September 14th, 2018 | Rachel Parry
Wow, wow, TRIPLE wow – we are finishing the week off in spectacular style with a wedding that puts a huge smile on our faces, not only because it’s flippin’ gorgeous but also because the beautiful bride is a good industry friend of ours – the lovely Brooke, Weddings and Event Manager, at stunning venue Denton Hall, Ilkley, where we will be returning to on Sunday 4th November to host our Luxury Wedding Show with Brooke and the team.
Working in the world of weddings, Brooke was super clued-up when it came to picking the right setting and suppliers for her and beau Simon’s big day, which was a sensational rustic affair centred around a punchy pink colour palette and the most fabulous florals. From the perfect pastel blooms on Brookes a-maz-ing patterned gown (with pockets!!) to the incredible flower arrangements, arch and bouquet – we adore it all.
And the highlights don’t stop there – for this wedding was both pretty and personal, with Brooke and Simon adding some special touches in the form of DIY décor and sentimental polaroid pics – plus extra effort was put into the elements that mattered to them most with fine feasting and incredible entertainment playing a big part in the celebrations.
And just when you think it can’t get anymore perfect, they go and ask guests for donations to a local dogs’ home instead of gifts. Out and out sweethearts!
So, in true Brooke spirit (excuse the pun) pour yourself an extra-large ‘Friday feeling’ gin and tonic while feasting your eyes on this beauty…
With images by Avenue White Photography.
brooke says: We got engaged in July 2016, while we were visiting friends at one of our favourite places – Guernsey. After a stroll on the beach, Simon gave me a hug and said he had been to see my parents earlier that week, I asked why, he then said because I want to know if you will marry me. And with this pulled out a beautiful wooden box which contained a diamond from Iain Henderson Designs. After saying yes and crying for about ten minutes, Simon explained that we could both then go together to see Iain and have the diamond created into a ring which we would design.
After returning home we started the process of getting our ring designed, the next big thing to think about was where and when. We didn’t really have a set date in mind, as the wanted to find the right venue first, but May always held a special place in our hearts as we met on the May bank holiday weekend many moons ago.
The venue was important to us and working in the wedding industry I know we are so spoiled up North for having some stunning venues right on our doorstep. We decided on East Riddlesden Hall. We often walked our dog around the river walk they have and always thought the barn looked beautiful set for weddings. It encapsulated everything we wanted – local enough for friends and family, a blank canvas, flexibility with food and drink, and a beautiful backdrop for photos.
We didn’t have a special theme or colour in mind for our day, we just wanted colour – and lots of it. We did end up going for colours that were a similar palette to those of my dress – lots of pastel colours with pink, purple, green and blue. Also, plenty of glittery bits because it’s not a party without something shiny.
I first saw my dress whilst perusing Instagram – it was actually a Brides Up North post! I knew I had to find this dress and try it on. The designer was Charlotte Balbier so I did some internet research and The Little Pearl Bridal Boutique in Pickering came up as a Charlotte Balbier stockist. I gave the lovely Diana a call and she arranged a time for me and mum to go to the boutique and see the dress. The design is called Untamed Love and features a beautiful coloured silk overlay with huge train. Once I had tried it on I knew the dress was meant for me, this was cemented even more when I realised it had pockets!
Simon had always said from the word go that he wanted to buy his suit rather than hire to ensure that it fit really well. To reflect the relaxed feel of the venue, he decided on a waistcoat and trousers combo. On a visit to Skipton one day we walked past Jenson Samuel on the high street and they had some lovely stuff in the window. Simon went in and spoke to the guys in the store who were amazing.
We bought all the groomsmen’s suits from Jenson Samuel in Skipton too, they were all Mark Darcey trousers and waistcoats. We also bought the shirts from Jenson Samuel. We wanted to buy rather than hire so the guys all had a thank you from the day, plus they could get them altered to fit perfectly.
September 11th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Who, like us, is just so ready for sweater weather! Bring on autumn! There are some gorgeous details at today’s real wedding between Jen and Craig as it’s a real celebration of the season and its rich and vibrant colours.
Jen’s flower crown packs an absolute punch and it vibes fabulously with her boho dress and loose, vivid bouquet – not to mention her shoes, now they are some seriously cool T-bars!
The guys make a strong style statement too in their varying-coloured tweed suits reflecting the key tones of autumn.
