February 10th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
Though we’ve manged to avoid the snow fairly well so far during the winter, the north has certainly been battered by a fair few storms, perhaps most notably Storm Desmond, which struck in December.
I remember seeing the heroic lengths wedding suppliers in the North West were going to in order to get to their brides and feeling for those couples that had been well and truly gate-crashed by Desmond.
Today’s bride and groom were one such couple who braved the storm, determined not to let strong winds or flooding stand between them and their big day – for which we applaud them.
With the help of their suppliers and guests, James and Alice still had, in their words, a “perfect day” as they pulled off a ‘Plan B’ wedding, which included a wedding banquet of fish and chips from the local chippy and an impromptu wedding band, proving there really ain’t no river wide enough!
With images by John Hesford.
alice says: We got engaged in June 2015, at Kangaroo Point in Brisbane. We were over there with my sister and a friend, visiting some friends. About ten days in, James drove me to Mount Coot-tha for dinner, then to Kangaroo Point where, out on the rocks down by the river, he dropped down on one knee and pulled out a ring, which he’d brought over from England, and had kept in his coat pocket the whole time for safekeeping.
We got married on December 5th 2015. We thought that six months was about right to plan a wedding.
We got married at Rydal Hall in the Lake District. James’ family are based in Rydal and he had lived there for a few years. We wanted to get married somewhere which was significant for us and where we could have all of our guests to stay for the weekend. Rydal Hall and the church on site are beautiful – so we thought that if it did rain or snow then the indoor venues were beautiful enough, even if we couldn’t enjoy the outside! On the day this did end up coming in particularly useful as we got married in the middle of Storm Desmond!
We chose a berry colour scheme because it’s my favourite, and tried to stay clear of a Christmas theme!
February 10th, 2016 | Julia Braime
This morning on the blog we’re off to the fair to share the engagement shoot of university sweet hearts Joe and Lisa.
Having listened to their wishes for a relaxed and informal pre-wedding shoot with a little dose of fun, photographer Jemma King whisked Joe and Lisa off to Hull Fair in East Yorkshire, which provided an upbeat and vibrant backdrop for some fabulous natural shots.
So grab your candy floss and ice cream as we head for the dodgems!
With images by Jemma King Photography.
lisa says: We got engaged a year ago in March. It was a very cold day and we went for a walk at Brimham Rocks. It was a total surprise, whilst stood admiring the view at the top of (what is now) a very special rock!
We are getting married this April, at our church in Leeds followed by a reception out in a little village hall near Wetherby.
We first met at university in Liverpool – which feels like a long time ago now! Our first date was watching a film – but I already knew Joe was special when he offered to walk me home after an evening in the library, because it was too dark for me to walk through the park on my own.
I don’t know that Joe and I had a specific moment of realisation in knowing that we were ‘the one’ for each other, but Joe always remembers telling his dad that he’d met “a really cool girl” and thinking that it felt like the start of something exciting.
February 9th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
We just love a bit of glamour here at Brides Up North HQ and today’s real wedding is delivering just that!
Deciding on a 1920s theme as a nod to her favourite book, the great gatsby, bride Catherine set about planning a wedding that would brim with elegance and glitz, while avoiding anything that would make her day look remotely fancy-dress like.
The result is an incredibly pretty big day, with just the right amount of Hollywood glamour. Highlights for us include the maids’ muted dresses, the fabulous blooms and also that classy sweetie table with gold-glitter-dipped liquorice, now that’s attention to detail!
With images by Jonathan Stockton Photography.
catherine says: We got engaged in Las Vegas in April 2014. On our first night we had been to see Boyz II Men and afterwards Scott took me to watch the Bellagio Fountain Show. He had been to Vegas a few times but it was my first visit and he was dying to show me the fountains because he had decided to propose there a while back. He popped the question while the fountains were in full swing. There were references to Vegas at the wedding; the table names were famous hotels there and Scott wore playing card cufflinks.
We chose the 8th August 2015, as our wedding date because we wanted to have as much of the day outside as possible, although you can never guarantee the English weather! I’m a teacher so I also wanted it in the middle of the summer holidays so I had time to relax and prepare before, and time for a honeymoon afterwards.
We married at Middleton Hall, Northumberland. We both decided we wanted a venue where we had exclusive use and where we could really have a full weekend celebration. We also wanted somewhere a bit different, where we hadn’t been to weddings before. As soon as we drove up the drive to Middleton Hall we were smitten; it had that grand look with lovely, green grounds, but once inside managed to feel warm and intimate. The venue offered the choice to marry both inside and outside which was important at first, and it had ten stunning guest rooms so we knew we could have our families and close friends with us from the Friday to the Sunday, which was perfect.
My favourite ever book is the The Great Gatsby and I absolutely loved the old-American style of the film; the long dresses, the head pieces, the glitz and glamour of the parties, so I knew that was the look I wanted for the wedding theme. When we saw that Middleton Hall had the Grand Hall, it seemed the perfect setting for this. I was really aware that I didn’t want it to be like a 1920s fancy dress though, more so an elegant, old Hollywood party with long dresses and bow ties!
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February 8th, 2016 | Julia Braime
This feature comes to you a little later as normal as we’re working hard behind the scenes here at Brides Up North HQ, right on deadline for issue #05 of our beautiful Unveiled Magazine. I always love this last push, bringing together everything that we’ve been working on for so long, and I’ve got my Editor’s hat firmly on. Anna Wintour, I salute you! The industry support for this issue has been phenomenal and we can’t wait to show you all what we’ve been up to for the past six months, so watch this space!
