September 5th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
There’s a definite sense of occasion at today’s real wedding between Freya and Daniel, as Daniel dons his RAF uniform and his colleagues unleash their ceremonial swords to welcome the groom to the town hall and add pomp to the procession once the couple are married. But it’s not just the chaps turning heads on the streets of Chester: as Freya passes the shoppers and bystanders on her way to meet Daniel, she is resplendent in her voluminous gold gown with its plunging neckline, delicate leaf design and the acres of skirt carried by her bridesmaid entourage.
There is possibly the most challenging table plan we’ve ever seen at this wedding, which surely caused guests a few giggles after a couple of glasses of ‘pimp your prosecco’ as they tried to crack the code of where they were to sit!
We love the floral theme, with a giant flower chandelier taking pride of place in the centre of the marquee, dripping with blooms and echoing the country vibe. The fact that guests could glamp on site is a huge tick for a rustic wedding and brings a real sense of fun to the occasion.
But perhaps the part we love the most about this wedding is the huge effort some of the guests made to put on a mini production of The Greatest Showman, spending months learning dance moves and surprising the bride and groom with a rendition in flashmob style. What fun to watch! Tell us more, Freya…
With images by Jess Yarwood.
freya says: We got engaged on a country walk in Dan’s home town of Sowerby Bridge. With a view overlooking the valley, Dan got down on one knee with his brother and partner there to capture the moment forever. It was a complete shock and I don’t think either of us managed to get any words out for a few moments! Dan got out the words “Will you marry me?” and with a “yes” from me and the ring on my finger, we were off to the pub for a celebratory drink!
We got married on 18th May 2018. Our ceremony was in Chester Town Hall. With Dan in uniform (he is a squadron leader in the RAF), we felt the Town Hall suited the occasion and I loved the idea of getting married in Chester town centre.
The reception venue was an easy choice, as my family runs the wedding venue Kings Acre, which is on the outskirts of Chester in the small village of Saughall. It is a beautiful, friendly and relaxed venue. We had the freedom to do so much, having a marquee to decorate and lots of outdoor space! The bar is so cute and there are plenty of amazing spots to have the perfect pictures. With a yurt village and camping, a lot of our guests stayed on site. We would wholeheartedly recommend Kings Acre to other couples. It is a wonderful place to get married: everything runs so smoothly, the venue is beautiful and it all leads to a relaxed day where everyone has fun. You can do so much with the space that you can really make it into the vision you dreamed of for your special day!
When it came to planning our wedding day, I totally checked out the Brides Up North website numerous times to get inspiration from real weddings and to find suppliers. I love looking at what everyone else does for getting great ideas that work. The theme took a while to develop but I got there after hours on Pinterest and then I found the bridesmaids’ dresses and it had to be green and gold for the colour scheme! I wanted loads of flowers – not just on the tables, as I wanted to have interesting floral pieces with bursts of colour.
My dress was by Morilee. I knew as soon as a tried it on that it was one, after nearly 70 dresses! I went big: the dress was huge and I went for a light gold colour, which matched the theme perfectly. I bought the dress from a small independent store in Gloucester called By Design. They were excellent. I felt like I was in safe hands and my dress fit perfectly on the day.
September 4th, 2018 | Julia Braime
Could it be (gasp!) time for another epic season of Brides Up North wedding events? We think so!
To get this party started, we’re too excited to be returning to the exceptionally pretty Hilltop Country House to open our best line up of bridal shows yet on Sunday 9th September 2018, 12pm till 3pm, FREE ENTRY for a secret garden luxury wedding show! Is this the loveliest, most friendly and personal wedding venue we’ve come across? Just maybe!
As well as our usual goody bag full of little treats from Brides Up North, including the BRAND NEW issue of UNVEILED Magazine, we also have 100 pairs of complimentary tickets for The National Wedding Show to give away to the first 100 registered brides to arrive.
Hilltop is super special. A stunning, exclusive use, family home with seriously gorgeous gardens, a pristine permanent marquee, rooms on site and a civil license, book nothing till you’ve seen it!
Add the region’s very best wedding supplier stars – plus some street food, cool cocktails, a spot of wine tasting and some rocking live music – this line up is an absolute knockout – and we’ve a recipe for another crazy beautiful day. Are you in?
Approached by a long tree lined drive, Hilltop lies in the centre of fifteen acres of private land. With four enchanting reception rooms, wonderful views, formal gardens and woodlands, Hilltop is an oasis of peace and tranquility situated half a mile from Prestbury Village in Cheshire, providing the perfect location for your special day.
Read our Dream Venue feature on Hilltop Country House (now with extended Boogie Room!) by clicking here.
As well as all that inspiration – completely FREE – we are also giving away up to 150 FREE Bride To Be media packs, filled with glossy magazines and treats from Brides Up North, as well as the brand new issue of UNVEILED Magazine. Just because we love you.
We also have 100 pairs of complimentary tickets for The National Wedding Show to give away to the first 100 registered brides to arrive.
As demand is high, to pick up your pack all you need to do is pre-register using the form below. While stocks last only.
Only the bride need register for larger groups.
