We got engaged while on holiday with two of our closest friends in September 2016. We’d hired a car for the day and were exploring the volcanic Nature Park when we stumbled across a hidden beach. Owen asked me to walk over the rock pools so that we could get a photo together – our friend Ben volunteered to take it. As we stumbled across the rocks, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Naturally, I said yes!
Our wedding date was 28th May 2017. We chose it as it was a bank holiday weekend and we knew we wanted to have a weekend full of celebrations!
We got married at Chateau de la Motte Husson in the Pays de la Loire, France. We went to visit the venue in November with our parents and fell in love with it straight away. Dick and Angel, the owners, are the most amazingly accommodating couple and we knew straight away that we would have the most perfect celebration here.
There wasn’t a strict colour scheme. In fact, it took longer to find my bridesmaids dresses than my own! I chose a grey/green for the bridesmaids as it was a colour that all four girls felt comfortable in and suited their different complexions.
I had a bespoke, couture gown made for me by Sarah Willard. Sarah is a ridiculously talented designer and dressmaker based in Staffordshire. When I went to view her gowns with my mum and bridesmaids, she was so friendly and nothing was too much trouble. She spent almost three hours asking questions and listening to us describe the wedding and two weeks later she sent the most beautiful sketches and swatches in the post. It was a very easy decision to choose Sarah’s dress.
Owen wore a blue Hugo Boss suit, a white shirt and a red tie gifted to him by my dad. He bought two suits and chose to wear this one on the day as it was slightly less heavy than the other. It was around 27 degrees, so pretty warm for a suit!
February 27th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
As always, we’re setting our compass to ‘up north’, but we’re skipping across the Irish Sea this time to this stunning autumnal wedding in County Wicklow that has all the countryside feels.
Roisin and PJ tied the knot last year at the supremely sophisticated Tinakilly Country House in Ireland, described as a Victorian mansion by the sea. The venue has the most exquisite of backdrops to match its fabulous location. And – perfect for guests flying in from England – the venue is a mere 45-minutes from Dublin.
Unusually for our couple, their colour scheme centred on the groom’s brown tweed suit – a refreshing change from the bridesmaids’ dresses taking the lead! They decided to pair this earthy shade (perfect for their country setting, if we do say so ourselves) with the most gorgeous of purple tones that really pops against the pared back setting.
Tying in with this colour palette, the floral arrangements consisted of beautiful purple blooms and white orchids – and as you’ll see, this created the dreamiest of surroundings for a truly elegant look.
If you’re in the throes of planning your very own country wedding, we think you might be borrowing some of the wonderful details from Roisin and PJ’s special day. Read on for all the inspo!
With images by Photogenick
roisin says: We got engaged on New Year’s Eve while in Sydney, Australia. We were on a rooftop watching the fireworks and then PJ got down on one knee.
We tied the knot on 14th October 2017. It was two weeks after PJ’s birthday and two weeks before mine. It also coordinated well with my work commitments of year-end!
We got married at Tinakilly Country House in County Wicklow, Ireland. It wasn’t too far from where our parents are from. Plus, our English guests could conveniently get to the venue from Dublin airport!
We didn’t have a particular theme or style, although we knew we wanted brown tweed suits and used this as the basis for our brown and purple colour scheme. Purple is our favourite colour and combined with the brown suits – we thought these shades worked well for autumn.
My embellished A-Line dress was purchased from The Bridal Suite in West Bridgford, Nottingham. I chose this particular dress mainly because I wanted a gown with pockets! The bridal shop is run by twin sisters who are so nice and friendly, and they didn’t apply pressure unlike some of the other shops I visited.
The groomsmen wore the same suits but with plain purple ties, also from Slaters. As for my bridesmaids; they wore light gold dresses from Jenny Packham at Debenhams.
December 7th, 2017 | Julia Braime
The official advent countdown to Christmas is on, and we have our chocolate-filled calendars half eaten with our thoughts firmly fixed on the seasonal celebrations to come.
As part of our December plans we always like to squeeze in a festive mini-break, whether it be in the UK or slightly further afield for some alternative Christmas shopping, traditions, food – and, of course, drink!
On our getaway radar this year is France, as it offers a complete change of scenery and is easy, affordable and quick to get to with flights, ferries and trains all travel options.
For you brides-to-be a French festive jaunt could also double-up as an opportunity to scope out the country as a possible location if you’re considering a destination wedding, or it could be an ideal minimoon location to check out if you’re delaying your main honeymoon until later in 2018/19. And as one of the most romantic places in the world, a trip here could be the perfect celebration for the newly-engaged among you, or perfect downtime for those of you that have been caught up in the craze of wedding planning for much of the year.
So, if like us, you’re tempted – what area will you pick, where will you stay and what will you do? Well, as this is a Christmas trip we’d want a grand yet cosy setting where we can envisage ourselves curled up with a glass of something mulled or sparkling, we’d also like it to be peaceful and picturesque though close enough to a city, so we can experience the seasonal culture of the country. One such place that ticks all these boxes is Château Bouffémont – a stunning French chateau, large enough that you could extend the invite to friends or family and have yourself a very merry Christmas at this incredible abode.
