August 19th, 2014 | Julia Braime
Jen and Jonny’s fun and fresh, 50′s themed, DIY wedding at Brides Up North Featured Supplier venue, the KP Club, is just what the doctor ordered to get us through Tuesday morning. And hey, don’t forget it’s a bank holiday weekend coming up… win,win or what?!
Be bright, be beautiful.
With images by SDS Photography.
Jennifer says: We got engaged on New Years Eve 2010, in Disneyland, Paris! Jonny proposed in one of the few quiet spots in Disney (in the Swiss Family Robinson tree house!) where we had a great view of Cinderella Castle, all lit up.
We were married on 21st June 2014. We chose this date because it was the first day of British summertime, and also the longest day of the year.
We got married in the village church where Jonny grew up (St Catherine’s Church, Barmby Moor, York), which was only a few miles from where I grew up. We both live in the South now, so it was lovely to travel home for a few days to see our friends and family. The vicar who Jonny grew up with had long since retired, but agreed to come back and perform the ceremony for us.
The reception venue was the KP Club, a few miles from the church. It is in the town where we went to secondary school (Pocklington) – which is where we they first met! It has beautiful views over the Yorkshire wolds.
We would definitely recommend the KP Club. At first we were unsure whether we could make the place unique, but we certainly did! It is a (beautiful) blank canvas for you to do whatever you want with, but would also look amazing without decorations! It was very spacious (we had the whole top floor, with two rooms and a bar area) but still felt very intimate. There were huge windows with views over the golf course, and the Yorkshire wolds. The staff were very helpful and pleasant and everything ran so smoothly. There are even lodges on the site where guests could stay over without worrying about travel. We both stayed in a honeymoon suite which had a hot tub!
We orginally planned on a 1950s theme – primarily because we both love Frankie & Bennys! My wedding dress was based on a 1950s, Grace Kelly style and the bridesmaid dresses were also very 50s. We had music playing by ‘The Baseballs’ who are a modern band but their style is very much in that era.
We opted for a colour palette of sea green and pinks. We wanted a colour that wasn’t too girly and was less common in weddings, so we went for the turquiose colour. Pale and hot pinks went with it really well, and after finding the bridesmaid dresses to match, it was perfect!
I am a graphic designer and lovs crafty things, so handmade a lot of the wedding. I made a seating plan out of wooden pegs, which I put each guest’s name on and allowed them to take theirs home at the end of the night.
We are also grateful to have such talented friends and family who helped us out and made sure the wedding was personal. It was also important to us to make them all feel involved in the wedding and had a part to play.
My dress was from Wedding Warehouse, a shop in Leeds which sells ex-wedding fayre dresses. They were a year ahead in terms of style, so my dress will be available to buy in 2015. I tried on a few first that I thought were what I was after (long lace sleeves, high neck) but I felt I looked too old in them all! I went back into the room and there was one hanging up, out of its bag. It was nothing like what I was looking for (very big and princess-like!) but my best friend told me to try it on, so I did. I went home to think it over, and decided I had to back and get it! It was all lace, with little lace cap sleeves and a keyhole back (very beautiful, which is why I decided to have my hair swept to the side to show it off!). It puffed out from just below the waist, with beautiful delicate lace all over the skirt. My full length veil was borrowed from my sister from her wedding, which went perfectly with my dress.
My bridesmaids wore 1950s style rockabilly dresses with a lovely turquoise and pink floral pattern – bought from Amazon from a seller called bluemagik. The bridesmaids were different shapes and sizes but the style looked great on them all. They each wore their own shoes which were different colours – we just wanted them to feel comfortable! One of the bridesmaids Kath, who is also one of my sisters, handmade little pink paper roses – some of which the bridesmaids had in their hair. I also gave each of them a handbag bought from Ebay, personalised with each of their initials on.
The bride’s and bridesmaids’ bouquets were put together by my bridesmaids. They just had bunches of baby’s breath (gypsophila) tied together with ribbon, and I had baby’s breath with flowers from a family friend’s garden (including pink roses and peonies).
Our photographers were Sarah-Jane & Simon, from SDS Photography. We would hugely recommend them, because they were just perfect. They have the skills to make amazing photos, but also the creativity to try new things and make sure your wedding is truly unique. Their attention to detail is exceptional, and their incredible efficiency meant that the formal group photos were over so quickly (a relief for everybody!) They completely understand that everybody is different. We didn’t want any awkward poses or generic wedding photos, but we didn’t even have to tell them – they just seemed to know what was ‘us’. We wanted a ‘pretty, informal’ style and they nailed it. They captured expressions we didn’t know we’d made and hugs we didn’t know we’d given.
In the church, I put other flowers from the garden in painted bean cans, and in paper cones (made from wallpaper samples) on the end of the pews. A lovely old lady in the village started a flower arrangement for us, which my bridesmaid and I went to finish the day before the wedding, using flowers bought from the market and from friends’ gardens.
After the church ceremony we decided to have afternoon tea. It was lovely because it meant people could have nibbles and refreshments, so they weren’t too hungry waiting for the meal at 5pm! It also meant that people could stay and chat, including the vicar and organist, who don’t usually get to see guests. Family members made all the cakes, including my mum, Jonny’s mum and Jonny’s grandma. We had vintage tea cups and saucers laid out, and big drinks dispensers filled with pink lemonade.
Oringially we wanted a cake of different cheeses, but didn’t want the guests who like traditional wedding cake to be left out – so we had both! My mum made the fruit cakes, and Jonny’s mum made sponge cakes and decorated the whole cake. She handmade peonies made from icing using our wedding colours, and cascaded them down the cake. My best friend Claire made two little birds out of clay to go on the top – it was perfect! We then had a cake of cheeses brought out in the evening (we both love cheese!).
For our favours, we gave out jars of goodies! They were filled with homemade strawberry jam, rhubarb jam, apple chutney and gooseberry chutney which me and my mum made. I made labels for each one and tied fabric around the top. Each guest was given a sticker with their name on, which they were to stick to a jar of their choice.
As a secret wedding present, I bought Jonny a pair of personalised Converse All Stars, which I gave to him on the day. I also got a pair for myself (of course) which matched the wedding colour scheme! We each had their new surname on (Ledger) and we put them on in the evening so we could dance the night away! (very comfy).
