October 5th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Soughton Hall – a stunning Georgian country house on the border of North Wales and Cheshire – is today’s enchanting backdrop to Ashleigh and Rhys’ special day in early August.
Opting for a classic white theme accentuated by beautiful cleans lines and lots of shimmering glass, the wedding is a blueprint for a truly timeless décor and look. And, unconventionally, the bride even wanted her bridesmaids dressed in white, but eventually settled on an Instagram-worthy pastel pink shade instead. Equally divine!
Along with some utterly beautiful outdoor pics – there are plenty of other pretty touches and moments to pore over; from the bride’s gorgeous calla lily bouquet and confetti balloons to the stunning four-tiered cake and shortbread biscuit favours.
So, as we gear up for the weekend ahead – which for us, and you lovely brides-to-be that join us, will include spectacular Luxury Wedding Shows at Saltmarshe Hall, East Yorkshire, and Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire – we’ll leave you in Ashleigh’s capable hands as she talks though all her wonderful wedding day highlights – enjoy!
With images by Samantha Kay Photography.
ashleigh says: We got engaged while in Liverpool. Rhys pretended we were going to meet friends for the evening but took me for a surprise meal at our favourite restaurant, The Art School. The ring was hidden in the starter board which featured a number of small boxes containing different foods. I opened the box with the ring and the next thing I knew, he was down on one knee! Awkwardly, I had just taken a very fishy mouthful of the starter so was reluctant to kiss him after saying yes! We then continued with the seven-course tasting menu and then headed to Alma de Cuba to dance the night away with my brand-new rock!
We got married on 4th August 2018. It was one of the Saturday summer dates Soughton Hall had available for 2018, and we were adamant that the wedding needed to take place in the summer holidays as we’re both teachers. If I’m honest, I also liked the even numbers; 04/08/18 has a nice ring to it!
We were married at Caldy Church about 200 metres from my mum and dad’s house, where I got ready on the morning of the wedding.
We had the wedding breakfast and evening do at Soughton Hall down the road from Rhys’ mum and dad in North Wales. Rhys worked there when he was younger and we had walked past several times walking his dog and always said we’d love to get married there. We didn’t even bother to go and view any other venues – we knew that was the one.
In terms of the styling of the wedding, I wanted clean lines and modern simplicity so there was a lot of glass: vases and circular glass plates with flowers underneath on the table. I tend to take the reins when it comes to interior, fashion and design so Rhys was happy to let me run with ideas.
As for the colour scheme – this was white, white, white – you can’t go wrong! Also, its timeless nature was important to me.
October 3rd, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
Fine taste is certainly something today’s featured couple have in abundance, choosing a Michelin starred venue for their wedding celebrations and dressing it in glorious twinkly fairy lights and the prettiest sprays of wild flowers in rich purples, reds and pinks.
Natalie wears a silky, one-off, vintage-style gown in a luxurious champagne colour and with elegant cut-away back finished with pearl buttons, that we just adore! Knowing she was slipping on a design worn by no other bride in the world must have given Natalie an extra-special tingle as she prepared herself to exchange vows with James.
In terms of details, we love the gin bottles glowing with fairy lights as table centre pieces and the wire work cake topper and table plan, all adding to the vintage feel Natalie was aiming for. As the sun went down, the fire pits heated up and the marshmallows came out – all in all, despite it being a summer wedding, Natalie and James achieved a really cosy atmosphere for a friendly and intimate big day.
With images by Eleanor Woodruff.
natalie says: We got engaged at Langley Castle on 21st March 2015. James took me away for the weekend; it was a kind of mystery tour as I wasn’t allowed to see where we were driving to! We pulled up to this amazing castle and he’d booked the most amazing room (which I must admit, being in an old castle, was also a little creepy). We were getting ready to go down for dinner and we sat down on the bed to have a glass of bubbles when he suddenly got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. To this day I still don’t think I said yes, as I was absolutely speechless.
We got married on 21st July 2018 at Cross House Lodge, which is the hotel belonging to The Star Inn, Harome. I have always loved Harome; it’s a very pretty village with thatched cottages. Neither of us wanted a church or registry office wedding so this place was ideal. We could get married there, have our wedding breakfast and we could have family and friends to stay with exclusive use. Perfect.