Further seasonal nods can be found in the décor; from the cute mini pumpkins on the top table to the beautiful berries and clever carved apple tealight holders. And in keeping with the rural barn setting, there are some gorgeous rustic touches too, including sweet hessian bunting and a naked three-tiered cake.
But beyond the aesthetics, we love the fact this wedding has a conscience. All the proceeds from their chosen venue go into helping young people who are experiencing mental health problems, bereavement or autism. Usually weddings are all about the couple – and why not indeed! – but Jen and Craig’s wedding manages to be both a celebration of their ten-year relationship and the future to come as well as a lasting legacy for children going through tough times. What a touching combination. Here’s Jan to tell us more…
With images by Simon Holmes Photography.
jen says: There wasn’t a real wedding proposal as such for Craig and I. We had been together ten years before we decided to tie the knot; it just seemed like the right time.
We got married on 28th October 2017 – I really wanted an autumn wedding, as it’s our favourite season and we love all the colours.
A barn wedding was definitely top of my list, as I thought it would be right for the kind of relaxed celebration we wanted. I visited a few before settling on Northorpe Hall & Barn in Mirfield. It is owned by a registered children’s charity, which supports young people with mental health issues, bereavement and autism. All the proceeds from weddings held in the barn help to provide these services; this was so important to us as our own son is autistic and we know how badly families need this support. The venue is lovely; they were really accommodating about changes to menus and helpful when it came to suppliers. What’s really nice – and without a doubt the most important thing to us – was to have a wedding that left some sort of legacy: to actually have a wedding that was all about us but also directly benefits others was more than we could have hoped for.
For our theme, we went with an autumn/Yorkshire celebration. We used autumnal colours – burgundy, orange, pink, green and blush. We both love all the colours and wanted to incorporate those into our wedding but without having a regimented colour scheme. Our venue stylist used lots of pumpkins, apples, burlap and rustic elements to tie in with our theme.
When it came to my dress, I knew exactly what kind I wanted – something with sleeves and lace that was quite understated and boho. I went to a few bridal boutiques but, being a plus-size bride, I found it difficult to find anything I liked that had a sample in my size to try. After doing lots of research, I saw a dress by Savannah Miller for Debenhams that I absolutely loved. I couldn’t believe I’d found something suitable on the high street. I wore a handmade silk flower belt with it from Etsy and some gorgeous Irregular Choice shoes.
September 10th, 2018 | Rachel Parry
Keen to steer clear of fuss, featured bride Melisa shows us how to pull off an elegant and modern wedding to a tee in our first post of the week.
Tying the knot to beau Danny back in July, Melisa’s styling centred around dreamy all-white blooms with accents of gold and blush in the detailing and attire to bring a romantic edge to the proceedings.
Their gorgeous choice of venue provides a chic and contemporary backdrop, while both Melisa and Danny take style and sophistication to the next level with their enviable threads – a stunning fitted fishtail dress for her and dapper three-piece for him.
So let’s not delay in the pretty anymore, scroll right this way…
With images by Emma Curran Photography.
melisa says: We got engaged at home on Christmas Day in 2015. Danny had a book made of the story of our relationship and on the last page of the story it asked me to marry him.
We set the date for 6th July 2018, as we really wanted a summer wedding.
Mitton Hall in Clitheroe was our choice of venue for both the ceremony and reception. We fell in love with the it on our first visit – the venue was exactly what we were looking for with its modern/traditional décor and the staff were amazing every step of the way.
I wanted the theme of the wedding to be very elegant with all white flowers, lots of candles and gold and blush touches on the cake, table plan and bridesmaid dresses.
My dress was a fishtail design by Pronovias from Bliss Bridal Bolton. I originally didn’t like the dress on the hanger and was persuaded to try it on by my sister. I instantly fell in love with it, other dresses I tried on after that just didn’t come close.
September 7th, 2018 | Julia Braime
Friday has finally arrived, and we’re totally pumped for today’s pretty – the gorgeous real wedding of Alex and Alex; which could either make things very confusing or could indeed simplify matters with only one name to remember!
Bride Alex chose a Rime Arodaky gown that screams style and elegance with a playful twist – we love the whisper of lace down the front of the dress that peeps out between the layers of silk and the pretty illusion back. It really comes alive during the energetic first dance!
