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real wedding recap: enzoani for a wonderfully whimsical wedding in the north west – natalie & jamie

June 21st, 2016 | Julia Braime

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 July 2016 but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings so far this year. 

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.

A Secret Garden Wedding (c) Stella Photography (69)

Wow! is the word that we would use to sum up today’s real wedding on the blog!

We love everything about Natalie & Jamie’s big day, built around a secret-fair-garden-type theme.

Natalie’s stunning dress, bouquet and super cute daisy chain headband make her look wonderfully whimsical and elegant and we could spend an age just looking at her, though there are lots of other gorgeous elements to take note of, including the maids’ cute dresses and incredible centre pieces.

Prepare to swoon…

With images by Stella Photography.

A Secret Garden Wedding (c) Stella Photography (67)

A Secret Garden Wedding (c) Stella Photography (39)

natalie says: We got engaged on a beautiful beach in Portugal. Jamie’s plan was to propose on a jet ski, but as I don’t like the sea, I refused to get on! His backup plan was to propose in one of the caves in the sea…again, I was awkward and refused to take part! Eventually, he gave in and proposed on the beach.

Our wedding was on 23rd May 2015, at The Great Hall at Mains in Lancashire. We chose the venue as its very local to us (literally round the corner from our house). As we were only having a small wedding, it was important that all our guests would be able to make it!

A Secret Garden Wedding (c) Stella Photography (31)

We wanted to choose a theme that suited our style and that wasn’t too serious. We’re not massive fans of traditional weddings so we wanted something a little bit different. In the end we chose a whimsical theme – like a secret fairy garden.

The colour scheme was mainly pale pink and apple green. I didn’t have a scheme in mind until we went shopping for bridesmaids dresses – the dresses we found were perfect for the theme so they determined the colour scheme!

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typically us. raffia and roses for a moving wedding at sandon hall – nicola & matt

June 17th, 2016 | Julia Braime

An Emotive & Beautiful Wedding at Sandon Hall (c) Fairclough Photography (68)

We just love all the little personal touches and surprises that today’s bride and groom incorporated into their big day.

From undercover entertainment to secret menu choices, Nicola and Matt planned a wedding day to reflect them as a couple whilst also keeping their guests on their toes.

If, like us, you are captivated by their stunning wedding images which capture the emotion of the day so perfectly, we have some excellent news for you. The photographers behind the images, the fabulous Katie and James from Fairclough Photography, are offering our readers an amazing £200 off their full day wedding package for those that book before 30th June 2016. Just quote ‘BUN16’, when enquiring or booking.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Fairclough Photography.

An Emotive & Beautiful Wedding at Sandon Hall (c) Fairclough Photography (40)

nicola says: We got engaged on 26th July 2014. We decided to book a short break in Summerbridge, North Yorkshire, as we’d been there not long after we first got together in 2010. We stayed at the exact same place – Springwood Lodges – in a totally secluded area, surrounded by nature, in a lovely log cabin, which was perfect for a romantic break away from the hustle and bustle! We were enjoying some bubbles in the hot tub when Matt announced he needed to get a top up from inside. When he returned and had settled back into the water, he reached over the side of the hot tub, but instead of turning back round with a glass in his hand, he had a ring box! He’d picked out the most perfect ring I could imagine and after 20 or so “Oh My Gods”, I said yes!

We set the date for 22nd August 2015 as we wanted to go for a Saturday in the summer to make it as easy as possible for all family to attend – and give us the best chance of sunshine!

An Emotive & Beautiful Wedding at Sandon Hall (c) Fairclough Photography (34)

Sandon Hall in Stafford, was our chosen venue for the wedding. Not only is the building stunning, but we had access to the grounds for the day, which are breath-taking! Our families are pretty much all based within 30 minutes of the venue, which is lovely and rural. Funnily enough what clinched the venue for us was a ‘sign’ from nature. When we got engaged in Summerbridge we spent a lot of time relaxing outside on the decking and saw a Jay bird for the first time in the wild – we saw our second one when we were just turning the corner on the long driveway up to the hall the first time we went to view the hall!

An Emotive & Beautiful Wedding at Sandon Hall (c) Fairclough Photography (53)

We didn’t have a theme as such for the wedding, we just wanted to be ourselves more than anything – still look like us in the pictures, have music we enjoyed and food we loved. The venue is so incredible it didn’t need a great deal of styling so I opted for a neutral colour scheme of pale pinks, champagne and gold for a classic look, a little bunting here and there and lots of natural textures, such as wood and raffia.

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culture & class. a bespoke dress for a wedding of two halves at the mere, cheshire – khadiga & ahmed

June 13th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Beautiful Wedding at The Mere (c) Jack Knight Photography (107)

Wow! What better way to start your week than with this fabulous real wedding, which combines two different styles of celebrations into one.

