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

January 10th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson

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

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

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

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

With images by Shane Webber Photography.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 9th, 2018 | Laura McDonagh

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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made for each other. pronovias for an elegant wedding at bowcliffe hall – louise & michael

January 8th, 2018 | Julia Braime

An Elegant Wedding at Bowcliffe Hall (c) Bloom Weddings (47)

It’s easy to see why today’s couple Louise and Michael fell in love with their chosen wedding venue. With its beautiful grounds and the most magnificent of interiors, Bowcliffe Hall – a Sponsor venue of Brides Up North – offered a sumptuous and memorable backdrop to their special day, which the couple then complemented beautifully with a pale pink and dark teal colour scheme. True elegance.

As self-confessed foodies, Louise and Michael were also lured in by the fact that they could work with the venue’s chef to create their own bespoke menu, resulting in a refreshing alternative to the standard wedding fayre.

But the originality didn’t stop here. The couple enlisted help from friends and family to create other elements of their day from scratch – including their stunning three-tiered wedding cake and wonderful paper origami cranes that were given out as favours. We also love the subtle nods to Louise’s Scottish heritage, complete with a bagpiper and pretty blue thistles, of course. With so many treasured details to share, we’ll hand the blog over to Louise to tell us more.

With images by Bloom Weddings

An Elegant Wedding at Bowcliffe Hall (c) Bloom Weddings (42)

louise says: We got engaged while we were visiting my brother and his family, who were living in Singapore, back in November 2015. As part of the trip, we’d planned to fly to Bali for a mini-break with the family, but a big volcano erupting meant our flights were cancelled. Plan A of proposing whilst we were away in Bali was scuppered. Michael needed a plan B. Instead, we ended up going to Thailand for a long weekend. We picked a gorgeous private villa with its own pool, packed our bags and we were off. Michael thought to himself this was where it was going to happen. On the second day, the family went off to explore. His time had come! I was reading on the sun loungers so he went and got the ring that he’d carried half way around the world and popped the question. After saying yes and the obligatory calls back home to share the news, we celebrated with cocktails and painful Thai massages!

An Elegant Wedding at Bowcliffe Hall (c) Bloom Weddings (22)

We knew that we wanted a summer wedding, so opted for 3rd June 2017. We were pretty flexible with exact dates, so it all came down to the availability of the venues that we were looking at.

We’d been to so many weddings in the past few years, we wanted somewhere that a) we’d never been to as a guest and b) none of our guests will have been to before. We went into the search totally open minded – we looked at a few wedding hotels, a few barns, a couple of churches and even an old National Trust building as possible venues for the ceremony and reception.

But as soon as we saw Bowcliffe Hall, we instantly fell in love with the place; that was it, our decision was made! The beautiful gardens, the gorgeous newly renovated Ballroom, the quirky details dotted around the grounds and the Drivers’ Club truly wowed us. As self-confessed foodies, being able to design a bespoke menu was another massive tick in the box for us.

An Elegant Wedding at Bowcliffe Hall (c) Bloom Weddings (33)

We didn’t have a theme as such, beyond the colour of the wedding stationery, flowers, bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen accessories. There were, however, a few nods to my Scottish roots, so we did have a bag piper and some blue thistles in the flowers.

Each of the rooms at Bowcliffe Hall has its own unique style, so we wanted that to stand out, and not have lots of ‘wedding clutter’ to distract from that, so our decorations were kept to a minimum. I guess we went for a simple and elegant feel to the whole day. We opted for a dark teal colour scheme, which was paired with pale pink on the stationery and Michael’s tie. We chose this colour combination as we hadn’t seen it before and thought it was fairly different but still elegant.

An Elegant Wedding at Bowcliffe Hall (c) Bloom Weddings (28)

I looked for a dress for a fair few months, and must have been to every shop in Yorkshire! I ended up buying my dress from Pronovias in London. It was an empire-line mermaid wedding dress with a bateau neckline. It was a combination of a crepe, tulle and lace floral design with a glimpse of a suggestive sweetheart neckline at the front. I loved it from the moment I saw it, especially the detail at the back and the train.

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real wedding recap 2017: a stylish wedding at wylam brewery – chelsea & steven

January 5th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

A Pretty Blush Wedding at Wylam Brewery (c) Bethany Whittaker (30)

It’s holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a short break, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely. Usual service will recommence on Monday 8th January 2018 (we’re hoping we’ll be over the hangover by then, right?) but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from last 6 months. 

Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your real wedding was one of our top picks.

The exquisitely unique venue of Wylam Brewery in Newcastle’s Exhibition Park provides the quirky setting for today’s beautiful wedding which, as it happens, is just a stone’s throw from our bride’s childhood home.

