July 28th, 2014 | Julia Braime
Well, well, well. Aren’t things looking pretty around here this morning?
Not to ignore the rather gorgeous elephant in the room, we’re going to talk more about our new look later on (have a good look around, you’ll find some snazzy new interactive features to have a play with) but for now, it’s straight into the wedding watching.
Don’t know about you, but I’ve missed our daily fix of lovely whilst we’ve been redecorating these pages, and I just couldn’t wait. This morning we’re joining Brides Up North reader Sam and her husband Neil for their romantic real wedding in Yorkshire.
Sam says: We got engaged on 15th September 2012.
Neil and I were getting ready to go the St Leger races in Doncaster and before we went Neil suggested that we go to the Lakeside to have some photos taken as we were all dressed up. It was a beautiful sunny day and when we got there Neil got down on one knee and asked me to marry him!
We got married on 24th February 2014. It was very important to us to have a church ceremony and for this we chose St Mary’s Catholic Church in Selby. Our reception venue was Carlton Towers. It was the first venue we went to look at and we immediately knew that it was where we wanted to have our reception.
We would highly recommend Carlton Towers as a wedding venue. Nothing was ever too much trouble and the day ran without a hitch.
We tried to choose things that would look timeless and elegant. My dress was lace so I took some inspiration from this when choosing other items.
We used a palette of ivory, grey, pink and deep plum colours. When we met our florist she advised us to choose colours which toned in with the bridesmaids dresses as picking out the plum colour in the flowers could have made everything look quite gothic and we wanted a more classic, vintage style.
We hired a number of items from Beau Ideal Weddings to use at Carlton Towers including chair covers with ivory satin sashes, crystal candelabras for the guest tables and lots of pots of flowers and candles. We also hired a huge ornate silver mirror and easel for our table plan and an old-fashioned postbox which was dressed with gypsophila.
There were so many extra touches we added to make our wedding personal to us. Neil designed all of our wedding stationery and I made the invitations with the help of his mum. I liked the idea of using some old sheet music which my grandfather’s had given me in the wedding somewhere, so a friend made them into confetti cones for me. I made a display of old family wedding photos to display on top of the piano in the reception venue and we named our reception tables after wedding anniversaries. We designed and made our own guest book out of photographs that our photographer had taken on our engagement shoot. We also made the playlist for our wedding breakfast and included lots of our favourite songs. A family friend and wedding guest provided our evening reception food – a hog roast and lots of tasty desserts.
My dress was by Justin Alexander and I bought it from Georgian House Bridal in Doncaster. I knew when I went shopping for a wedding dress I didn’t want a strapless dress and knew that I liked lace.This dress was the first I tried on and the moment I put it on it felt right and I knew it was the dress for me! I wore a vintage style hair comb in my hair and my veil had some lace embellishments to tie in with my dress.
I carried a bouquet of faith, amnesia, memory lane, avalanche and vendela roses, brunia, eucalyptus, pink wax flower and ornithogalum which was designed by Emma-Victoria at Beau Ideal Weddings.
Neil wore a traditional navy morning suit with a pale grey pin-stripe waistcoat and plum coloured cravat to match the bridesmaid’s dresses. This was hired from Georgian House Bridal.
The bridesmaids wore deep plum coloured maxi dresses with grey faux fur shrugs. Both were from Debut at Debenhams.
Our photographer was Phil Shillitoe from Yorkshire Portraits. Phil was superb on the day. He was very discrete and a creative photographer who enjoyed capturing the finer details. We are both really pleased with the photographs and would highly recommend him to other brides and grooms!
I am a music teacher and music is very important to both of us. We had lots of friends who offered to play for us throughout the day. During the ceremony we had a string quartet which included two of my work colleagues. In the drinks reception another work colleague played the piano. In the evening we hired the Danny Maddocks Band who played a mixture of pop, rock and mo-town songs. They had everyone dancing all night long. Our first dance was ‘Got to get you into my life’ by the Beatles and two of our friends and wedding guests got up to play the horn parts which made it extra special.