I would recommend the venue to anyone getting married. It’s absolutely stunning, in an equally stunning part of North Yorkshire. Perfect for an intimate wedding, they can cater for weddings with 40 people in the wheel house. Anything bigger than that and you can hire a marquee to put in their field. The food is amazing, and they do an excellent breakfast! The rooms are beautiful and each one is very different. When we said to people we were getting married there, everyone expected it was going to be mega bucks, but it’s not as pricey as you may think. The staff were very helpful too.
When it came to a theme, I just wanted to keep our wedding style simple. I guess it was kind of a vintage/boho theme. I didn’t have a particular wedding colour scheme: I just wanted it to look vintage with multi-coloured wild flowers and twinkly fairy lights.
My dress was a vintage-style silk gown (which at the moment is a one-off). It was handmade in York by Hayley who has a bridal range called Rolling In Roses, which she sells at her shop in Micklegate, Glory Days Bridal. I originally went to look at the vintage section at Glory Days as I was trying to be good and not spend a fortune, but nothing seemed to suit me. Hayley then showed me her Rolling In Roses collection and I just fell in love with it. The dresses are out of this world! The dress I chose ticked all the boxes: it was flattering, had sleeves (as I don’t like my arms), had lots of detail on the bodice with it being devore silk, and had a transparent back fastened with pearl buttons.
My shoes were from Dune’s wedding collection. My earrings were from my mum and I also wore one of her brooches in my hair.
October 1st, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
After the wonderful summer we’ve had, it’s becoming a recurring theme to show you gorgeous cerulean skies and baking hot sunshine as par for the course in our real wedding features. Today’s wedding showcase is no exception, taking place on one of the hottest days of the year – more south of France than north of the UK! Despite the challenging heat, the bride, Rachael, looks radiant in her Amanda Wyatt gown, with its French Chantilly lace bodice, soft tulle A-line skirt and classic lace-up back, accessorised with a gorgeous red lip. Being an historian who especially loves the Georgian period, it’s no surprise she’s chosen a pair of heels with a Georgian sense of style to complete her look. We also love the white feather fan she uses to keep herself cool during the day – a good tip for any summer brides-to-be.
The theme of Rachael and Luke’s big day was travel and they did a sterling job of reflecting this in their choice of decorations. The world map table plan is particularly charming, and they’ve added little details throughout, like the globe that accompanies the rather regal-looking cake during the wedding breakfast.
It’s not always easy to dress a marquee as the all-white appearance can add a cool tone, but Rachael and Luke added a curtain of fairy lights behind the top table to warm up the scene and some on-trend love lights to add depth to the room. With beautiful white blooms and greenery aplenty, the effect is elegant and classic.
With images by Madison Picture.
rachael says: We got engaged while in Iceland. I had planned a trip there to celebrate Luke’s 30th birthday. Being a geographer, it was a place he had always wanted to go, and I was pleased with myself that I could make it happen. Therefore, being proposed to on the trip was the last thing I expected. On the third day of our trip, we spent the day visiting geysers, hot springs and lava fields. On our way back to the hotel, Luke suggested we visit one last waterfall. I was pretty exhausted, but Luke was insistent. The waterfall, Skógafoss, was breath-taking. Luke set up his camera on the tripod and suggested we jump in front of the waterfall in order to catch it on camera. I didn’t realise he was actually filming and, after we both jumped, he got down on one knee. Hilariously, it didn’t quite go to plan and Luke fell backwards almost into a running stream. As I tried to pull him up, he would not get off his knee. Being a joker, I thought he was pulling a prank, until I saw the ring. He asked me to marry him and, after saying yes, the rest was a bit of a blur. It was the best feeling ever. On our return leg of the journey, he had created a CD full of my favourite songs and those that meant so much to us both. We drove back feeling on top of the world.
We chose 27th July 2018 as our wedding date. Originally, I wanted to go for 27/7/2017. Being the seventh child of two parents who were also the seventh child in their family, the number is very lucky for me! However, living in Dubai, we felt it would be too soon to plan the wedding, so settled for 27/7/18.