For those enchanted by the thought of its perfectly manicured grounds sprinkled with snow and who can almost hear the crackling sound of the lit fireplace from here; this dream chateau is available for a two-night Festive Season Break Package enabling you to enjoy exclusive – yes, exclusive – use of the Château Bouffémont and its grounds, together with an assortment of winter activities for you and your chosen Christmas squad.
You can make yourselves right at home, enjoying drinks by the fire, festive films and games in the lounge and fine food at the dining table. Though the French culinary traditions maybe different to those in the UK, they still like to go all out at this most wonderful time of the year. For example, in France, Christmas Eve is the day when the biggest festive meal is enjoyed in most households, with oysters and/or foie gras on the menu, followed by turkey, often with chestnut stuffing and cheese, and finally dessert of fancy log ice cream or sponge and chocolate.
And when it comes to venturing out, Château Bouffémont is situated just 30 kilometres from the centre of Paris, meaning you can schedule a trip to the ‘city of lights’ into your itinerary – what could be more Christmassy than that?! You can marvel at the jaw-droppingly beautiful illuminations, immerse yourself in the festive markets, admire the stunning festive window displays at the Galeries Lafayette department store during some serious shopping, get your skates on at the ice rink outside the Hotel de Ville, or head to Place de la Concorde for a sight of the spectacular Big Wheel. And if that wasn’t enough, you can find out more about what’s planned for the festive period in Paris at the official website of the French capital’s Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Sounds even better than a scene from The Holiday right? So, we say dig out the passports, get your nearest and dearest that you’d want to spend a magical mini-break with involved, and get booking. We’ll see you on the other side of the English Channel!
October 18th, 2017 | Rachel Parry
Though we’ve had some unseasonably mild days of late, we have to say that our summer holidays are but a distant memory at this point in the year. We’re therefore delighted to be spending this morning basking in the details of Elizabeth and John’s gorgeous Spanish wedding.
Leaving their Cheshire home behind, this sun-loving couple jetted off to Arroyo de la Miel, for a fairy-tale castle style ceremony followed by an open-air golf course reception.
In a nod to the setting, Elizabeth and John’s big day featured an abundance of white blooms, tapas, paellas and, of course, sangria!
So, sit back, relax and bring on the sunshine! Just be warned, viewing this post may result in an irresistible urge to book your next European excursion…
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Lee Brown Photography.
elizabeth says: John proposed while we were on a cruise for his parents 60th birthdays after first getting Paul (my dad) drunk and asking for his permission (he was more than happy for John to take me off his hands!) John’s family were all in on the surprise, concealing the ring and putting petals and champagne in our room. It was a big surprise – so much so that John had to push me into the room to stop me from talking!
We set the date for Saturday 29th July 2017, with the wedding taking place in Spain. I’ve been visiting Benalmadena for summer holidays since I was a baby and John and I have enjoyed several family holidays together in Spain over the years too.
Our ceremony was held at Castillo de Colomares in Arroyo de la Miel Pueblo. We chose this location after talking with Liz Wilkinson, the celebrant who married us. She mentioned the venue and we fell in love with it instantly. All our family and friends said it was like a fairy-tale castle so it seemed the perfect setting.
Our reception was held at the nearby Torrequebrada Golf Club. My dad often plays golf here and had friends who are marshals at the club. The golf club is gorgeous and it seemed the perfect summer venue to have the reception.
We wanted the wedding to be typically Spanish so we had white flowers everywhere, our tables were named after our favourite restaurants and bars in Arroyo de la Miel. We had tapas as our starters for our wedding breakfast, three different paellas for a main course, and Spanish omelette, serrano ham and Manchego cheese for our evening snack. Our welcome drinks were San Miguel beer and sangria.
The wedding theme colours were white and blue. Our bridesmaid dresses were pastel blue and the groom and groomsmen outfits were navy and white. All decorations at the venue were white, including the chair covers and flowers.
The wedding dress I chose was called Snowdrop by designer Amanda Wyatt. I bought my dress from a shop near home, called The Cheshire Wedding House. The lady in the shop suggested this particular dress, I loved it! It held me in all the right places and I actually felt like a beautiful bride.
John decided he didn’t want to go down the traditional three-piece suit option, he knew how hot it gets in Spain in July and decided on a smart short combination. He picked smart Tommy Hilfiger navy shorts for himself, his best man and all his groomsmen. John then ordered seven made-to-measure shirts from a website called iTailor. John was able to pick exactly what style and colour he wanted for the shirts. John and his best man wore matching brogue loafers from John’s favourite shoe shop, Goodwin Smith.
My bridesmaids wore pastel blue Grecian style bridesmaid dresses from YS Dress in Stockport. They also wore matching earrings and necklaces, which were gifts from John and me.
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