We didn’t really want to do a first dance – we love dancing, but not slow dancing (with everybody watching!). However, we both love music, so decided to write a song and perform it to the guests. It was called “When we’re old”, and had funny lyrics about what we’ll still be doing when we’ve been married for many years. As a further surprise, the band we hired for the evening (Move it like Friday) suggested providing backing music for us – which we accepted! They came in with drums and bass in the chorus – it was great!
We used Abbey Sound & Light, based in Selby, to hire our dancefloor and stage for the band. We would highly recommend them – mainly because we booked them very last minute, and they managed to sort us out with something! They’re very reasonably priced and were efficient delivering and collecting the items. The black and white checked dancefloor looked great!
Another thing which made the day very special was the arrival of our first niece, Olivia. My sister gave birth the day before the wedding, but still managed to make it to the ceremony with the baby! We had photographs taken with her, which will be lovely to look back on.
For our honeymoon, we went to Disneyworld, Florida! We both love theme parks (particularly Disney ones!) and having got engaged at Disneyland Paris, we felt it was appropriate We went for two weeks and alternated between the four main parks and waterparks. We were on a dining plan so got loads to eat – too much! Many burgers and chicken nuggets, but it was delicious. We each got a novelty hat – I got white Minnie Mouse ears with a veil attached, and Jonny got a Goofy hat with Micky ears (many people commented on how I had married Goofy!). We went on all our favourite rides, and I even got to meet my favourite character, Baloo!
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy the planning stage – don’t do too much at once, and don’t leave things to do on the day before or on the day! (like I did – eek!). Do ask friends and family for help – they love to feel involved.
And most of all, enjoy the day. Guests will have a good time no matter what, so just focus on the two of you making memories.
August 18th, 2014 | Julia Braime
One of my very favourite parts of my job as Editor here at Brides Up North is receiving and reviewing Real Wedding submissions from my newly-wed readers and industry suppliers. There’s nothing quite like the love and joy that radiates from the images of a couple’s big day and the palatable excitement in the accompanying email. I’m putting this post together late on Sunday evening, and I’ve just spent the best part of the afternoon approving some very, very special submissions that I’m so looking forward to sharing with you soon.
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August 14th, 2014 | Rachel Parry
The spate of sunshine we’ve been having recently may have been interrupted with a few bleak breaks this week but this bright and beautiful wedding is guaranteed to inject a big boost of colour and happiness into your day.
Creative couple Tony and Katy tied the knot in the super city of Sheffield, starting off with their ceremony in the stunning Town Hall before moving onto the nearby Workstation for a fabulous afternoon tea and evening celebrations.
To really make the day their own they included lots of vibrant decorations, quirky homemade touches and beautiful blooms, all of which was captured perfectly by their talented photographer.
With images by Photography34
Katy says: We got engaged on New Year’s Day 2013. We had been to a friend’s New Year’s Eve party and Tony had taken the ring, but he couldn’t find the right moment when we were both alone. The following morning we both woke up early and Tony asked me what I was doing for the rest of my life as he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me and then produced my beautiful ring! I cried a little and then called the world.
We set the date for Saturday May 24th 2014. We wanted to get married over a Bank Holiday as we had lots of guests who would be travelling a distance so we were keen to make sure they had plenty of time to party and recover.
I think we must have viewed almost every venue in Yorkshire, but we couldn’t find anything which would allow us to create the different look and feel we were hoping for within our budget. We are both from Sheffield and love to city so when we found the Workstation which is part of the Showroom Cinema and met Mark the sales manager, it ticked all the boxes. He was so accommodating and because the venue is an exhibition centre he allowed us to dress it exactly how we wanted. We originally wanted to get married at the same place as our reception but this was not possible at the Workstation so we started to look for somewhere close by. We had walked past Sheffield Town Hall hundreds of times but had never been inside. Once we did we were blown away by how beautiful the building was, especially the fabulous staircase.
Very early on in our wedding planning I discovered Pinterest, and began pinning ideas to a mood board. We knew the venue was going to need a lot of dressing so we decided to hire someone to help with this. Jennie from Hansley Beard came highly recommended by our venue and she did a fabulous job of keeping me calm, my ideas focused and she planned the design to the finest detail, we could not have done it without her.
We knew we wanted to do things differently and we wanted the whole feel of the day to be bright, colourful, fun and homemade. We both like colour – our house is full of it. We originally found some bright material which we liked at The Range store, we used this as the basis for our colour scheme, they had paper, buttons etc all in the same collection which was great. Bright coloured ribbons and buttons then became the main theme throughout the wedding. We didn’t want a traditional wedding so decided that lots of bright colours would really help create a different atmosphere. We are so happy that we went with these colours in the end as our wedding day turned out to be raining and gloomy but the colours helped keep everyone bright and cheery!
I always knew that I wanted a fitted lace dress and I fell in love with Pippa, a Sassi Holford dress which was well over my budget. I searched the internet and to my complete amazement I found Silk Bridal in Litchfield selling a sample of this dress in my size. I would highly recommend this bridal shop – they made my wedding dress experience so memorable. Helen, the seamstress, could not do enough to help with my alterations and every time we visited the shop I was made to feel just as special as the last. My friend Serena, very kindly lent me her beautiful Jenny Packham headband for my something borrowed. I’m actually selling my dress it is currently listed on eBay and preloved. Although I will be very sad to see this dress go, it would give me great pleasure for another bride to have a chance to wear a fabulous Sassi Holford dress.
I knew that I didn’t want traditional bridesmaid dresses or anything too formal; I wanted something that they would wear again so they wore emerald green maxi dresses from Mango which were accessorised with belts from H&M. The best man wore a bright blue suit from Moss Bros and our page boy, my nephew, wore a little navy suit from Next, a homemade emerald green bow tie and some white Converse boots which he loved!
Tony’s mum’s friend made all the bouquets and button holes. I picked the flowers for these, along with the flowers for the venue, from the Parkway Flower Market in Sheffield. I had a hand-tied bouquet with bright flowers including Gerberas,Ranunculus, Gentian and Craspedia. My bridesmaids’ bouquets were similar, just a bit smaller. All the bouquets had ribbons hanging from the stems.