We had our ceremony at St Mary’s Church, Whitewell. It was important to us both that we were married in a church and St Mary’s is beautiful. We met the most wonderful people every time we attended mass. Rev Veronica Green and Carolyn Wort did everything in their power to help us to get married there, despite us living in the UAE. Over the two years of planning, we built up a lovely friendship with them both and Veronica gave the most beautiful service. She helped to make me feel calm on the day and not only gave a beautiful sermon but also gave us such fantastic advice on the importance of marriage and the foundations of a successful partnership.
We had our reception at Iscoyd Park in Whitchurch, Shropshire. Being an historian, I always knew I wanted to get married at a Georgian wedding venue and Iscoyd was the 18th century venue I was looking for. Photographs really do not do the place justice. Arriving at Iscoyd for a viewing, I was almost in tears at the beauty of the venue. Not only did it have the charm of an 18th century building but the renovation by the Godsal family was breath-taking. Every room in the house was perfectly designed to reflect the history of Iscoyd whilst bringing it into the 21st century. The attention to detail was unreal and each aspect of the house was unique. We knew instantly we would want to have more than one night at Iscoyd, so we decided to book two so that our families could enjoy a little break away whilst getting to know each other fully the night before.
One of the most important reasons we also decided on Iscoyd Park was due to the staff. We were given such a warm welcome from Philip Godsal and, despite it being his family home, he was clear to us from the start that he wanted us to feel like Iscoyd Park was our home for those couple of days that we would be staying there. Every person we came into contact with at Iscoyd was fantastic. They were incredibly warm and welcoming and made us feel as though nothing was too much trouble for them. We would absolutely recommend Iscoyd Park to other brides and grooms. We both felt so sad when the experience came to an end and we had to leave Iscoyd and their wonderful staff. We hope to visit again in the future and envy those who have their wedding still to come.
In terms of a theme, we decided to go for a simple and classic style; as the venue itself is so stunning, we didn’t really need to make many additions and we didn’t want to detract from the beauty of the place. We opted for a travel theme as this is something that is important to both our lives. Each table was named after a place we had been together, and we used old-fashioned travel posters on each table to show this. I also filled the room with a variety of beautiful quotes written on the theme of love.
For the colour scheme, we decided to go for light blue/grey with simple white flowers throughout. I wanted something fresh and classic and something that would fit with the venue we had chosen.
September 28th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
We adore all the gorgeous weddings that we get to share with you here on Brides Up North, but today’s beauty has us doubly excited as the spectacular backdrop to the celebrations is a North Yorkshire venue that we’ve just added to our collection of Luxury Wedding Shows. Feast your eyes on The Yorkshire Wedding Barn, a beautifully polished rustic gem of a venue set in acres of rolling countryside with stunning ceremony and reception space, plus plentiful accommodation on site. Sound up your street? Then be sure to join us the evening of Thursday 18th October for our Stylish Wedding Show at Yorkshire Wedding Barn, open 6pm to 9pm, FREE ENTRY, when we will be showcasing this incredible venue while also welcoming a fabulous line-up of the area’s very best suppliers to help inspire and achieve your big day visions.
But for now, on with the gorgeous wedding of Rebecca and Joshua who chose Yorkshire Wedding Barn for their Mexican inspired wedding, complete with a glorious pink and orange colour scheme and a Mariachi soundtrack.
The bridesmaids are a vision in sunset-coloured dresses and the bouquets are bold and bright to evoke a taste of Mexico that packs a real punch, not to mention the vibrant flower wall in front of which Rebecca and Joshua exchanged their vows.
Rebecca wanted a ‘Cinderella’ gown and Blue by Enzoani hit the nail on the head, with a frothy, layered skirt and a crystal bodice with a sweetheart neckline (apt, as the bride and groom are childhood sweethearts!) and delicate barely-there straps. Paired with every girls’ dream shoe, the Louboutin, and a softly styled up do, Rebecca is definitely the belle of the ball!
We love the idea of each table at the wedding breakfast representing a year of Rebecca and Joshua’s courtship, complete with photos to illustrate that time in their lives. After more than ten years together, there were plenty of memories to share – and, by the looks of it, the memory bank was well and truly topped up at this joyful and colourful celebration.