There were so many special moments but the two that stand out are during the wedding breakfast, Neil and I were chatting to each other at the top table watching our guests eating their food, chatting and laughing, our favourite music was playing and the room was lit by candlelight. It’s such a rare thing to have all of your family and friends together in the same room at the same time and knowing they were there for us was quite overwhelming. Our other favourite moment was stepping out of church together holding hands as man and wife into the glorious sunshine.
July 22nd, 2014 | Julia Braime
Kudos to Brides Up North reader Catherine for taking matters into her own hands and asking for her man’s hand in marriage! One very sweet proposal and a lot of planning later, this small but perfectly formed celebration was the result.
With images by Rebecca Jones Photography.
Catherine says: We got engaged in our living room on Friday the 13th January 2012! And I asked Jonathan to marry me! It was all such a secret! I nearly popped! I initially wanted to propose on his birthday at our favourite local cupcake shop and have the big question iced on the cupcakes,but the shop was closed for the week! Aaaahh! However the shop re-opened and I nervously ordered the cakes for Friday the 13th of all days! I was a nervous wreck all day!
I wanted that night to be just a “normal Friday night” so I sat watching a film waiting for Jonathan to finish work. We chilled out, listened to music and ordered our take away.Later I lit the birthday cupcakes and sang a wobbly and very nervous Happy Birthday! to which I presented the “WILL YOU MARRY ME?” cupcakes!
We have been together 15 years it sure was time!
We fell in love with Carlton Towers in Yorkshire. We visited their wedding fair and booked the day after for the following April! It is absolutely breath-taking venue, the rooms and surroundings are stunning. It was perfect for our small intimate wedding.
A themed wedding didn’t appeal to us and we felt the venue spoke for itself. From day one we only wanted to focus on our happiness and our guests.
I fell in love with my dress in a magazine and just had to find it! I chose and bought my dress 18 months before the wedding from the amazing Kellie at Wedding Belles of Otley in Yorkshire. I cannot thank her enough. My Wedding gown was Sorrento by Alan Hannah, it was perfectly me!
My beautiful bouquet was of David Austin Juliet roses. Emma at Beau Ideal Weddings close to Carlton Towers lovingly prepared all bouquets, buttonholes and table arrangements. I was overwhelmed with her talent and expertise she delivered for our understated wedding. Everyone was thrilled with her work. She made my dreams come true!
We chose the bridesmaids’ dresses to compliment the flowers. The navy and gold looked classy against the subtle but striking peach.
We had our wish of a small wedding but we involved all our special people as much as we could. My sister and niece were bridesmaids and Jonathan’s niece was a flower girl. There was no one else for such an important job as Jonathan’s nephew who handed us the rings! He looked so grown up and proud at his job and brought a tear to our eyes.
We were honoured to have Jonathan’s sister and brother for our witnesses and of course the cherry on the cake… my dad giving me away!
Saying our vows was so special! Looking into each others eyes and making those promises to one another its truly magical moment you will never forget.
July 21st, 2014 | Rachel Parry
When I was a journalism student I recall going to Sheffield’s Town Hall to interview Lord Seb Coe and being instantly struck by the opulence and grandeur of the impressive building. Fast forward several years and I was recently back there interviewing a long serving BBC radio presenter which reinforced just how stunning the iconic Sheffield venue really is.
So when I spotted Rob and Dora’s beautiful wedding, photographed by the hugely talented Jon at S6 Photography, I was desperate to share it here on the blog to show others just how special the building is.
Some may think a town hall isn’t necessarily the most glamorous venue – but I’m telling you, it doesn’t get any more regal than this – cue spectacular stain glass windows, fine chandeliers and one heck of a marble staircase.
All this coupled with Rob and Dora’s simple yet striking styling makes for an incredibly swoon-worthy wedding.
Dora says: We got married on April 12th 2014 in Sheffield, which is where we met while attending Sheffield Hallam University. We chose the Town Hall in Sheffield, because of the amazing architecture and grandeur of the building. The amazing staircase in the middle of the main entrance was very appealing too.
We wanted the style of the wedding to be quite relaxed. In terms of colours, we used lots of green flowers against the white of the tables because we liked the country style feel. We also liked the clean white look and didn’t want anything too formal. Opulent Styling from Sheffield provided our chair covers and olive green sashes. Bev and Jean were great and helped make our day a success. We would definitely recommend them to other couples.