We both share a love for VWs, especially retro split screen camper vans and we knew that we couldn’t arrive any other way. We hired the stunning ‘Johnny’ from Something old Something New. As our venues were close together we were able to use the same van for the whole wedding party.
We were let down by a friend who was originally planning on doing our photography, very close to the wedding day. Tony at Photography34 was recommended to us and to our delight he was available on our date. Choosing Tony was the best decision we made, after getting married of course! He had a very relaxed, natural style and went above and beyond. He made us, and our guests, feel relaxed all day. Our guests noted how hard he worked on the day. Most importantly he captured all the detail, fun and laughter of the day.
When we started planning we decided that we wanted things to be as personal as possible and make as much ourselves as we could. Having ‘Brown Owl’ as my mother-in-law-to-be made this a lot easier. Jennie from Hansley Beard helped us to create our desired look with lots of help from our bridesmaids, best man and friends. We had homemade bunting, pom poms, table numbers, seating plan, card box, paper covered jars as centre pieces. We also used fairy lights to decorate the mezzanine. We had bright coloured ribbons hanging from the back of all the chairs and a ribbon drop which cascaded from the mezzanine to the dance floor. I went to the Parkway Flower Market with Jennie, other than Gerberas which are my favourite flowers I wasn’t that particular, it was mainly the colours I was looking for. We incorporated all the flowers from the bouquets as well as Golden Glory, lime green and yellow bloom Chrysanthemums. Jennie then arranged all the flowers for the venue and centre pieces, and made these look great, she truly was amazing!
Tony’s mum and I made homemade rhubarb jam for our favours. The rhubarb was home grown in Tony’s dad’s allotment.
I love baking so the wedding cake was very important. We had a four-tiered cake covered with bright coloured hearts. The actual cake was striped coloured Victoria sponge with butter cream and made by Gemma at Iced Gems. We had two wooden birds with matching hearts as cake toppers which we got from Etsy.
We didn’t want to have a formal three-course wedding meal so we decided to have afternoon tea with prosecco for our wedding breakfast. In the evening we had pie and peas with plenty of Henderson’s relish!
The entertainment was really important to us, we wanted a big party with all our friends and family, and I love to dance. For our ceremony we had a friend, Rebecca Guy sing and play her guitar. As a wedding present my parents got Paul Pashley, Sheffield’s answer to Michael Bublé, to sing at our evening reception. Not only does he have an amazing voice, he was a little bit of eye candy for the ladies. We then had a DJ who played us into the early hours.
We did include quite a few special touches in our big day. Tony’s mum made a very cute ring cushion for Reuben, our page boy, in the same material as the bunting and sewed buttons all over it, he was very proud of his special job.
We hired some beautiful vintage crockery from Jameson’s Tearoom for the afternoon tea, and one of the highlights was their teacup glasses which we served the prosecco in.
We chose big illuminated ‘LOVE’ letters from Typical Type as a backdrop to our dance floor, and our homemade photo booth and they were the talk of all our guests. Once we had decided on the letters it helped us decide on our first dance – L-O-V-E by Nat King Cole sang by Paul Pashley.
We both share a love of sweets, so a sweet table was a must. We brought in our theme by laying the table with ribbons, we used the same paper we had used for the centre pieces for the sweet labels and homemade pin wheels, and then had bright coloured paper fans as the backdrop to the table.
I found a finger print poster tree from Etsy which was a wonderful alternative to a guest book. Our guests added their fingerprints as ‘leaves’ to the tree and wrote their names. We now have this framed and it acts as a daily reminder of our special day and the guests we shared it with.
My favourite part of the wedding day came at the end of our first dance. Jennie, who had helped us to design our wedding day, had arranged with our guests to drop all the off cuts from the ribbons from the mezzanine above the dance floor. This was a total surprise and the only thing throughout the day which we had not planned for. This was an amazing moment which Tony, our photographer, captured perfectly and we have used one of these images for our thank you cards.
We went on honeymoon two days after or wedding; we spent two days is Dubai and eight in the Maldives. Dubai was very hot and we packed in a lot within the two days; tours of the city and a dessert safari. Then the Maldives, which was absolute paradise, was the total opposite to Dubai, quiet and relaxing, which was exactly what we needed after the wedding.
My advice to other Brides Up North would be to do what makes you happy and have the day that you want, not what others expect of you. That is so important. You want to look back on your day and know that you had it exactly how you wanted it. It doesn’t matter if this doesn’t follow traditions or you think people won’t like your ideas, as long as you do, that’s all that matters. Tony’s advice would be at some point during the wedding breakfast, to go around each table and speak with your guests and thank them for coming, as it’s a very busy day and you don’t get chance to spend very much time with anyone. Our collective advice is to make sure you both take time together to have a few moments to take everything in as the day will go past so fast.
It rained for the most of our day, but like Louis Armstrong sang, we didn’t care what the weather man said, when the weatherman said it was raining as you didn’t hear us or anyone else complaining!
August 11th, 2014 | Julia Braime
Let’s get this week off to a very lovely start. Today we’re in North Yorkshire for make up artist Jen and new husband Rob’s perfectly purple and loved up wedding day at pretty Priory Cottages.
With images by Paul Joseph Photography.
Jen says: We got engaged on 22nd April 2013. Rob hid the ring under my pillow and I was completely oblivious that he had done that or planned on doing so. In the end the surprise was ruined after plenty of prompting he had to tell me to look under my pillow. Although I was still asking why as I did it…
He then asked me to marry him.
I did make him get down on one knee the next day though! I don’t think he was overly impressed with that, but a girl likes tradition.
We were married on 22nd May 2014 at Wighill Church of All Saints, with the remainder of our celebrations at The Priory Cottages.
We chose the Church after meeting with Serena at the Priory. She has a list of suppliers and venues. When we visited the church we just loved it, including the staff and regulars at the church. The all made us feel so welcome and the Church itself is just gorgeous.
The Priory Cottages were chosen even before visting Serena. I stumbled across the venue when researching weddings and going into hair and makeup for weddings after leaving the media industry. When researching styles, looks etc… their site came up. As soon as I clicked on it, I knew I would love to get married there or have some form of the day there. We had visited a few other places and the day it came to looking there, I knew as soon as I stepped into the Courtyard.
