October 9th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
We’re stepping back into warmer climes today as we recount Holly and Ashley’s fabulous July wedding at the beautiful Crathorne Hall in Yarm.
Set in 15 acres of private grounds on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors, this is a wedding venue that’s brimming in pure elegance and romantic wedding day feels. It’s no surprise that the couple fell in love with the space, complementing the dreamy setting with their very own Yorkshire-inspired wedding. Think tractors, horses and outdoor games and you’ll start to picture the scene!
The couple, who welcomed family and friends from around the globe, kept things classic and elegant – from the pastel hued blooms to the turquoise bridesmaids’ dresses and handmade centrepieces. All understated and flawlessly perfect.
Other special touches to look out for include their horseshoe favours and messages in a bottle, which the bride and groom plan on opening in the years to come.
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Lloyd Clarke Photography.
holly says: We got engaged on 4th August 2017. It was Ashley’s birthday and we went out for dinner at the Jet Miners in Broughton. After dinner, Ash insisted on going for a walk so we headed for Cod Beck Reservoir in Osmotherley. We walked half way around the reservoir and he challenged me to skim stones. As I was searching for a stone to skim, Ash called my name, I turned around and he was there on one knee! An absolutely perfect and unexpected proposal.
We got married on 20th July 2018. We chose this date because it was one of the very few available during the summer for the year following our engagement. We couldn’t wait to get a date booked.
We got married at Crathorne Hall. We viewed several venues and Crathorne Hall was the one that ticked all of the boxes. Gorgeous, accessible and it had rooms on-site. It was perfect.
When we started wedding planning, we were keen to have a Yorkshire theme. We both originate from down south but have always lived together in North Yorkshire. However, as things developed, so did the theme. Our wedding just became a party that represented us – tractors, horses, travel and food.
We didn’t really choose a colour scheme. We just went for natural and neutral colours that we both liked.
When I went dress shopping, I tried on a lot of dresses in many different shops. With our wedding date booked for less than a year away, there was a lot of pressure to get a dress ordered as quickly as possible so it would be ready in time. I eventually chose a dress from Victoria Robson in Northallerton. Victoria made it easy and stress-free and I knew that the dress was the one!
Ash chose his suit from Peter Posh – it was a combination of styles which suited his taste perfectly. We got the grooms’ suits from the same supplier and it was very straightforward to organise.
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 14th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
There’s something about a bride on her wedding day, as she brims with beauty, elegance and an inner radiance – and today’s bride, Harriet, is certainly no exception. Looking 100% gorgeous in a fitted lace gown with capped sleeves and a delicate full-length veil, she glides down the aisle with grace. And to complete the moving moment – a live church choir performing.
Harriet and Mike chose a beautiful, natural theme to complement the countryside setting and their personalities. The rustic look was echoed on the tables of the wedding breakfast, with candles, wooden log slices and trails of ivy. The two large foliage hoops hanging from the roof of the marquee provide a pretty focal point and draw guests’ attention to the fairy-lit ceiling, which really comes into its own as the light fades and the band strikes up for the first dance.
A further detail highlight has to be the cake stand made from a tree trunk, decorated with wispy foliage and topped with a naked cake in a beautiful; summery yellow hue. Confectionery perfection!
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Lloyd Clarke Photography.
harriet says: We got engaged on 17th July 2015, at the breakfast table on our balcony. Mike made a lovely cooked breakfast and shortly afterwards he brought me a red velvet cupcake that said ‘Marry Me’ on it. To my great surprise, I turned to him and he was already on one knee. Later that evening we travelled to India to explore the Himalayas. What a way to start our journey!
We got married on 5th August 2017. It was one of the only dates available at the stunning Priory Cottages where we held our reception – a very popular place! Without question we would recommend the venue; it’s simply stunning if you enjoy being in the countryside. Serena and her team were very accommodating. We also reserved all the cottages for our families, which was convenient for us.
Our ceremony took place at All Saints Church in Kirk Deighton. We chose this venue because it is a beautiful church and close to my family home. I also have fond memories of the church because my eldest sister got married there in 2012. I must give a special mention to the wonderful choir that joined us at the ceremony – Collavoce from Harrogate.
We chose a rustic theme for our wedding. I felt it complemented the venue and we also like a natural approach with nothing too extravagant. There was no set colour scheme, other than whites, greens and blush pink in the flowers to bring a hint of colour into it. We wanted it to be as natural as possible.
My dress was from a shop in York called Bridal Rogue Gallery – a full-length, white lace dress from the designer Pronovias. I chose it because I liked the fit, the lace detail and the slightly lower back. It was a very statement wedding dress for me, which I wouldn’t have normally gone for. I went into the shop thinking I would choose a completely different kind of dress but instead I fell in love with that one.