Images by Lee Brown Photography/ Amy Louise Photography/ supplied by Hilltop Country House
August 31st, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
There’s a definite outdoorsy theme to today’s real wedding between Rebecca and Jason with willow hearts dressed with roses, festoon lighting draped over huge logs and gigantic blossom trees aplenty.
But before we submerge ourselves in the gorgeous details of their wedding, we must jump back in time to shine a light on the elaborate proposal Jason cooked up that put the wheels in motion for this gorgeous day. To engineer a proposal ‘event’ that involves all the members of staff on a cruise ship specially togged out in traditional Vietnamese dress for that very occasion shows some serious confidence that the woman of your dreams is going to say yes! Thankfully for Jason, Rebecca was on board (pardon the pun) and these seasoned travellers were on course to plan their greatest adventure together to date.
Their stunning choice of venue provides the perfect backdrop to their rustic celebrations which featured beautiful seasonal blooms, moss, foliage, bark and log slices, helping to bring the glorious outdoors, in!
We’re also head over heels for the super pretty bridesmaid gowns and Rebecca’s wonderfully elegant Mon Cheri dress, with delicate button detailing down the lace illusion back and a frothy train for a truly dreamy silhouette.
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Lee Brown Photography.
rebecca says: We got engaged in January 2017, in Vietnam whilst on a cruise around Ha Long Bay. The boat was docked in the middle of the bay for the night and Jason had arranged for all the staff to get involved in the proposal. They all dressed up in traditional Vietnamese dress and I was called up to the main deck (I was downstairs squid fishing with two Australians we had met). I walked onto the deck and noticed that everything was quiet and everyone was looking at me. The staff surrounded me and held up signs each saying “Will you marry me?” I turned around and Jason was on one knee!
We got married on 15th June 2018. It was honestly the only day available for a summer wedding the following year! We held our ceremony and reception at Owen House Wedding Barn. It’s classy, shabby chic, laid back, rustic, farmhouse – basically everything I had envisioned my venue to look like. It’s sensational, so we would absolutely recommend it. The owners, Dan and Vanessa, do everything and anything to make your day perfect. Nothing is an issue and the staff are amazing. It makes you feel so much at ease and stress free. I thoroughly enjoyed my day as I had nothing to worry about. If you’d love something different with character and style – yet rustic, classy and also sublime – then this is the place for you. You’ll walk in and instantly fall in love.
When it came to choosing a theme, travel was a big thing – our table names were based on travel, as Jason and I have visited some amazing places in the world. We also had huge blossom trees, lots and lots of candles and nature – we had flowers, bark and wood features. We are outdoors people but we still kept it classy and neat!
For the colour scheme, we chose very neutral shades of creams, blush, copper and wood effect.
I wore a Mon Cheri dress. It was chosen for me; I would never have tried this type of dress on, so I was pleased I trusted the lady at the boutique! She insisted I tried it on after a failed attempt with six others prior to this. I knew it was the one once I tried it on; I felt amazing in it. The detail on the back is beautiful and very elegant. I’m normally seen in trainers, so it’s a far cry from my usual self!
August 28th, 2018 | Julia Braime
Recovering from the extended weekend? Us too! To ease you back into the working week, we’re bringing you the super gorgeous wedding day of Natalie and Michael.
Tying the knot in a late-summer ceremony at the beautiful Nunsmere Hall Hotel in Cheshire, the couple opted for a celebration that was both personal and pretty. Selecting a rather unusual but fabulously thought-out theme of ‘photographs’, Natalie and Michael decked out their venue with snaps of their guests, from easel photo galleries, to personal mug-shot place names – and even gave a nod to their theme with their first dance song choice.
The pretty elements – of which there are many – include a soft, sugary pastel colour palette, amazing blousy blooms and Natalie’s stunning off-the-shoulder lace gown. Brides Up North, you’re in for a treat!
With images by Jess Yarwood.
natalie says: We got engaged on the 29th September 2015. Having obtained by mum and dad’s blessing to propose, Michael surprised me with an impromptu meal at my favourite Italian restaurant on a Tuesday night. When we got home, Michael had laid out rose petals on the floor and put together a photo album/scrap book of our time together. As I finished looking at it, he got down on one knee and popped the question.
As we wanted a late summer wedding, we set the date for Friday 1st September 2017.
Nunsmere Hall Hotel, Northwich, was our chosen venue. We only looked at two venues and Nunsmere caught our eye. It had only just been bought by the new owners – the general flow of the rooms and the plans the owners had, and the location was perfect for our friends and family. Nunsmere also offered us exclusive-use of the venue and rooms for our wedding, which was a massive positive for us.
Our theme was ‘photographs’. We had been to roughly 25 to 30 weddings over the last few years, so we had an idea of what we did and did not want from the day. It was important for us to include the guests in the day, so we had photographs of them with us from over the years throughout the venue and we also individual photographs of the guests as place cards, rather than just name cards, which seemed to go down well with everyone.
