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totally tropical. anna campbell for a vibrant wedding at kelham house – jenny & dominic

June 8th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

A Tropical Wedding in Nottingham (c) Ed Godden (43)

Carefree and colourful was the order of the day at Jenny and Dominic’s fun-filled big day that we’re sharing with you on the blog this morning.

Though the wedding took place in rural Nottingham, it’s brimming with all kinds of bright and beautiful, reminiscent of more tropical destinations. From flamingos and pineapples to steel drums and barbecue food, this celebration packs a punch in both colour and character.

Guests were treated to a host of treats, including upbeat entertainment, garden games and a to-die-for dessert table, which resulted in lots of laughter and enjoyment.

It’s certainly put a smile on our face, and has us craving a Pina Colada too!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Ed Godden Photography.

A Tropical Wedding in Nottingham (c) Ed Godden (1)

jenny says: We got engaged in Whistler, Canada. The proposal was a complete surprise and meticulously planned by Dominic – he is a real attention to detail kind of guy! We always go skiing with a group of close friends who are more like family really, but this was the biggest trip we had ever been on. It was amazing Dominic had told everyone in the group apart from me about his planned proposal so they were all in it to help him put his plan into action. The morning of the proposal was a pretty lazy one the boys got up early to apparently get the fresh tracks while the girls had a leisurely morning getting ready and having very relaxed breakfast. Then a text came through from Dominic asking what time we are heading out to meet them. I still didn’t know anything, he had been up the mountain already that morning to check the conditions and that everyone could ski down as our skiing ability varies throughout the group. When we eventually met up, Dom was his normally cheery self and we went up on the ski lift together. We eventually made it to the top and view was breath-taking, all you could see were crisp white snow-capped mountain tops. As always Dom had his big DSLR with him and he began taking photos, then he handed the camera to Ralph and was busy giving him strict instructions on not dropping it etc. Dominic walked over to me smiling and started to bend down, I still hadn’t realised at this point and proceeded to ask him what he was doing as he’ll never be able to stand up again if he kneels down in his ski boots. He looked at me and bent down on one knee he declared his love and popped that magical question ‘will you marry me?’, I was completely taken aback I just couldn’t believe it! I said yes and couldn’t stop crying I was so happy everyone was cheering and clapping – it was absolute perfection!

A Tropical Wedding in Nottingham (c) Ed Godden (41)

Our wedding date was the 26th August 2016. Had Dominic planned the wedding it would have been on the top a mountain somewhere, however I didn’t quite fancy being freezing cold on my wedding day as well as every holiday. So, we opted for a Bank Holiday in sunny August. Both my late father’s and grandfather’s birthdays are in August so it’s a pretty special month.

We were married in a sleepy little church called Holy Trinity, Lambley, in Nottingham. I went to primary school in Lambley and have fond memories of the church as we used to attend church with the school. It was perfect!

A Tropical Wedding in Nottingham (c) Ed Godden (47)

Our reception was at Kelham House in Southwell. We were very lucky with the venue in that we wanted somewhere that offered enough bedrooms for the family and a few guests. We also wanted a large outdoor area for games and drinks and the barbecue. Kelham House was ideal for this and we were very lucky with the weather too.

This was the happiest day of our lives and so we wanted it to be colourful and fun; after all it is a celebration. Another major factor in choosing a vibrant theme for the wedding is that Dominic is colour blind, I wanted him to be able to enjoy and appreciate the day as well, so subtle changes in colour were never going to work. We opted for a tropical theme with pineapples a steel drum band and lots of flamingos! Bright, bright, bright! It needed to be impactful.

A Tropical Wedding in Nottingham (c) Ed Godden (14)

When it came to choosing my dress, I found the task a little difficult. There are so many styles out there and I found that some boutiques seemed happy to put you in anything as long as they could make a sale. But I was lucky – I booked an appointment with the wonderful Sophie Derry at Coco & Kate, in Warwickshire, she is an absolute dream to work with. She stocks the most amazing dresses I have ever seen and this is the important part – she is honest, if a dress doesn’t suit you she will tell you. She has an amazing eye. She helped me to pick out a selection of dresses to try on and we discussed the pros and cons of each. I honestly don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t found her. I finally decided on a dress by Australian designer Anna Campbell. It wasn’t at all the style I had imagined myself wearing but it was perfect.

Dominic wore a bright blue Ted Baker suit, again the colour here was key we wanted everything to be bright.

