October 22nd, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Monday just got a whole lot brighter thanks to the beautiful DIY wedding of Maddy and Mike. Choosing to marry in the bride’s hometown of Hebden Bridge, they selected the charming Wainsgate Chapel and Hall for their celebrations – a location close to bride Maddy’s heart for so many reasons. The venue was something of a blank canvas, which the couple completely transformed with a blaze of colour, flowers and festoon lighting. Truly magical.
The newlyweds surprised and treated their guests to so many special touches throughout the day, we hardly know where to begin. We’re talking two bands (and an unexpected performance Love Actually-style following the ceremony), afternoon tea instead of a traditional wedding breakfast, Mr Whippy ice cream and even a glitter bar!
Other highlights we just have to mention include the homemade jam as favours, the fabulous cake baked by the mother-of-the-bride and the appearance of the happy couple’s dog Kassy, who acted as ring bearer. There’s so much more to tell though, so let’s pass the blog over to Maddy to spill all the details!
With images by Mark Hillyer Photography.
maddy says: We met on Tinder and quickly fell in love after meeting in person. I moved in with Mike after six months and we were already talking about marriage. Soon after, I accidently found a list of proposal ideas on his phone, (I wasn’t snooping, promise!) so we went ring shopping together in Ilkley – one of our favourite towns and also where we had our third date. Mike took me back the next week to collect the ring and suggested we go for a walk up the Cow and Calf first. Right on top of the boulders overlooking the valley he pointed out a rock carving which said “Marry me?” and I turned to see him on one knee with the ring in his hand. He’d been up earlier in the week with his hammer and chisel and to collect the ring. It’s lovely that the carving will last for years to come.
We got married on 23rd June 2018 (though we had a small legal ceremony at Leeds Town Hall the week before with just our immediate family). I always knew I wanted a summer wedding, and with my job (I’m a junior doctor) dates in June and July were easier to plan for, as in August you rotate to a new placement. It was also important to have a date that wouldn’t clash with my brother’s exams and when we’d have plenty of time at the venue for setting up.
I always wanted to get married in my hometown of Hebden Bridge. I lived there my whole childhood and it would have felt wrong to go anywhere else. Wainsgate Chapel and Sunday school hall is a short distance from my mum’s house and holds some special memories for me and my family – my primary school Harvest and Christingle services were held there, and my dad’s ashes are buried in the graveyard – so in a way he was there, too.
The building is very old and in need of some TLC in places, but it adds to its charm. There are also lots of beautiful features – from the woodwork and marble in the chapel to the stained-glass window and high ceiling in the Sunday school hall. It also allowed us a lot of flexibility with the Chapel, hall and outside space all being a blank canvas.
Wainsgate is completely different to other wedding venues. If you can see past some of its shabbiness to see the beauty, and don’t mind a lot of hard work, it’s a wonderful place to get married.
We didn’t have a theme. I knew having one would have made me feel a little restricted when planning. I knew I wanted it bright and colourful, with flowers and lights, a real party vibe where people could relax and really enjoy themselves. Our priorities when planning were the photographer, flowers, food and music.
We had all of the colour! I don’t have a favourite colour, so this was pretty easily decided!
I was a little greedy when it came to my big day attire, and ended up with two wedding dresses. I managed it by buying both in sales – so I spent less than the average cost of one dress on two! My first dress was by Nicola Anne Bridal. I found it in a boutique closing down sale. I took my friend just expecting to try a few things on for ideas. The fabric of this gown was what first stood out, a beautiful damask silk, striking a perfect balance between simple satin and detailed lace. The shape of the dress also flattered me, with the vintage style bateau neckline and nipped in waist. The low back added a hint of glamour.
My second dress was also found in a boutique closing down sale. I knew I wanted a shorter dress for the dancing and this hit the spot. The dotted tulle and lace applique of this Loulou Bridal dress was fun and the way it spun was perfect for twirling around the dancefloor!
I wore the first dress with a simple fingertip veil I bought at the same shop.
My shoes were from a boutique I found while travelling in Australia – as soon as I saw them I knew I had to find space in my suitcase!
