July 16th, 2018 | Julia Braime
Today’s couple, Nikki and Mike, are showing us a thing or two when it comes to stylishly pulling off a rustic barn wedding. Traditional yet contemporary – we think they got the balance just right.
Hosting their big day at the quaint Sandhole Oak Barn in Cheshire, the couple kept things pared back and beautiful, with plenty of rustic feels to complement the enchanting setting, with hessian and wood textures, bunting, jam jars, candles and crisp white floral arrangements just a few of the delightful details to look out for.
The wedding breakfast was a particular highlight for the newlyweds – just take a look at the sublime menu they dished up – not to mention their elegant naked cake with a delectable four different flavours to choose from!
Plenty of inspiration awaits though, so it’s best we hand the reins over to Nikki so that she can talk us through all the magical moments of their big day. Enjoy!
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, James Tracey Photography.
nikki says: We were staying at a vineyard just outside Bordeaux in May 2016 when Mike proposed. Mike decided to take me for a morning stroll just outside the chateau, which was on the vineyard. We walked though some woodland and then he got down on one knee and popped the question!
We got married on 11th May 2018. The weather has been great the last few years in May, so we decided to hedge our bets and go for that month.
We tied the knot at Sandhole Oak Barn, in Congleton, Cheshire. The setting was just perfect and exactly what we were looking for. We knew we wanted a barn style wedding and Sandhole ticked all the boxes.
We went for a rustic, countryside theme, although we didn’t have a particular colour scheme in mind, it was just more of the rustic feel with hessian and white tied in.
Mike wore a blue suit with a grey waistcoat from Suits Direct, in Cheshire Oaks. The groomsmen wore matching suits to the groom, but with different button holes from Mike.
The bridesmaids, meanwhile, wore blue/grey multi-way dresses from M&S with gypsophila worn in their hair.
June 25th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
The swoon-worthy wedding of Rachel and Chris brings both style and elegance together in a beautiful ‘modern botanicals’ theme. Lush eucalyptus and succulents are lit with tasteful copper lanterns on the tables and spill from the bride’s luxurious, scent-filled bouquet.
Choosing a scheme of grey and copper, Rachel cleverly weaves her delicate, modern colour scheme throughout the whole day, with no detail left to chance; from the copper writing on the confetti cones and order of service at the church, to the Mr and Mrs cake topper and charming marble place names, on which the guests’ names were painstakingly written in copper calligraphy by Rachel and her mum. Grey is a sophisticated choice for the bridesmaids’ dresses, and tones beautifully with the elegant surroundings and pale colourway of the venue.
The bride is stunning in a Blue by Enzoani gown, which brings old Hollywood glam together with modern elegance in a halterneck dress of lace and tulle, with a daring keyhole back. Hiring a classic car to travel from the church to the reception only added to the glamour, while also giving Rachel and Chris some time together to celebrate exchanging their vows. Tell us more, Rachel…
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Lloyd-Clarke Photography.
rachel says: Chris proposed in a gorgeous restaurant called Kat and Theo in New York, in August 2016. As I went to pick up my drink, Chris slid the ring box on to the table – lots of crying and “Oh my Gods” happened before I realised I hadn’t actually said yes! We then celebrated with cocktails in the square of the Rockefeller Centre.
We got married on 7th April 2018. I wanted all of my family from Canada to be able to join us and Easter is the best time for them to fly here. Plus, I’m a teacher so it meant we could have a week beforehand to prepare and a week after to relax. Spring is also our favourite time of the year.
The ceremony was at St Michael and All Angels Church in Middleton Tyas, and the reception was at nearby Middleton Lodge. My parents live close by and we had been to the Coach House at Middleton Lodge several times before and absolutely loved it. The fact that they have a cellar bar that opens until 2am was also a big selling point! The church is really cute, up a country road and surrounded by fields.
I would absolutely recommend the venue to other engaged couples. My bridesmaids, mum and I stayed at the farmhouse on the estate the night before the wedding, which was perfect. The farmhouse itself is absolutely gorgeous and we enjoyed a meal together for my final night as a ‘miss’. On the morning of the wedding, we were then all together in the living room while we had our hair and makeup done.
