Charlotte Balbier

love library. a romantic & relaxed wedding at the belle epoque – jenna & ollie

September 1st, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

A Relaxed Wedding at The Belle Epoque (c) Ginger & Lime Photography (67)

Hold onto your hats, guys and get ready for a slice of complete and utter gorgeousness: Jenna and Ollie’s big day at the stunningly quirky Bellle Epoque in Knutsford has everything you need to get through to the weekend. There are flowers galore, a sublime earthy palette of woodland green and rich amethyst and the most beautiful lace dress courtesy of Louise Selbey – the sweetest combination of classic and edgy cool. All the superlatives and all the italics.

As if I couldn’t be more envious, Jenna and Ollie met in a LIBRARY (be still my beating heart) and love to travel, travel, travel, so there’s no surprise that books, maps and beautiful calligraphy feature heavily. If you’re a details gal, you’re in for a treat.

The couple say they fell in love with Knutsford’s charm and The Belle Epoque’s character as soon as they walked in, and sampling their sumptuous menu sealed the deal. We can totally see what they mean – these natural shots from Ginger and Lime Photography of the couple hiding in doorways, the bride posing in her sunnies and the party spilling out onto the street have got our hearts pumping, too.

With images by: Ginger and Lime Photography.

A Relaxed Wedding at The Belle Epoque (c) Ginger & Lime Photography (72)

jenna says: Ollie and I got engaged on Boxing Day in December 2015 outside my Mum’s house in Selsey, West Sussex. He’d planned to pop the question down by the beach after a walk, but I’d insisted on going the shorter way back though the village. It was perfect anyway!

A Relaxed Wedding at The Belle Epoque (c) Ginger & Lime Photography (22)

We got married on July 8th 2017. We knew we wanted a summer wedding as we really wanted some outside space and I’m much more of a fair weather person!

We had our ceremony and reception at The Belle Epoque. We fell in love with Knutsford, the building’s character and its outside terrace. Food was a big part of it, too: The Belle Epoque’s menu was right up our street, plus it offered the flexibility that we wanted.

In terms of a theme, books and travel featured heavily in our wedding. Books because Ollie and I met in the library, and travel because for three years we were back and forth most weekends between Chester and Surrey. We also have some amazing memories from our holidays and liked the idea of featuring those.

Our colours were green and purple because they complimented The Belle Epoque’s quirky interior and it allowed us to work with the foliage and flowers that we liked best.

A Relaxed Wedding at The Belle Epoque (c) Ginger & Lime Photography (80)

My wedding dress was by Louise Selby based in Kew. One of my best friends from school, Sophie Heaven, is a talented embroiderer who made us a really special hand-embroidered ‘Cards’ sign for our card basket. She’d previously worked with Louise and told me about her sample sale. I was astonished that my Mum and I actually agreed on my choice! It was such a gorgeous mix of classic and modern, is made from the most beautiful lace and I just felt super comfortable in it.

A Relaxed Wedding at The Belle Epoque (c) Ginger & Lime Photography (2)

Ollie wore a blue two-piece suit from Moss Bros with a grey DKNY waist coast. It took more shopping for his outfit than it did for mine!

The groomsmen wore matching blue trousers and blue waistcoats from Moss Bros. My bridesmaids wore amazing twist and wrap dresses from Isabella Bridal. We can’t recommend them enough: they’re so comfortable and flattering, great quality and they come in one size which was perfect as my bridesmaids were travelling from all over including, err, Indonesia!

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culture club. a vibrant indian wedding at victoria warehouse, manchester – varsha & rosh

August 31st, 2017 | Rachel Parry

An Indian Wedding at Victoria Warehouse (c) 2 Ducks Galleries (28)

Ahead of our BIG-CITY-WEDFEST-17 wedding fair event at the super-cool Victoria Warehouse, Manchester, this weekend, we’re sharing another fabulous wedding that recently took place at the venue.

Bride Varsha and groom Rosh quickly fell in love with the unique urban venue and knew it would be the perfect setting for their Indian wedding, in terms of both character and capacity.

To personalise their day, they fused elements of their culture with the heritage of the venue for a bright and beautiful wedding, complete with both industrial and glamorous touches.

