Charlotte Balbier
Brides Up North Wedding Fairs

reel love. diane harbridge for a cinema-themed wedding at oddfellows, chester – ellis & joe

January 19th, 2018 | Laura McDonagh

A Cinema Themed Wedding at Oddfellows Chester (c) Carla Blain Photography (36)

We’ve definitely got that Friday feeling as we gear up for our first Luxury Wedding Fair of 2018 at the gorgeous Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire. If any of you North West couples still haven’t got this fabulous event in your diary, take note now – Sunday 21st January, 11am to 2pm, FREE ENTRY, and you can pre-register to attend here.

But before we hop-foot it over there, we’re finishing off a fabulous week on the blog with a gorgeous real wedding that took place over in the North West…

It was love at first sight for today’s couple Ellis and Joe – but we’re talking about when they found their perfect venue rather than their first meeting (although we’re sure that was pretty magical, too!) Oddfellows of Chester brims with style, character and idiosyncratic charm and it’s crystal clear how this laidback couple knew that it would be perfect for their relaxed TV-and-film-inspired wedding.

Here at Brides Up North HQ we can’t get enough of that rich green and purple colour scheme – the perfect complement to Ellis’ flaming hair – and the contrast between grungy garage door shots and more whimsical, romantic portraits. We also love the photographer’s range of quirky shots, angles and close-ups, producing a creative and playful – yet still super-stylish – vibe.

Get ready for gorgeousness galore…

With images by Carla Blain Photography.

A Cinema Themed Wedding at Oddfellows Chester (c) Carla Blain Photography (23)

ellis says: We got engaged on 3rd March 2016, in Las Vegas. Joe took me to the rooftop bar of the Delano hotel, got down on one knee and proposed as we were having drinks overlooking the bright lights of the Las Vegas strip.

We got married on 25th March 2017. There was no particular reason behind the date, just that the venue we loved was available.

A Cinema Themed Wedding at Oddfellows Chester (c) Carla Blain Photography (8)

We got married at Oddfellows, Chester. As soon as we saw it we loved its relaxed vibe and the fact it was a little different to the average wedding venue, which suited us perfectly.

Our wedding had a film and TV theme. We thought long and hard about what felt most ‘us’ and our love of cinema trips and box sets sprung to mind. Our tables were named after fictional places from our favourite films and shows, we had our favourite childhood characters on top of the cake and various soundtracks playing throughout the day. I even walked down the aisle to a beautiful violin version of the Jurassic Park theme.

A Cinema Themed Wedding at Oddfellows Chester (c) Carla Blain Photography (33)

Sage green and purple were our main theme colours. I had chosen green as the main theme colour and then Joe found his suit which had a purple back. Since our wedding I’ve been told the colour theme went really well with my hair colouring, which is the exact reason I picked it!

A Cinema Themed Wedding at Oddfellows Chester (c) Carla Blain Photography (32)

I wore Faith by Diane Harbridge, which I found at her shop in Chester. It was an off-the-shoulder gown which I didn’t really want to try on, but my sister insisted and I’m so glad she did. I had a layer of sequin tulle added to the dress to give it some extra sparkle.

Jemma Stenning from VAIN in Chester, worked her magic with my hair for the day and also for my mum and bridesmaids. I highly recommend VAIN and Jemma – in fact, I won’t let anyone else near my hair. Mandy Rigby was my makeup artist for the day and Jennifer Hughes from The Doll House, Eastham did a fantastic job with the bridesmaids’ makeup.

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happily ever after. a garden wedding at capesthorne hall, cheshire – rachel & omar

January 16th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

A Garden Wedding at Capesthorne Hall (c) Slice Of Pie (42)

Ahead of our first Luxury Wedding Fair of the spring season at the stunning Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire this Sunday, we’re sharing the wedding story of Rachel and Omar who chose this fine venue as the setting for their special day.

Exchanging their vows in the Hall’s impressive grounds beneath the lake-side gazebo, Rachel and Omar’s ceremony was 100% picture perfect.