Middleton Lodge itself was amazing. Our wedding co-ordinator (Chloe) was so attentive and reassuring – I am quite a control freak, which I think she soon realised so she kept me up to date with everything that was going on and made sure it all looked how I had imagined. She was brilliant and made sure the day ran perfectly. I also loved having lots of people stay at the lodge with us and then we all enjoyed a delicious breakfast the next day.
For the theme, we wanted quite a modern, botanical style and not so much a ‘traditional’ wedding style. I wanted lots of succulents, eucalyptus, etc. to be the main style of flower. We went for a grey and copper colour scheme, with lots of greenery in the flowers.
June 22nd, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Ending the week on a high, we’re welcoming Abigail and Ashley to the blog to share the details of their super well-organised big day. Taking place on Easter Monday earlier this year, they exchanged vows at the bride’s quaint village church before celebrating with family and friends at The Millhouse Restaurant in Skidby, East Yorkshire.
Breaking with convention, the bride fell in love with a skirt while out wedding dress shopping…and decided to team this with a blue bridesmaid gown underneath, creating the illusion of a top. But crucially, doubling up as a party dress for later in the evening!
And this wasn’t the only thing that the couple did a little differently. Their colour scheme was in fact the theme for their big day, as they asked all their guests to dress in blue grey and silver. That would certainly help whittle down the eternal wedding guest dilemma of, what do I wear to the wedding?!
Well, it’s time to find out, as we hand the blog over to Abigail to talk us through all the fabulous highlights and explain why, despite the torrential rain, they were both simply “made up” when it came to their photography from their special day.
If you too love the look of Abigail & Ashley’s stunning wedding images taken by our fabulous Sponsor Ed of Silver Sixpence Film and Video, then you’ll want to make note of this exclusive Brides Up North reader offer: To celebrate the launch of the photography side of Silver Sixpence Film and Photo, Ed is offering a full day’s wedding photography for just £695 for weddings in 2018*. This includes all images delivered on USB or download and via digital viewing gallery. Bookings must be made before September 2018, so if you’re still on the hunt for a photographer, be sure to enquire promptly to take advantage of this fantastic offer.
Now, over to Abigail…
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Silver Sixpence Film and Photo.
abigail says: We got engaged on Sunday 27th November 2016 at 4am in the morning as we set off for a couple of nights in London. It nearly killed me as I couldn’t phone anyone till at least 7am because it was so early!
Our wedding date was 2nd April 2018, Easter Monday. Ashley is a teacher and we wanted the wedding to be during the school holidays and Easter Monday was all that was available at our chosen venue.
Our ceremony took place at midday at Leven Holy Trinity Church. Leven is the village I grew up in and the church was where my mum and dad got married, and where my sisters and I were christened. From there, we spent the afternoon and evening at The Millhouse Restaurant. We chose this venue as it was simplistic and bright, and the food is incredible – we knew we would be well looked after there.
Our theme was blue grey and silver and we asked all 102-day guests and our 175 evening guests to come dressed in those colours. The reason? I have been a bridesmaid nine times and couldn’t possibly choose between all my beautiful friends and sisters, so we decided to make the whole wedding party feel involved. I also had a blue and white dress rather than the traditional white.
Dress shopping was hell for me as I knew I wanted something a little different but wasn’t sure what! I ended up going to 14 dress shops, and my mum and me had a mix of good and bad experiences. I’ve always been known as a bargain hunter and totally refused to spend over £800 for my whole outfit, so obviously that was proving to be difficult.
Finally, we found Wed2b in Hull, and right there on the mannequin was this incredible skirt, I knew right then I had to have it! It was just a case of finding the right top half. Mum had the idea of me wearing a short dress underneath so on the night I would be freed up for dancing the night away. My blue dress is a bridesmaid dress from Samantha’s Boutique on Chanterlands Avenue, Hull, and I literally wore the skirt over the top with my beautiful belt which was £12 from eBay. My outfit – including alterations and shoes – came in at under £500.
June 15th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
If you like your inspo rugged and natural then today’s Nordic wedding styled shoot will be ticking all the boxes – and then some! Getting back to basics, the shoot brings together nothing more than a field, a teepee and a fire pit for an all-out bohemian affair inspired by rustic charm.