With images by Barnaby Aldrick.
rebecca says: We engaged while in Lanzarote – we booked the holiday to celebrate nine years since Josh asked me to be his girlfriend. From first being together in school, we always knew we wanted to get married to each other. After having a long-distance relationship for five years living at different universities (Newcastle and Liverpool), we finally moved in together and went through great stresses renovating our home. I had been hoping for Josh to propose but he still managed to surprise me by getting down on one knee at sunset on a windswept clifftop on the second night of our holiday.
We got married on Friday 17th August 2018. We had always said we wanted to get married in summer 2018 and, as a teacher, I was limited to the summer holidays if we wanted to go straight on honeymoon. We fell in love with the venue as soon as we saw it and knew the compromise of getting married on a Friday instead of a Saturday was totally worth it.
The venue was Yorkshire Wedding Barn, Gilling West. We decided we’d really like a barn wedding, allowing us to bring our own style to the day, and lots of the barns we looked at were, as you can imagine, full of hay bales and hessian décor. However, the Yorkshire Wedding Barn ticked all the boxes, giving us the upmarket luxury we wanted but still providing a blank canvas for us to decorate in our own way. It was everything we ever wanted and a lot of this came down to Olivia, who organised everything perfectly. We would 100% recommend this venue to any couples wanting to have a wedding day that lasts longer than just a day. The onsite accommodation enabled us to have all of our closest friends and family with us the night before our wedding and Olivia helped arrange breakfast for us all the morning after the wedding as well.
In terms of a theme, having a DIY wedding meant we were able to keep everything really personal. We chose a catering company run by a family friend who agreed to do our absolute favourite food – Mexican – in sharing-style platters for our main course. Danny, an usher, suggested continuing the theme by booking a Mariachi band, so I used Alive Network to source an authentic Mexican Mariachi band, Mariachi King, to play us out of the ceremony and during the drinks reception. Having visited Mexico recently, we ran with this theme, incorporating cacti in the centrepieces, Mexican props for our photo booth and having tequila shots after the incredible best man/usher speech.
Colour-wise, we wanted a bright summer wedding, so we had different shades of pink and orange throughout the colour scheme. These are mine and Josh’s favourite colours and we have a lot of these in our house, so we could keep the decorations afterwards.
When choosing my dress, I went to about four dress shops before I found the one. I knew I wanted a ‘Cinderella’ dress and thought it would probably be strapless – definitely no lace. I tried on so many different types of dress just to be sure (even full lace) but when I went to The Harrogate Wedding Lounge they could tell I knew which style I wanted and picked out lots of beautiful princess dresses. My best friend and maid of honour, Fiona, picked out a Blue by Enzoani dress that I had missed as it had straps. My mum later came into the shop and picked out the same dress so I agreed to try it on, trusting their opinions. It was perfect and there were so many tears from my bridal party when they saw it (not to mention my husband when I walked down the aisle!). After ordering my dress I lost quite a lot of weight, but The Harrogate Wedding Lounge did a great job of taking it in two dress sizes so that it fit perfectly on the day.
To accessorise, I had always dreamt of getting married in a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes so I went to Harvey Nichols, Leeds to buy my dream pair in pink glitter, so I can’t wait to wear them again.
September 26th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
Today’s real wedding between Hazel and Marc gives us a real flavour of their personalities; it’s lovely when a wedding is a true expression of the couple and, even though we’ve never met them, we feel like we know a little bit about these lovely newlyweds just from the details they added to their big day.
Hazel and Marc had a lot of input from their nearest and dearest while planning their wedding too, with the bride’s mother growing all the fresh flowers herself in her garden for a really personal – not to mention seasonal – feel. They even had an original poem penned by a close friend read out during the ceremony and friends singing and playing the guitar to add a special touch.
The décor and details add to the cosy, rustic setting; from the dried flowers in the bouquets and button holes and calligraphy adorned leaf place settings, to the swags of fairy lights and trawling greenery draped along the venue’s exposed brick walls and beams.