For the first part of their wedding, Khadiga and Ahmed chose to keep things simple with elegant styling and a neutral colour palette to contrast against the second half of the day – their Sudanese traditional celebrations – which featured opulent attire and vibrant bursts of colour in rich reds and gold.

We just love how different the two parts of the celebrations are, but that the bride and groom have managed to execute both perfectly for a varied and beautiful big day!

With images by Jack Knight Photography.

A Beautiful Wedding at The Mere (c) Jack Knight Photography (51)

khadiga says: Our proposal story is a little complicated in that in our culture the man has to officially go to your family to ask for your hand in marriage, along with his family. So it was more years of discussion as opposed to a romantic proposal. Having said that, once Ahmed got the green light he did surprise me with the whole down-on-one-knee shebang! I didn’t see that one coming!

Our wedding was on 9th April 2016. We chose that date simply because it was the only Saturday left available in April at the venue that we wanted. Otherwise we would have had to wait until November – and it’s cold in November.

A Beautiful Wedding at The Mere (c) Jack Knight Photography (92)

We got married at The Mere golf resort and spa, in Knutsford. It was one of those days with intermittent rain but luckily not when we were outside! My mother actually picked it as she received her first ever award there (Northwest Bionow award) back in 2007. Sadly she passed away just over a year ago so I was set on fulfilling her wishes to tie the knot there. It meant so much to me having my wedding at The Mere, and maybe she was looking over us.

A Beautiful Wedding at The Mere (c) Jack Knight Photography (34)

We went for elegance and simplicity when it came to styling the wedding. By nature I’m not flashy and not into all that OTT business. In keeping with this, we chose a colour scheme of simple, neutral tones, including whites and ivories, to set a calming atmosphere. My bridesmaids wore blush pink and champagne gold dresses, which went beautifully. We also wanted the colours in the first part of the wedding t
o contrast those in the second part of the wedding where we had our Sudanese traditional celebrations. We changed the stage décor and had outfit changes to reds and golds – lots of gold!

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more from the wedding festival front line: #wedstival16

June 10th, 2016 | Julia Braime

WEDSTIVAL'16 (c) Jonny Draper Photography (2)

Last weekend we featured all the official images from #WEDSTIVAL16, our epic Brides Up North Wedding Festival at Capesthorne Hall, and told you about how you can get involved in our events this autumn and next spring. Click here to catch up.

WEDSTIVAL'16 (c) Jonny Draper Photography (20)

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WEDSTIVAL'16 (c) Jonny Draper Photography (80)

WEDSTIVAL'16 (c) Jonny Draper Photography (34)

Turns out though, that the fabulous Peace Wedding Photography weren’t the only ones doing a bit of snapping – it’s not what you know, it’s who you know y’see – and super talented friend of the wedding blog, Jonny Draper had been capturing the action on his trusty camera for us too.

We absolutely adore Jonny’s images of our amazing day in full swing (and he even had time for an impromptu photo shoot with LOVE Bridal Boutique’s stunning models too – what a backdrop for wedding photos!) as they remind us what a brilliant party it was!  We couldn’t wait to share all the shots with you here.

Images by Jonny Draper Photography.

WEDSTIVAL'16 (c) Jonny Draper Photography (24)

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WEDSTIVAL'16 (c) Jonny Draper Photography (60)

As a reminder, don’t forget that we’ve already set the dates for our wedding festivals in 2017 – #WEDSTOCK17 will take place at Stockeld Park on Sunday 7th May, 11am till 4pm and #WEDSTIVAL17 will take place at Capesthorne Hall on Sunday 21st May, 11am till 4pm. Get the dates in your diaries (and interested wedding suppliers should get in touch using the contact form below). Watch this space for a couple of other exciting dates too… North East, we mean you…

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personal & unique. victoria kay for an intimate wedding at the belle epoque – stephanie & gary

June 9th, 2016 | Julia Braime

An Intimate Wedding at The Belle Epoque (c) James Tracey Photography (24)

The saying about quality and quantity could not be truer of the lovely real wedding that we are sharing with you on the blog today.

With a modest guest list of 38 day guests and 53 evening guests, Stephanie and Gary wanted their intimate wedding to be a reflection of them as a couple, whilst also being an enjoyable and memorable event for their guests.

Picking a unique venue and prioritising elements such as the photography, food and entertainment, whilst getting stuck into some DIY décor, meant that Stephanie and Gary could have the special day they had dreamt of, whilst remaining still within budget. Excellent work guys!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, James Tracey Photography.