I wore new jewellery from my mother-in-law, old jewellery from my great grandmother and a borrowed blue garter from a friend who got married the year before. My bridesmaid Emily bought me a silver sixpence which stayed in my shoe all day. I also carried a Harry Potter charm on my bouquet – a reference to my favourite book and my incredible Harry Potter themed hen do!
October 17th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
Weddings are both a time for reflection and a time to look to the future, and today’s featured couple Alison and Jason married both of these elements seamlessly on their big day. Creating a wedding day that represents them as a couple and their families, including some touching personal details to ensure those they had lost were represented, their celebrations are more than just tulle deep.
Alison is every inch a princess bride for her big day in an elegant gown featuring beaded lace throughout its fitted bodice and voluminous tulle skirt and a crystal-buttoned zipped closure. With her carefully planned bouquet of soft and delicate flowers, she pulls the fairytale look together perfectly.
Details-wise, we love the simple yet luxurious cake design with its flawless finish and soft colours to echo the floral creations decorating the venue. Behind each smooth exterior hides a delicious-sounding, surprisingly extravagant flavour. We did mention we have a weakness for cake?
The lighting is uber dreamy too with twinkling fairy lights, opulent chandeliers and soft candles illuminating the chic ceremony room with love and romance for the all-important “I dos”.
With images by John Francis Photography.
alison says: We got engaged in Dubai in October 2016 on the beach in front of the Burj Al Arab. Jason tricked me into thinking he wanted to take some photographs of the famous hotel, as the sun was just going down and the Burj Al Arab has interchanging lights on it, so off we went. Halfway onto the beach, I turned around and he was on one knee. It was a total surprise and Jason did well to keep any kind of surprise from me! A few days later we headed off to the Souk to have my engagement ring made. Wow, what an experience!
For the wedding day, I wanted a date that was memorable and flowed nicely. The venue had a cancellation of 18th August 2018, so it had to be: 18.08.18.
We looked at a few venues but, as soon as we viewed Eaves Hall in Clitheroe, Lancashire, we fell in love with it, so we instantly booked it for both the ceremony and reception. We chose Eaves Hall because it was exclusive and only we and our guests would be able to use the venue on our special day, not to mention it has the most stunning grounds and gardens, as well as the added bonus that all the girls could stay the night before the wedding in the lodge. We would certainly recommend the venue as it was simply perfect; the Hall is absolutely stunning, the staff were so attentive and couldn’t do enough for us, and it was a truly amazing day. To have the venue all to yourself for the day is just a dream.
Planning the wedding was a lonely journey from me at times as my mum passed away seven years ago and Jason’s mum suffered from dementia, meaning I didn’t have either mum there to help, but I did have my trusty best friend and maid of honour, Clare, to help along the way with decisions. We hadn’t had it easy during the run up to the wedding: my dad had been taken unwell and Jason’s mum and dad both suddenly passed away just nine months apart from each other but, as a token to their memory and my mum’s, I managed to get hold of a photograph from both their wedding days and had a personalised memorial candle made, which we lit after the ceremony.
We didn’t have a theme to the wedding but the colour scheme was inspired by a rose called Memory Lane, which I associate with my mum.
When it came to the dress, we went to Ava Rose Hamilton in Colne. OMG: this place is absolutely stunning! The minute you walk in, you are made to feel so at home and treated like a princess. I settled on an elegant lace and tulle A-line wedding dress in ivory from Essense of Australia. The dress had no name, which was very strange, so in memory of my mum I named it Susan and Ava Rose Hamilton stitched a guardian angel into the tulle as a memory to my mum.
Jason wore a three-piece suit, which was made to measure by Nigel Clare in Chorley. They also supplied his Eton shirt, belt and Loake shoes. I spent hours matching the ties to the girls’ dresses, with it being a unique colour, and eventually found the ties at TM Lewin on King Street in Manchester. The groomsmen’s suits were by Roy Robson and were also from Nigel Clare, who supplied the shirts, belts and shoes to match Jason’s.