Following their celebrations, Varsha says the venue is ideal for those “looking for a relaxed atmosphere with helpful and friendly staff who want to understand your ideas”. So, if this sounds, and looks, right up your street, you need to register here to attend our BIG-CITY-WEDFEST-17 this Sunday 11am to 4pm, FREE ENTRY!

The event will provide an ideal opportunity to meet the area’s top wedding suppliers while viewing this amazing venue and picturing how your Victoria Warehouse big day could look. In the meantime, let’s see how Rosh & Varsha did it…

With images by 2 Ducks Galleries.

An Indian Wedding at Victoria Warehouse (c) 2 Ducks Galleries (7)

varsha says: We got engaged while in Caernarfon, North Wales, for my birthday weekend, in March 2016. We arrived and the weather was lovely and we spent the day walking around the town. We woke up Saturday morning and the weather had turned from sunshine to a full storm. We braved the weather and went out for the day but we weren’t able to do the stuff Rosh had planned. We then got a call in the afternoon from the restaurant Rosh had booked for the evening to say that they were cancelling all bookings.

We ended up going to a pub for dinner and the setting was lovely with old beams and an open fire. When we got back to our hotel Rosh insisted on giving me my birthday present early. He gave me a photobook with pictures from all the things we have done together. On the back page was the proposal, when I looked up I saw Rosh on one knee with the ring and I couldn’t believe it. It was a complete surprise.

An Indian Wedding at Victoria Warehouse (c) 2 Ducks Galleries (36)

We got married 13th May 2017. Our ceremony and reception was at Victoria Warehouse at Salford Quays, Manchester. Being Indian we had a strict criteria of venue, which limited our options. We needed a venue that can accommodate the large numbers, an Indian caterer and, most importantly, an open fire used for the ceremony. After weeks of searching venues they were either out of our price range or unsuitable. Rosh saw Victoria Warehouse on the internet and he was very excited about the venue as it very much suits his personality. We went to look at it in person, it was perfect for us both and suited our style. It was completely different to any venue I have seen for an Indian wedding and the staff were very helpful an accommodating to us both and we both instantly fell in love with the venue.

An Indian Wedding at Victoria Warehouse (c) 2 Ducks Galleries (47)

We didn’t really pick the theme, the venue was the theme. I think when you have a venue like ours with all the character and personality you really just follow the background. We just kept everything industrial and rustic and tried to blend our Indian culture into that.

The venue was full of atmosphere though a bit dark, so we added our Indian heritage with the colour scheme of bright hues. We had every colour you can think of!

An Indian Wedding at Victoria Warehouse (c) 2 Ducks Galleries (26)

I had two outfit changes for the wedding day. I never really dreamt of a white wedding dress so I chose to keep with the theme of the day and fuse Western and Eastern styles together. For the morning Hindu ceremony, I stuck to traditional colours. I wore a red, ivory and gold Lehenga (a contemporary sari that is a skirt and top with rather than a long piece of material) with lots of intricate embroidery. I didn’t want a traditional outfit so this fitted the theme.

For the afternoon civil wedding, I wore another more contemporary style Lehenga that was custom designed for me with the help of my sister, Roshni. It was very pale green and a pinky/peach colour.

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cotswolds class. mori lee for an elegant wedding at the swan hotel – becky & lee

August 29th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

An Elegant Cotswolds Wedding (c) Shimma Photography (11)

Today’s featured wedding is a particularly special one to me as the bride is my beautiful cousin Becky. Though tying the knot in the gorgeous setting of the Cotswolds, Becky is originally a northern girl that has been drawn to the south due to her fabulous career and wonderful other-half (so we hope you’ll let the location for today’s event pass…).

Falling head over heels for The Swan Hotel in the picturesque village of Bibury, the setting for their big day was nothing short of stunning! The unpredictable British weather meant that their originally planned outdoor ceremony had to be brought inside, but spirits were certainly not dampened and everyone made the most of the quaint surroundings in between the showers.

Everything about the day said elegance, but with a subtle modern twist; from the venue and food, to the live entertainment and attire. Becky looked especially stunning in her Mori Lee fish-tail style gown – a far cry from the Manchester United shirt she was inseparable from during part of her childhood – and completed her perfect bridal look with a gorgeous pair of Louboutins.

I can only hope that my wedding (whenever that might be!) will impress the family as much as this one did – Becky and Lee, you nailed it!