My dress was a vintage style gown from Phase Eight. I chose it because I wanted something a bit different, with embellishment, something slim-fitting (not meringue style) that was floor length, a detailed back, but especially I wanted it to be vintage style.
Rob wore a blue Reiss three-piece suit and with a light check while the groomsmen all wore grey three-piece Occasion suits.
My bridesmaids wore floor length grey/purple dresses from Coast.
I carried a bouquet of flowers from Floral Magic, based in Stocksbridge, Sheffield. I had a mixture of white tulips, paper whites, thesspi green bell, freesia, anemones, ranunculus, and a dusky pink rose.
Jon Dennis of S6 Photography was our photographer. I would highly recommend Jon because of the exceptionally high quality photos we have of our day. We knew that this was a once in a lifetime day and we are so glad that we have it documented from such a great photographer. Jon made us, and our guests, feel relaxed all day and all of our guests noted how good he was.
Our favourite part of the day was the ceremony itself. We were both nervous about seeing each other but as soon as we got together and hugged each other after walking down the aisle we relaxed. It felt very important that we were sharing our vows with all of the people who are important in our lives.
July 17th, 2014 | Julia Braime
PJ and James’ Real Wedding is all about location, location, location. Engaged at the Tynemouth Lighthouse, what better place to return to tie the knot… along with their friends (of the four legged variety too!) and family?
One slap up Italian meal later and everyone’s happy!
With images by Little Miss Boyco.
PJ says: I had just about given up hope of James ever proposing to me when it happened very unexpectedly.
Being from Tynemouth, I moved to the Midlands when I was 6 years old and went to St Mary’s Lighthouse very often. It has always been my favourite place in the world. I have lots of fond memories of walking from Tynemouth to St Mary’s with my Poppa and going around the rocks with my brother Jonny.
James had heard a lot about the north east and had never been so I booked a little cottage in the village for a long weekend. I really wanted to show him all of the great places and things around Tynemouth that I remember and see them with adult eyes.
Before getting engaged we quite rarely went back up north and enjoyed the coast. We only really went for family gatherings so I wanted to spend time up there doing things I used to love.
Anyway, the top thing on my list of things to do was walk on the beaches from Tynemouth up Longsands all the way to the lighthouse like I used to with Pop’s. We had a fantastic walk and finally got to the lighthouse and I started retracing my childhood steps around those rocks.
James veered off towards the sea and we saw a seal, then James knelt down… I thought he was just trying to stop our dog Tinker from bothering the seal. But then he got on one knee and said ‘Me and Tinker have brought you here today to ask if you will be my wife?’. I was in shock. Then he produced a beautiful sapphire and diamond ring which I immediately recognised as being my Granny’s.
We had a cup of tea and got the bus back to Tynemouth. That night we took the metro to Newcastle where James had booked a nice restaurant… I’ve still got the metro ticket in my purse from 27th April 2013.
When we left the lighthouse having just had the proposal I asked a chap to take our photo together. He said yes but I’ll have to be quick as I’m getting married in a minute!
The seed was sown! James really wanted to get married in the lighthouse and kept on about it. I was reluctant because I worried about how difficult it would be to plan from 200 miles away but it didn’t turn out to be that hard.
We ended up having 3 venues for the day which was quite ambitious! But later the day of the proposal we saw a small wedding in the old Italian restaurant at Tynemouth Station and another seed was sown. After that we made contact with the station and found that Davanti (a popular restaurant in Tynemouth) were taking over the station restaurant. I got in touch with them and we originally wanted to have the reception out on the platform but decided against in case of bad weather.
We had to wait for the restaurant to be completely refurbished but were blown away with the results and booked the reception straight away. The Manageress Helen was absolutely brilliant, she had so many good ideas and spoiled us rotten on the day. The restaurant is called Davanti Classico.
The evening reception was an easy choice at The Grand Hotel in Tynemouth, which was where most of the guests stayed too. My parents had their wedding reception there in the 70’s so it was another sentimental choice.