I would recommend my venue to anyone and everyone. Serena is such a gem and The Priory Cottages are just stunning. From the venue to the accommodation, I can’t recommend them enough.
Serena keeps you focused, calm and organised. She knows exactly how things should be and wants them to run on schedule for us to be ok. We provided a list of suppliers and she kept that with the timeline to make sure everything was kept in line and on time, without worrying or stressing us.
A part of me does think, oh no, I don’t want someone else to get married there that I know. But then I think, the touches that we did, the guests and laughs that we had, can’t be repeated in the same way.
Our day was so special, and it all happened with the help of all of the companies and suppliers that we chose.
We didn’t have a specific theme, but I wanted some quirky and/or vintage style objects. I like things that look different and I wanted things that would go with the setting at The Priory Cottages. Rob, like most grooms, left most things to me. I ran everything by him and the final choices were made together.
I wanted purples, and quite rustic colours when it came to flowers, confetti and objects within the venue. Purple is my favourite colour and I wanted a cross between that and aubergine purples.
My dress was by Intuzuri. I really struggled to find something that stood out.
I visited my florists and told them how I still hadn’t found my dress. They advised me to go to Simply Wedding Dresses in Bingley. As soon as I saw the Intuzuri dresses I knew it was the brand for me. Their dresses are stunning and so detailed. The back of mine was just gorgeous and so detailed. I do have a fuller figure so I was worried about trying it on and if it would suit me. But it looked gorgeous and my Mum, Nana and Bridesmaid Charlotte agreed it was the one.
Rob wore a grey Ted Baker suit from Moss Bross. Ted Baker suits fit really well but we couldn’t afford to buy the whole party one for themselves, so we rented Ted Baker’s traditional wedding suit from Moss Bross.
I searched for a while for bridesmaid dresses. My bridesmaids were all different sizes and heights. I wanted just one style rather than mixing for each. Personally I didn’t like the traditional dresses that were available. So I searched for fashion designers in the area. I then found Jennifer, who owns Prodiga. She is based in Leeds and her designs are beautiful. We went with a cowl necked maxi dress for the bridesmaids and the fabric was just lovely.
My flowers were from Floral Opulence. I had a mixture of rusty purples, whites and pinks. Again, the two of them were fabulous. The flowers and table arrangements were gorgeous and everyone commented on them so much. I had so many requests before the day and kept changing my mind. Both of them kept me in line with ideas and suggestions and reassured me throughout.
The table numbers and log sign at the front of the venue was provided by Tom Bolland and all invitions and table plan print outs were completed by my friend Zoe.
All other decorations were done by me. I love to make things and be creative when and where possible.
I did a table plan on a step ladder in different frames. We had a birdcage for cards and I used a basket with flowers and cones for the confetti. I also mades candle holders out of used jars and lace and used buckets for the favours, again with added lace. We added these to all of the tables and candles around the girders of the barn. We bought bunting through Ebay which we decorated the balcony of the balcony with and between the beams.
Our BIG LOVE sign from Typical Type was the best extra touch, it looked lovely behind our top table. This was such a favourite and an excellent photo opportunity for guests.
I loved our favours. We bought personalised M&M’s, we added a photo and text to these and then put them into buckets wrapped with lace. To top it off we added my favourite Mr Kipling cake, a French Fancy.
My cake was made by my sister. She has her own cake business and also makes intricate flowers and roses out of icing. The cake was 4 tiers, the bottom tier a fake one. One cake was chocolate with chocolate buttercream, one with orange buttercream and a vanilla sponge with lemon cream.
We used Taste Cuisine as our caterers. Again, the team were fantastic. I had a lot of requests from guests and Zoe had a lot of changes and requests to deal with from me. But everything was dealt with so well. Due to allergies and food requirements we offered a few options. Luckily, Taste Cuisine offers a menu tasting session, so we had the chance to try a few options already and the food was just gorgeous.
Our photographers were Kelly and Paul from Paul Joseph Photography. They were absolutely fantastic and I would and have been recommending them to everyone I speak to, including my own clients.
Both of them were awesome and so easy going. Paul calmed me down before the church and together they made our day so much fun. With this and our Love Shoot, we are in love with our images and are so happy with each one. I couldn’t recommend them enough.
I can’t have a definite favourite part of the day. It was all just so perfect. I’ve worked on a number of weddings and seen a lot of excitement and perfection for them for their day. To feel it yourself, the excitement, happiness and general emotion is just unexplainable.
During the day we had Champagne in the morning, Rob had given me a bottle of Bollinger for me and the girls to have whist we were getting ready. I did the hair and makeup for all of my bridesmaids, as I wanted to keep busy rather than worrying.
I did love our first dance, it was such a special moment for the both of us. It was like everyone had disappeared, Although, that was the moment that I crumbled! Even still the crying didn’t alter the special feeling that there was during that moment.
We have literally just returned from our delayed honeymoon in Mauritius. Mauritius was just what we needed. It is absolutely delightful and such a stunning place.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be prepare, be organised and make lists and timelines! They help so much. I stupidly left a lot of decor things till maybe 1-2 months before the day. Because I decided to do a lot of the decor myself, this was not enough time. Especially with work commitments.
So if you are planning on doing a lot yourself, definitely plan ahead. I would say you want your last couple of months before the date to enjoy the build up. Everything comes together in the end, and your day will be fantastic.
August 8th, 2014 | Rachel Parry
This wedding is pretty special because over the past few months I’ve had the pleasure to get to know this lovely couple first hand. Natalie is the sister of my boyfriend Andy. Although it’s a shame that I hadn’t met Andy some months earlier so I could have possibly been a guest at Natalie and Joe’s wonderful wedding, as soon as I saw their stunning wedding photos I knew this beauty needed to be shared with Brides Up North readers.
From Joe’s romantic proposal and the “I dos” in the spectacular Wentworth Church, through to the breathtaking Peak District wedding shots and the fabulous evening shindig, it’s clear to see this couple not only love each other very much but they also know how to have a flippin great time.