My bridal makeup was done by Laura Wilkinson. She was very friendly, professional and reasonably priced. She wasn’t pushy in any way and gave advice as to what best suited my complexion. I would recommend her to anyone.
August 8th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
The gorgeously vivid flowers that feature in today’s real wedding between Sophie and Rob add some real pizzazz to this lovely summer celebration; in pinks and oranges, purples and yellows, they pop spectacularly against the neutral marquee and white paper lanterns and balloons. Achieving a ‘grown-up boho’ vibe for their big day, Sophie and Rob opted for some lovely homemade details, such as the chalkboard running order of the day and table plan.
Sophie went with a lesser known designer for her delicate boho-inspired dress; the Inbal Raviv creation is stunning with its lace and bead embellishments and unusual tassel straps. Completing her ensemble with a headdress of vibrant flowers and a simple pair of earrings, Sophie’s look is elegant and oh-so chic with a playful twist.
Sophie and Rob had all the right connections to make their wedding extra special. Working in PR meant Sophie had access to plenty of fantastic suppliers and being the son of the Bishop of Warrington meant Rob could secure a pretty high-profile figure to conduct the ceremony – not many people can say they’ve been married by their own father!
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, James Tracey Photography.
sophie says: We got engaged during a weekend away that Rob booked “as he had some points on his credit card” to spend, which saw us staying in a hotel in Richmond for the weekend – one of my favourite places in London. I should have thought it was all too good to be true (we were in a huge suite) but was, of course, completely oblivious. After we’d had lunch and been to the spa, he caught me off guard in the room with the ring and I was completely shocked. We then headed for a meal by the river and a few too many drinks to celebrate! The next day he’d planned a surprise Sunday lunch with friends, too: safe to say I had a very sore head on Monday at work.
We got married on 12th August 2017 and had our reception at the amazing Priory Cottages in Wetherby, which I cannot rate highly enough. We looked at loads of places online (we live in London but wanted to get married in the north as Rob is from Sheffield and I’m a Leeds girl) and wanted somewhere we could celebrate for the weekend and that felt informal and fun. The cottages meant we could have the whole wedding party stay the night before and the night of, and it had a beautiful marquee and gardens, of which we could have free reign. Serena at The Priory was amazing and answered so many of our questions, putting us at ease and making everything super easy – we would 100% recommend it. The Priory is a stunning setting (so many people said so) and the people who manage it (shout out to the lovely Serena and Phoebe) are so helpful and down to earth and honestly made the experience so hassle free and easy. I asked so many questions and they always had an answer and can suggest great suppliers to work with, as well as tips for the big day.
We had our ceremony in a gorgeous village church up the road from The Priory, called Wighill Church. Rob’s dad is part of the church (at the time, the Bishop of Warrington) and so he married us, which was one of the most amazing parts of the day. He got everyone laughing and really matched the service to our personalities and became a bit of a celebrity at the reception afterwards.
For transport, we splashed out and hired a little red sports car – an AC Cobra for anyone who knows anything about cars – from Classic Car Hire North, which actually became one of our favourite bits about the day – it looked so good in pictures! My dad drove him and I to the church and then Rob and I drove back with the top down (the hair wasn’t loving it, but it was worth it) down all the pretty country roads.
There was no theme as such but we’re both quite non-traditional in our style and wanted something laid back to match the countryside setting. If forced to say so, I would describe it as ‘grown-up boho’, which probably started with my dress and came through in everything else. We just tried to pick things that felt like our personality. We had such a great backdrop to begin with, with The Priory, which really brought everything together.
In terms of a colour scheme, I scoured Pinterest and became obsessed with big, bright bouquets and flowers, which is the opposite to my usual style as I’m often dressed head to toe in black or one simple colour, but I loved the pictures and so decided that, to make it more ‘us’, we’d create a really simple white blank canvas, with white lanterns and balloons, and then have bright flowers popping throughout.
July 31st, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
Love Island is over (and we’ve already got #TeamJani withdrawal, we’re loyal like that). What’s a good wedding blogger to do?
Bring on the winter weddings.
It’s hard to imagine winter ever existed as we roast our way through this incredible heatwave, but today’s real wedding is here to remind us how magical winter nuptials can be; with roaring open fires, candlelight and inviting colour schemes, just like Natalie and Paul’s celebrations. They chose marsala as a key colour for their wedding, which evokes feelings of warmth and cosiness on the coolest of days and is dramatic and festive on the photographs.