Because the wedding was away from home we turned it into a bit of a wedding week. We travelled up on Tuesday and were joined by a host of our guests on that day and the other days leading up to the day. The idea stemmed from James wanting to play golf at Tynemouth Golf Club, where my dad played for most of his life and was Captain. James wanted to beat my dad on his home turf. How rude!
The day after the wedding we all went to the beach with the dogs and the lads played boules and drank beer and the girls drank champagne. We went out for another meal that night and stayed up for the first World Cup match, England v Italy. On Sunday it was Fathers Day so we had breakfast together then played crazy golf before we headed off to our ferry.
I arranged afternoon tea at the Grand Hotel for all my girlfriends the day before the wedding, there were about 30 of us in total!
James has blue eyes so we went with blue for our colour scheme. No particular shade as we wanted everything to be really relaxed and informal. The stationery was blue with a bit of a nautical, travel style.
I had a make up artist Laura Gemmell come to do my make up, the bridesmaids and Mum’s. She was absolutely brilliant, everyone loved their make up… one of my friends said I should do my make up like that everyday, if only she knew how long it took to put on! It was a nice treat for everyone though.
We all had our hair done at Headlines Hairdressers in Tynemouth. They were brilliant too, managing to squeeze everyone in.
James bought me a very unexpected but beautiful wedding present which I received on the morning of the wedding, it was a sapphire and diamond necklace to match my ring. I wore it round my wrist on the day but have worn it around my neck ever since.
I bought James a stainless steel shovel which according to him was the only thing he could have wanted.
I tried on hundreds of dresses before I found ‘the one’. I knew from the start that I didn’t want anything too big, so I was looking for a sleek dress.
I found a new designer called Lillian West and one of her dresses looked exactly what I was looking for. I tracked down a stockist near Kidderminster (not exactly close to home either) La Couture Bridal Boutique. They had a designer weekend so I went to try it on but my eye caught another gown in the window and that was the one. Karen and Millie at the shop were so helpful. I wish I could do it all again.
James is a builder so doesn’t dress up often. In fact is scruffiness is part of the attraction. You can’t beat a buff guy in shorts and a tool belt!
Anyway, he wore his own navy M&S suit, bought for a friends wedding last year… so you could say it was vintage! He wore his own shoes and shirt but forgot his tie… fortunately his mum knows him so well that she brought a spare with her so he wore that!
The bridesmaids were tricky because we found that one of them, James’ little sister Vicky was pregnant and that the baby would be about two weeks old for the wedding. We had to choose something which she could wear and was flexible to her size.
We chose some slinky multi-way dresses from Marks & Spencer which were really good value (£55) and looked fantastic. We found some matching shoes by Debut at Debenhams in the sale. I had to go to about five stores to track stock down in the right sizes!
The groomsmen all wore their own suits but were asked to wear a blue tie and they all had matching button holes.
Our dog Tinker was ring bearer in the ceremony. Tink goes to work with James every day so they are best buddies, as soon as we realised we could have Tink with us all day (until the evening reception) we didn’t think twice. When we were at Davanti he just sat on the terrace outside the door and got lots of scraps of pork and crackling!
July 15th, 2014 | Julia Braime
County Durham based photographer Chris Parkinson got in touch with his first ever blog submission, to share the engagement shoot of his best mates Shane and Jessie. Well, he might be a newbie to these pages, but Chris is certainly no novice behind the lens, as this cool and quirky set of images shows.
Chris says: I was chosen as best man at Shane & Jessie’s wedding so thought it would be fitting as a gift to them if we did a pre-wedding shoot in the run up to the wedding around the local area where we live. We have some spectacular woodland so why not go for a mooch in the trees & fields?
Let’s check out what they came home from the woods with, and hear Shane and Jessie’s love story.
Shane says: I asked Jessie to marry me on Christmas Day – We had Jessie’s family to visit for Christmas, and after Christmas dinner I sent them on a treasure hunt around the village leaving clues at each place. The final clue led to me down on one knee.
We were married on Saturday 7th June in Piercebridge, Darlington.
We met on the mountains of Flaine (France) by chance whilst we were both working as Ski Reps. Jessie was from Shropshire & I lived 200 miles away in Durham.
Our first date was spent skiing together on the mountains, nobody knew we were together so there was lots of sneaky kisses on the ski lifts. The date finished in a nice little French restaurant & a few too many drinks.
