Charlotte Balbier
Brides Up North Wedding Fairs

our love story: laura & daniel

November 23rd, 2017 | Aislinn Thompson

An Outdoorsy Engagement Shoot (c) Jessica Stott Photography (14)

We love getting a sneak peak of our future brides and grooms before they tie the knot – seeing them looking so happy in their engagement photographs makes us really look forward to the occasion of their wedding, when we get to pour over yet more delicious images as they begin their married life together.

Today’s gorgeous couple, Laura and Daniel, visited the windswept Thurstaston Common on the Wirral Peninsula for their engagement shoot, where they strolled hand in hand through the rich colours of the heathland and romance was definitely the order of the day. Over to you, Laura…

With images by Jessica Stott Photography.

An Outdoorsy Engagement Shoot (c) Jessica Stott Photography (30)

laura says: Daniel and I met in January 2013 when I started my teaching career. I was covering a maternity post at the school Daniel worked at, also as a teacher. For our first date, we went to a lovely tapas bar in Liverpool called Schmooze.

An Outdoorsy Engagement Shoot (c) Jessica Stott Photography (4)

We got engaged at The Red Fox in Thornton Hough on 16th July 2017. It was a complete surprise! My whole family and best friends knew, as Daniel had asked my dad’s permission on Father’s Day.

An Outdoorsy Engagement Shoot (c) Jessica Stott Photography (6)

I knew Daniel was the one after our first holiday to Milan; it was so amazing and then we started saving for our beautiful house and, with all the excitement, I knew!

An Outdoorsy Engagement Shoot (c) Jessica Stott Photography (18)

We decided to have an engagement shoot because Jess, who shot it, will be taking our wedding photos, so it was a great opportunity to be photographed and see what her pictures of us will be like (they are fantastic!)

The shoot took place at Thurstaston Common, which we chose for the lovely views of the Wirral looking out across to Wales. We loved the session and are going to frame some of the photographs. It has made us so excited for the wedding and to see our wedding photos already!

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our love story: rebekah & rob

October 26th, 2017 | Julia Braime

Our Love Story Rebekah & Rob (c) Stories Of I Do (18)

You know those too-good-to-be-true scenes in romantic films that you never expect to actually happen in real life? Well the proposal story that goes with today’s featured engagement shoot is just like that!

We can’t believe the planning and romantic levels Rob went to in order to make his proposal to Rebekah so incredibly and utterly special. We seriously hope there are more Robs out there for ladies yet to get engaged!

Keen not to spoil the tale, we’ll let Rebekah explain how their love story began and built up to one of the most epic proposals we’ve had the pleasure of featuring on the blog. Rebekah, you’re one lucky lady!

With images by Stories Of I Do.

Our Love Story Rebekah & Rob (c) Stories Of I Do (8)

rebekah says: The engagement was a complete surprise to me. I had just been offered a new job and Rob decided he was taking me away to celebrate. He gave me a list of items to bring and the rest was a mystery.

Our Love Story Rebekah & Rob (c) Stories Of I Do (27)

We arrived at the stunning Patrick Brompton Hall in North Yorkshire, late on Friday night and were greeted by the owners and their beautiful Great Danes; still I had no idea of what was ahead.

The Saturday was a glorious day and Rob drove us to the dales and pulled out some riding boots from the back of his car. He had arranged a horse riding lesson and a trek through the dales (something which I had always wanted to do). We then went to Aysgarth Falls and headed back to Patrick Brompton before dinner.

Our Love Story Rebekah & Rob (c) Stories Of I Do (19)

Just before we left for dinner Rob told me that he had spoken to the owners and we were allowed to look around the grounds as they were away from the house. We walked in front of the beautiful house and down a path framed with trees either side and came to a white door that lead to a walled garden. I opened the door and the sun was shining on a picturesque rose garden and I could see an easel between the roses.

As we walked up to the easel I could see pictures from our time at university, Rob lead me round the box hedge to two more easels filled with pictures of our time together. Here, he knelt down on one knee and asked me to marry him.

Our Love Story Rebekah & Rob (c) Stories Of I Do (3)

Rob arranged for us to have an engagement shoot following the proposal (another surprise to me!). He thought that we would want to remember such a fantastic weekend – and he was right.