To continue the cosy theme, the couple decorated the wedding breakfast with fairy lights draped from the ceiling and placed giant love letters behind the top table, which looks wonderfully effective as the daylight begins to fade. For an autumn or winter wedding the lighting is so important – balancing your light levels using plenty of different, gentle light sources enables your photographer to get some fantastic, atmospheric shots and really capture the ambience you’ve worked so hard to create.
Natalie and Paul share a love of travel, so the map of the world they used as a table plan is a great idea to bring their personalities to the fore. They also dotted photographs on little easels throughout the wedding breakfast of their adventures, which is a lovely, personal touch. We also love the photo opportunity at night, when all the guests line up and wave sparklers for the couple to walk through – another magical use of light!
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Nik Bryant Photography.
natalie says: Paul and I got engaged while we were on holiday in America on 25th May 2016. We were in Austin, Texas, and, after eating our bodyweight in delicious barbecue meat in Franklin’s BBQ, we climbed to the top of Mount Bonnell, which overlooks Austin city and the Colorado River. There’s a superstition that says couples who hold hands the whole way to the top without letting go will be together forever, so we decided to give it a go (harder than it sounds in the humid Texas heat!). When we got to the top, we found a secluded spot overlooking the river to cool down and Paul got down on one knee and popped the question. The ring was so beautiful that I couldn’t believe he’d chosen it all by himself!
Our wedding date was 18th November 2017. We really wanted it to be cosy and intimate, so we thought a winter wedding would be perfect, but this date also left us enough time for a longer honeymoon before Christmas!
We had our ceremony at St Cross Church in Knutsford. The church was really pretty and, as soon as we went in, we felt really welcomed by everyone, so we were so happy to be able to get married there! Our wedding reception was at the Oak Tree of Peover in Knutsford, Cheshire. We loved the venue as soon as we saw it! It was so cosy and rustic and was beautifully decorated. We couldn’t recommend the Oak Tree of Peover enough, particularly for a winter wedding with its lovely fire, fairy lights and ivy. It was the kind of venue that looked amazing without adding anything, but there was plenty of space to add personal touches if you wanted.
On the day of the wedding, we travelled between the church to the reception venue in a car hired from Broadoak Cars. We weren’t sure about hiring a car as both venues were so close but it meant we got some good quality time together to take a breath after the ceremony, and the driver was great at helping me get my dress into the car!
Our colour scheme was marsala and dusty pink, with olive and gold. We wanted the darker red as a nice contrast to my white dress and it felt perfect for a winter wedding, whilst the softer pink and olive helped to keep it warm and cosy.
July 27th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
Groom Tom from today’s real wedding feature scored ultimate points for his proposal – going far beyond just getting down on bended knee, he decorated the house and filmed a proposal video to surprise Natalie when she returned home from work, before whisking her off to Belgium for a minibreak. No wonder she thought he was a keeper!
And Tom continued to earn those brownie points by getting fully involved in the wedding planning too, whipping up a clever easel, cake stand, and confetti stand for the big day; the perfect accessories for the beautifully illustrated table plan, naked cake and cute confetti cones, complete with the couple’s initials and wedding date.
A delicate colour scheme of dusky pinks carried through the flowers and décor creating a pretty and romantic setting for the celebrations. We particularly love the effect of the paper spheres and fairy lights hanging from the marquee ceiling, and the elegant table centres.
Stolen kisses under the blossom trees make for a romantic collection of photographs on what, we’re sure, was a wonderful day to remember.
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Helen Russell Photography.
natalie says: We got engaged in our first home together. Tom surprised me on my arrival home from work with a decorated house and a proposal video. It was two days before my birthday and he whisked me off to Bruges for the weekend.
We got married on Saturday 21st April 2018. It was exactly six years that we had been together. Our venue was Middleton Lodge in Richmond, which ticked all of our boxes. We were overwhelmed on our first visit and fell in love with the house and surroundings. It’s a lovely Georgian house that we could have exclusive use of for the weekend and it gave a really relaxed feel to our wedding.
We would absolutely recommend Middleton Lodge as it was a fantastic venue for a weekend of wedding celebrations. From initially visiting on an open day, we were instantly wowed and knew that Middleton Lodge was where we wanted to get married. The wedding team was excellent and no job was too big or too small. On the wedding day, Anna the wedding coordinator put my mind at rest that everything was coming together and asked final questions just to make sure everything was how I would expect it.
We didn’t have a particular theme for our wedding. I wanted to have dusky pink elements and Tom wanted to have an input into the overall look and feel of the wedding. He produced wooden boxes for country flowers, which were located at the front of our venue. He also made an easel, cake stand and our confetti stand.
Tom hired his and his groomsmen’s suits from Antich and Sons.
My bridesmaids wore dresses from Elenor Rose, Huddersfield.
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