I knew that she was the one for me when we came back to the UK, we lived 200 miles apart and I realised life wasn’t the same without Jessie so I upped sticks and moved to Wolverhampton. I love her ability to always make me laugh, some people probably think she’s a bit mad but that’s why I love her.
We’re hoping for a life time of happiness, fun and laughter.
We actually wanted an engagement shoot with Chris because we’d seen some of his previous work and liked his alternative style.
The engagement shoot was lots of fun.
Before the shoot we collected Chris and his partner Sara (who are both great friends of ours) in our vintage VW Beetle (which was also Jessie’s car at the wedding) Unfortunately the Beetle broke down half way through the shoot in the middle of Hamsterley Forrest with none of us having any phone reception, although we did manage to get it up and running after a little while.
Chris asked us to position ourselves in some very obscure places but after seeing all the pictures he created it was well worth all the climbing on trees, rumbling in forests and rapeseed fields.
We framed a lot of the engagement shoots and displayed them on the wedding day. Chris also provided us with a book with all the pictures as a gift.
We love Brides Up North as we have a bit of a passions for DIY weddings, Jessie spent lots of time on our wedding day doing arts & crafts. She loves to take inspiration from other people’s crafty work too
Congratulations Shane & Jessie!
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July 14th, 2014 | Julia Braime
Welcome to Monday, Brides Up North! I’m here to make it all the prettier with this cute and stylish celebration sent to me by real bride Hayley, her new husband Matt and their photographer, Cassandra Lane.
Crafty designer Hayley worked hard to add unique decorative touches to their 1920s inspired Village Hall wedding day, with fabulous results.
Hayley says: We got engaged a little after midnight New Year 2012-2013 in our own home in Nantwich. We had had a nice quiet new year in together and Matt shocked me by saying he had a late Christmas, early birthday present for me. He disappeared upstairs and came back with a box, got down on one knee and proposed! He had bought a cheap costume jewellery ring as he couldn’t choose a real one for me. We picked my real ring together on my 30th birthday (one to remember!) on 3rd January in York where we were visiting for my birthday. It was the best birthday ever!
We got married on April 5th 2014 as it was just a few days over three years since we moved into our first place together. We also didn’t want a very long engagement and actually fifteen months was the perfect time to enjoy being engaged and get organised.
We got married in the local church in town (Nantwich, Cheshire) which is beautiful, and our reception was at a local nearby village hall (Wrenbury Village Hall). We weren’t keen on the very formal, grand hotel reception family wedding affairs we had been to in the last few years and wanted somewhere we could decorate ourselves, do our own thing.
Our theme was handmade, vintage 1920’s art deco style, and lavender. The main colours were lavender purple and vintage gold. The colours just came with the theme really but I love purple and the gold fitted the vintage theme.
We hired a cream Morris Minor (Matt is obsessed!) from Mirabelle Classic Cars.
My bridesmaids travelled in a vintage Rover from the 1930s which belongs to a friend of Matts. He drove it for us as our wedding present.
My dress was Sincerity Bridal 3730. I did a bit of research online before going to any boutiques and fell in love almost instantly! When I tried it on at Brides of Liverpool in Liverpool (my home city) I knew it was the one. No other dress I tried on subsequently lived up to it so the deposit was paid!
I love the dress because it’s quite vintage looking with a modern twist. Very classic looking. It made me feel really elegant. I knew I wanted lace, and the neckline was perfect because I didn’t want bare shoulders. The train was gorgeous and the dress also fitted in perfect with my idea for a 1920s style headband.
I chose gold glittery heels from Kurt Geiger. My flapper style headband was handmade by mum using a 1930s vintage brooch which was a gift from Matt.
My younger sister Charlotte was my matron of honour. She wore a knee length handmade silk dress made by my mum in a lavender colour. My two flower girls (our nieces Phoebe and Eve) wore handmade pale gold silk dresses made by myself and mum. They carried handmade Suffolk puff pomanders.
Matt wore a Prince Edward suit in dark brown from Formally Yours online. He had a pale gold waistcoat and cravat. My dad, his dad and his two brothers (best men) all wore the same. The style of his suit really complemented the vintage style of my dress.