The bridesmaid dresses were from In One Clothing. We choose the coral colour to keep things nice and bright.

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blooming romance. justin alexander for an elegant wedding at swancar farm – lucy & scott

February 1st, 2017 | Rachel Parry

An Elegant Wedding at Swancar Farm (c) Lucy & Scott (31)

Today’s real wedding is the type that we would quite like to have been a guest at, for everyone pictured looks to be having the best time ever.

Marrying at Swancar Farm in Nottinghamshire, Lucy and Scott planned a romantic big day, complete with an elegant blush, grey and silver colour scheme, and carefully chosen blooms and décor.

From the ‘I dos’ to the dance moves, emotions run high with love, laughter and joy etched on the faces of the stunning bride, groom and their guests.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Miki Photography

An Elegant Wedding at Swancar Farm (c) Lucy & Scott (18)

lucy says: We got engaged in Paris. Scott had booked to take me for a surprise weekend away for my birthday. We were walking along the River Seine and he told me to have a look at the boats – when I turned back round, he was holding a ring box and asked me to marry him.

Our wedding date was 1st July 2016. We knew we wanted a Friday in July or August and this was the only one the venue had left, so we snapped it up!

An Elegant Wedding at Swancar Farm (c) Lucy & Scott (40)

We got married at Swancar Farm, in Trowell, Nottinghamshire. We went to see four venues altogether and we chose this Swancar because we both loved it and could totally imagine ourselves getting married there. It’s such a beautiful venue.

We had a romantic, elegant and floral theme. We just wanted it to look wow, and it certainly exceeded all expectations.

Our colour scheme was blush, grey and silver. I chose it because I love those colours and thought they fit well with the theme.

An Elegant Wedding at Swancar Farm (c) Lucy & Scott (28)

I chose a Justin Alexander dress from La Belle Boutique, after trying on quite a few designs. I wanted a strapless, fishtail dress that was simple but still glam. I chose my dress because out of all the designs I tried on, it was the only one I could imagine I could get married in and that Scott would like too.

Scott had a suit made by Timothy James Henderson. It was a bespoke three-piece grey suit. He wore it with a white shirt and blush tie and pocket square.

The bridesmaids wore long, blush dresses with lace and bead detail and the flower girls wore ivory dresses, with blush flower detailing, and little rose gold shoes.

An Elegant Wedding at Swancar Farm (c) Lucy & Scott (44)

Our photographer was Ash Davenport of Miki Photography. We would 100% recommend him, as he did a fantastic job and we’re so pleased with the photos! He blended into the day so well and we hardly knew he was there.

We also had our day filmed by a videographer called Lara Elliott, who was brilliant! She was lovely and our wedding highlights video was better than we ever imagined.

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auburn beauty: a dreamy styled shoot at norwood park

August 22nd, 2016 | Rachel Parry


We all know that Monday afternoon can be a hard slog and so we’re sharing something super beautiful with you on the blog right now to banish those post-weekend blues.

This gorgeous styled wedding shoot was inspired solely by the star of the show, model Felicity, with her auburn hair and porcelain skin being the catalyst for all the wonderful styling.

Captured at the elegant Norwood Park in Southwell, Nottinghamshire, we love the fanciful hairstyling, natural makeup, textured dresses and whimsical blooms that bring the whole dreamy look together.

To explain more about the details and experts involved, we’re handing over the blog to hairstylist Alison Jenner who organised the pretty…

With images by Jess Petrie.


alison says: Felicity, our stunning natural redhead model, was the inspiration for this gorgeous shoot. Having known Felicity since she was a child, I have watched her grow into such a naturally beautiful young lady, and so she was the starting point and everything else followed.

Our setting for the shoot was Norwood Park, a stunning Georgian house set in 100 acres of land within my home town of Southwell. We were kindly given free reign of the whole venue. Owned by the Starky family for many years, Georgie and Henry are doing an amazing job of taking the beautiful house forward. They have lots of fabulous events planned, but most importantly, are putting the venue on the wedding world map with its great reputation and their continued success.


With the photography being taken care of by Jess Petrie, I just knew the feel of the images captured would be natural, yet dreamy, and very feminine. Her attention to detail is like no other yet she works in such a relaxed and calm way – you can’t help wanting the day not to end.