Conceived by photographer and Brides Up North Sponsor Jenny Maden, the photo shoot is brimming with all kinds of pretty, including copper cutlery, sheepskin rugs and cow hides. We think it’s safe to say that Jenny nailed it when it came it rounding up the best wedding suppliers for her shoot.
The ‘bride’ looks simply gorgeous with her pared back gown and dainty flower crown, a real ethereal beauty if ever we saw one. You’d never guess that the weather delayed the shoot though, because if anything, the pale grey skies only add to the drama. Proof that a little rain isn’t always a bad thing on your big day!
Enough talking though – it’s time to scroll through the dreamy photos and soak up all those cool Nordic vibes!
With images by Jenny Maden Photography. Model, Charlotte Brown.
jenny says: Following a recent trip to Iceland, I had been poring over Instagram and Pinterest for Nordic-inspired interiors, landscapes and artwork. I love the simplicity and earthiness of their styling and wanted this bridal shoot to reflect a wild Nordic theme.
We chose a field in a farming area of Denton, North Yorkshire, for the shoot. Getting out into the sticks helped to achieve that feeling of remoteness and wilderness! We also featured a teepee, provided by Bar Events UK. We used one of their small teepees but they also provide much larger structures, should events require a larger capacity. Bar Events UK also provided our wooden tables and benches, as well as the fire pit.
The interior of the tepee was styled by Ange at Floral Dance, using some of her own collection of props, alongside some amazing pieces sourced from Alpine Lifestyle Boutique in Ilkley. This shop is an absolute joy to visit; full of unique and quirky pieces. Lots of natural materials were used to achieve the rustic, Nordic look, including wood, sheepskin rug and cow hides, copper cutlery, vintage brown pot vases, a silver rug, and pampas grass in copper pots. The lovely Raspberry Toast also provided us with beautiful stationery.
We also had a flower archway, made from copper piping, intertwined with hazel, birch twigs, dried phalaris grass, eucalyptus and yellow broom to create a very wild and dramatic backdrop.
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June 12th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
For Jonathan and Julia, today’s real wedding couple, the most important element of their wedding day was being together at the ceremony and exchanging those poignant vows – despite all the hours spent agonising over the smallest details! For them, the celebration was a huge – and wonderful – bonus.
However, that doesn’t mean we won’t pour over all those gorgeous details and find inspiration in the rose-gold tinted centrepieces and the festive Christmas styling! A berry red wreath on the front door of the reception venue welcomes guests to a jolly celebration with a New Year vibe and personalised champagne glasses, each one hand-decorated by the couple, add a special touch to the toasts and a unique memento of the occasion.
With a rich and opulent colour scheme of burgundy with peach highlights and soft greenery, the styling complemented the Christmas theme beautifully. In the spirit of true New Year celebrations, guests were treated to a very generous free bar and an energetic band, while they helped themselves to the array of sweets on offer at the sweetie bar and delicious cupcakes baked by the groom’s mother.
Julia – who looked gorgeous in a sparkly, A-line Morilee gown with a faux fur shrug to keep the winter chill off her shoulders – has plenty of sage advice for you soon-to-be-brides. So, sit back and enjoy, as she takes us through her and Jonathan’s big day.
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Lloyd Clarke Photography.
julia says: We got engaged on New Years’ Eve 2015. Jonathan and I always go away for New Year and Jonathan had booked for us to go to Mottram Hall in Chester for two nights. We had a meal with cocktails and watched some fireworks, bringing the New Year in together as we had done for the previous three years of being together. However, this year was to be different: when we got to the room, Jonathan unexpectedly got down on one knee and proposed! Little did I know, he’d been planning the proposal and even had the ring made with me in mind, which he had been carrying around every day since October to ensure I did not find it! It was a complete surprise but perfect in every way.
We got married on 30th December 2017. I love winter and the feel of Christmas; it’s such a wonderful family time, which is important to us. I always knew I wanted something different to a summer wedding, so we aimed to wed between Christmas and New Year.
We decided we wanted a church wedding and have always loved All Hallows Church, which is local to my family home in Bardsey. The church is steeped in history, the original part of the building having been built in 800AD, and it stands proud in the village. Once we booked the church, everything fell into place. We visited Wood Hall Hotel and Spa in Wetherby on the off-chance as we were passing by. The hotel is so beautiful, set high on a hill that overlooks the surrounding villages, and we knew instantly this was our venue.