October 16th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
Today we’re sharing the beautiful wedding of Chelsea and Ian – a celebration of fairy tale proportions wholly inspired by the magic of stories such as Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz.
Sealing their ‘happily ever after’ moment at Lancashire venue, Eaves Hall, Chelsea and Ian chose a delicate colour palette of dusky pinks and creams to suit their romantic theme and create a dreamy, whimsical vibe to their big day.
Details-wise, we love the hand-drawn illustrations depicting the stories Chelsea so loves to define each table, and the handmade biscuits as favours, each in a design straight out of a story book. Chelsea even created really thoughtful welcome bags for all the guests who stayed over, containing locally sourced treats and information about the area so they could make the most of their stay.
Of course, a fairy tale just wouldn’t be complete without a beautiful princess – and Chelsea is glowing and gorgeous in a dramatic Justin Alexander number with a cathedral-length train, illusion back and pretty beaded detailing around the neck and waistline.
With images by Madison Picture.
chelsea says: We got engaged on Christmas Eve in 2015. I still lived at home at the time. We were watching Christmas films in our festive PJs and sipping prosecco when Ian said he had an early Christmas present for me. He presented me with a little box that said “10 reasons why I love you” on the front. Inside there were ten cards each saying something different, such as “you’re beautiful”, “you make me smile”, etc. The last card said, “Will you marry me?” I looked up and he was down on one knee with the most beautiful engagement ring.
We got married on 29th May 2018. We wanted to get married in half term as I’m a teacher but it turns out that it didn’t matter in the end because I was on maternity leave having had a baby girl six months earlier.
Our venue was Eaves Hall, Clitheroe, and we had exclusive use over two days for both the ceremony and reception. We chose it for its wow factor; it was everything we wanted in a venue. Grand and rustic!
I wanted the theme to be based on stories and fairy tales: our own ‘happily ever after’. I love reading all things fairy tale and wanted a romantic theme. Colour-wise, we chose to go for a range of soft pinks (dusky, blush, etc.) and natural creams and whites. Dusky pink is my favourite colour and I wanted colours that would feel romantic and whimsical to go with our fairy tale theme. Plus, all my bridesmaids were blonde, so the colours suited them.
I chose a Sincerity dress from Justin Alexander, which was A-line shaped and made from satin with a cathedral train. It was the perfect combination of real bridal and whimsical, which is what I wanted. I felt like a bride when I put it on and fell in love with the dramatic train.
Ian wore a grey suit hired from Debenhams with a tweed waistcoat and tie. The groomsmen wore matching suits but with tweed bowties instead.
My bridesmaids’ dresses were bought online from Little Mistress. They were full-length in a floaty Grecian style and dusky/rose pink in colour. They had lace and beading around the middle and on the straps. The flower girls wore ivory knee-length dresses with a lace top.
We had our hair and makeup done by Manchester-based Jodie A Smith.
October 15th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
Happy Monday y’all! Today’s beauty of a real wedding between Lucy and Martin centres around a lovely, delicate blush pink theme that tones beautifully with the blue of the boys’ suits and works in harmony with the subtle rustic vibe of the day.
Sandburn Hall, where the couple held their nuptials, lends itself perfectly to such a natural-styled wedding, with gorgeous exposed beams perfect for twining around fairy lights and a panoramic rural view that creates a fabulous backdrop to the ceremony and wedding breakfast.
One of our favourite details has to be the somewhat clever cake. From the front, it’s a simple and elegant design topped with two figures resembling the bride and groom, even down to Martin’s unique beard! But head round the back of the cake and you’ll find a whole host of Lego figures working hard to finish their creation. It’s details like this that guests remember from the day and it’s lovely to offer the odd surprise here and there.