Matt and all the men also wore buttonholes which I made to complement my bouquet.
I made my own bouquet using cream silk, artificial flowers, and vintage brooches (which I sourced on eBay and charity shops/car boot sales). My sisters bouquet was very similar with one key brooch in the centre. I’m a designer, and therefore very creative so was obsessed with doing a lot for my wedding myself. I also wanted to keep my bouquet so a keepsake bouquet was perfect.
Cassandra Lane was our photographer, she was amazing. She made us feel comfortable every time we met (our initial meeting and engagement shoot). On the day she was chilled out, friendly and very well organised. We all squeezed into my tiny terraced house! I fell in love with Cass’s vintage relaxed style from her blog and website when searching for a wedding photographer. I just knew she was what we were after. I’d definitely recommend Cass!
July 11th, 2014 | Julia Braime
A whole lot of heart and soul went into the planning of Aimee and Graham’s wedding day, with the bride to be firmly at the head of operations. Known for her girly ways and pretty styling efforts, this Brides Up North reader certainly wasn’t going to disappoint on the biggest day of her life.
The result? A personal and pretty celebration with lots of delectable DIY details. If you like really pretty things, you’re going to be very inspired. Pinterest fingers at the ready.
With images by Weddings By Luke
Aimee says: We got engaged in London at Christmas time. We were at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, which I had been so excited to visit as I absolutely love all things Christmassy! We were at the ice rink which looked so pretty all lit up with fairy lights at night when Graham pulled out the most perfect ring and proposed to me! Afterwards we headed straight to Harvey Nichols champagne bar for a glass of celebratory bubbles.
Our wedding was on 26th April 2014. There was no real special reason behind the particular date other than when we visited Beeston Manor for the first time we absolutely fell in love with it and they were fast running out of Saturday availability! We always wanted a spring wedding so the last Saturday they had left until later in the year was perfect for us. We got in pencilled in there and then.
We got married at All Saints Church on Hesketh Bank. It meant such a lot to us both to get married there as we both grew up visiting that church, all our family weddings and christenings happen there so I really couldn’t imagine it being anywhere else. Ever since I was a little girl imagining my wedding, I always dreamt of it being there. It was so lovely that Reverend Bill knew us and our family to make the service personal and really special. To top it off, it’s a gorgeous little church too!
The theme for our wedding was a vintage style English country garden look with a slight rustic twist, but I am a girly girl so it was kept very pretty with lots of lace everywhere. We chose this style as it is very “me” and really reflected my personality and of the style of our home. Graham always says that it is my job to make everything pretty so he was more than happy to go along with it and helped out with picking everything.
Our wedding colours were ivory, blush pink and mint. We chose these as we felt ivory and pink colours always make for a pretty and classic wedding, I am a bit obsessed with mint at the moment so adding that in just added some extra interest.
I wore an A-line tulle skirted dress from Blue by Enzoani which I bought from Emma Hartley Bridal in Colne. It featured lace appliqués and beading detail on the skirt and the bodice was a ruche waist with lace overlaid with beaded flowers. I tried on 67 dresses trying to find “the one” but I loved this dress as it was so pretty and romantic, with so much beautiful detail, I felt like a princess when I tried it on.
I knew I wanted a full skirted dress but also wanted a covered top so we had it customised with a tulle top with lace appliqués which matched the skirt to create an illusion neckline and V shape back.
In my hair I wore the Autumn headband from Liberty in Love with tulle and silk flowers and beads. I had a two tier waterfall veil with tiny diamantes to catch the light, again from Emma Hartley Bridal.
Our bridesmaids wore blush pink dresses from Coast with petal detail on the bust, they were perfect for the romantic and floral look we were going for and looked beautiful on the girls. We were very fortunate about the fit of the dresses as mid way through planning after we had bought the dresses, two of my bridesmaids found out they were pregnant and luckily the dresses were a perfect shape for a growing baby bump, they looked lovely on the day! We had two flower girls who wore dresses very similar to the bridesmaids but in white and had little cardigans featuring the same petal detail to tie everything together.