With no further ado, I give you Mr and Mrs Rogers…
Natalie says: We got engaged on a snowy March morning. We went for a walk around Newmillerdam in Wakefield and Joe got down on one knee half way around the lake. As I said yes it started to snow, it was perfect. Afterwards we went for a meal at a 2 star Michellin restaurant in Derbyshire, called Fischers, and Joe had also booked for us to go on a hot air balloon ride the following day.
We got married on Friday 25 October 2013, just seven months after our engagement. We didn’t want to wait too long to get married and as I’m a teacher we looked at the available dates for the reception venue which were in school holidays.
The wedding ceremony took place at Holy Trinity Church in Wentworth. The church is really beautiful and it was important to us to find a church where my Granddad could play the organ on our big day. The reception was held at Losehill House Hotel in Hope Valley. We just loved the place as it is in such an idyllic location. The staff were fantastic, they were friendly and helpful every time we visited. The food was also outstanding. This venue worked well for us, as our families are from different sides of the Peak District and Losehill House hotel was half way. Joe’s family are from Buxton area and mine are from Barnsley.
I would most definitely recommend our venue to other wedding couples. The staff were great and the hotel is lovely. The food is of a very high standard and is now Michelin recommended. The guests who stayed over spoke really highly of the rooms and breakfast. Better yet, a lot of guests said it was the most relaxing wedding they had ever been to. Some guests even enjoyed a dip in the hot tub the morning after the wedding!
We travelled in style on the day, I had a silver shadow Rolls Royce and our second car was a second was a Daimer, both of which were hired from Amore Wedding Cars in Rotherham.
Joe and I, most of my family and some of our friends are Christians which is why we wanted a church wedding. The ceremony part of the day was very important to us.
We went for quite a traditional wedding with a few vintage touches added along the way. Our colour theme was Cadbury purple because it would work well with the flowers we wanted and we also thought it would stand out from the colours of the season.
I always wanted a lace dress with buttons down the back – I found a Kenneth Winston design that ticked all the boxes. Francesca from Choola bridal boutique in Sheffield was great at advising what style of dress was best for my figure. I had my dress fittings at Amie B who was in Sharrowvale, Sheffield but is now based on Ecclesall Road. She was really good and also made me a jacket to go with my wedding dress. My bridesmaids wore dresses from Coast and the flower girl wore a Ted Baker dress from Debenhams.
Joe picked a Newbury suit from Moss Brothers in Meadowhall. We were really pleased with the service they provided. The groomsmen also hired suits from Moss Brothers to match Joe’s and our page boy had a suit bought from Debenhams.
Flora in Sheffield did our wedding flowers. In my bouquet I mainly had roses, freesia and thistles. We also had rose and thistle pedestal arrangements which were organised by the church, along with bows that were placed down the pews.
In the centre of each table at the reception we had fish bowls with hand tied bouquets placed on mirrored plates. Our favours were miniature Daily Milk chocolates to match our Cadbury Purple colour scheme which were placed in purple boxes with pretty ivory bows.
We had a three-tier fruit cake covered with icing and sugared flowers, plus two extra cakes, which were chocolate and lemon. My talented mum made and decorated all the cakes.
To entertain our guests we hired a ceilidh band called Roger the Badger. We chose this as we felt this kind of entertainment would get lots of people up dancing. Everyone loved it and our friends have since booked the band for their wedding!
Our photographer was Dug Wilders. He was highly recommended by my brother Andy. Dug listened to all our requirements and we loved his work that he had done previously. He went above and beyond to ensure everything was perfect before, during and after the big day. The album he produced for us was exceptional.
On our wedding day we were able to stop off at Ladybower reservoir on the way from the church to Losehill House hotel. This gave us the opportunity to get some exceptional pictures and we would like to thank Ladybower Fisheries for the use of their grounds. It made our amazing day even more special that we were able to have some stunning photographs in the beautiful Peak District overlooking Ladybower Reservoir.
We had a fabulous honeymoon in the Maldives. It was the perfect location for us – sun, sea and sand – and plenty of time to relax. We loved every minute and are hoping to return there for our first wedding anniversary.
My top tip to other Brides Up North to be would be to ensure that you have everything well planned out and make a timetable of what time you expect everything to happen to ensure your day runs smoothly.
August 7th, 2014 | Julia Braime
Eleanor and Daniel’s Real Wedding was blooming beautiful. Fresh greens, peonies, fabulously flowered bridesmaid frocks and a stunning setting. Grab an ice cream, let’s go outside…
With images by Ragdoll Photography.
Eleanor says: We got engaged in Scotland at Aviemore – we went for a walk to the pub in the snow and en-route Dan surprised me with a bottle of champagne, two glasses and a proposal!
We were married on 14th June 2014 at Prestwold Hall. This January, a year after the proposal we were back in Aviemore and decided we should really start to think about a wedding, two weeks later we were booked in at Prestwold. This worked perfectly for us as it was just enough time to prepare.
We wanted the day to be really relaxed and fun so everything was geared to be a little less formal. We opted for a colour palette of different greens – we like the outdoors and green looks so fresh and pretty.
I got my dress from The White Room in Southwell in Nottingham, I saw it hanging in a corner and instantly loved the shape and tulle, no need to look any further (think goodness as we had looked quite a lot).
I had a really big bouquet and I loved it! Justine Baxter provided the flowers and was so helpful as we knew very little about flowers except that I liked peonies.
Dan had his suit tailored from a shop in Leicester as he found that sizing was difficult to find.
I wanted the bridesmaids to be different and continue the relaxed feel and was so happy when I found their floral dresses unexpectedly at ASOS. The best men wore their own suits.
We used Rosie Hunt at Ragdoll Photography – I loved the relaxed style of Rosie’s photographs. I found them online and realised instantly that this was the photographer for us – I have already recommended Rosie to our friends that are getting married! Many of our guests have commented on Rosie too and said that she was so nice to everyone and I feel that the photographs show this as we are all very relaxed and often laughing.
My friend Sarah made my cake, Dan goes to scrambles in the mountains in Wales often so we based the cake on a mountain with our black Labrador Mabel at the summit and Sarah surprised us by adding our retro ice cream van ‘Lottie’ at the bottom! We actually own the retro ice cream van - we bought it last year for weddings and events when I was starting to look for suppliers for our own wedding but realised that there was no retro van in the Midlands.