The proceedings gave a tasteful nod to Disney (something we suspect their guests may have seen coming after a proposal by the Alice in Wonderland statue in New York’s Central Park!), and the couple further styled their day with a statement navy and coral colour scheme.

Other special touches to look out for include games on the lawn – something that should be a prerequisite for any garden wedding, we think, and a lovely string quartet to set the laidback ambience.

If you’re on the venue hunt in the North West, be sure to join us at this spectacular venue on Sunday 21st January, for our Brides Up North Bespoke Luxury Wedding Fair, 11am to 2pm, FREE ENTRY. We will be joined by top suppliers from the area as well as the venue’s super helpful team. Pre-register to attend here.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Slice of Pie Photography.

A Garden Wedding at Capesthorne Hall (c) Slice Of Pie (48)

rachel says: We were on a romantic city break to New York in February 2015, when Omar surprised me and proposed by the Alice in Wonderland statue in Central Park, in the snow.

We tied the knot on 30th July 2016. We chose that date as we wanted an outdoor wedding and summer is our favourite season.

A Garden Wedding at Capesthorne Hall (c) Slice Of Pie (24)

The venue – Capesthorne Hall in Macclesfield – was stunning and a great location for our friends and family. It had everything we wanted – outdoor facilities, a stately home and a contemporary feel for the evening reception.

A Garden Wedding at Capesthorne Hall (c) Slice Of Pie (26)

We didn’t have a full theme for the wedding, but we chose certain aspects to show our favourite things and personalities. For example, I walked down the aisle to a Disney arrangement (arranged by my very talented best friend) and our tables were Disney couples instead of numbers. My cousin very kindly painted small canvasses with the couples on.

We decided on a navy and coral colour scheme – we felt it was appropriate for the season, with the six bridesmaids in three different shades of coral and the male members of the bridal party wearing three-piece navy suits.

A Garden Wedding at Capesthorne Hall (c) Slice Of Pie (50)

I chose a lace-up tulle fishtail gown with a strapless sweetheart neckline and pewter lace appliqués, beginning on the body and continuing down the front of the dress and the train. The dress was from The Confetti Box in Eccles. It was just what I wanted; very grand for the venue and something I’d never really seen before.

Omar wore a navy morning tails suit with a grey soft tartan waistcoat, pocket watch and matching tie and pocket square in navy with small white polka dot. This was from Whitfield & Ward in Wilmslow.

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everlasting love: a wonderful wedding weekend at hornington manor – sarah & neil

January 15th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson

A Pretty Wedding at Hornington Manor (c) Richard Perry Photography (28)

A wedding that lasts a whole weekend has to be every bride’s dream, as anyone who’s ever been married will tell you that the big day goes by in a flash.

Today’s featured couple, Neil and Sarah, who held their wedding at Brides Up North Sponsor venue Hornington Manor, squeezed every minute they could into their nuptials, hiring the venue exclusively for a full weekend and bookending their wedding day with relaxed barbecues for their family and friends.

An unusual but inspired detail of their big day was to have a juke box in the evening instead of a band, so everyone could plug in their favourite tunes and create their own DJ set.

We love the barn setting, with its hanging chandeliers, and the bunting that Sarah’s mum took a whole year to make – now that’s dedication! If you too adore the country charm of this stunning venue then be sure to join us on Thursday 19th April, when we will be hosting an Pop Up Evening Wedding Festival Fair at Hornington Manor, with a collection of fabulous local suppliers and the venue’s amazing team!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Richard Perry Photography.

A Pretty Wedding at Hornington Manor (c) Richard Perry Photography (31)

sarah says: We got engaged in 2016. Neil had bought a ring in the August but had been thinking about how to pop the question for a few months. He decided to propose when we were on holiday in Edinburgh, in September. We stayed in a small town called Linlithgow, for a few days where there is a castle by a loch, which would have been a lovely setting. He had planned the proposal to be there and we went after dinner one night – but it was really dark. We went into Edinburgh for the latter part of the week, by which point Neil was running out of chances. One night I had a dream that Neil proposed while in Edinburgh, so he thought I knew! It got to our last night: we had dinner in town and walked back through the Princes Street gardens. He took me to a quiet part away from other people and got down on one knee. I was so surprised that I started laughing and crying at the same time. So much so that he had to prompt me for an answer!