The groomsmen wore matching suits to Graham and our page boy had a mini version with a tailcoat, waistcoat and bow tie and which we paired with Converse which looked adorable
Michelle Sisson did my makeup and my bridesmaid’s hair and makeup, she did a fantastic job and we all felt amazing after she had worked her magic, she was so lovely to have around on the wedding morning and made sure we look perfect before we left for church. My friend Emma Shaw Hair did my bridal hair and was again fantastic at achieving a gorgeous do which was exactly as I wanted.
Graham wore a grey three piece slim fit suit, with a blush pink tie and hankie. It is not really his style to wear a full tail coat suit so this was perfect, it created a relaxed but smart look which really suited him and I think he looked really handsome. We hired the suits from Winstanleys at Oswaldtwistle.
My mum and I travelled to church in a vintage Bentley in cream and the bridesmaids followed in a matching Daimler then n the way to the reception me and Graham were in the Bentley and the flower girls had a turn in the “posh car” which they loved! We hired the cars from a local company called Classic Wedding Cars and Jimmy the driver had us laughing the whole journey which helped with nerves!
I carried an amazing white and pink bouquet of peonies and hydrangeas which are my absolute favourite flowers. They were so gorgeous and fluffy; I didn’t want to put them down all day! They were hand tied with matching ribbon and lace, I pinned my best friend’s Grandma’s heart shape brooch onto them as my something old and borrowed. Our flowers were all from Libbi at Flowers by Strawberry Fields and she did such an amazing job, they were better than I ever imagined. As soon as I met Libbi it was clear we had very similar taste and we knew we could completely trust her to make everything super beautiful.
July 10th, 2014 | Julia Braime
Those of you who thought you needed a holiday before checking in with Brides Up North this morning? You’re going to need one even more now. No apologies from me – scratch the favours off the to do list and book a mini break instead. Your hubby or wife to be will only thank you for it. Trust me.
This morning we journey to the Amalfi Coast in Italy (a hotspot firmly on my own travel to-do list) to celebrate Emily and Sam’s sun bleached wedding day. This home grown Leeds couple decided to forgo any chance of rain on their wedding day in exchange for La Dolce Vita. Doesn’t sound like a bad idea to me at all.
Emily says: Sam and I were celebrating our six month anniversary and we had day full of activities such as rock climbing, a game of tennis and then a romantic Italian meal. Sam seemed a bit shifty and ordered sparkling water (which he hates!) and then he suggested a walk around Roundhay Park (where we went on one of our first dates) to walk our dinner off.
The night was so still and beautiful. We sat on a bench and that’s where he proposed and pulled a bottle of champagne from underneath the bench with two glasses (which he planted earlier in day). Fireworks then started going off over the lake, set of by his two best friends! It was just simply perfect.
We were married on 31st July 2013. We wanted a wedding in the summer in Italy and as most of my friends and family are teachers it seemed a perfect time!
We chose Ravello Town Hall Gardens, Italy. We saw the Amalfi Coast in a holiday brochure whilst on another holiday and said to each other that it would be an amazing place to get married. So when Sam proposed we just knew that was the place. So six months later we flew over to view possible wedding venues. The gardens was the last place after a very long day. The view just blew us away and we booked it there and then.
We decided on a pure Italian classic theme. Our car was an Italian vintage car, our table names were Italian cities, the food was all traditional Italian, with Italian cake and wine! We immersed ourselves in our love of Italy!
We chose pale blues for our bridesmaids and groomsmen to blend in with the sea and coastline, and whites for table settings and flowers with hint of vintage creams. We wanted our decor to fit in with the scenery.
One person who was sadly missed on the day was my Mum.
My mother was sadly diagnosed with terminal cancer four days before we flew out to get married. My mother, stepdad, and two sisters stayed in England to support my mum as she was very unwell. Our friends and family pulled together to organise a blessing back in England after we cut our honeymoon short so that my mum and sisters could attend.
I always thought that I would wear lace! After trying many dresses on I fell in love with about six and all were so different! I felt so confused about what I wanted. Then I tried one on at my best friend’s mum wedding shop and it just felt right. Layers and fitted, I knew it would look perfect in the setting.
Sam wore a light blue tailored suit. It was lovely and light.