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our love story: stephanie & nathaniel

September 27th, 2017 | Julia Braime

Our Love Story Stephanie & Nathanial (c) Chiascuro (28)

We’re escaping to a quiet area of Greater Manchester today, Dovestones Reservoir to be precise, as we share the stunning pre-wedding shoot of gorgeous newlyweds Stephanie and Nathaniel.

Photographer Emmylou of Chiascuro, captured the loved-up couple on a grey and windy day on the water’s edge. The dull weather adds a certain magic to the mystical style backdrop and is instantly warmed up by Stephanie and Nathaniel’s affectionate glances and sweet embraces.

We particularly love the images of Stephanie leading Nathaniel down to the water’s edge hand-in-hand with her beautiful engagement ring fully on show.

Here’s the leading lady herself to fill us in on how their relationship first began and has blossomed since…

With images by Chiascuro

Our Love Story Stephanie & Nathanial (c) Chiascuro (6)

stephanie says: The wedding proposal was a complete surprise. It happened on the edge of a lake in the Lake District on 24th August 2016. It was very unexpected!

Our Love Story Stephanie & Nathanial (c) Chiascuro (3)

We first met on a night out in Cambridge, in November 2013. Nathaniel lived in Peterborough and I lived in Hull so it was a long-distance relationship for the first few years.

For our first date, we went out for a meal and some drinks. It wasn’t true love from the very start but we got on very well and travelled over two hours to see each other every week. We fell in love gradually over time and knew we were right for one another.

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our love story: hettie & tabz

July 10th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

Our Love Story - Hettie & Tabz (c) Paul & Nanda (15)

Today’s wild and windy engagement shoot photos of Hettie and Tabz braving the elements on Lancashire’s Pendle Hill are a heart-warming reminder that love endures all weathers, all climates and all, err, topographical features. The views, the palette, the bobble hat (seriously, that is one fine bobble hat) are simply breath-taking.

Tabz popped the question after a whirlwind eight months together, and knock me down with a blade of Pendle Hill grass if this isn’t the sweetest, most elaborate engagement story you’ll come across this season!

Hettie tells us more…

With photography Paul & Nanda.

Our Love Story - Hettie & Tabz (c) Paul & Nanda (10)

hettie says: On our eight ‘monthiversary’, Tabz said he’d pick me up from work and we’d go out to celebrate. When my mum came to pick me up, I knew something was going on. He’s so adorable about celebrating every month that we’ve been together; I had a feeling that this was it!

So I went on a tour that contained clues in videos to go to special places and get the next clue from significant people in my life. The answer to each clue was a word – and yeah, you’ve guessed it, the words were ‘will’, ‘you’, ‘marry’… which then took us to a church building where loads of my friends and family were waiting. They lined the driveway, corridors and stairs with signs clapping me as I walked through them. In the main room was a band and Tabz at the bottom of the stairs.

I walked down the stairs, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I said “yes” then the band played For Once In My Life (our song) and we had a party with food, drinks and lots of celebratory hugs! It was absolutely brilliant!

Our Love Story - Hettie & Tabz (c) Paul & Nanda (3)

We first met at conferences through The Pais Project, an organisation for Christian gap years (although we now call it ‘The Pairs Project’) At one conference we totally hit it off after I climbed through a window instead of using the door. Apparently, it got his attention…

Our Love Story - Hettie & Tabz (c) Paul & Nanda (8)

Tabz was really busy with work so I ended up planning our first date. I wanted to do a fun, active day – but being pretty sporty, I didn’t want to beat him on the first date, either. We went to a driving range and he hit the ball further than me – phew! We then went to a lovely bistro and wine bar and chatted for hours. We very quickly established that we wanted to be together.

Pretty soon into the relationship we realised how perfect we are for each other and that our paths had crossed for a reason.

Our Love Story - Hettie & Tabz (c) Paul & Nanda (20)

He loves me just as I am and that gives me so much confidence in myself. His love for people and passion for seeing the lives of others filled with love, joy, hope and peace inspires me so much.