A Pretty Wedding at Hornington Manor (c) Richard Perry Photography (17)

We got married on 22nd July 2017. I liked the idea of a summer wedding but wasn’t set on an exact date. When we booked the beautiful Hornington Manor near Tadcaster, they didn’t have many dates left, so we just picked one before they got booked up! The venue is an old manor house, which has all the original bedrooms and kitchens, and large front lawns, and they’ve refurbished the barn into a reception area. It was perfect – so relaxed and homely. You can hire the whole place for the weekend, which is an extra bonus. We would definitely recommend the venue: it’s so beautiful and the barn was just perfect for our style of wedding. Having it for the whole weekend meant we could invite all our family down, have barbecues on the Friday and Sunday and have a good catch up with people we hadn’t seen for a while. Joanne, Simon and all the team are so helpful and go above and beyond to make the weekend perfect.

We didn’t choose a particular theme. With the venue being quite ‘country’ and relaxed, we just aimed for the whole wedding to be easy going. We both like the colour blue, so were happy to incorporate that where we could. The wedding party was dressed in blue and all the stationery, made by Megan at Pretty Neat Studios in Harrogate, was done on navy blue card. She laser-printed our invitations, menus and thank you cards. We gave her an idea of what style we wanted, which she based the design on. They were beautifully made and unique. We would highly recommend looking her up!

A Pretty Wedding at Hornington Manor (c) Richard Perry Photography (30)

I got my dress from Scarlet Poppy in Pudsey, Leeds. The staff there are so helpful and not pushy. I knew I wanted a slim-fitting dress, as I have a small figure. It was a sweetheart gown in ivory, with the underskirt a sand colour. It had lace detail and the straps could be either straight or criss-crossed. I loved it and it was so comfortable to wear all day.

A Pretty Wedding at Hornington Manor (c) Richard Perry Photography (35)

Neil wore a suit hired from Harrogate Suit Hire. It was a navy, slim-fitting tailcoat, with a tweed waistcoat. He wore tan brown shoes. The groomsmen wore the same as Neil.

The bridesmaids wore pale blue maxi dresses, which had an oriental print along the bottom. They suited the venue style really well and the girls looked really nice.

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love lilac. a romantic summer wedding at saltmarshe hall – rachael & tom

January 11th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson

A Romantic Wedding at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (27)

After a dreamy proposal in the romantic city of Venice, Rachael and Tom had set the bar high for a beautiful and memorable wedding day to follow. Choosing the gorgeous Saltmarshe Hall as their reception venue, a Grade II listed 19th Century house on the banks of the River Ouse in East Yorkshire, with a whopping 17 acres of garden, they certainly ticked the ‘dream setting’ box. If you too love the look of this stunning venue then be sure to mark Sunday 15th April in your diary as we will be staging one of our Luxury Wedding Fairs at the Hall on that day, giving you an opportunity to see all it has to offer first hand!

But back to today’s wedding! We love Rachael and Tom’s idea of choosing sharing platters for the wedding breakfast– what a great way to break the ice and get guests talking. With all that delicious food to work off – and music a passion of the groom’s – Tom handpicked a live band for the evening, ensuring the guests danced their way into the early hours.

Rachael and Tom may have had a tinge of the wedding blues after their honeymoon, but they definitely created some wonderful memories to send those gloomy thoughts packing!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Bethany Clarke Photography.

A Romantic Wedding at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (48)

rachael says: We got engaged in Venice on 27th August 2015. On our last night, we went for a ride on a Gondola and then to St Mark’s Square. We watched the sun set over Venice from the top of the Campanile and then walked back to our hotel. On the way, we stopped on a footbridge over one of the canals and Tom got down on one knee and asked if I would marry him. Although we’d been together for seven years, it was still a big surprise and we couldn’t wait to get home and tell our families.