For our favours we chose heart shaped mints in sweetie bags – these doubled as place names as I tied them with stamped luggage tags.
We had a harpist (Rowena) for the ceremony and during the drinks and meal – she was so good that we clapped as she left (some of us even stood) we then had a DJ in the evening and our ice cream van made an appearance!
After the wedding we honeymooned in Wales for 3 nights to go walking in the mountains (Dan’s choice) and one week in Mauritius (my Mum’s choice). Both were brilliant but I did need to stop for a power nap at be top of the mountain – two days is not long enough to recover from a wedding and be taken on a steep mountain walk for five hours!
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to have a fantastic time, stay together for the majority and stay relaxed!
August 6th, 2014 | Julia Braime
This afternoon wedding photographer Samantha Broadley finds herself on the other side of the lens, as she shares her bright and beautiful (destination) wedding in Manchester with Brides Up North.
With images by Victoria Franks Photography.
Samantha says: We were married on 26th July 2013. I’ve always wanted a summer wedding in the hope we might get some sunshine, and we did!
We tied the knot at Manchester Town Hall. Neither of us are from Manchester but it is where we met and where we have started our lives together, so Manchester will always have a special place in our hearts. As well as the exterior of the building the interior is beautiful and believe it or not, not a lot of people have been inside. None of our guests had a clue what it was like, so they were blown away with the grandeur of it all. The reception was at The Mere Golf Resort and Spa, just because it’s quite simply beautiful, and had all the facilities we wanted.
We didn’t have a specific theme, but a lot did revolve around Manchester. My invites and name cards for the tables all had Manchester skyline on them. Our table names were places we’d been together that were special, for example, Brooklyn Bridge as we walked across there for my 21st, Syndey ANZ Stadium as we watched Australia v New Zealand there (Ben’s a big rugby fan) and our top table was of course Manchester Town Hall.
Being a wedding photographer, I have seen lots of different colour themes and I wanted something different. I would have loved to get married abroad but our grandparents wouldn’t have been able to fly and it was important to us to have them there. I wanted to bring the brightness and boldness of a destination wedding to Manchester, so I chose shades of teal with coral and pink flowers.
I chose a Mori Lee dress from The Bridal Collection in Lancaster. I was torn between two dresses, both completely different. One had a lot of lace detail and was a fish tail, the other had more ruffles and had a sweet heart neckline. I decided to go for the ruffles as it reminded me of a Spanish flamenco dress, again bringing the abroad feel back in for me.
Ben wore a light grey three piece suit from Slaters in Manchester. We bought the suits instead of hiring them, after all he’s more likely to wear his suit again than I am to wear my dress.
The Bridesmaid dresses were from In Wedding Dress, I was very conscious of the price of the bridesmaids dresses as I had six attendants, so I spent a lot of time researching.
I’m not very good with flowers, knowing the names and what’s in season. I just found a few pictures of the sort of bouquet I liked, I showed the lovely florists my pictures and colour ideas at Lune Valley Home & Garden Florist and they came up with the rest. My trust in them was well placed my flowers were beautiful.
Decor wise, I bought paper lanterns which were hung in the trees outside in the garden at The Mere Golf Resort with fairy lights wrapped round the terrace. We dotted some vintage style tea light holders around the tables outside. We had table flowers included in our package and I just paid a bit extra to have a few more flowers added. The entertainment was more important to me rather than decorating the room.
For the ceremony and for the arrival drinks we booked a singer and guitarist called Rob Yates, I’ve seen him at a number of other weddings and I’ve always loved what he does.
We also had a singing waiter, Jamie Reeves. After being to so many weddings I know there can be a little lull after the desserts waiting for the speeches and this is when Jamie came in. He was a complete surprise to everyone especially as he’d been serving most of them earlier. Only Ben, my maid of honour and I knew about him, so to see everyone’s faces was so funny.
We knew what we wanted from the very beginning for our favours. Ben sadly lost his Dad when he was 11 to Cancer so instead of spending money on little presents for everyone we donated money to Cancer Research and we had the ribbon badges. It’s lovely looking back at the pictures as everyone’s wearing them so in a way it’s like Ben’s Dad was there.
Ben and I are known for having parties and making Vodka Jellies, so we couldn’t have the biggest party of our lives go without them. They were supposed to be welcome drinks for our evening guests but I don’t think they got a look in!
The transport was very important to me on the day and my dad let us use his pride and joy, his Mercedes SL convertible. I was praying for sunshine so we could have the roof down and it worked. My Dad drove me from The Mere Golf Resort where we got ready to the Town Hall, it was nice as we got time completely on our own. Then after the Ceremony Ben drove me back and my Dad had a ‘Just Married’ reg plate made for the photographs which was a nice surprise.
Being a photographer the photographs where at the top of my to do list so as soon as I had the venues booked the photographer was next, as I know how soon dates can go. I chose my friend Victoria Franks Photography. I was more than happy with the photographs. On the day she was amazing, it’s so important you get along with your photographer as you do spend a lot of time with them on the day, so it’s good to have someone you can feel relaxed and have a laugh with.
We loved all of it, but I thinkmy favourite moment was the first dance. When Ben proposed he also bought me tickets to see Coldplay at the Etihad in Manchester and it was amazing. We wanted to relive that experience for our first dance so chose ‘Paradise’. Everyone loved it and got involved, all the people you love on one dance first floor, perfect.
We went travelling in 2009 and one of the places we never got to was Malaysia so it was on the top of our list when it came to our honeymoon. As the weather over there isn’t great in July we went to Palma in Majorca for a mini moon for three nights the day after the wedding but I couldn’t wait for the main one. We went away for three weeks over Christmas and New Year. It was nice to have a break between the wedding and the real honeymoon, it meant it wasn’t all over straight away.
We started off in Kuala Lumpur for 3 nights, then over to Langkawi for 8 Days, Penang for Christmas, finishing it off in our favourite place for New Years Eve in Singapore. It was all amazing, if only every holiday could be like that.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to make it as personal as you can, don’t get wrapped up in what a wedding ‘should be’ and do what you both want to do.