An Intimate Wedding at The Belle Epoque (c) James Tracey Photography (27)

stephanie says: We got engaged on the 28th May 2014. I had my suspicions that Gary was going to do it soon as he’d booked for us to go for afternoon tea at the Hilton in Manchester. We were in the process of buying our house and the Wednesday before when we were booked for afternoon tea, we’d had our final meeting with the bank to say the mortgage had been agreed. We went to the pub after to celebrate and then came home. I got my PJs on, put the bins out and put the washing on, just usual things to do on a Wednesday, and turned round to find Gary with two glasses of whiskey. He asked me to come with him into the front room and gave me a glass and then got down on one knee with a ring. It took me by surprise! I never wanted a huge spectacle of an engagement so what he did was perfect. He’d even been on his own to get the ring and got it spot on!

We were married on the 24th March 2016, the Thursday before the bank holiday weekend. We got together on the 27th March 2008 so knew we wanted a date around when we got together and we wanted a weekday wedding. The Thursday was a good choice because most people then had the bank holiday Friday off work to recover!

An Intimate Wedding at The Belle Epoque (c) James Tracey Photography (19)

We got married at The Belle Epoque in Knutsford, Cheshire. It was the only venue that we went to look round and we knew straight away it was the one for us. We wanted somewhere that was unique, intimate and personal. From our first meeting there, all the staff were so incredibly helpful and we loved that it was a family business and not part of a large chain of hotels. We could pick and choose what we wanted for our day and we could stay there the night of the wedding and have breakfast with family the day after. The setup of the venue was ideal too; we loved that each part of the wedding was in a separate room and guests didn’t have to be shipped off somewhere whilst the room was re-organised and that people could sit away from the DJ during the evening do and chat. Generally, it’s an absolutely stunning venue!

An Intimate Wedding at The Belle Epoque (c) James Tracey Photography (4)
Gary and I are self-confessed beer geeks, so beer had to feature heavily in our wedding. I also wanted to still keep it girly and vintage-y too so I guess the theme was ‘Beer and Birds’ Each table was named after one of our favourite breweries and we had a selection of their bottles as table decorations with fake roses in. The men’s buttonholes were made of beer bottle caps and I had beer bottle caps on my bouquet. All the stationery featured vintage birds and we had a birdcage table plan. I got the design from Dollface Design on Etsy. My mum was unsure when I told her my vision but everyone said how unique and ‘us’ is was.

I am quite girly so pink was the colour theme but very subtly! I didn’t make Gary wear anything pink. We just had pink roses in the table decorations and my bridesmaid wore pink. The buttonholes did have small pink rose buttons on, which my bridesmaid and I also had in our bouquets.

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pastels & paper. charlotte balbier for a stylish wedding in liverpool – zoe & shaun

June 8th, 2016 | Julia Braime

A Stylish Wedding  in Liverpool (c) Ruth Atkinson Photography (50)

If you’re looking for inspiration for a fun city centre celebration then you might want to take note of today’s real wedding, which took place in Liverpool.

Opting for a church ceremony and restaurant reception, Zoë and Shaun’s big day had both traditional and modern influences. There are so many elements to it that we love, including the city bus tour, pastel colour scheme, personal stationery, live entertainment and Zoë’s stunning Charlote Balbier gown!

All in all a very enjoyable and relaxed big day!

With images by Ruth Atkinson Photography.

A Stylish Wedding  in Liverpool (c) Ruth Atkinson Photography (31)

zoe says: We got engaged a couple of weeks before Christmas in 2013, when we hosted a party for our friends. Once it was suggested that we did Secret Santa at the party, Shaun’s plan came together. It was engineered so that my present was last and after opening up a notebook with a message leading to a ring in the back, I looked up and Shaun was on one knee!

Our wedding was on Friday 25 March 2016, which was Good Friday. We chose the date as we were looking for a time in spring when everyone could come together so the long weekend seemed like the perfect time. We didn’t want to get married in summer as we were worried the British weather might not be up to scratch.

A Stylish Wedding  in Liverpool (c) Ruth Atkinson Photography (18)

We had our ceremony at Ullet Road Unitarian Church in Liverpool, before our reception at Oh Me Oh My, a venue on the waterfront in town.

We chose the church because, aside from being completely beautiful, the Minister was very open-minded about our ceremony and allowed us to have the relaxed service that we wanted, with secular readings and our own choir. The church also had beautiful cloisters and library where we were able to hold a drinks reception after the ceremony. We chose Oh Me Oh My for the reception as it is a stunning former bank serving amazing food and with a roof terrace that has the best view of the Liver Building you can possibly get.

A Stylish Wedding  in Liverpool (c) Ruth Atkinson Photography (42)

We didn’t have a theme as such; we tended to pick elements we liked and everything fell into place. We ended up hand-making lots of elements, such as signs, table decorations, favours, all of the stationery and one thousand paper cranes. We didn’t necessarily set out to make so much ourselves but since Shaun is a designer, it made good sense.

We chose a fresh a spring colour palate, mostly pastel yellow and grey with a splash of blue and white. However we weren’t too strict with this so we could incorporate other accent colours where we wanted to.

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