A Romantic Wedding at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (32)

Our wedding was on 28th July 2017. Being a teacher, I wanted to get married in the summer holidays, so that we could go on our honeymoon straight after the wedding and not have to rush back to work straight away. My sister, Katherine, flew back from San Francisco where she lives and works for the big day too.

We had our wedding ceremony at Laxton Church and our reception at Saltmarshe Hall, near Howden. We looked at a few venues and nothing had blown us away but, on driving up the beautiful driveway to Saltmarshe Hall and seeing the grounds surrounding it, we knew we had found somewhere special. The house is beautiful, with a wonderful staircase and different rooms offering space for guests to relax, drink and dance. We knew we didn’t want a huge wedding and Saltmarshe could accommodate 70 guests in the Morning Room. We also loved the exclusivity that Saltmarshe offered; for our day, it would be ours. Having been recently extended with additional bedrooms, plenty of family could stay for the two nights. The team was fantastic – friendly and professional – and I knew our wedding was in safe hands with them.

A Romantic Wedding at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (26)

Our colour scheme was shades of purple/lilac. I didn’t have a colour scheme in mind initially but when looking for bridesmaids’ dresses and thinking about flowers it all came together. April at BlueBird Wedding Stationery, did a wonderful job with our invitations and order of service, which tied in with the colour scheme too.

A Romantic Wedding at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (71)

My dress was from Jacquelines Bridal of Beverley. I’d been to a couple of shops but hadn’t found anything quite right and was waiting for my ‘this is the one’ moment.  I knew I wanted something A-line but nothing too big. My bridesmaids had travelled up for the weekend to help me, along with my sister. As soon as I put my dress on, they all said it was the one and it just felt different to the others. I loved the layers of lace and the detail but had to do a return trip with my mum just to get her approval before I took the plunge. The seamstress at Jacquelines did a great job making sure the dress fitted perfectly and they even arranged for it to be cleaned after the big day.

Victoria Farr and her assistant did my hair and that of my three bridesmaids and mum. She did a practice session a few months before to make sure we knew exactly what I wanted and how it would look. She was so friendly and a great person to have around when we were getting ready and I would definitely recommend her.

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rock solid. ronald joyce for a personality-filled wedding at hoghton tower – sally & jack

January 10th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson

A Personal Wedding at Hoghton Tower (c) Shane Webber (20)

Today’s real wedding delivers plenty of inspo when it comes to adding personal touches. How delightful is the personalised handkerchief for the bride’s father, with its tear-jerking message? And the cricket bat sporting a ‘play temporarily paused’ message, which made us smile. Then there’s the personalised chef’s hats for guests to wear while carving the meat at each table – great photograph opportunity!

The elegance levels are high in this beautiful big day too, with a flurry of gorgeous florals, classic wedding transport and an A-line gown fit for a princess!

Sally and Jack ended their celebrations with a party to be remembered, putting on a nightclub-style evening do in a tipi, complete with a live band and real fire. Let’s get in on the action…

With images by Shane Webber Photography.

A Personal Wedding at Hoghton Tower (c) Shane Webber (21)

sally says: We got engaged on 27th October 2015. Jack took me on a surprise half-term holiday to Paris; he proposed on the first night and, after a few days in Paris, we flew to London to my favourite restaurant (La Trompette in Chiswick) to celebrate.

We got married on Saturday 27th May 2017, a bank holiday weekend followed by a two-week half-term. We were hoping for the good weather we usually get in May/June.

A Personal Wedding at Hoghton Tower (c) Shane Webber (46)

Our ceremony was held at Holy Trinity Church in Hoghton, Lancashire, and we chose Hoghton Tower as our reception venue for its incredible driveway, stunning views and old English traditions. It was in the perfect location – between both our families in Preston and Darwen – and we would definitely recommend it. It’s historic, located in a beautiful setting and is the perfect fairy-tale wedding venue.