We hope that in our marriage we can be a blessing to other people and to show the young people that we work with a positive example of a loving relationship.

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our love story: natalie & sim

July 5th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

Our Love Story - Natalie & Sim (c) Nik Bryant Photography (10)

Today’s couple Natalie and Sim are set to tie the knot this weekend in the beautiful village of Ramsbottom (excited much!). Good luck guys!

In preparation for their big day, they undertook a relaxed engagement shoot that serves up a bucket load of urban magic and smiles aplenty, with the couple posing in stairwells, next to metal gates and seated next to stacks of luggage.

There’s some wonderful pops of colour too; Natalie’s bright yellow anorak and the beautiful pink blossom trees are just two of our highlights. Here, Natalie tells us more about their journey together so far and – as they prepare to walk down the aisle – what they’re most looking forward to as newlyweds.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Nik Bryant Photography.

Our Love Story - Natalie & Sim (c) Nik Bryant Photography (18)

natalie says: We got engaged in Barcelona just after watching the Magic Fountain show. It was a very exciting surprise, though I have to admit that I did have my suspicions!

We’re planning on getting married at The Fisherman’s Retreat in Ramsbottom on 8th July 2017. Not long to go now!

Our Love Story - Natalie & Sim (c) Nik Bryant Photography (21)

We met on a night out in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, which involved a dance off! For our first date, we went back to the Northern Quarter and had such a great night.

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our love story: lindsay & chris

May 22nd, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

Our Love Story Lindsay & Chris (c) Sarah Maria Photography (54)

Let us introduce you to today’s newly engaged couple, Lindsay and Chris.

Keen to document their time together, the couple thought that an engagement shoot would be the perfect opportunity to mark the occasion and, of course, get used to posing in front of the camera lens ahead of their big day in 2018.

The location, Pinewoods near Formby, provides a somewhat atmospheric yet unassuming backdrop, with plumes of smoke injecting the fun factor into the shoot.

Lindsay talks us through the couple’s love story so far…

With images by Sarah Maria Photography.

Our Love Story Lindsay & Chris (c) Sarah Maria Photography (8)

lindsay says: We got engaged earlier this year, on 8th January 2017. We’d gone on a post Christmas and New Year holiday with ten of our best friends to a little cottage in Anglesey. The cottage was awesome and included a hot tub and fire hut.

Chris had done a little research before we went and had been telling me about this awesome lighthouse that he wanted to visit (South Stack Lighthouse) on Holy Island and kept going on about going there, just the two us.

Our Love Story Lindsay & Chris (c) Sarah Maria Photography (29)

We spent the first couple of days relaxing, eating lots of good food, having a few drinks and making the most of the hot tub. On our third day there I could tell Chris was getting a little frustrated that we hadn’t been out anywhere yet so I said, let’s go to the lighthouse this afternoon.

As we drove higher and higher up the cliffs, the fog was getting thicker and thicker and by the time we made it to the visitor’s centre at South Stack, we couldn’t see anything! The lovely lady in the visitor’s centre advised us to drive around to Penrhos Coastal Park, on the opposite side of the island which had a wood and great views of Bae Beddmanarch so we jumped back in the car and set off.

She wasn’t wrong, the view was lovely and Chris ensured we made the most of it, trudging up the hill right to the top to take an ‘arty photo’ of me gazing out over the bay; at which point he told me to turn around and there he was, on one knee with this sparkly ring in his hand! Thankfully, he didn’t do a long winded speech and simply asked me, “Would I marry him?”. I was pretty surprised, had a little cry and then started laughing, and finally said yes!

Our Love Story Lindsay & Chris (c) Sarah Maria Photography (70)

As we drove back to the cottage, Chris told me that pretty much all our friends and family knew he was going to propose because he couldn’t hold it in. I was always sure I’d know when he was going to do it!

A couple of days later we went back to South Stack Lighthouse and the weather was gorgeous and I could see why Chris had wanted to propose there but it didn’t matter to me where we were, I was just so happy!

Our Love Story Lindsay & Chris (c) Sarah Maria Photography (41)

We are getting married on 28th July 2018 at St Helens Town Hall followed by the reception at Rainford Parish Hall.

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