Other star elements for us include Hazel’s pretty boho style dress and flower crown as well as the flashes of mustard yellow throughout the flowers, groomsmen’s ties and on the rather spectacular cake, which is beautifully bedecked with fresh fruit and flowers – naked but with plenty of adornments to preserve its modesty!
With images by Jenna Kathleen.
hazel says: We got engaged in Wensleydale on a snowy winter weekend away. Marc took me by surprise when he got down on one knee at a waterfall!
We got married on Sunday 12th August 2018. We wanted to go for a summer date and needed to set the date before my twin sister moves to New Zealand in autumn. It is also the peak of the Perseids shooting star shower.
Our chosen venue was Cubley Hall in Penistone, South Yorkshire. We were hoping for an outdoor ceremony at the band stand, but the English weather let us down in the end! Nevertheless, the barn has really nice cosy lighting with fairy lights and candles, and the walls have plenty of decorations, so you really don’t need to add much extra yourself. We would definitely recommend the venue to other brides and grooms as they did a great job of our big day.
Theme-wise, we loosely went for a natural summer meadow/boho style, both being outdoorsy people.
In terms of colour, we had no set scheme. My mum grew the flowers in her garden, so it was basically all the colours of August flowers.
The bridesmaids wore multi-way silver dresses from Oasis.
September 24th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Bringing their love for the outdoors to life, Lucy and Christopher’s big day back in July is the template for the perfect tipi style wedding, taking place in the mother and father of the bride’s back garden in Yorkshire. Cue plenty of picturesque country backdrops and even a rainbow!
Going for a DIY approach, the couple paired lots of quirky, rustic themed decorations with a pastel palette, not to mention plenty of inspiring, local touches – from the personalised water glasses to beers from their local brewery and platters brimming with Yorkshire goodies.
As well as supporting a host of independent suppliers, including the Flowers from the Farm network, there’s a heartfelt charitable component to their celebrations and even their honeymoon, with different elements of their wedding giving a little something back to the community. Feeling inspired to do the same? Let’s hand the blog to Lucy to tell us more…
With images by Paul Hawkett Photography.
lucy says: We got engaged while we were staying at a cottage on a remote sheep farm near Keswick in the Lake District at the end of October 2017. After a long walk we came back to dry off and whilst I was cooking dinner in my pyjamas, Christopher got down on one knee in front of the log burner and asked me to marry him. We had no phone signal so couldn’t break the news to our friends and family until the next day, which made it even more special!
We got married on 28th July 2018. With me being a teacher, getting married during the summer holidays made sense, and we didn’t want to wait another year to tie the knot.
Despite currently living in Surrey, as I grew up in Yorkshire, the north has a very special place in our hearts and we spend a lot of time visiting family there and generally enjoying being outdoors in the area. We got married in All Hallows, the stunning Anglo-Saxon church in Bardsey, the village where my family lives. This was an intimate and special place for us, and the ceremony was made particularly personal as Alan, the Reverend from the school where I teach, travelled all the way up to conduct the ceremony.
We wanted a relaxed, informal wedding reception and knew straight away that we wanted to hold this in the fields behind my parents’ home, which have picturesque views out across Yorkshire.
Early in our wedding planning we were lucky to stumble across Totem Tipi, who are part of North Yorkshire Council. Not only were they amazingly lovely to work with, and the structures themselves are stunning, but knowing that our money was going to help disadvantaged young people in Yorkshire cemented our decision to have a tipi wedding. This suited our style perfectly and received so many compliments from our guests; not many people get fairy lights and a fire pit at their wedding!
Due to the setting and reflecting our love of the great outdoors more generally, we wanted our wedding to have a relaxed, rustic vibe with really beautiful personal touches. In my spare time, I run a charity in India, and it was important for us to use local suppliers and to give back to the community wherever possible.
We also wanted to create a true Yorkshire welcome for everyone coming up for the wedding! We are both creative and like a challenge so weren’t put off by the difficulties involved in organising a DIY wedding, even though we had no idea what that would involve at the time!
We started off imagining a really rigid colour scheme but in the end went totally the opposite direction by incorporating lots of different pastel colours to reflect the beautiful shades of the flowers and fauna of the Yorkshire countryside. Chris’ favourite colour is purple so we reflected this in the outfits of the ushers and the stationery.
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