With images by Shimma Photography.

[Editor’s note: Is that our Rachel we see front and centre during the bouquet toss?]

An Elegant Cotswolds Wedding (c) Shimma Photography (16)

becky says: We got engaged at the Durdle Door (a natural limestone arch) on the Jurassic Coast, Dorest, on 7th May, 2016. Lee booked a camping weekend for us both and our two little Bicho dogs. It was a beautifully sunny weekend. We hiked up the mountain and sat up on the cliff edge overlooking the Durdle Door. Lee then handed me a photo book, capturing our relationship so far in photos from our first date, holidays etc. On the last page, he had drawn the Durdle Door (exactly what we could see in front of us) and wrote “until today where I ask you a question”, I looked up and there he was with the ring.

We set the dates for 22nd July 2017. We chose this date as we wanted a summer wedding and ideally wanted to get married outside. Unfortunately, the weather was touch and go on the day, so we got married inside, but we were still able to spend some time outside for our photographs, canapes etc.

An Elegant Cotswolds Wedding (c) Shimma Photography (8)

We got married at The Swan Hotel, in Cotswold village of Bibury. The Swan sits proud on the banks of the River Coln. With charm in abundance and elegant design throughout, we completely fell in love with the venue and setting.

We didn’t have a special theme as such for the wedding, but we kept to a colour scheme of greys and neutral tones as we felt the venue was enough of a ‘wow factor’.

An Elegant Cotswolds Wedding (c) Shimma Photography (7)

My wedding dress was a design by Mori Lee. I chose this designer as I love the elegance and femininity to the dresses. My shoes were Christian Louboutin – who doesn’t love a red sole?!

Lee wore a navy blue, slim-fit suit hired from Suits Direct. His pocket square was Ted Baker and tan ‘monk’ shoes from Kurt Geiger. Lee wore a contrasting waistcoat to the groomsmen’s blue ones; his was grey to set him apart.

The bridesmaids’ dresses were light grey maxi dresses with a beautifully embellished neckline. They were from Little Mistress.

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roses & gold. enzoani for a sophisticated wedding in oldham – philippa & kallum

August 25th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A Sophisticated Wedding in Oldham (c) Kate McCarthy Photography (35)

Instantly falling in love with their venue, today’s couple Philippa and Kallum, swapped their original idea of tying the knot abroad for the beautiful Saddleworth Hotel. And we’re glad they did, as their wedding features so much gorgeousness, with dramatic images set against moody skies and captivating woodland.

With lots of rose gold and shimmer, and a punchy hot pink accent throughout their colour scheme, this glamorous yet understated wedding is beautifully complemented by cherry blossom trees, pretty rose petals and peonies galore.

Throw in a spectacular fireworks display, photobooth fun, disposable cameras and even a magician, and you’ve got one wonderfully entertaining and memorable line-up for their special day, as Philippa now reveals…

With images by Kate McCarthy Photography

A Sophisticated Wedding in Oldham (c) Kate McCarthy Photography (28)

philippa says: We got engaged in Sri Lanka in December 2016. I had been looking at what trips we could do whilst we were there and found on Instagram all these beautiful photos of people at the top of a mountain called Adams Peak. You’re so high you are above the clouds and it just looked magical, so obviously I made Kallum do it. After a full day trip from our hotel to our accommodation at the bottom of Adams Peak we had to wake up at 2am to get to the top of the mountain to watch the sun rise. After a 3ish hour hike up the mountain we got there way too early and didn’t realise how cold it would be so we just sat there cuddling for an hour to try keep warm; waiting for this once in a lifetime sunrise to happen.

When the sunrise finally came up, it was like nothing we had ever seen before – you really did feel like you were in the heavens. It was quite busy at the top of the mountain now with tourists so Kallum pulled me to one side to take some photos of us without anyone else being around. We walked down a few steps to a secluded spot looking over the mountains and rolling clouds and all of a sudden Kallum got down on one knee and pulled out the biggest diamond I have ever seen in my life and asked me to marry him! It was so surreal, it was the most wonderful and overwhelming surprise of my life. It wasn’t until after we got back down the mountain Kallum told me how stressed he had been (as we got engaged nearly a week into our holiday) keeping it a secret and trying not to lose the ring as we climbed the mountain!

