February 28th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
Could there be anything more special than hosting your wedding reception in a friend’s garden? Today’s couple did exactly that – and we simply adore everything about their laid-back and very personal day.
Hayley and Gary exchanged their vows at the most picture-perfect, quaint church, before heading onto a close friend’s house to celebrate inside a beautiful marquee decorated with paper lanterns.
We think this might just be country chic at its very best.
Images by Kimberley Waterson Fine Art Photography
hayley says: Gary proposed on 23 November 2014 in Grand Central Station, New York.
Firstly, Gary surprised me with the trip to New York. I knew I was travelling overseas, I just didn’t know where that was until we arrived at the airport. I even carried my engagement ring in my hand luggage without realising!
Little did I know until after the proposal that Gary had been having a nightmare with his three chosen locations for where to propose, due to TV film crews, swarms of seagulls, children throwing food, and busy crowds in unexpected areas. We eventually arrived at Grand Central Station in the afternoon where he made an amazing job of asking me to be his wife!
We got married two years later on Saturday 27 August 2016. We always knew we wanted to have the wedding on a bank holiday. In order to plan and save for the day properly we picked this month. We also hoped for sunshine with it being in the summer!
Although we are both originally from Co Durham in the North East, Gary’s work has taken him to the south. We decided to get married in the small local church in Lindsell, Essex. This is where Gary now works and lives. We then had the wedding reception in Gary’s employer and very close friend’s garden at his home.
Gary is a professional carer for individuals with spinal injuries. He works and lives with the man who he cares for. Martin, or Tiny as everyone knows him, is a very special person to both of us. His extended generosity to hold the wedding at his home is precedent for the loving and caring man he is. He is very much like a father figure to us both; so much so that he provided the Father of the Bride/Groom speech on the day – and did a fantastic job!
The main wish for our day was for everyone to be as relaxed as possible and to have fun. We therefore adopted a theme for our day of an informal garden party. Our chosen style was vintage country.
The main colours for the day were mint green, dusky pink and gold. I always imagined these colours would work well together and we both agreed these complimented the vintage country style.
I wore a bridal gown named Elsa from designer Eliza Jane Howell, purchased from Kathryn S Trueman Bridal and Occasions in Morpeth. I initially did not have a preference for a style or shape of dress. I wanted to find something I could move around and eat in – and something unique!
After trying on lots of dresses, I knew I wanted something with a higher neckline and coverage on my arms. This designer has such a 1920s vintage style and this particular dress was lightweight, with a soft sequin covering, small train, ¾ batwing sleeves and high neckline – perfect! I knew it was the one when my mam cried when she saw me wearing it. I felt like a perfect bride!
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January 13th, 2017 | Rachel Parry
Here at Brides Up North we make no secret of the fact that we love an outdoor wedding – hence our WEDFEST’17 tour of festival style wedding fairs! As such, we’re super thrilled to be introducing our new Sponsor Special Event Tipis, to the blog today.
Set up and run by husband and wife team David and Kate following their own tipi wedding, these two know first-hand how effective a striking tipi can be in providing a wow-factor setting for a couple’s special day.
With bases in both Cumbria and Northumberland, the Special Event Tipis team provide fun and distinctive tents for weddings of all sizes and themes, and have an impressive stock of interior items, – such as Chesterfield sofa, antler chandeliers and fire pits – to help make each big day truly unique (and they’ve a special offer for Brides Up North readers… read on!)
Here to tell us more about their stunning structures is the lovely Kate.
Can you give us a little overview of Special Event Tipis and how the business first started?
kate says: Special Event Tipis was established in 2011 after our own tipi wedding. We wanted an intimate atmosphere mixed with the wow-factor. Our special day was a one-off occasion and we wanted it to be magical!
The tipis were the perfect solution and provided us with the quirky, fun and unique venue that we wanted. It truly was the best day of our lives and we have now helped more than 300 couples plan their perfect day
We are very much client led and can be involved as much or as little as is needed; from simply providing the structures through to organising a full wedding package including styling, catering and bar services.
In your opinion, why do tipis make a great option for weddings?
The warmth and atmosphere created by the tipis is just so special! They are really versitile structures and they make for great parties! Whether you want to bring the outside in during the summer months or cosy up with warm skins and open fires on a winter’s evening, our tipis provide a warm neutral space for you to unleash your individuality.
What types of tipis do you offer?
We stock three different types of tipi structures – the Giant Hat, the Kung and the Nimbus.
