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vintage vows. a picturesque wedding in the lake district – sabine & steven

October 18th, 2016 | Laura McDonagh


The vintage-themed real wedding that we’re sharing today features spectacular views, a relaxed and rustic vibe and a big ol’ slice of pretty.

As well as being mesmerised by the beauty of this wedding it’s also given me a new life goal: to taste a big ol’ slice of pink lemonade cake. Yes, you read that right – pink lemonade cake! What could be more wonderful on an autumnal Tuesday morning?

Photographs by Jenny Winstone Photography.


sabine says: We got engaged at home on Christmas Eve, 2014. Steven cooked us a three course meal and told me that I could open one of my Christmas gifts a day early. I was so excited that I couldn’t wait until we’d finished so he let me open it after the first course. As I tore off the wrapping paper I saw a ring box. He projected a picture of our little boy onto our television screen with the words “Say yes, Mummy” above it, then he got down onto one knee.

Steven has always been one for grand romantic gestures but, as this was our first family Christmas with our six-month-old son Thomas, it really was just perfect. I was quite unwell following complications after childbirth so the fact he wanted to marry me at such a difficult time really meant the world to me; I knew he would be there for us, for better and for worse.

Our wedding date was Sunday 14th August 2016. We chose this date because we love summer, we wanted a weekend and all the Saturdays that month were booked up so we decided a Sunday would work really well.


We got married at The Inn on the Lake: a beautiful hotel with the most spectacular views overlooking Lake Ullswater, in Glenridding, in the Lake District. We love the Lake District, it’s a very special place for us and we love how we can drive an hour-and-a-half from our hectic city life in Manchester and feel a world away with breath-taking views and a more relaxed pace of life.

We were lucky that the weather allowed us to get married outside under the gazebo overlooking the lake. There was also a separate building for the evening reception with a recent and very impressive extension called The Ramblers Bar and Candleroom. We loved the fact that, although our wedding took place at one venue, there were different buildings, sections and huge, stunning grounds.


Theme-wise, our wedding theme was a romantic summer wedding with a vintage vibe. We knew that the surroundings of our wedding venue would provide a romantic feel, plus I love anything and everything vintage and I’m incredibly girly.

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get set, sparkle. ian stuart for a winter wedding at armathwaite hall – emma & mark

September 20th, 2016 | Julia Braime


Today on the blog we have some beautiful inspiration for those of you planning winter weddings as we share the details of Emma and Mark’s big day.

Following an Ikea proposal (don’t worry, he made up for it), Emma and Mark set about planning an atmospheric November wedding, complete with lots of soft candlelight and sparkling décor.

Going all out on the opportunity to wear a big dress, bride Emma chose a stunning Ian Stuart gown with accents of shimmering silver to match both the colour scheme and season. Now that’s what we call a dress with the wow-factor!

With images by Jonny Draper Photography.


emma says: We got engaged in Ikea over meatballs! Honestly! But then we had my engagement ring specially made and Mark surprised me with a trip to London to see the Lion King (I love Disney). He got us box seats and had champagne and chocolates put in the box. It was amazing!

As we loved the idea of a Christmas or winter wedding we set the date for 28th November.


Our chosen venue was Armathwaite Hall in Keswick. We both love the Lake District and when we went to look at venues Armathwaite felt really personal. I like modern venues and Mark likes old fashioned and Armathwaite had the perfect blend of both.

To fit the time of year we went for a sparkly wedding theme (with a hint of Disney!) As we knew it would be dark outside we thought lots of sparkles and candles would look great.


When it came to the colour scheme we knew that we didn’t want everyone in the same colour as we had an unconventional bridal party in that the maid of honour was male and we had female groomsmen. I also wanted each of the bridesmaids to have dresses that suited them, rather than sticking to a certain theme. In the end we went for pale pastel colours accented with a silver shimmer.


