November 14th, 2016 | Julia Braime
Today’s wedding is a stunning example of how a wedding can be both lavish and relaxed.
Working around an elegant blush pink and dove grey colour scheme, Debbie and Darran went all out with the wedding styling choosing striking floral decorations and an abundance of candles to enhance their already stunning venue.
The wedding party looked extra glam too, with the bridesmaids in shimmering grey dresses and Debbie in a stunning fish-tail style gown.
Keen not to overdo the formalities though, the bride and groom opted for relaxed bowl-food style dining, lots of sweet treats and enjoyable live entertainment. A winning combination we say!
With images by Jonny Draper Photography.
debbie says: Our love story began on 25th February 2012. Darran and I had known each other for over ten years, our youngest children went through school together. We had both become single and Darran took the opportunity to ask me to go for a drink with him. Little did I know that 1,527 days later he would become my husband.
We officially got engaged on Sunday 22nd February 2015, Darran got down on one knee on the Sunday morning not long after we had woken up, and he was wearing just his undies! So romantic. The following day we had a surprise 40th lunch to attend. After we left the lunch I suggested we take a drive over to Ashfield House, unbeknown to him I had secretly popped in their six months previously to pick up a brochure. We rocked up unannounced on the off chance that we could get a proper look around. Fortunately for us Katie Street was more than accommodating. From the moment I walked through Ashfield’s front door I knew that this was where I wanted to get married.
To get the ball rolling we made an appointment for the following Saturday to visit Prestons of Bolton to pick out my engagement ring. We had an amazing experience at Preston’s of Bolton, being served with Veuve Clicquot champagne whilst we looked at various diamonds. I had pretty much made up my mind beforehand that I would like a pear cut solitaire, as Darran had bought me pear cut earrings a few years previously.
We set the date of the wedding for Sunday 1st May 2016. We knew that by picking a bank holiday weekend that it would give our travelling guests the opportunity to make a full weekend of it.
Ashfield House was such a perfect venue for the wedding. The building, in our opinion, is stunning with so much character and history. We loved the bright airy feel to the recently revamped Langtree Suite, which is where our ceremony took place.
The grounds at Ashfield House are simply stunning too. Unfortunately for us the weather was wet and temperamental, and although we did manage to get outside to get some fantastic shots, the fact that there are so many places inside for your photographer to shoot some cool original shots is a massive bonus. We also loved the fact that Ashfield House is an exclusive wedding venue Monday to Saturday. On a Sunday they do serve Sunday lunch. This didn’t cause us any problems though as we knew that the lunchtime guests would have left by the time our ceremony took place.
The icing on the cake was that Ashfield House has 15 ensuite rooms with a handful of suites that are competitively priced. This meant that our travelling guests had the beauty of staying over at the wedding venue too.
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November 11th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
The weekend is almost within our grasp, and what better reason to raise a glass of Friday fizz than welcoming new Brides Up North Sponsor, ER Photography, to the blog.
Having seized the opportunity to photograph a friend’s wedding back in 2010, Manchester-based Jo and Jon of ER Photography, have relished in the challenge of capturing couples’ big days ever since.
Keen to achieve those natural “in the moment” shots as well as picture-perfect portraits, the dynamic duo work as a team to cover the day from different angles resulting in beautiful full day coverage.
Better still, if you like the look of what you see ER Photography are offering Brides Up North readers £135 off their Full Wedding Photography Package, bringing it down to £1,560.
Now let’s take a look at some more of their stunning work, whilst finding out more about their photography style and approach.
Tell us a little about the ER Photography team and how long you have been photographing weddings for?
er photography say: We are Jo and Jon and our very first wedding was on the 5th September 2010, at the beautiful Peckforton Castle in Cheshire. Since our first wedding in 2010 we’ve loved every minute of being wedding photographers. We had a portrait studio near the Trafford Centre for two years prior to our first wedding, but then after starting to shoot weddings they took over and so we stopped doing portraits.
What attracted you to wedding photography specifically?