I carried a bouquet of white roses (my favourite and also my middle name) from a local Amalfi florist.
Sarah Beth Photography flew over to Italy to shoot our wedding. I knew Sarah from a previous job and thought her images were amazing! We met up and discussed ideas and I knew they would be perfect. Sarah and Tom (who assisted her on the day) were a massive part of our holiday and day and have since been booked for four weddings through my friends as they saw the fabulous photos they took!
The wedding was truly beautiful and breath-taking. It was simple, classic and romantic – our whole theme for the day. The local people were so friendly and clapped as we walked past.
July 9th, 2014 | Julia Braime
Wednesday afternoons always warrant a trip to the chocolate machine, don’t they? Save your calories – here’s a double dose of sweetness instead. Real childhood sweethearts and newlyweds Charlotte and Danny are here to share their love story, along with some bright and beautiful images from friend of the wedding blog Sarah of Folega Photography.
Charlotte says: Danny planned a surprise proposal in Hathersage atop of Mam Tor, the exact place he asked me to be his girlfriend on a school trip 10 years ago when we were just 12 and 13 years old!
Danny says: It was a surprise for Charlotte, but everyone else – her mum, sister, my mum and dad, my brothers and a few of my best friends were in on it.
We tied the knot at 3.30pm on Sunday 28th June 2014 at Ringwood Hall Hotel in Chesterfield.
The first time we properly met was our first day of secondary school as we were in the same class. With us being only 12 years old at the time, our first date was probably at McDonalds!
I don’t think we realised then how long we would be together, it was the norm really to swap and change your boyfriend or girlfriend each week in the school yard!
Personally I love the fact that because we grew up together, supported each other, shared sad and happy times together and experienced all our “first times” with each other – he is my best friend, we are completely open and natural with each other, nothing has to be forced with us, we genuinely enjoy spending as much time together as we can and I cannot wait to marry him.
July 8th, 2014 | Julia Braime
Let’s keep the Real Wedding pretty coming this morning with this stunning and stylish celebration at Arley Hall & Gardens. Jenna & Martin opted for a modern and muted colour scheme for their beautiful big day, dotted with gorgeous vintage inspired details.
As soon as I saw her choice of heels, I knew that today’s bride and I would be sartorially compatible. Jenna, I like your style.
With images by Lisa Howard Photography.
Jenna says: We got engaged in Stratford Upon Avon on 24th March 2012. Martin had arranged a weekend away for us and luckily it turned out to be one of the hottest weekends of the year! He proposed whilst we were sitting on the banks of the River Avon with a bottle of bubbly! It was perfect!
Our wedding day was 23rd May 2014. We got married at Arley Hall & Gardens, Cheshire.
We had actually been out looking at another venue which we were really disappointed with, when we drove past a signpost for Arley. We had seen it online but thought it looked way over our budget to even consider it an option. However, we decided to go and have a nosey. We didn’t have an appointment booked at Arley but the staff were so accommodating and the venue was so perfect! It was just what we wanted with the two aspects of the stately home and the rustic barn for the evening reception.
Styling wise, it just seemed to work out in the end that everything was a little bit vintage with a modern edge. We opted for a colour scheme of grey and white – we wanted to keep everything quite neutral as the rooms in the venue already have so many colours in them anyway; we didn’t want it to look too busy. Plus grey is my favourite colour!
I wore a lace mermaid style dress by Mori Lee from Always & Forever Bridal Boutique, St Helens. I had gone into the shop with the mind set that I definitely didn’t want a lace dress! However that soon changed. I also didn’t want a lace up corset style back and seeing as my dress had both I was reluctant to try it on, however after much persuasion I did and I loved it (but I did end up having the seamstress swap the lace ups for a zip)!
I carried a posy of white peonies from the floristry department of St Helens College.
I was really close to my nan who died a few years ago so really wanted to try and incorporate my memories of her into the wedding. I had a locket with a picture of her in it wrapped around my bouquet and a large photograph of her from my mum’s wedding with a candle burning.
Martin wore a dark blue slim fit three piece suit from TM Lewin, Liverpool. His shirt was white with accents of blue from Hugo Boss. His shoes were brown brogues from Bertie in Steve Madden, Manchester.