I chose to wear an Ian Stuart dress from Ava Rose Hamilton. I instantly fell in love with it. I’d tried on about seven or eight dresses beforehand but none of them made me excited, or felt quite so special. I knew I wanted a big dress – the sort that you can only ever wear on your wedding day – but also wanted something that really suited me. I loved the silver woven into the lace of the dress and that it had a huge skirt but fitted silk body. I never thought I would get a strapless dress but the minute I tried it on I knew it was right.

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our love story: leah & ian

May 3rd, 2016 | Rachel Parry

Our Love Story - Leah & Ian (c) Nicola Helen Photography (3)

This morning we meet husband and wife-to-be Ian and Leah, as they share with us their love story and the results of their stunning engagement shoot. Set to tie the knot in the Lake District later this month (how exciting!), Ian and Leah used their pre-wedding shoot as an opportunity to get comfortable in front of the camera.

We love the varied backdrops that the pretty Yorkshire town of Whitby provided for this shoot – from rugged countryside and coastal shots to sweet cobbled streets and passageways!

With images by Nicola Helen Photography.

Our Love Story - Leah & Ian (c) Nicola Helen Photography (26)

leah says: We got engaged at The Great Langdales, in the Lake District. It was Valentine’s Day last year, which is our anniversary, and Ian had booked a surprise weekend away. He took me to our favourite place to walk ‘Blea Tarn’ in the Langdales. I had no clue he was going to pop the question so when he did, he picked his moment well! The spot where he proposed was perfect and secluded. It was the first time I was lost for words!

We will be returning to The Great Langdales in May for our wedding, which will be held at the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel.

Our Love Story - Leah & Ian (c) Nicola Helen Photography (25)

Ian and I first met when we were set up on a blind date! We met for a drink in the Dickens Inn, Middlesborough, then went to a place called Alfornos for food. It was a little awkward as it was a blind date with no back up to escape if we didn’t like each other! Thankfully we really hit it off and met for a coffee a few days later. The rest is history!

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my world. ronald joyce for a romantic wedding at linthwaite house hotel – lauren & james

March 25th, 2016 | Julia Braime

A Travel Inspired Wedding at Linthwaite House (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (51)

As keen jet-setters today’s bride and groom decided on a subtle travel theme for their fabulous big day, which was held at a stunning hotel in The Lake District.

We love the romantic pink and white colour palette and simple, elegant blooms, but most of all we love Lauren’s dress! Not many brides choose a halter neck design but this bride shows how to pull off the look perfectly.

With images by Bethany Clarke Wedding Photography.

A Travel Inspired Wedding at Linthwaite House (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (21)

A Travel Inspired Wedding at Linthwaite House (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (48)

lauren says: We got engaged while in The Maldives. James had arranged for us to stay the entire holiday in a private house on the beach. One day, after another very relaxing afternoon of snorkelling and relaxing, we went back to the villa to shower and get ready for dinner. He shouted me from the balcony, “Loz! Come and see all the crabs on the sand! There are loads of them!” I quickly wrapped my hair in a towel and ran out to see. I looked at the sand and couldn’t see any crabs. I was confused for a few seconds. Then I read the huge letters, “marry us or wha’?” in the sand; a very funny Teesside proposal!

I immediately cried my eyes out and whipped around to see him on one knee, with the most beautiful engagement ring. It was so personal and so very ‘us’. We’ve not lived in Teesside for years (we now live in Leeds) but often mock each other in that unmistakable accent. The proposal felt so romantic and so very intimate, along with James’s amazing sense of humour. It was utterly perfect.

A Travel Inspired Wedding at Linthwaite House (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (45)

Our wedding was on 30th August 2015. We chose it for practical and sentimental reasons too. We wanted a date where decent weather was most likely, and the end of the summer tends to be when it’s at its best. The end of summer has always been significant for us though as it’s when we had our first date, when we moved to Leeds, into our first house together. The fact it fell on a Bank Holiday meant our friends wouldn’t have to take time off on the Monday sealed the deal for us!