When it came to styling Felicity’s hair, I wanted to create a more untamed feel with the use of the floral crown. There were a number of different styles, starting with a slightly dressed look that had volume and movement. Plaits are still so on trend so we switched to quickly create a totally different look. Finally I created a more vintage look, which was soft yet structured, to complement, but not outshine, the Eliza Jane Howell dress.

Cristina Lazzarotto, a talented makeup artist I have known for years, provided show stopping makeup. Ranging from a gorgeous natural look building to a stronger yet still dreamy finish. The idea being that more doesn’t have to mean too much.


Having described the venue and style of model to Lisa and Victoria of Cicily Bridal, a stunning chic bridal boutique based in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, they instantly knew the look we needed. A dreamy Naomi Neoh gown was provided to add some drama and effect, and a stunning Eliza Jane Howell gown was also picked out for a more edgy, sleek and timeless feel. A couple of beautiful veils were also featured to create different looks.

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one cool creative: say hello to ed godden photography

June 2nd, 2016 | Julia Braime

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There’s capturing a wedding day and then there’s capturing the real emotion of a wedding day. Today we’re delighted to be introducing you to fabulous Nottinghamshire-based wedding photographer and Brides Up North Premium Sponsor, Ed Godden Photography, who is a total pro in the latter.

Having been shooting weddings for almost two decades, Ed has an amazing amount of experience and knowledge under his belt and has developed his own unique style, which is favoured by his clients for being relaxed, different and cool. Looking at Ed’s incredible work, we have to agree! As the true love and feelings of those in front of the camera shines through – excitement, love, commitment, joy and passion; all is documented beautifully.

So without further ado, we’ll hand over the blogging reins to the main man himself to give you more details on the Ed Godden style and approach…

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Tell us a little about your background… 

ed says: I photographed my first wedding nearly 20 years ago, when I was 19. But for the first 12 years of my photography career I was a press and sports photographer, shooting for agencies and national newspapers.

What attracted you to wedding photography in particular?

For the past five years I’ve concentrated on only shooting weddings, and I think what made me choose to make the cross-over into only shooting weddings was the fact that the needs of couples getting married were changing. Nobody wanted the stuffy, posed, fake images that weddings had been known for. Instead couples wanted cool, stylish, relaxed photos of their wedding day. This excited me, as this is totally my style of shooting!

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And what is it about your job that you love?

Every wedding is so different. And every couple are so different too. I could have a wedding in a field in Yorkshire one weekend, then a city wedding in the heart of London the next – I love the variation this job brings.

How would you describe your style of wedding photography? 

Stylish, creative, honest, different – wedding photography from the heart.

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Have you won any awards for your photography?

Yes. During my time as a newspaper photographer I won quite a few press awards. And since going over to just shooting weddings I’ve won the 2013 Professional Photographer of The Year (wedding category). In the past two years I’ve also been shortlisted in the Best Wedding Photographer category at the National Wedding Industry Awards, the Perfect Wedding Magazine Awards, and this year the UK Wedding Awards.

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What do your clients love about your approach, service and images?

I love getting feedback from my couples. They love my relaxed approach, and the quality of customer service I provide. I never want to turn up to a wedding and feel like I don’t know the couple I’m photographing. I’ll always go out of my way to find out what the couple love, and what their expectations are.

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really rural: introducing hazel gap barn

May 5th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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Today on the blog we’re bringing you further inspiration for the setting of your big day with news of an exciting new wedding venue that will be opening its doors to brides and grooms in North Nottinghamshire next year.

Set to launch in March/April 2017, Hazel Gap Barn will be a new addition to the impressive portfolio of Brides Up North sponsors Cripps Barn Group. Over the years the talented group have transformed derelict barns up and down the country into stunning rural wedding venues with service and food that’is second to none.

Having introduced Cripps Barn Group’s wonderful Healey Barn venue in Northumberland to our readers earlier this year, we are thrilled to be sharing news of the group’s exciting new venture with you today. Always keen to bring you the latest news in weddings first, we’ve put our questions about Hazel Gap Farm direct to the team who will be running it – those on the venue hunt might want to take notes!

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Can you give us a brief overview of the Cripps Barn Group and what you offer to wedding couples?

cripps barn say: Since opening Cripps Barn in 1990, Cripps Barn Group have slowly expanded to four venues – developing derelict barns into unique wedding venues. You can take a look at to browse the different barns.

Each barn is individual, but they share a certain style, and each barn’s team provide a uniquely personal service from booking to the delivery of the day.

Can you tell us a little about the company’s latest venture Hazel Gap Barn?