Chelsea and Steven tied the knot in May of this year and were after a venue a little bit unconventional – and Wylam Brewery certainly has this quality in spades. Prettifying the space with gorgeous blooms and a blush, navy and rose gold palette, this is a wedding beaming in all things contemporary, stylish and ever so elegant.

So, grab yourself a tipple and join us as Chelsea reminisces about their special day – from her princess ball gown dress to the handmade sweetie favours and magical photos by the lake.

With images by Bethany Whittaker.

A Pretty Blush Wedding at Wylam Brewery (c) Bethany Whittaker (18)

chelsea says: We got engaged on 21st December 2015. Steven had been planning to recreate our first date but I was really hungry and kept moaning about needing to be fed, so I kind of ruined it. Steven had been acting shifty all day and wouldn’t take his coat off whilst we were out. While we were on the Metro home, his mam and dad kept texting him too (which I now know was to tell him to do it anyway regardless of it not going to plan!). We live near the beach and Steven asked if we could go for a walk to the sea front. I said it was too cold but he kept saying please, so I gave in eventually. We walked down to the sea front and he hugged me tight and started saying some really nice things – and then he got down on one knee with a Fenwick’s bag in one hand (from our Christmas shopping) and the ring in the other and asked me to marry him. I remember laughing so much at the Fenwick’s bag but eventually said yes!

A Pretty Blush Wedding at Wylam Brewery (c) Bethany Whittaker (38)

We tied the knot on 29th April 2017. This date had no particular significance, although Steven had started telling people that was the date (with nothing actually arranged) so we had to go with it in the end!

We got married at Wylam Brewery in Exhibition Park. We picked this venue as I had lived in the bungalow situated in the park (where my parents still live) so it was particularly special to get married so close to their house. We also loved the quirkiness of the venue and had been looking for something non-traditional.

A Pretty Blush Wedding at Wylam Brewery (c) Bethany Whittaker (48)

We didn’t have a specific theme; we just wanted it to be relaxed and fun. We had a navy, blush pink and rose gold colour scheme – I love these colours and think they work really well together.

A Pretty Blush Wedding at Wylam Brewery (c) Bethany Whittaker (5)

I went for a classic ball gown style dress by Ronald Joyce. As soon as I put it on, I fell in love – it was everything I thought I didn’t want but couldn’t help but love. Joanne from House of Bellas Bridal actually picked the dress for me so it wasn’t one of my initial choices. I knew it was the one when my mam cried.

Steven and the grooms all hired their suits from Waltons. They wore tailored three-piece navy blue suits with pink ties and pocket squares.

My bridesmaids wore blush pink, floor length dresses from Monsoon. I loved the jewels around the waistline and they looked so beautiful on all five of my bridesmaids.

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real wedding recap 2017: a stylish grey & white wedding at king street townhouse, manchester – elizabeth & rob

January 4th, 2018 | Julia Braime

A Chic City Wedding at King Street Townhouse (c) Kate McCarty Photography (43)

It’s holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a short break, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely. Usual service will recommence on Monday 8th January 2018 (we’re hoping we’ll be over the hangover by then, right?) but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from last 6 months. 

Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your real wedding was one of our top picks.

Ladies, have your pinning fingers at the ready for today’s real wedding is an absolute stunner!

Bride Elizabeth and groom Rob chose the contemporary King Street Townhouse for their city chic wedding that featured all-white blooms, sophisticated décor and just a touch of sparkle through the maids’ gorgeous dresses and a pair of glistening Jimmy Choos. I mean, need we say more?

With images by Kate McCarthy Photography.

A Chic City Wedding at King Street Townhouse (c) Kate McCarty Photography (21)

elizabeth says: We got engaged during a holiday to the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe. We had stopped off in Paris enroute just to add to the romance. We were in a small village called Deshaies, sat relaxing beside the Caribbean Sea watching the sun slowly setting. It was a very romantic moment and the perfect opportunity for the proposal.

Our wedding was on 30th April. We chose this date purposely as Rob’s birthday falls on 22nd April and mine on 29th April – it gives us the perfect reason each year to go on holiday to celebrate our birthdays and anniversary.

A Chic City Wedding at King Street Townhouse (c) Kate McCarty Photography (20)

We got married at King Street Townhouse in Manchester. We always wanted the chic city wedding and set to work finding the perfect venue – as soon as we walked into KSTH we both knew immediately that this was the place we would be married.

Our day was a city chic style wedding with lots of grey, white and silver – we really wanted something sophisticated and timeless. We kept the colour palette classic, clean and contemporary.

A Chic City Wedding at King Street Townhouse (c) Kate McCarty Photography (12)

When it came to picking my dress, I was looking for something totally unique and something that would fit the city chic theme. I had already bought a wedding dress but something in the back of my mind said it wasn’t quite right. I continued searching and found a small boutique, as I walked in I saw the dress. I fell in love with it. I had to have it. Unfortunately, it was a designer sample and wasn’t for sale – I tried it on, it was so perfect. So much so that I refused to take it off until the boutique agreed to sell it to me!