We married at Linthwaite House Hotel, in Windermere. I’d taken James there for an anniversary, years ago. I’d never visited before then but had read incredible reviews of the food. We love our food and wine so it made sense to take him there – and we weren’t disappointed. When it came to selecting a wedding venue, we’d looked around the Lake District but nothing came close to the standard of Linthwaite, both in terms of food, service, setting and décor. We wanted an intimate wedding, where quality was more important than quantity, and that’s exactly what we got.

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ain’t no river wide enough. a ‘plan b’ wedding at rydal hall, ambleside – alice & james

February 10th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Plan B Wedding at Rydal Hall (c) John Hesford (32)

Though we’ve manged to avoid the snow fairly well so far during the winter, the north has certainly been battered by a fair few storms, perhaps most notably Storm Desmond, which struck in December.

I remember seeing the heroic lengths wedding suppliers in the North West were going to in order to get to their brides and feeling for those couples that had been well and truly gate-crashed by Desmond.

Today’s bride and groom were one such couple who braved the storm, determined not to let strong winds or flooding stand between them and their big day – for which we applaud them.

With the help of their suppliers and guests, James and Alice still had, in their words, a “perfect day” as they pulled off a ‘Plan B’ wedding, which included a wedding banquet of fish and chips from the local chippy and an impromptu wedding band, proving there really ain’t no river wide enough!

With images by John Hesford.

A Plan B Wedding at Rydal Hall (c) John Hesford (4)

alice says: We got engaged in June 2015, at Kangaroo Point in Brisbane. We were over there with my sister and a friend, visiting some friends. About ten days in, James drove me to Mount Coot-tha for dinner, then to Kangaroo Point where, out on the rocks down by the river, he dropped down on one knee and pulled out a ring, which he’d brought over from England, and had kept in his coat pocket the whole time for safekeeping.

We got married on December 5th 2015. We thought that six months was about right to plan a wedding.

A Plan B Wedding at Rydal Hall (c) John Hesford (24)

We got married at Rydal Hall in the Lake District. James’ family are based in Rydal and he had lived there for a few years. We wanted to get married somewhere which was significant for us and where we could have all of our guests to stay for the weekend. Rydal Hall and the church on site are beautiful – so we thought that if it did rain or snow then the indoor venues were beautiful enough, even if we couldn’t enjoy the outside! On the day this did end up coming in particularly useful as we got married in the middle of Storm Desmond!

We chose a berry colour scheme because it’s my favourite, and tried to stay clear of a Christmas theme!

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our love story: lizzie & wil

January 19th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

Our Love Story Lizzie & Wil (c) River Medlock Photography (25)

This afternoon on the blog we’re off to the wet and windy Lake District to share the engagement shoot of Brides Up North reader Lizzie, and her husband-to-be Wil.

Though the weather was a little wild these teenage sweethearts managed to keep their cool in front of the camera while their photographer captured some really lovely moments, surrounded by gorgeous autumnal countryside.

We can’t wait to see the results of their big day in October!

With images by River Medlock Photography.

Our Love Story Lizzie & Wil (c) River Medlock Photography (15)

lizzie says: We got engaged on 16th May 2015. We love the Lake District and had decided to go to Windermere to celebrate our ten year anniversary. We had a romantic meal and decided to walk up to Orrest Head (a famous Wainwright viewpoint where you can see the entire length of Lake Windermere) to watch the sunset.

Wil proposed as the sun went down – it was very romantic and a total surprise! We have been together since we were 15 and 16 and, very early on, I made Wil agree that he wasn’t allowed to ask me to marry him until we had been together for at least ten years. The 15-year-old me was obviously super sensible and knew we had a lot of growing up to do. We have made it through finishing high school, college, university, starting our careers, buying our first house and getting kittens and we are stronger than ever. Wil managed to wait for ten years and one day – that was more than long enough! There is a Wainwright quote written at the top of Orrest Head that reads “Those few hours on Orrest Head cast a spell that changed my life” – quite fitting really.

Our Love Story Lizzie & Wil (c) River Medlock Photography (26)

We are having an autumn wedding in Windermere in October 2016 – overlooking the lake once more.

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