By linking our Giant Hats and Kung structures together we can create a variety of diverse and interesting spaces! The floor plan gallery on our website gives a really good indication of guest capacities, as well as ideas on how best to optimise the space inside the tipis.
The Nimbus structure is a standalone mini tipi perfect for bar’s, photoboooths, pamper areas – the possibilities are endless!
How many guests can your tipis cater for?
We cater for events of any size; from intimate wedding parties of 25, to large corporate events. The largest event we have done to date, was 16 tipis for 2,000 guests at a Bank of New York’s sponsorship event.
Can the tipis be used for weddings all year round or are they just available during certain seasons?
We work all year round and offer great deals on out of season events (October to the end of April). David and our crew are experienced in working in all types of weather and we stock everything needed to make a winter event perfect.
Do you offer extras, such as toilets and heating, to make hiring a tipi a simpler option for brides and grooms?
We stock our own heaters and can organise toilets and generators from excellent and reputable companies at no extra cost to the client. We also have excellent links with venues, caterers, florists, photographers and all things bridal!
What other extras do you offer in terms of decoration, and how can these help couples to personalise/theme their weddings?
We love finding new and interesting items for our tipis. Our wine box bar, tree trunk table (a hollow tree trunk shaped like a heart and filled with fairy lights), wine barrel seats and carnival lighting are bespoke pieces made just for us. Our real Chesterfield sofa, antler chandeliers and crate tables are also really popular. Wherever possible, we try to upcycle interesting bits and pieces that are not only quirky, but that fit in with the look and feel of the tipis.
Our lighting packages are also really special and help to create an amazing atmosphere. Lighting is such an important part of the structures and is an area that we are continually developing.
Do you offer brides and grooms inspiration and advice on how to style the tipi and do you dress the tipi as part of the service?
We love getting involved with the dressing side of things, from simply chatting through ideas to full event styling.
December 9th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
Ladies, picture the nightmare scene – you’ve had your heart set on a particular wedding gown for years only to find that the designer as stopped producing it by the time it comes to planning your big day. Then imagine the delight when the designer offers to have a one-off of the dress especially made for you. Too good to be true, right? That’s what we thought, but for today’s real bride this was the reality when top British bridalwear designer Suzanne Neville had a discontinued design specially made for her.
So let’s get straight into Laura and Jonathon’s big day to see that super-special dress in action…
With images by Toni Darcy Photography.
laura says: We got engaged after ten years of being together in October 2015. Jonathan took me to Paris for a surprise weekend, I didn’t know where I was going until I got to the gate at Manchester Airport! Even after finding out we were going to Paris I had no idea he would propose, we had been together so long and I had always talked about getting engaged that I sort of resigned myself to the fact we might not get married for another ten years! On the second night in Paris after a lovely meal we walked over the bridge of the river Seine, stopped to take a selfie with the Eiffel Tower lit up behind us and there Jonathan got down on one knee! I later found out that he had the ring in his pocket all day whilst we were busy sightseeing, waiting for the perfect opportunity to pop the question!
We decided that we weren’t going to wait for years to get married, I had always known what type of wedding I wanted and we both agreed to get it moving for spring 2016. We looked at only one venue, we both wanted a marquee wedding reception and so The Inn at Whitewell, Clitheroe, was just perfect, we didn’t want to look anywhere else. The reason for the date was simply because we wanted to get married in the spring and the only Saturday available was 21st May, so that was booked and was to be the date of our big day!
We have both visited The Inn at Whitewell many times, it has beautiful surroundings and is just a gorgeous setting. We really wanted a marquee reception and to get married in church. The Inn is coupled with St Michaels Church, Whitewell, and just happens to be right next door to the venue. Perfect!
We didn’t have a set colour scheme as such, I had pale pink and soft golds in my invites, cake and decor in the venue, but chose navy blue for the men and girls in the wedding party.
October 24th, 2016 | Emma Davis
Today’s real wedding couple chose to focus their plans on the elements that mattered most to them, allowing them to spend the majority of their time and money on the things that reflect them best.
From personal food choices, to live music and explosive evening entertainment, guests were treated to a truly special day that suited Harry and Cat’s style perfectly!
Images by Jenny Maden
harriet says: We got engaged in September 2015 whilst on our favourite walk. At the top of the hill on the route the views are amazing – suddenly the peaks and surrounding countryside unfolds. It was there that Catherine proposed to me. We celebrated our engagement at the local pub with a pie and a pint. It was perfect!