We’ve always loved weddings but we were initially a little bit scared. Then when we got asked to do our first wedding for a friend, we were hooked! Weddings go through all the emotions: fun, laughter, tears of joy and sadness. It’s just wonderful to be able to capture and build a story of a perfect day that’s unique to each couple.
And what is it about your job that you love?
We love everything! From the preparations beforehand, getting to know our couples, having fun on the pre-wedding shoots, finding out all the details, and then, of course, the day itself and the delivery. This is always special as couples are so looking forward to reliving the day again.
How would you describe your style of wedding photography and what makes you stand out from others?
We are a great team and love working together; we have our favourite lenses and equipment so each shot we take is not the same as each other’s so our couples really benefit from having both of us.
We have decided that we do only come as a pair, going out separately would not allow us to produce the style that we love, we are candid, in the moment and unobtrusive. Whilst one of us can be seen by the guests and wedding party, the other one is usually hiding or out of sight so those natural photos you see in our portfolio are so much easier to get when guests think you’re not around. Each wedding is as unique as the couple and their guests, even at the same venue no two of our weddings are ever the same.
What is the feedback like from your clients?
Feedback is always fantastic, and not just from our couples, but guests at the wedding generally say how great our approach is and how friendly we are. We believe you get the best out of people when being friendly, approachable and polite.
Our couples like the little touches too. For example, we put a sneak peek of a few images on the blog for them within a week of their wedding, which gives them something to show people they meet on their honeymoon. We also take pride in how we deliver our product, and the handmade USB presentation boxes that we personalise especially for each couple go down a treat.
November 11th, 2016 | Alexis Forsyth
Today on the blog we bring you a beautiful real wedding in the picturesque foothills of the Pennines.
After a three-year engagement, Hannah and Tom exchanged vows over the May bank holiday weekend, in the quaint setting of the village church in Ripponden.
Blending rustic charm with an elegant and contemporary décor – not to mention one of the most stunning balconied ballrooms we have ever seen – The Saddleworth Hotel provided the gorgeous backdrop to the couple’s memorable celebrations.
With handwritten notes to each and every guest, as well as a special donation to a charity close to their hearts – this was a wedding brimming with nostalgia and personal touches from start to finish.
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, James Tracey Photography.
hannah says: We got engaged three years ago. Tom arranged for us to go away for the weekend to one of our favourite hotels. He hired a beach hut and brought along a picnic with prosecco. He pulled out the ring which he’d had made for me and, obviously, I said yes. We then headed back to the hotel, where he’d arranged to meet my parents for a meal to celebrate.
We got married on Saturday 28th May 2016. I’m a teacher so we needed a date that fitted in with the school holidays, and with a good chance of nice weather! The bank holiday weekend fell in the middle of our spring bank holiday, so it was perfect.
We tied the knot at St Bartholomew’s Church, in Ripponden. This is our village church and it was also the church I went to whilst growing up, so it was really special to get married there.
Our reception was at The Saddleworth Hotel in Delph. It was actually the first venue we looked at, and nothing else came close. We loved the mix of old and new – the ballroom is amazing and fitted really well with our vision for the day. The double height room really is special. The venue and grounds are absolutely stunning and the team there is brilliant; nothing is too much trouble.
We chose The Saddleworth Hotel partly because of its glamorous setting and wanted to incorporate this theme within our wedding. We wanted our day to be classic and glam, but at the same time reflect us as a couple and be laidback enough for guests to really enjoy themselves. We wanted our guests to feel special, and spot those little touches that made the day about us as a couple and as individuals. So, not an easy job!
We didn’t have a specific colour scheme, although the bridesmaids wore blush pink dresses and the flowers were blush pink and white. Everything else we picked because we loved it and it fitted our idea for the day.
My dress was a chiffon and beaded Justin Alexander gown, which I bought from The Harrogate Wedding Lounge. I had an idea of what I wanted when I started looking for dresses, and this was absolutely not it! But when I tried the dress on, I swished around the room and felt like an amazing version of me! It wasn’t what I set out to get, but it was the perfect dress for our day.