In the evening, we had an instant camera so that guests could take photos of themselves either to keep or to pin up on our photo frame. We also had a guest book for people to sign which we’d purchased from Not On The High Street, which had a photograph of us on the front cover. In keeping with the theme, our first dance song was Photograph by Ed Sheeran.
The colour scheme was predominantly a mint green, just because that’s one of my favourite colours but it was generally pastel colours throughout.
My dress was by Rebecca Ingram and was purchased from a shop in Bebington, where I’d been with my friend a few years earlier to purchase her dress. It was a similar style to dresses I had researched online before doing any actual wedding dress shopping and I just felt that it complemented my style and shape really well.
August 23rd, 2018 | Julia Braime
We’re super excited to be reprising our role as official blogger for The National Wedding Show at Manchester Central this autumn on 27th to 28th October 2018! As the North West’s biggest wedding show, you can try, buy, book and hire all that you need for your perfect day.
With up to 200 wedding specialists, from bridal boutiques and florists to photographers and cake designers, this is the place to gain first-class creative ideas, tips and advice from the area’s crème de la crème of wedding suppliers. As one of our very favourite events of the year, we’re always eager to learn what wonderful extras The National Wedding Show team have in store – and ladies and gents, we can safely say that you’re in for a real treat!
As usual, we’ve got some great savings up our sleeves for you too – we ain’t the Official Blogger for nothing!
Book tickets adult tickets for just £12.50* or save £5 on VIP tickets by clicking here.
We’ve put together a list of our not to be missed moments at the show – and there’s SO much to see and do. Top tip: leave the high heels at home!
This is your ‘all under one roof’ chance to meet hundreds of top wedding suppliers face-to-face. Some of the exciting names joining the fun this season include: J&J Designs, The White Gallery, Bride at Swarbricks, Churchmouse Cheeses, Krispy Kreme, Manchester Gin, Moss Bros, Nigel Rayment, Qube Events, Shropshire Petals, The Eclectic Hotel Collection and many more. We’d say that’s every detail covered.
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Our favourite bit (you’ll always find us in the FROW)! The showstopping catwalk brings the latest looks for brides, bridesmaids, grooms and guests to life in a fabulous show that takes place four times a day. Whilst the bridal dresses are the obvious showstoppers, you’ll also see beautiful make-up looks, a variety of on-trend hairstyles, shoes to fall in love with and even inspiration for bouquets and other accessories! Grab yourself a guaranteed seat with a VIP ticket (more on that later)!
There are loads of free DIY wedding workshops running throughout the weekend. Get creative at ‘The Inspiration Lab’ where a selection of suppliers will be running free classes covering everything from calligraphy to flower crown making. Nice.
Visit the gallery to see the North West’s star bakers showcase their delicious creations.
August 22nd, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
The super gorgeous real wedding we’re bringing you today combines a smattering of our favourite things, including fairy-tale like tipis, a VW campervan and lots of glamping-inspired fun. What’s not to love about this wedding party?
Tying the knot back in May, Emily and Richard decided to hoist up some tipis in a neighbour’s garden and centre their celebrations around a dreamy festival theme! Cue some fabulously wild blooms, twinkly lights, wicker hearts and milk urns to complete their chic wedding day look.
Alongside their two-course wedding breakfast, the couple also hired prosecco and fish and chip vans, with marshmallows for toasting in the evening for a real laid-back vibe. The guests even had wristbands as little keepsakes from the day – perfectly in tune with the theme. Like all good parties, we like to reminisce, so let’s pass the blog over to Emily to share the ever so wonderful highlights from their special day.
With images by Ian MacMichael.
emily says: We were on a two-week holiday in Mexico in 2016, when Richard proposed. I decided I’d love for us to get a professional photo shoot done of the two of us and we booked the shoot for 15th June at around 4pm. We went to the beach to meet the photographer and had a couple of pictures together. I was then having a picture by myself and to my surprise Richard walked in front of the camera, got down on one knee and proposed. The photographer had no idea it was coming either – we then carried on with the shoot and got some beautiful pictures. We had an album made so all our family and friends could see the special moment.
We got married on 26th May 2018. We chose that date because we hoped the weather would be nice. It was also a bank holiday, which meant we could carry on the party until the Sunday, too.
We exchanged vows at St Mary’s Church in Rufford, and then celebrated in a tipi on my mum and dad’s next-door neighbour’s field at the back of the house. We chose this style of backdrop because we loved the feel of the tipis. We hired ours from All About Me Marquees and Events and would definitely recommend them, from the initial contact right through to the end – they were great.
We had a festival style theme, with hay bales laid out around the field, ten glamping tents for all the bridal party to stay in and a converted horse box – The Prosecco Pot – pulled up on the field from where we served our reception drinks of prosecco and Peroni. We also had a fish and chips van – Just For You Fish and Chips – serving fish, chips and a choice of gravy or mushy peas. Both companies were fab!
My dress was a Justin Alexander gown from a shop in Whalley, Lancashire called Lulu Browns Bridal, who were fab! I tried on so many different styles and always thought I would choose a lace mermaid style dress, but when I tried the dress on that I eventually bought – I fell in love with it instantly. In fact, I cried, as did my mum and mother-in-law.
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