We had our legal wedding ceremony on 11th August at Sheffield Town Hall, and then had our blessing and reception with friends and family on 13th August.
The blessing was at Bolsterstone Village Hall followed by a reception in tipis, provided by Totally Tipi, at Lazy Daisy’s Farm in Langsett. The venue was important to us as we wanted somewhere near to where we live and somewhere with a down to earth and natural charm. On viewing both of these venues we loved them immediately. Both Bolderstone Village Hall and the village itself are incredibly charming, and living nearby meant we know them well. Perhaps most importantly though is that all of the suppliers we worked with were fantastic! Carol at Bolderstone Village Hall, Sally at Lazy Daisy’s and Jay at Totally Tipi – they all made the planning and organisation easy and fun.
Our colour scheme for the wedding we blue and coral. The women in the bridal party wore coral lace dresses from Coast. The men in the bridal party wore cobalt blue suits with coral ties and pocket squares.
We both wore pretty standard wedding dresses; we weren’t particularly bothered about the dresses. We were really happy with our choices though, and felt both comfortable and special on the day!
Our say was captured by photographer Jenny Maden. I knew Jenny from school and had been really impressed by her photography work, which I had seen on Facebook. Jenny flourishes at capturing natural moments. Her photography does not focus on staged shots but on capturing smiles, chat, joy, tears, funny faces and laughs, which make up a wedding day! We relish looking back through those photos and losing ourselves in the memories they trigger. We would highly recommend Jenny as a wedding photographer!
August 22nd, 2016 | Rachel Parry
Today’s real wedding couple are quick to confess that they’re not the most romantic, and so wanted a wedding day that was informal and fun.
Looking at the images we’d say they definitely achieved their goal, with smiles and laughter from the bride, groom and their guests throughout the proceedings.
Though relaxed, Lisa and Chris’s wedding has a lovely air of elegance to it, with the groom looking dapper in his tux and bow tie, and the bride every inch a princess in her beautiful lace detailed gown.
With images by Danni Maytree Photography.
lisa says: We got engaged in our back garden in June 2015, after enjoying an al fresco dinner. We’re a tongue in cheek couple who love to laugh and are not overly romantic, so it was as simple as that.
We chose to get married on 2nd July as my mum and dad got married on 2nd June and my sister and brother-in-law got married on 2nd December. We all got married at 2pm too.
Our chosen venue was The Walled Garden Marquee at Temple Newsam, Leeds, which we would highly recommend to others. Both Chris and I have grown up visiting Temple Newsam and the marquee itself is beautiful.
We wanted it to be quite informal and so whilst there was no set theme, it did have quite a rustic feel to it.
June 16th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
We just love it when a couple adds special elements to their wedding day to make it all the more memorable for them and their guests.
Today’s bride and groom decided the transport was a key area of their wedding where they could do things differently, in order to wow their guests. Having planned a marquee wedding on a relative’s farm through which a steam train track ran, Sarah and CJ seized the opportunity for their guests to travel from the church to reception by rail. But this was no mean feat, in order to make their wish come true, they had to build a temporary train platform so that the steam train could stop at the farm, and in order to do that they had to wait for a time of year when the trains didn’t run during the week so that we could work on the track. Top marks for effort guys!
Now let’s board that locomotive…
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Zen Photographic.
sarah says: We got engaged at Fountains Abbey, which is a place I used to go to a lot with my family when I was younger. It was just a normal afternoon on 1st November 2014, we went over for a nice walk, headed up to Anne Boleyn’s lookout, which has an amazing view to the gardens and the abbey, and whilst we stood there admiring the view, CJ asked me to marry him, completely unexpected! He’d worked with Whiting & Wilson jewellers in Rossendale to design the ring himself.
We wanted the wedding to be within a year of getting engaged and so decided to set the date for 10th October 2015.
We got married at the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Bury, as this is where CJ’s parents were married and he was christened. It’s also in our hometown and right opposite the steam train station, which was how we planned to transport our guests to the reception. We wanted a completely unique way to transport our guests that would be fun and meant something to us too. We live in Irwell Vale, which the steam train passes through and came up with the idea as the train passed through the village one day. My relatives have a farm, which the steam train runs right through to, so we built a temporary train platform on the farm for the train to stop at, and laid down a gravel walkway from the platform to an Indian style marquee we’d hired, which was in one of the fields. The marquee was a grand pavilion from Shades Canvas.
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