Talking of surprises, thoughtful groom Martin arranged for a mint green VW campervan to pick Lucy up and transport her to Sandburn on the day of the wedding, simply because it’s her favourite. And we adore the time and thought invested into the table plan displaying photos of each guest – a lovely idea and serves two purposes; getting guests to the right table while giving them a smile en route. Tell us more, Lucy …
With images by All You Need is Love Photography.
lucy says: We got engaged on 28th March 2016. We were having a lazy Bank Holiday Monday, trying to decide what to do with our day as our plans had been cancelled. Martin went off to make breakfast but came back upstairs shortly afterwards and said, “I know what we can do today.” He pulled the ring out of his pocket and said, “Let’s get married!” It was a complete surprise. I don’t think I’ve ever been so speechless in my life. It took me a good few hours to be able to talk normally again!
We got married on 24th March 2018 at Sandburn Hall in York, where we had both our ceremony and reception. Sandburn has a restaurant called Tykes that has always been one of our favourite places to eat and, even before we got engaged, we’d always said it would be a great place to get married. It’s beautiful inside and out, with beams and a light open space.
We wanted a relaxed, fun day with everything in one place and Sandburn provided that, so we’d definitely recommend the venue to others. Our wedding coordinator Rhian was great and helped massively throughout our planning. She made sure the day ran seamlessly. We can’t fault the venue at all. The rest of the staff on the day worked so hard and a lot of them were there from start to finish, which is a long day, and yet the smiles never left their faces.
We didn’t choose a particular theme but it ended up being quite rustic with logs and flowers on the tables. We just wanted something quite simple and natural. The room is so lovely on its own that it didn’t need much decoration.
Colour-wise, we went for a blush pink as we had found bridesmaid dresses from Dorothy Perkins we liked that were blush pink, so we used this colour for the rest of the wedding.
I got my Morilee dress from the Bridal Factory Outlet in Northallerton. I tried on several different dresses to see what suited as I had no idea what I would like and, when I put my dress on, it just felt right. It had an oyster-coloured layer under the lace, which gave it an almost vintage colouring, and lots of lace detail.
October 12th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Thornton Manor – an exquisite Grade II Elizabethan house in Cheshire – is today’s stunning backdrop to Charlotte and Jamie’s special day earlier this summer.
Looking to throw a big party for their guests – the venue ticked all the boxes for the couple, giving them the best of both worlds – the grandeur of the manor house and those more informal ‘let your hair down’ kinda feels from the lakeside marquee.
A blush colour palette worked flawlessly with the abundance of peonies, roses and hydrangeas, not to mention the life-sized tree!
Food and drink played a big part in their big day too – with steak, lobster mac n cheese, bacon sandwiches, candy floss and a prosecco tuk tuk van all making an appearance. As for the entertainment – they even had a wandering band that made their way around all the tables – an idea we think a fair few of you might want to steal! Feeling inspired? It’s time to hear more from Charlotte…
With images by Brett Harkness Photography.
charlotte says: We got engaged while we were on holiday in Barbados with our family. Jamie and I both have our birthdays one week apart, and these happened to fall whilst we were away. He told me we were going out for a meal the night before his birthday to celebrate, just the two of us. We went to The Cliff restaurant, which was as amazing as it sounds, right on the edge of the sea. He popped the question at the beginning of the meal…I think he was too nervous to wait until the end!! Of course, I said yes, and we spent the whole meal chatting about getting married – we hardly ate the food!
We got married on the 30th June 2017. We knew we wanted a summer wedding and I actually ended up picking the date based on the weather the previous few years! Unfortunately, we were not blessed with sun for the whole day, so my theory went out of the window!
We got married at all All Saints Church in Thornton Hough and hosted our wedding reception at Thornton Manor. Jamie and I both liked the idea of getting married in a large manor style house, however most importantly we wanted a space where we could throw a great party. Thornton Manor could accommodate a marquee on site too which made this possible!
Our colour scheme for the day was a range of blush colours – soft shades of pink, ivory and peach. We chose this as it fitted with our idea of a relaxed yet sophisticated summer’s day.
My dress was designed by Suzanne Neville. I had always loved this designer and liked that she could tailor any dress to your style. I actually went down to Suzanne’s shop in Knightsbridge where I had all my fittings and even met with her to decide on some of the final details. I ended up changing my dress four months before the wedding, which was slightly stressful, and it could not have been more different!
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.
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