Now, everyone needs a little pretty on a Monday morning (us more than ever right now #sleepdeprived) and as such we’re sharing with you the wonderful wedding of Sami and Matt.
We love the simplicity of this relaxed big day which resulted in a beautiful and fun filled occasion, evident from the abundance of smiles in the images below.
It’s also a lovely tribute to her ‘Gramps’ that Sami built in so many little memories of a family member who was clearly very dear to her in a subtle yet moving way.
With images by Hayley Blackledge Photography.
sami says: We first got together on a night out on St Patrick’s Day, so seven years later in 2013, Matt took me to Dublin for St Patrick’s Day and proposed outside St Patrick’s Cathedral
We set the date for 12th September 2015, it was my Gramps birthday. He meant the world to me, but sadly died just before we got engaged.
Our ceremony was at Victoria Gallery and Museum (VGM) in Liverpool, and the reception was at Crosby Hall Educational Trust Centre (CHET). We choose these as they were both unique venues and different from each other. Neither of us are originally from Liverpool so we wanted to show off the amazing buildings and sights the city has to offer. The VGM is a very old building in the city centre, and CHET centre is a bit like a converted barn on the outskirts, five minutes from where we now live.
There was no particular theme to the wedding, though we made all the decorations. The table names were named after cities we’ve visited and we decorated the seating plan using bits that we’d picked up while we were in those cities.
We chose green as the colour scheme as it’s my favourite colour, and also the favourite colour of my Gramps.
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February 5th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
Ah Friday, how we love you! To kick-start the weekend (and give you a lovely distraction from your ‘to-do’ list) we’re sharing the stunning wedding of Sarah and Bryan on the blog today.
Having found the perfect venue in Northumberland’s Ellingham Hall, Sarah had her heart set on a relaxed wedding day that was both simple and elegant.
Looking at the images below, we’d say she most certainly achieved it. From Sarah’s gorgeous Stephanie Allin structured gown, to the regal wedding transport and pale blooms, everything about this beautiful big day says ‘class’.
So while you await wine-o’clock, pour a cuppa and enjoy the pretty…
With images by Barry Forshaw Photography.
sarah says: We got engaged on 8th September 2014 on Gwithian beach in Cornwall. We had both done the Great North Run the day before and then driven down to Cornwall to our family’s holiday chalet on the beach. It’s a very special place for us with lots of happy memories of family holidays. One of our traditions when we are there is to go down into the sand dunes and watch the sun set. On this occasion we were both pretty sore from the run and feeling a bit tired and grumpy but still went to watch the sunset. When we got to our usual spot, Bry called out my name and as I turned round he was down on one knee and asked me to marry him. When we returned to the chalet we opened a bottle of fizz and rang our friends and family to tell them the happy news.
We got married on 24th September 2015, the day after my birthday. We didn’t intentionally pick the date for that reason, but it worked out lovely as it meant I got to see all my friends and family the night before the wedding for my birthday.
Our venue was Ellingham Hall in Northumberland. We knew we wanted a really relaxed wedding but not in a hotel – as soon as we arrived at Ellingham we just knew it was the venue for us. The house is stunning and set in beautiful grounds, with the reception room being just perfect for a relaxed family wedding. Our ceremony was at St Maurice’s Church, in Ellingham village, which meant guests were able to walk through the grounds of the hall and down the lane to the church. Luckily we had the most perfect weather and it all worked out exactly as we planned!
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February 3rd, 2016 | Julia Braime
As the cold weather continues to bite, we’re bringing you a little piece of summer this afternoon in the form of Catriona and Pete’s oh-so-pretty wedding day.
Super-sweet and elegant from beginning to end, we love everything about this beautiful celebration. Highlights include Catriona’s stunning Jenny Packham gown, colourful blooms, dainty china and lots of cake!
With images by Tulip Photography.
catriona says: We got engaged on the 23rd January 2013, at Fountains Abbey. We always consider my 21st birthday to be the start of our relationship, the 23rd of January is Pete’s birthday so both birthdays are significant milestones for us. Prior to the proposal it had been snowing. When we arrived at Fountains Abbey and walked down into the ruins to find that we were the only people there. There is a ledge in one of the largest parts of the building and when we got to the top Pete got down on one knee, presented me with the most beautiful ring and asked me to marry him. I, of course, said yes! We enjoyed the rest of the day walking in the snow as a newly engaged couple and then went home to tell our families the exciting news.
We got married on the 19th July 2014. Pete particularly wanted a summer wedding and we have numerous teachers in our family so the start of the school summer holiday seemed like a natural fit. Pete also wanted to wait for the football World Cup to be over – to avoid any distracted guests! This gave us a year-and-a-half to plan the wedding, which I think is a reasonable time frame. A significant proportion of Pete’s family guests were traveling from Canada to join us and so the timing also allowed for an English summer holiday afterwards.
We got married at Saltmarshe Hall, which is near Howden, East Yorkshire. This is a lovely historic property, which has only recently become a wedding venue. We considered a few local venues and while they all offered different wedding packages, there were none that we felt fit with how we wanted our day to be. When we first went to Saltmarshe and met Kate, the owner, we felt really relaxed and she offered us a level of flexibility, which meant we could shape the entire day exactly as we wanted it to be, including bringing in our own catering and access to numerous rooms and their stunning gardens. We took our parents to look around and fortunately they shared our love of the venue as we had already made our minds up and booked it there and then.
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