A Sophisticated Wedding in Oldham (c) Kate McCarthy Photography (38)

We got married on 10th June 2017. The only reason we chose this is my mum found the wedding venue and this is the only date they had available in the summer. We always said we wouldn’t want a long engagement so we thought, why not?

We tied the knot at The Saddleworth Hotel, in Oldham. We always thought about getting married abroad or outside somewhere more rustic but when we viewed the venue, it was so glamorous we just instantly fell in love with it.

A Sophisticated Wedding in Oldham (c) Kate McCarthy Photography (46)

We didn’t have a specific theme, we just wanted everything to feel super sophisticated and glamorous to match with the venue. The tables were covered in gold sequin cloth, which made it feel so luxurious.

Colour-scheme-wise, I’m obsessed with anything rose gold, glittery or shiny which was reflected in the table décor. I was going to have the bridesmaids in a sequin rose gold dress, which looked amazing, but then they tried on a bright lipstick pink dress and they just looked so incredible we had to add that into the day too, so we added the bright pink to the flowers and the groomsmen’s socks.

A Sophisticated Wedding in Oldham (c) Kate McCarthy Photography (24)

I wore a beautiful Enzoani backless wedding dress from Scarlett Poppy, in Pudsey. In my mind, I always wanted a very fitted wedding dress that was quite figure hugging and backless. It was the first wedding dress I tried on and nothing else compared to it.

Miley Gardner did my makeup and she was amazing – I felt so lucky to have found her! The makeup she did on the bridesmaids and myself was beautiful and lasted all day long. As for our hair, my amazing friend Vicki did mine and also the bridesmaids’ hairstyles and made everyone look so flawless for the day.

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love on top. enzoani for an elegant & inspiring wedding at headlam hall – charlotte & jonathan

August 24th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

An Elegant Wedding at Headlam Hall (c) Duncan McCall Photography (48)

There’s very little introduction required for the real wedding we’re featuring today, as these gorgeous photographs speak for themselves. There’s embellished Enzoani for the dress divas, pink peonies for the flower fans and stunningly intimate sunset kisses for the romance addicts – so that’ll be, err, everyone?? The theme of this particular County Durham wedding was ‘simply elegant’ and the details, from bespoke stationery to limoncello shots, are first-rate.

Oh, and speaking of details, have you thought about a wedding day gift for your beloved yet? We’ve seen it all here at Brides Up North – a vintage tie pin, a bottle of his favourite whiskey, a rare record to add to his collection. But today’s bride Charlotte sets the bar even higher, ladies – her wedding day gift to new husband Jonathan was a full-on dance troupe: her and her #bridesquad performing to Beyonce’s popwhopper Love on Top. No pressure, then…!

Over to Charlotte to tell us more…

With images by Duncan McCall Photography

An Elegant Wedding at Headlam Hall (c) Duncan McCall Photography (28)

charlotte says: We’d planned a trip to Edinburgh between Christmas and New Year to see some friends and Jonathan told me afterwards that he’d decided exactly when and where he was going to propose. However, that didn’t go to plan. On Saturday 21st December 2013, he says he woke up and just knew he had to do it. We live in County Durham, and one of our favourite places to visit is the Cathedral. With it being Christmas time, we were greeted by the beautiful sound of a choir singing carols as we walked in that day. He led me outside into the courtyard and sat me down, got down on one knee and popped the question. It really took me by surprise and, of course, I said yes!

An Elegant Wedding at Headlam Hall (c) Duncan McCall Photography (21)

Our wedding date was 1st July 2017. We’d always wanted a summer wedding and it just so happened that the first Saturday in July had a memorable date: 1/7/17.

We got married at St Brandon’s Church in Brancepeth, just outside of Durham. The church building was rebuilt after a devastating fire in 1998 and the renovations are beautiful. It’s is very modern with individual chairs instead of pews, and features a beautiful stained-glass window and stone from the old building on the wall. We fell in love with St Brandon’s as soon as we stepped inside; plus, we love that every time we step outside our back door, we can see the church in the distance.