Cripps Barn Group are now delighted to have found Hazel Gap Barn, an absolute gem of a building on the extraordinary Welbeck Estate in Nottinghamshire. Hazel Gap Barn is set on its own in lovely countryside, some distance away from the well-visited Welbeck village. The estate have submitted a planning application and they hope to open Hazel Gap Barn for weddings and events from March/April 2017.Hazel Gap Farm (11)What is the site currently like and how will it be transformed?

The barn is made up of two traditional red brick farm buildings, the barn itself and the farmhouse, which stand either side of a walled farmyard, destined to become a stunning courtyard with water-features, seating, trees and planters, sheltered from the wind and perfect for post-ceremony drinks. At night, this will become a magical place lit with fairy-lights, flares, fire pits and lanterns, so the evening party can spill outside.

The farmhouse and barn are fronted with two rather unusual and striking towers with wonderful tall arched entrances, providing a dramatic view to greet approaching guests. Between these runs the original farm wall, forming the front of the courtyard, while at the rear a new Oak Room will form the link the barn and farmhouse, containing both a light-filled dining room with spectacular country views across the lawn and into the woods, and a fabulous bar opening into the courtyard.

The barn will be re-roofed with traditionally-crafted oak timbers, and a giant brick fireplace added to make the most perfect ceremony room. After the evening meal, this room will be transformed into the dance floor.

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pretty in pink. an elegant wedding at rossington hall – amanda & howard

September 7th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

An elegant wedding at Rossington Hall (c) Shakespeare Photography (34)

Today’s oh so pretty real wedding caught my eye for two reasons: a familiar face and a famous face. I was in 6th Form (all those years ago) with beautiful bride Amanda and the lively vicar is none other than Reverend Kate Bottley, who stars in addictive reality TV show, Gogglebox.

It looks like I’ve now reached that age where there is almost a constant stream of people I know getting hitched (though I’m yet to even make it into the engaged club *le sigh*).

I loved Amanda’s wedding as soon as I set eyes on it due to the great choice of venues, her stunning off-the-shoulder dress, pretty blooms, polished wedding party and lovely colour scheme. Everything is simple but effective for an elegant wedding with a touch of glamour, just as Amanda wanted.

With images by Shakespeare Photography.

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amanda says: Our engagement was a complete surprise to me. Howard took me on a date to the Gherkin in London as he was working there at the time. You can only go up to the viewing deck if you are working there so it was completely empty. We were looking at the view of Tower Bridge and the next thing he was on one knee. He proposed with a candy rock giant ring and I thought he was joking at first! Then he produced a beautiful sapphire and diamond ring. I said “yes” of course and then we went upstairs to the bar which has a 360 degree view of London and had champagne. Afterwards we went for a gorgeous meal on a rooftop restaurant in the Bank area of London.

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We got married on 23rd May 2015. We chose the date as we wanted to get married in May and wanted to get married on a Saturday. That Saturday was also a bank holiday weekend which made it perfect for our travelling guests.

We got married at St Mary and St Martin Church in Blyth, Nottinghamshire. We chose to get married there because I was born in Rotherham and grew up in Worksop. I have always liked Blyth as it is a pretty old market town and the church there is very special as it is almost 1,000 years old. The church has a rich history with both Old Catholic and more recent protestant sections and has architecture that reflects this interesting history. The vicar there is the Rev Kate Bottley and she is fabulous and made the process so much more fun.

We had our wedding reception at Rossington Hall which is just over the border into South Yorkshire. We fell in love with Rossington Hall as it had the right combination of period grandeur, excellent food and friendly, approachable staff. The venue is perfect for weddings. It was an old boarding school and had run into dereliction so a local man bought it and painstakingly restored to its original Victorian glory.

An elegant wedding at Rossington Hall (c) Shakespeare Photography (31)

I just wanted the whole day to be simple and elegant with a touch of glamour. Everything was ivory and pale blush pink apart from the men’s suits which were navy blue. We chose this colour scheme as we wanted everything to be elegant and understated.

I chose a long chiffon dress from Sincerity Bridal. I got it from a shop called Wedding Frox in Cranleigh, near where I live. I fell in love with it on the hanger as it was so simple; it had no embellishment on it at all which was what I wanted. When I tried on the dress I was certain it was the one as I loved the shape and the way it made me feel.

An elegant wedding at Rossington Hall (c) Shakespeare Photography (32)

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