August 5th, 2014 | Julia Braime
Weddings are all about the people in them and at them, no matter the budget, theme or styling. Amy and Carl wanted an understated celebration surrounded by their nearest and dearest and with a little help from their families, that was exactly what they got.
Fuss free and fabulous.
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Fairclough Photography.
Amy says: We first got together in 2009, then split up for a little while. We both went out to the same village pub for New Years Eve 2011 and got back together. When we went out together back to the same village pub for New Year a year later he proposed. We all went outside to do the countdown and he got down on one knee. While everyone else was holding hands and singing we were getting engaged!
We were married on July 14th 2014. We had our ceremony at Patrington Church, also known as the Queen of Holderness. Its our village parish and we have both grown up around it. I sang in the choir there for a short time as a child, and my primary school is a Church of England school so harvest festivals and nativities were held there through growing up, and now our son goes to the same primary school. Friends and family have their christenings and weddings there often which made it even more special for us.
We had our reception at The Gardener’s Country Inn, we wanted some where family friendly where everyone could relax, have fun and enjoy themselves. Gardeners have a lovely little play area where children can go so with having 11 children at our wedding reception it was perfect.
Over the course of planning the wedding our style choices varied so much, the only thing we knew we wanted for sure was a simple, natural and understated look. I’m not an overly fussy person and don’t like anything too over the top.
We opted for a colour scheme of sage green and lemon, with daises. We used large tins covered with hessian, filled with flowers and finished off with lace for the centerpieces. We picked up a couple of hessian buntings, one saying Mr&Mrs for our archway, and one saying “just married” for the top table.
My friend Kathy and her husband and daughter spent hours making and hand cutting and painting various sizes of sugar daisies to scatter on the tables which just helped tie everything in together and the children loved them. They also hand painted and filled miniature glass jars with sparkly confetti and decorated them with daisies. We had to have bubbles on the tables too of course!
Everything was family orientated, planning the wedding made our two families come together and everyone did anything they could to make our day special.
Usually wedding dress shopping is the first thing on a bride to be to do list, but I left my dress shopping a little bit last minute and it ended up being a bit of a panic. When I first went I was a bit overwhelmed by it all (mostly having to get undressed in front of a stranger). My original idea for a wedding dress was for a bohemian style wedding dress, simple and flowy, but after trying on the style it just wasn’t for me.
I went to Samantha’s in Hull and there was my dress. I fell in love with it instantly and although it was out of my budget I had to have it! It was a princess cut gown with an ivory lace illusion neckline with pearl detail and finished off with a silver crystal and pearl waist band. With the wedding only 12 weeks away it had to be put a fast track for delivery and manic dress fittings the week before the wedding but the ladies in the store were really helpful and did their best for me and I was so happy with my dress.
Carl wore a grey Prince Edward cut suit, hired from Greenwoods with an ivory rouche and brogues. It was the only part of the wedding planning I had no say in, but he chose well and looked very handsome.
The bridesmaids wore sage green floor length Coast dresses.
Carl’s Aunty Toni volunteered to do our flowers for us, she is very artistic and creative and we were really happy with the end result. We wanted simple, country style flowers and we had a silk daisy assortment. My bouquet was slightly different holding some yellow and white roses too.
Our friends came up with the idea for our cake and made it for us. Instead of having a tiered cake they made a large daisy. The centre of the daisy was a fruit cake, and the petals around the daisy were alternating chocolate and lemon sponge. They made us a Mr and Mrs Bumble Bee to sit in the center, the Mr had a little top hat and the Mrs had a little veil and bouquet.
We had a singer join us for the ceremony and the reception, she sang as I walked down the aisle and again as we walked back up the aisle together as husband and wife. She then travelled to the reception venue where she played throughout the rest of the daytime, up until the DJ started at 7pm for the party.
We have planned our honeymoon to Fuerteventura during the school holidays so our 5 year old son can come with us. A holiday wouldn’t be the same without him.
The best advice we can give to other Brides Up North is that no matter what your budget, your photographer is one of the most important parts of your wedding day. Do your research, look at their web page see if you like their style of photography. meet with them and make sure you hire someone you can trust and get along with. If you don’t like your wedding photos you can’t have a re-run.
August 4th, 2014 | Julia Braime
It’s not every day that a wedding blogger’s best friend gets married. So, in theory, Vicky might have been feeling the pressure on her big day. But there was no need to worry. There’s a reason why the brand new Mrs Bollands is my best mate: she has great taste. Naturally.
Super pretty, loads of fun and practically perfect in every way, that’s our Vic. And her and Paul’s wedding day wasn’t far behind.
One for the history books.
With images by Sean Elliott Photography.
Victoria says: Paul surprised me by proposing to me at my parent’s home on Christmas morning 2012. We spent the day celebrating with our families and family friends.
We got married on 21st September 2013. We were really lucky with the weather as it was an absolutely gorgeous day. We said I Do at the chapel at Durham School. It is a lovely chapel situated on the top of a hill with fabulous views of Durham City. I have lovely memories of my time at the school and it was the perfect venue for our wedding ceremony.
The reception was in a marquee in the garden at my parent’s house, which was also special as it is the home I grew up in and we both have lots of happy memories of family times there.
The styling of the day was classic and neutral with lots of white and cream and the occasional hint of blush and twinkling fairy lights.
There were also a few modern twists such as Louis Ghost Chairs at the tables, a white sparkly dance floor and an upside down wine glass chandelier above the bar.
Our table decorations comprised of crystal candelabra’s with a combination of white and pink roses. Each guest’s place name was a heart shaped wine glass charm with their name engraved onto it.
My best friend and one of my bridesmaids Julia (hello!) recommended Dine for the catering and we were amazed by the food that they prepared. The menu included a starter of Filo Tart Fine of Somerset Brie with micro salad & apple chutney and Mini Homemade Loaves. The Main course was Fillet of Aged Yorkshire Beef, Boeuf Bourguignon Pudding, A copper pan of Baby Vegetables, Fondant Potato, Caramelised Button Onions & Red Wine Jus. Dessert was a Trio of Desserts; Mini Sticky Toffee Pudding, Mini Apple & Blackberry Crumble, Individual Cheesecake. On each plate was a small personalised glass filled with desert wine for each guest to take home. Dine’s Craig Squelch did an excellent job of being Master of Ceremonies on the day.