There’s the most fabulous, lush floral centrepiece that, instead of sitting on the top table, is suspended from the ceiling of the tipi over the table for maximum effect. With greenery and fairy lights wound round the vertical beams to frame the scene, the overall look is English country garden at its finest, just as bride Alex hoped it would be. Further gorgeous details, like the marble-effect cake and the modern bridesmaid dresses, bring an extra cool edge to the styling. Pinning fingers at the ready ladies!!
With images by Rachael Fraser Photography.
alex says: We got engaged whilst on holiday in New York around 18 months ago after four years together. We knew we both wanted to get married but had prioritised buying our home first. I, of course, dropped a lot of hints about the sort of ring I liked, including one we saw and tried on whilst on holiday about two years before the proposal; we both loved it. Turns out he had gone back to buy it and had hidden it all that time.
We got married on Saturday 21st July 2018. We were keen to have a summer wedding. The setting at our venue, Brinkburn in Northumberland, is so beautiful that we really wanted our guests and us to be able to spend as much time as possible outside. We had our ceremony in the White Room and wedding breakfast and reception in the tipis. We were incredibly lucky with the weather on the day, so we were able to have the bar and live music set up in the grounds. The wedding day was also a big birthday for my step-mother but she was very happy to share her day with us; it was all cause for extra celebration.
We would absolutely recommend Brinkburn o other brides and grooms. Both Alex and I are very decisive and, as soon as we walked into Brinkburn, we knew it was for us. It’s such a beautiful setting but also has such a calm feeling to it as soon as you arrive; we knew that’s the feeling we wanted on the day (before the party started). The White Room holds up to 80 people, so it meant we could keep it really intimate. We also loved that we could hire the whole venue for the full weekend. The day goes in such a flash, so we loved the fact we could extend it and make a weekend of it. From the setting and accommodation, to the food and drinks, every little detail is so well thought out. Brinkburn hosts significantly fewer weddings than most other venues in the region, which made it feel all that more special. It also helped that we hadn’t been a guest already at a wedding there ourselves.
In terms of a theme, we didn’t have a specific one – we just wanted it to feel like ‘us’. We were keen to create a romantic, relaxed atmosphere that allowed our guests and us to enjoy the day and the surroundings of the venue. We kept our colour scheme very simple with whites, a little grey/pewter and a lot of greenery. We wanted to keep everything classically beautiful rather than follow particular trends and let the venue do the talking.
My dress was by Parisian designer Rime Arodaky and I bought it from The Mews Bridal in Bristol. I went for four dress appointments in all (including a trip to Madrid) but I fell in love with Rime’s dresses and my dress just felt right. I wanted something different to what I had seen before whilst remaining timeless – I fell in love with the flash of the lace skirt underneath the silk gazar. It was also essential that I was comfortable in the dress so I could enjoy plenty of food and dancing.
September 6th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
Longing to get married outdoors, today’s couple, Emily and Tom fell in love with the beautiful gardens at Ringwood Hall Hotel – an exquisite 19th century manor house in Derbyshire.
Tying the knot on 21st June, in what is otherwise known as the Summer Solstice – the couple were inspired by one of our favourite plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and incorporated a variety of magical elements within their big day. Look out for plenty of handcrafted wooden decorations, wild flowers and an all-natural colour palette, creating a captivating setting fit for any fairy king or queen.
Making their day truly unique and personal – the couple made their own centrepieces, table plan and welcome sign, with family and friends adding their own touches too, from capturing photos from the day to performing songs throughout their picture perfect ceremony in the bandstand. Here’s Emily to tell us all the fabulous details…
With images by Laura Taylor.
emily says: We got engaged on 1st May 2016 in Paris. After four-and-a-half years together we took a trip to Paris and as we were sitting in the park looking up at the Eiffel Tower, Tom got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! We had two years to plan the wedding, which I think was a nice amount of time to save some pennies and plan everything without stressing out.
Our wedding date was 21st June 2018, which is the Summer Solstice, or Midsummer’s Day. Traditionally, it is meant to be good luck to get married on this date, and we were hoping for good weather – which we got!
Our venue was Ringwood Hall Hotel in Chesterfield. It has always been my dream to get married outside (a bit risky for UK weather, I know!) so we hunted the area for venues where you can legally get married outside. When we first saw Ringwood Hall we knew it was the perfect location because the gardens are gorgeous and the bandstand area, which is used for outdoor weddings, is just lovely.