We wanted a traditional wedding that was personal to us so, for the colour scheme, we chose cornflower blue. Both sets of our parents also had a blue colour scheme at their weddings and we just liked the colour!

A Personal Wedding at Hoghton Tower (c) Shane Webber (34)

I wore the Ronald Joyce Robyn dress, bought from Wedding Belles in Blackburn. Susan and her team there are excellent. The dress was A-line with a high neck. It was the one I kept going back to after endless amounts of dress shopping!

A Personal Wedding at Hoghton Tower (c) Shane Webber (47)

My bridesmaids wore cornflower blue, high-neck Dessy dresses, which we bought from Susan Craig Bridal Wear in Chorley.

Jack wore a three-piece grey custom tweed suit from Remus Uomo (a friend’s company based in Belfast) and the groomsmen wore grey suits from Moss Bros and custom waistcoats from Remus Uomo to match Jack’s.

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we heart mcr. ronald joyce for a sophisticated wedding at king street townhouse – jessica & joe

January 9th, 2018 | Laura McDonagh

A Cool City Wedding in Manchester (c) James Tracey Photography (41)

Hands up who loves a chic city centre wedding? Everyone? Well, prepare yourself for a treat because today we’re spoiling you with a real urban beauty. As soon as we clapped eyes on the photos of Jess and Joe’s big day – two very proud Mancunians – we fell in love with this gorgeous celebration of their love and their city.

The grand architecture, rich decor and stunning rooftop views of The King Street Townhouse provided the perfect venue for this Manchester-mad pair and the soundtrack to the day was dominated by North West musical greats like The Stone Roses and The Smiths. Even the cake was a nod to this glorious city, with a modern hexagonal honeycomb-inspired design and, of course, some iconic Manchester bees.

Need one more reason to read on? No problem, here it is: bardot neckline dress eye candy! You’re welcome.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, James Tracey Photography.

A Cool City Wedding in Manchester (c) James Tracey Photography (16)

jessica says: We got engaged on Christmas Day 2015, at my mum and dad’s house. Joe decided to propose on my favourite day of the year with all of my relatives gathered at my family home.

Our wedding date was 5th August 2017. We wanted a summer wedding as I’m a teacher and it gave us time to go on honeymoon after the wedding.

A Cool City Wedding in Manchester (c) James Tracey Photography (20)

We were married at St. Ann’s Church followed by the reception at King Street Town House in Manchester. We were both born in Manchester and raised in Greater Manchester, and so we wanted a city centre wedding. We dated mainly in the city and it’s a place close to both our hearts for many reasons.

We were so lucky that my uncle, Canon Chris Ford, joined the Reverend in performing the marriage ceremony. Chris was present on the altar of my aunts’ weddings and was also present at my mum and dad’s wedding as a lay reader.

A Cool City Wedding in Manchester (c) James Tracey Photography (52)

We didn’t have a theme but wanted the day to be a celebration of Manchester, from the Manchester bees running through the stationery (by Emmy Designs) to bees on the wedding cake and Manchester tart served for dessert. The devastation of the Manchester bombing, which happened so close to the wedding, made the celebration of the City and the iconic image of the bee even more poignant. The Manchester skyline looks stunning from the top floor of The King Street Town House, so we really felt we had the perfect venue for us.

Colour-wise, we went for greys, pale blushes and blues. They matched the venue’s style and were complementary colours which we both liked.

A Cool City Wedding in Manchester (c) James Tracey Photography (22)

My dress was Amanda by Ronald Joyce bought from Blush. It was the first dress I saw when browsing on the internet and was confirmed as ‘the one’ when I tried it on. The shape suited my figure and I liked the classic style and cut.

Flossy and Leigh styled hair and did makeup for me, my bridesmaids and my mum. I would strongly recommend them: they were great fun, professional and incredible at what they do. They made us feel a million dollars and took into account everyone’s different styles yet incorporated them into the theme and feel of the wedding.

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