The cake was a five tiered cake in ivory, with a vintage lace design. We chose a variety of fillings; spice, chocolate and white chocolate. The cake was made by Love Lily Cakes of Sunderland.
I wore a Phillipa Lepley backless princess line gown in slipper satin with sweat pea lace overlay and buttercup lace scallops appliqued at the hem and neckline. I also wore a long silk tulle veil. My heels were gold and by Christian Louboutin.
Paul and his groomsmen wore traditional morning wear with ivory waistcoats and cravats.
I carried a bouquet of white roses, provided by Claire de Lune Florist and Events in Durham. Our bridesmaids carried coordinating bouquets of white and pink roses.
Entertainment was a really important part of the day for us. We really wanted to create a party atmosphere and for everyone to have a really fun time.
During our wedding ceremony the fabulous Felling Male Voice Choir performed a number of songs including a rendition of The Beatles ‘It Must be Love’. It was great fun as all of our guests joined in singing.
Starting with the drinks reception, we went for a contemporary ‘take’ on the jazz band. An Ibiza-bar-style sax and DJ gave a chill-out feel. During the wedding breakfast, we had a Bublé-style male singer with a few ‘un-plugged’ modern tunes. In between courses he sang some more up-beat songs and I loved that our guests felt relaxed enough to get up and dance in between each course. After the meal we had a Big Band with male and female vocals, guitar and trumpet.
Chris Hilton’s Little Big Band and The Event Music Company provided all of the entertainment and were really excellent.
Our photographer was Sean Elliott of Sean Elliott Photography. We also had a videographer, Scott Coulter of DS Media. We would highly recommend both as the photographs and video are exceptional and we will treasure them forever.
We used Yorkshire Marquees Ltd for our marquee and we were so impressed with their professionalism and also Teresa Vorster’s vision and styling. The marquee exceeded our expectations and we walked in it felt as if we were walking into a magical fairyland. I would highly recommend Yorkshire Marquees Ltd.
We loved our venue as it was so sentimental to us and we just knew it was the perfect place for us to get married.
It’s hard to choose a favourite part as I absolutely loved every single second of our day.What was important to us was sharing it with all of our friends and family and having everyone there to celebrate with us made the day extra special for us.
We went to Australia for our honeymoon. We visited Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney and Perth. On our way home we spent a few days in Hong Kong.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would just be to enjoy it. I enjoyed absolutely every second of the planning process and would not have changed anything. Our wedding day was so perfect and we will both re-live it for the rest of our lives.
July 31st, 2014 | Julia Braime
Lindsay and Ian’s big day at the iconic Ripley Castle in Yorkshire was sleek, chic, fun and fabulous… with a really big party at the end of it. Sounds exactly like our kind of wedding.
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, James Tracey Photography.
Lindsay says: We got engaged at the top of a mountain during a snowboarding trip to Tignes, France on Ian’s 30th Birthday. Ian rode all morning with the ring in his pocket unaware his pocket zip had been open! Luckily it was still there when the time came to propose!
We got married on 22nd February 2014 at Ripley Castle in Harrogate. We wanted a winter wedding to tie in with honeymoon plans to head straight to Thailand after the wedding.
We’d looked at a number of venues prior to seeing Ripley Castle and none of them felt right. As soon as we looked around the Castle it was exactly what we were looking for and booked straight away.
I never wear strapless dresses so I knew my dress would have sleeves of some description. Before I went dress shopping I saw my dress in a magazine and already knew it was the dress I wanted. I searched for shops who stocked Mori Lee and managed to find the dress I wanted and loved it as soon as I tried it on.
I’m not a massive flower fan so I wanted more greenery and a twig effect rather than roses. My bouquet was made by a florist called Elsie Russell in Shipley – they also made my mums bouquet when she got married.
My make up artist, Lauren Sally, was also amazing and we all loved our make up on the trial and on the day of the wedding.
I had two bridesmaids who had floor length evening dresses from House of Fraser by Ariella.
Ian had a custom made three piece tweed suit made on Saville Row by JLSA MONO Design.
We went for a bit of an indie style wedding as we both love music so this was heavily featured in our wedding plans. We also wanted to keep it a little vintage to keep in with the Castle theme. Our colour scheme was navy blue and green.
We handmade our seating plan which concentrated on our music theme of the wedding. Instead of table numbers we had our favourite bands as the table names and put the bands vinyl on each table.
Instead of a guest book we ordered a heart shaped jigsaw for guests to sign the pieces from www.notonthehighstreet.com
The centre pieces were floating candles and candelabras, and we had little navy blue and ivory chocolate love hearts as our favours. The bridal party all got tailored gift as an extra special thanks.
Neither of us are big sweet people so we went for the savoury option and had a five wheels of cheese cake. This was from Cheese and Chutney, Saltaire.
We used James Tracey Photography. I would definitely recommend James to others. He was exactly what we were looking for as we didn’t want structured pictures for hours but more of a documentary style photographer and James is great at this. We’ve had lots of compliments on how good our pictures look. In addition to this as soon as we met him we knew we wouldn’t be a bossy photographer and had a personality which would get along with us and our guests during the day.
We hired a band called ‘The Story’ who we booked through Warble Entertainment. They played a mixture of music but mainly indie. They had everyone up dancing all night, and their rendition of ‘Killing in the Name’ was a particular highlight!
The evening reception was probably the best part of the day. The band were amazing and it was great for the evening reception to turn into a massive party with everyone dancing all night.
We went on our honeymoon two days after the wedding. To start with we flew to Bangkok for three nights, from there we stayed on the island of Koh Pha Ngan for three nights where we stayed in an amazing hotel with our own pool overlooking the sea. From there we stayed in Koh Samui for four nights and then to finish off we went to Singapore for a couple of nights.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to have a spreadsheet! I had lots of spreadsheets and although everyone laughed at me and I had hours of jokes made about my organisation there wasn’t anything I didn’t know from looking at them!
I asked Ian to answer this question and his top tip to the groom was ‘just say yes’!