We held our wedding reception at Headlam Hall Hotel and Spa. We’d looked at so many different venues, but none of them felt right until we came across Headlam. We loved the beautiful gardens and terrace and could see just how lovely it would be to have our guests there and to enjoy the views. We also loved how the function suite was set aside from the hotel – it created a real sense of exclusivity. Headlam Hall’s function suite had recently been renovated and looked really elegant; we loved it so much, we booked two years in advance.

An Elegant Wedding at Headlam Hall (c) Duncan McCall Photography (72)

‘Simply elegant’ was the theme for our wedding, with a colour scheme of navy blue, blush pink, creams and golden colours. We also included peonies, which were incorporated into the bouquets, centrepieces and all stationery.

An Elegant Wedding at Headlam Hall (c) Duncan McCall Photography (77)

I chose a fishtail, embroidered Enzoani gown, to which I added a crystal belt, some delicate thin crystal straps and a cathedral-length veil with lace detailing, all purchased at the Blue Bow Bridal Company, based in Durham. The ladies there were truly amazing; as soon as we stepped in we were greeted by two lovely women who handed me a basket of pegs and told me to peg away onto any dresses I liked. I tried on some beautiful gowns, but I didn’t love any of them. At this point, Cheryl the assistant asked me to describe my dream dress and then picked out my beautiful Enzoani gown. I couldn’t wait to try it on and, once I saw myself in it, I definitely had the moment you dream about.

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truly blessed. a fun, festival wedding in the north west – hettie & tabz

August 23rd, 2017 | Julia Braime

A Festival Wedding in the North West (c) Paul & Nanda (62)

As far as group efforts go, today’s real wedding is going to take some serious beating. Amazingly, with the help of their incredible family and friends, Hettie & Tabz, planned and pulled off a wedding for 450 guests! That’s right 4-5-0!

Marrying at Hettie’s home church, everyone packed in to see this super-popular couple tie the knot before moving onto an activity centre and marquees in Burrs County Park, for a fun reception with cool festival wedding vibes.

With everyone keen to offer their services, skills and talents, family and friends helped to take care of everything from the attire, transport, food and cake, right through to the evening entertainment. Now that’s how you call in a favour – or two, or three….

With images by Paul & Nanda

A Festival Wedding in the North West (c) Paul & Nanda (80)

hettie says: We got engaged exactly eight months after we got together. I went on a treasure hunt type adventure with my mum to various places that were special to Tabz and I (including our first date location) where different friends were situated with the next clue. The final clue led us to a church building where many of my friends and family were. They were lined up outside and around the corridors that I followed until I reached the top of the staircase to see Tabz stood at the bottom. As I approached him, he got on one knee and asked me to marry him! I obviously said yes (why wouldn’t I? He’s wonderful!) and a band consisting of our friends began to play ‘our song’ (For Once In My Life) and we partied the night away with our friends and family. It was brilliant!

A Festival Wedding in the North West (c) Paul & Nanda (21)

We set the date for 27th May 2017. Logic told us that a Bank Holiday before half-term school holidays would be easier for us and others, especially family who live further afield.

Our ceremony was at Life Church Lancashire in Burnley, which is my home church. The building is incredible, I have many great memories there, and I couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else. Also, with more than 450 people attending, it was the only church building big enough anyway!

The reception was at Burrs Country Park, in Bury. We used the Activity Centre and field to create a summer festival as there was plenty of space to do so. The venue was very different to traditional weddings, which meant we did everything ourselves, with much help from great friends and family.

A Festival Wedding in the North West (c) Paul & Nanda (40)

Our theme was ‘Be a blessing’. Those who attended our wedding have been such a blessing to us individually and as a couple that we wanted to bless them as much as we could throughout the day. We also wanted this to reflect our faith and encourage others to bless one another too.

Our base colours were black, white and grey, with pops of yellow, light pink, bright pink, orange and green. We wanted our colours to reflect our personalities and the fun, festival party.

A Festival Wedding in the North West (c) Paul & Nanda (15)

I struggled with the idea of going dress shopping and having a stranger help you decide such an important outfit (whilst you’re practically naked!). A friend suggested that I looked at the wedding dress that one of my bridesmaids, Sue, wore. She looked gorgeous and it seemed like the kind of dress that could suit me. I tried it on and loved it! Sue gave me the dress to do whatever I wanted with (I told you people are such a blessing to us) and it was an honour to wear the wedding dress of such an amazing lady.

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