With it being Midsummer’s Day, we built on that theme and were inspired by A Midsummer’s Night Dream. We had natural elements – neutral colours, bits and bobs made out of wood, and the main emphasis was on the flowers which were country style/wild flowers in all different colours.
I am an artist so I was very creatively involved, and my husband likes woodwork, so together we made most of the decorations ourselves. We found a big old tree which was being chopped down, so Tom cut a slice and I painted a welcome sign on it. I hand-painted our seating plan, which was a tree with the seating plan cards hanging from the branches. All the invitations, menus, signs etc were made by me, and Tom made our table centrepieces out of pallet wood, which then had jars of flowers on top. It all came together perfectly.
My dress was a fairy-tale tulle dress by Viva Bride from Wed2B. I was absolutely in love with it. I chose the dress because it matched the natural, fairy-tale theme perfectly – the million layers of tulle made it quite floaty. It had very thin straps, which I was glad of, as it was a hot day and I don’t think I could have managed in a dress with sleeves or any more coverage around the top. The gown also had a delicate lace embroidery detail all over the bodice and a bit of sparkle, which was great for dancing at the reception!
September 5th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
There’s a definite sense of occasion at today’s real wedding between Freya and Daniel, as Daniel dons his RAF uniform and his colleagues unleash their ceremonial swords to welcome the groom to the town hall and add pomp to the procession once the couple are married. But it’s not just the chaps turning heads on the streets of Chester: as Freya passes the shoppers and bystanders on her way to meet Daniel, she is resplendent in her voluminous gold gown with its plunging neckline, delicate leaf design and the acres of skirt carried by her bridesmaid entourage.
There is possibly the most challenging table plan we’ve ever seen at this wedding, which surely caused guests a few giggles after a couple of glasses of ‘pimp your prosecco’ as they tried to crack the code of where they were to sit!
We love the floral theme, with a giant flower chandelier taking pride of place in the centre of the marquee, dripping with blooms and echoing the country vibe. The fact that guests could glamp on site is a huge tick for a rustic wedding and brings a real sense of fun to the occasion.
But perhaps the part we love the most about this wedding is the huge effort some of the guests made to put on a mini production of The Greatest Showman, spending months learning dance moves and surprising the bride and groom with a rendition in flashmob style. What fun to watch! Tell us more, Freya…
With images by Jess Yarwood.
freya says: We got engaged on a country walk in Dan’s home town of Sowerby Bridge. With a view overlooking the valley, Dan got down on one knee with his brother and partner there to capture the moment forever. It was a complete shock and I don’t think either of us managed to get any words out for a few moments! Dan got out the words “Will you marry me?” and with a “yes” from me and the ring on my finger, we were off to the pub for a celebratory drink!
We got married on 18th May 2018. Our ceremony was in Chester Town Hall. With Dan in uniform (he is a squadron leader in the RAF), we felt the Town Hall suited the occasion and I loved the idea of getting married in Chester town centre.
The reception venue was an easy choice, as my family runs the wedding venue Kings Acre, which is on the outskirts of Chester in the small village of Saughall. It is a beautiful, friendly and relaxed venue. We had the freedom to do so much, having a marquee to decorate and lots of outdoor space! The bar is so cute and there are plenty of amazing spots to have the perfect pictures. With a yurt village and camping, a lot of our guests stayed on site. We would wholeheartedly recommend Kings Acre to other couples. It is a wonderful place to get married: everything runs so smoothly, the venue is beautiful and it all leads to a relaxed day where everyone has fun. You can do so much with the space that you can really make it into the vision you dreamed of for your special day!
When it came to planning our wedding day, I totally checked out the Brides Up North website numerous times to get inspiration from real weddings and to find suppliers. I love looking at what everyone else does for getting great ideas that work. The theme took a while to develop but I got there after hours on Pinterest and then I found the bridesmaids’ dresses and it had to be green and gold for the colour scheme! I wanted loads of flowers – not just on the tables, as I wanted to have interesting floral pieces with bursts of colour.
My dress was by Morilee. I knew as soon as a tried it on that it was one, after nearly 70 dresses! I went big: the dress was huge and I went for a light gold colour, which matched the theme perfectly. I bought the dress from a small independent store in Gloucester called By Design. They were excellent. I felt like I was in safe hands and my dress fit perfectly on the day.
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