On the day of the wedding, my hair and makeup was done by Ariana Rose, who was superb. She arrived just after 7am and stayed with us for almost six hours, a truly talented professional who not only listens but also offers advice where necessary. Outstanding!

A Chic City Wedding at King Street Townhouse (c) Kate McCarty Photography (25)

Rob wore a grey suit from Moss Bros with a shirt from Charles Tyrwhitt and shoes and matching belt by Moreschi. The groomsmen also wore suits from Moss Bros.

My bridesmaids wore grey dresses with silver and white beading that were bought from Lindybop.

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real wedding recap 2017: a stylish wedding at hotel du vin, york – beth & gareth

January 3rd, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

A Stylish Wedding at Hotel Du Vin (c) Sarah Beth Photo (72)

It’s holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a short break, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely. Usual service will recommence on Monday 8th January 2018 (we’re hoping we’ll be over the hangover by then, right?) but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from last 6 months. 

Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your real wedding was one of our top picks.

Today’s featured bride is a florist by day, so it goes without saying, she had a very clear idea of (a) her favourite season and (b) what floral arrangements she wanted for her wedding with hubby-to-be, Gareth. And they truly are exceptional – with exquisite terracotta pots and a beautiful trellis just two of the floral highlights.

Tying the knot at Hotel du Vin in York, the venue is beyond pretty, brimming with character. And just a short car ride away lies the Museum Gardens, lending another captivating backdrop to the couple’s fabulous wedding photography.

Beth has recounted so many wonderful and touching details from their special celebrations – we suggest you grab a cuppa and join us as we soak up this impressive springtime wedding…

With images by Sarah Beth Photo.

A Stylish Wedding at Hotel Du Vin (c) Sarah Beth Photo (31)

beth says: Gareth proposed in Rome on July 4th 2015. We had just bought our first house together and decided a city break away was just what we needed before a hectic couple of months moving in and decorating our house. We’d gone for a romantic meal near the Trevi Fountain and Gareth had been very quiet and said that he was tired from a busy day of sightseeing. We then walked along to St Peters Square to see it lit up at night. We were both admiring the view and I was busy taking photos. I then turned around and Gareth was on his knee! It was perfect, and even more so that a kind lady had captured it all, unbeknown to us; a very special photo that we will treasure forever.

A Stylish Wedding at Hotel Du Vin (c) Sarah Beth Photo (45)

We got married on Saturday 22nd April 2017. Spring is one of our favourite times of the year as we love anything outdoorsy. As a florist, I automatically thought, when are my favourite flowers in season?! So it had to be April. We chose the back end of the month hoping there’d be more chance of sunshine, and we certainly did get that! We couldn’t have wished for a more perfect day.

We chose Hotel Du Vin in York as our wedding venue. We spend a lot of time in York as it’s one of our favourite cities. Gareth and I made an appointment to speak to Mollie, the events organiser, and we loved it. The style and décor of the hotel is timeless and simple. The courtyard where our ceremony and evening reception was held has a glass roof so it felt as though we were outside, which was just what we were after.

We had our wedding breakfast in the bistro – another beautiful room with lots of character. We only had 50 guests during the day, so it was lovely to be so close to our family and friends.

A Stylish Wedding at Hotel Du Vin (c) Sarah Beth Photo (63)

There wasn’t any particular theme to the day. Flowers and springtime were obviously a big part of the wedding, but the main thing was creating a relaxed and happy day.

I wanted to include little personal touches, too. I had some gorgeous signs made by Painted by Katie: an order of the day, Instagram hashtag (#happilyeverstorey), and a special board made for a table featuring photos of my grandma and gramps, who I have lost. It meant the world to me having their photos there for everyone to admire. I also had my gran’s brooch attached to the binding of my bouquet, it really felt as though she was there with us.

The colours tied in with spring, with lemons, mint green, cornflower blue and lots of green foliage throughout. They are my absolute favourite colours.

A Stylish Wedding at Hotel Du Vin (c) Sarah Beth Photo (55)

I chose an Enzoani dress from The Harrogate Bridal Lounge. It was the first shop I went to and the fifth dress I tried on. The girls were amazing at the shop, so friendly, professional and full of knowledge about all the dresses and designers.

The dress was everything I said I didn’t want! Flicking through the rails, my mum loved the Kerianna dress. It was very detailed with beautiful pearls, crystals and delicate lace which I loved, but it was strapless. She persuaded me to give it a try and, of course, as always, mum was right! I wore a veil, too, which made me feel less exposed around my shoulders and back; it finished my bridal look perfectly.

My Rachel Simpson shoes were so pretty and they were comfy all day, I took them off for the last hour of the night so I think I did pretty well to stay in heels for nearly 12 hours!

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