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November 9th, 2016 | Laura McDonagh
Today’s real wedding is just perfect for the snow flurries that we are seeing up and down the country today. We hope you are all safe and cosy with a steaming cup of something chocolately on your desk or on your knee!
Luisa and Peter pulled off the impressive feat of a Christmas wedding without a can of snow spray or a gilded pine cone in sight. Instead, their big day at Colshaw Hall in Cheshire, was led by an organic woodland theme, full of warm earthy tones and plenty of grown-up black-tie glamour.
The food and the playlist were particular focal points for this Manchester music-loving pair, and the following day saw the festivities extended with an aprés-ski extravaganza. So get comfortable, perhaps with a glass of Malbec or a mulled wine – go on, Luisa would definitely approve!
With images by Jonny Draper Photography
luisa says: Peter and I got engaged in Barbados. One night we went down for dinner and, instead of heading for our usual table in the restaurant, we were led down a path lined with candles that took us to a private beach and a table for two. When we sat down and opened the menus, I saw all of my favourite foods and champagne. Then a steel band appeared playing Elvis Presley’s I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You. When I looked around, Peter was down on one knee; it was a truly magical moment. He made a beautiful speech and, of course, I said yes. We spent the rest of the week celebrating and relaxing; it was just so perfect!
We chose to get married on 19th December 2015 because it was the closest Saturday to the Winter Solstice – a date important to me and my mum. We wanted a winter wedding as we felt that there were lots more options to explore in terms of the decorations and the vibe that we could create.
For the venue, we chose Colshaw Hall in Cheshire. We wanted to make sure that the event was totally private and this was the huge bonus of Colshaw: the venue and all of its grounds are hired exclusively so we wouldn’t be sharing our special day with anyone else. Secondly, as Peter’s family are based in Suffolk, we wanted to make sure that there was accommodation onsite to ensure that the wedding weekend was as easy as possible for those travelling. Having looked at quite a few venues in the area, Colshaw’s accommodation was, we felt, the most beautiful. Each room has its own stunning theme and beautiful view over the grounds. Colshaw’s Peel Suite also offered a beautiful blank canvas; no wedding looks the same there. We had hired the main house for the drinks and canapés straight after the service and this offered a unique, cosy, Christmas drinks party atmosphere.
Theme-wise, we wanted to create a natural and organic winter forest. Peter and I love walking our dog Digby up on the Edge and we wanted to recreate that same earthy, woodland environment. I wanted my wedding to be just that little bit ‘out there’, and having the trees as the centrepiece certainly achieved that goal. As our wedding was the weekend before Christmas, I think people expected us to go down the more conventional festive route and it was truly lovely seeing their reactions to the chapel and the main room. We’d focused on lots of earthy tones, such as dark greens and ambers, making sure that everything was lit by candles to create warmth.
I had chosen quite a traditional and simple gown designed by Stewart Parvin with the lace detail as a nod to my Italian heritage. My dress was bought and styled by the incredible ladies at LOVE Bridal in Cheshire. They helped accessorise my gown with a Stewart Parvin veil, lace jacket and honey-toned belt which contemporised it perfectly. My shoes were Hangisis by Manolo Blahnik; I just loved their quirkiness. In the evening, I removed the lace jacket and added a thin sparkly belt to liven it up for the dancing. I visited several bridal stores and LOVE Bridal’s service surpassed all the London boutiques. From the beautiful little cakes they serve to the ‘grand reveal’, the wonderful Emma and Clare have it covered.
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November 7th, 2016 | Emma Davis
Today’s real wedding is a beautiful representation of both the bride and groom’s roots.
Taking place at a charming English manor house, the celebrations featured subtle nod’s to the Middle East through both styling and food choices.
We love the natural and relaxed vibe of this wedding, and check out the venue’s gardens, which made for some fabulous photography opportunities.