We would definitely recommend Wood Hall Hotel to those on the venue hunt. The staff were approachable, supportive, attentive and efficient. They made the experience very personal and added special touches, such as a free dining experience to try the menu choices and a teddy that had our names and wedding date stitched on as a lovely keepsake. We found the venue intimate enough for our wedding to feel personal but large enough to cater for guests and food on a large scale. No problem was ever too big and no detail was too small – even those last-minute changes.
We didn’t pick a particular theme or style for our wedding, although Jonathan and I are quite traditional and knew we would like a church wedding. We liked the idea of having a winter wedding and, when we visited Wood Hall in December and saw it decorated for Christmas, we knew instantly we would like that for our wedding! Our colour theme stemmed from there, along with flowers and smaller details such as centrepieces.
Knowing we wanted to get married in winter, especially around Christmas, lent itself to rich, deep, beautiful colours. We decided to have burgundy as the colour theme throughout our wedding, with a few enhancing colours for different aspects. Our bridesmaid dresses were burgundy with navy shawls and it was the main colour of the flowers in the bouquet and posies, which were broken up with peach and lots of greenery. The men’s suits were navy and the ties were burgundy, as well as the flowers used for the centrepieces and favours.
May 16th, 2018 | Julia Braime
It’s been a crazy couple of weeks behind the scenes here at Brides Up North HQ (ok, it’s been a crazy eight years, but who’s counting…) as we prepare to bring you the final date in our epic, epic, EPIC(and that’s a lot of epics we know) festival wedding fairs wedfest’18 tour finishing in the North West with the glorious WEDSTIVAL’18 at Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire this coming Sunday 20th May 2018, 11am till 3pm, FREE ENTRY*
*yes, you’re not seeing things, these EPIC events are FREE for you and your entire bridal party to attend (just make sure someone else is the designated driver for this one!)
To us, the WEDFEST’18 TOUR is like all our Christmases coming at once… but kicking off the start of summer, with Pimms, and tents, and gorgeous gowns… and ALL the wedding inspiration!
If you’re a North West bride to be, Capesthorne Hall is where you need to be THIS SUNDAY 20th May, as we transform the popular stately home into a wedding wonderland with our huge sailcloth tent, tipi tops, stretch tents, PIMMS Bar, street food vendors, live music, cars and campers, 70+ luxury wedding suppliers and so much more. It’s one for every bride, whether your style is breezy boho or super chic. We’ve just made the planning process so much more fun – a real day out, rather than just ticking a box on your planning checklist. And grooms always seem to enjoy this one too…
These events are big, beautiful and brilliantly useful too… don’t miss it! It’s your last chance this year!
Please register for free entry to WEDSTIVAL’18 for you and your party.
As well as fast track, free entry, we’re giving away free Bride To Be goody packs, sponsored by UNVEILED magazine, filled with glossy magazines and treats from Brides Up North. As demand is high, to all you need to do is select the show that you want to attend via the link below and register. While stocks last.
We create events that are fun, friendly and affordable events for wedding suppliers too! We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2018. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our fabulous Luxury Wedding Shows across three regions.
Click here to view the full schedule.
Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Since their inception in spring 2012, all exhibitions have been sell outs on exhibitor space. Consequently, we expect demand for 2018 to be very high. Get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee your place.
Alternatively, please email firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP for exhibitor booking and pricing information listing the events or area that you are interested in.
The forecast looks great right now, but, if the weather is looking a little dubious on the day (hey, it’s the North West!) there’s nothing to worry about either – all of our structures are perfectly weatherproof, warm and welcoming, so a little drizzle ain’t going to spoil our party. And what a party it’s going to be!
As well as our street food vendors, live music and entertainment, we’ve so many amazing exhibitors and styling ideas on show that you’ll leave with every last detail covered. Any supplier worth their sequins will be at one of our WEDSTIVAL’18, many offering on the day discounts too, and the Hall itself will also be open for viewings!
Order a cocktail, stay for lunch, and get your wedding planning all wrapped up at the same time. Result.
Grab your groom, your girl squad (and even your gran!) and get yourself to the bridal event that everyone’s been talking about. Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair… and we’ll see you on the field for the WEDSTIVAL’18!
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