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Richard Perry Photography.
dina says: Andrew proposed to me on his birthday in March last year! As a surprise I’d arranged to take him for a meal to the Rythe Arms in Tadcaster, and we stayed over at the Colton Haggs B&B. After dinner Andrew mentioned he’d put a bottle of champagne in the fridge and asked me to collect it. When I came back he dropped to one knee and asked me if I would make him the happiest man in the world and marry him with the ring in his hands. It was all a blur for me and took me by surprise! Apparently I swore a lot and was a bit incomprehensible – but then he hugged me, I calmed down from all the excitement and said yes!
We got married on 31st July 2016, at Holdsworth House in Halifax, where we had both the ceremony and reception. We’d both done some research online and had a list of venues we wanted to see – and it happened to be our joint favourite from our online research. When we went there everyone was so friendly and it was such a stunning place that we instantly fell in love with it. We didn’t actually view any other places! We booked it there and then, especially after we stayed there for lunch and tasted how delicious the food was.
I’m Egyptian and Andrew is English, and I wanted both cultures reflected in the day. There wasn’t a theme as such, but as the venue was a beautiful English manor house, I added slight accents to give a nod to my middle-eastern heritage. The invites were an Arabic mosaic design made by With Love Invitations, which was then also adopted for the seating plans and table and seating cards. I also dotted lots of different types of lanterns across the venue, around the wedding cakes and tables, and had a couple of Arabic style throws in the courtyard.
Andrew’s favourite colour is blue so we went with blues for the colour scheme and then mixed in whites and natural greens to make it more in keeping with the summer season. I picked teal bridesmaid dresses that matched the same palette as the invites, table plans and chair sashes. Andrew and the ushers were in cobalt blue suits, and the flowers were all white. I wanted a simple classic colour scheme that didn’t clash or detract from how beautiful the venue naturally was; it didn’t need a lot of stuff adding to it.
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November 4th, 2016 | Alexis Forsyth
This afternoon we’re sharing with you a magical 1920s inspired wedding set against the stunning art nouveau backdrop of The Belle Epoque, in Knutsford, Cheshire, where will be hosting one of our fabulous Luxury Wedding Fairs THIS Sunday. So ladies, if you like what you see, be sure to register for the free-entry event now and join us for what is set to be a really inspiring day with some of the area’s finest wedding suppliers.
The Belle Epoque certainly captured the hearts of today’s couple, Hayley and Tim, who chose to tie the knot at the gorgeous boutique hotel on their nine-year anniversary.
Dressed in an elegant Mark Lesley long-sleeved gown, Hayley’s vintage look perfectly complemented the venue’s plush art deco setting, and set the tone for their special day.
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, James Tracey Photography.
hayley says: We got engaged last year whilst celebrating my birthday at a beautiful hotel in the Lakes. Unbeknown to me, Tim had asked my mum and dad for their blessing and bought me a gorgeous ring. We walked for hours, taking in the scenery and then chilled in our hot tub on a private terrace overlooking Lake Windermere and drank champagne. When it was time to get ready for dinner, I went inside the room to get ready. I noticed Tim had gone back out onto the terrace. The curtains were drawn so I couldn’t see outside. When I pulled them back I saw he’d lit candles everywhere and scattered roses around the little box with the ring inside. He got down on one knee and I burst out laughing with shock (poor Tim!). I made him sweat for a few minutes before saying yes.
We got married on 18th June 2016. Given my well-known tendency for bargain hunting, I called the venue and asked for the best summer date they could offer at the best price and this was the date they offered. Very unromantic… until Tim pointed out it would be our nine-year anniversary! He initially thought I’d picked the date for that reason, until I confessed it was just a sweet coincidence!
We knew we wanted an informal venue, all under one roof – we were certain of that. The location was the tricky part. Initially we looked abroad, as we both love the sunshine and a more relaxed setting. But with two small children and a large family, we eventually decided to stay in the UK. Top of our UK list was a vineyard in Cornwall. Cornwall has a special place in our hearts, as does wine. But the place itself was a bit of a ‘work in progress’ as far as venues go. It had lots of potential but wasn’t quite there yet. We were really glad we made the effort to go down and see it though, rather than just judge it from the online photos (top tip to any future brides!).
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