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Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Shows Spring 2017

colour pop: summer wedding guest high street haul

May 17th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

Lead image - skirt & top from Coast

Outfit by Coast

Finally the first rays of summer are starting to shine through and we can’t wait to start building up our wardrobe with lighter, shorter and brighter attire!

The high street is awash with vibrant hues and so we are making a conscious effort to step away from our monochrome safety net and try something a little more daring. And through today’s post, we’ll be encouraging you to do the same as we suggest some lively guest outfit options for those of you attending weddings in the coming months.

So ladies, be bold, be brave and prepare for some serious colour blocking…

the threads

Bossa Nova Stripe Midi Dress

Boss Nova Stripe Midi Dress, £149, Coast – We are totally besotted with Coast’s latest collection and this bright beauty has to be one of our very favourites, with a punchy striped pattern and on-trend handkerchief hem.

Manzoni 3D Floral Lace Dress, £170, from French Connection – The bridal world is blossoming with 3D florals so were pleased to see them making an impact on the high street too! We love this sophisticated cornflower blue number.

Asymmetric Skirt, £42, from Warehouse – A two piece is the ultimate way to colour block by picking tones that either complement or contrast for the top and bottom half. This cerise pink skirt would be a great buy for both occasion and holiday wear.

Frilled Sleeve Dress, £29.99, from Zara – Big sleeves continue to rein supreme in the summer season and we adore the simplicity (and price!) of this sunshine shift dress.

Emma Circle Lace Dress, £249, from Whistles – You can’t go wrong with lace for a wedding and so this gorgeous Whistles design easily makes our top picks. Just peachy!

Double Breasted Suit Jacket, £65, and trousers, £35, from Topshop – While it won’t be everyone’s go-to colour, we think this gorgeous jewel toned co-ord is a sure way to make a colour blocking statement this summer.

Krissi Cold Shoulder Top, £39, from Coast – A possible partner for the Warehouse skirt or Topshop co-ord, this cobalt blue top ticks two trend boxes – cold shoulder and ruffles – and will take you all through the season.

Alice + Olivia Trinity Cutout Jumpsuit, £415, from Net-A-Porter – Simple, sexy and sophisticated, what more can we say?

Myley Marina Mosaic Skater Dress, £160, from Ted Baker – A less in-you-face option, we love the gorgeous tones on this super-sweet skater dress.

the accessories

Faux Leather Twist Lock Bag

Rubies Gem Embellished Sandals, £59, from Topshop – Fun and fanciful, these heels look good enough to eat!

Lillia sunglasses, £120, from Ted Baker – A summer wedding staple and we’re going oversized for a true WAG look.

Oscar de la Renta Tasseled Swarovski Crystal Clip Earrings, £385, from Net-A-Porter – The ‘it’ of earrings right now, these tassel beauties have been on our wish list like, forever!

Faux Leather Twist Lock Bag, £25, from Marks & Spencer – Just the right size for those wedding day essentials and a bargain price too, thank you M&S.

Made Shiny Birds Nest Bangle, £35, from Whistles – Nothing quite says summer accessorising like a stack of bangles and bracelets.

On To Point Court Heels, £68, from Office – Courts with clout and a sure way to make your outfit pop!

Faux Pearl Earrings with Fringe, £12.99, from Zara – When just one style won’t do, do as Zara does and roll them all into one!

Luxe Drop Collar, £8, from Oasis – Be a metallic goddess with the addition of this bohemian style collar.

Ostana Feather Fascinator, £79, from Coast – Admittedly only for the very brave, but we couldn’t resist this statement headpiece.

Pineapple Bucket Bag, £49.99, from Zara – A step too far? Nah – it is summer after all!

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rustic romantics. a summer wedding at priory cottages, yorkshire – jess & adam

April 24th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A Rustic Wedding at Priory Cottages (c) Fossca Photography (40)

Today’s real wedding is a dreamy, laid-back affair with bags of country charm.

Pretty blooms, pastel hues and some frolicking in a cream camper van and a pond are just a few of our favourite moments from Jess and Adam’s big day. And let’s not forget about Jess taking to the stage to perform with her own band – certainly a bride that rocks!

With images by Fossca Photography.

A Rustic Wedding at Priory Cottages (c) Fossca Photography (80)

jess says: Adam proposed on my 21st birthday while we were away in London together.

We set the wedding date for 7th August 2016. We chose this time of year because we wanted a summer wedding with plenty of time for a honeymoon afterwards, as I work as a teacher.

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The wedding ceremony took place at All Saints Church in Wighill, and our reception was held at Priory Cottages in Wetherby. The venue ticked every box and was perfect for our rustic themed day.

We complemented the setting with a pastel pink and peach colour scheme. I’m not usually that much of a ‘girly girl’ but wanted to go all-out for our wedding day!

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After having no idea what dress I wanted, I found the most beautiful dress shop, Glory Days Bridal in York. I fell in love with a minimalist silk dress – no zips, no buttons – just elegant. It was specially made; I felt amazing and so comfortable while wearing it.

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Adam hates having his top button done up, so it was a no-tie affair. He wore tweed trousers, a white shirt and tweed waistcoat to match, all from the high street.

The groomsmen wore the same tweed trousers as the groom, with a patterned shirt and braces. They all looked so handsome.

The bridesmaid dresses were a steal from H&M; pastel pink and simple.

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the great outdoors. a summer wedding in teesdale – natalie & will

March 21st, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A Farmhouse Wedding in Teesdale (c) Bloom Weddings (38)

Tying the knot in the Lunedale Valley in Teesdale last August, our couple Natalie and Will went to great lengths to involve their guests in their summer wedding – including the family sheep and chickens – in every element of preparing for their day.

Throw in a beautiful colour scheme inspired by the heather and wildflowers in the surrounding terrain, together with the family tartan, a spot of paddling and the most stunning tree chandelier we’ve ever seen, and you’ve got yourself a wedding that’s like no other.

Natalie, who would like to dedicate this blog post to her Uncle Iain Macintyre, who sadly died shortly after the wedding, shares all the special details.

With images from Bloom Weddings.

A Farmhouse Wedding in Teesdale (c) Bloom Weddings (20)

natalie says: We had known each other for years. After our paths crossing when we both worked for a local wedding venue, and with me finally moving into my first home – which happened to be in Will’s local village – he finally plucked up the courage to ask me out. On our one-year anniversary whilst we were holidaying in Iceland chasing the Northern Lights, he got down on one knee on a glacier and presented me with a gorgeous vintage ring. Of course, I said yes!

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We decided that as we both love the outdoors, we wanted to be married in our parent’s bottom field and that the start of August would be ideal.  It meant we could spend lots of time outdoors enjoying the stunning scenery the venue had to offer.

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The wedding was very much focused in the Lunedale Valley in Teesdale. The morning began with the bridal party assembled in my mum and dad’s house with batches of bacon sarnies and glasses of Prosecco. Hair and make-up was provided by Vikki and Jordon from the Zhoo in Barnard Castle, who were fantastic and even helped us with last minute tweaks in the marquee. My beautiful bridesmaids did their own hair and make-up and we added flowers into their plaits to tie their hair with my hairstyle.

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We chose a gorgeous small church known affectionately as the ‘holy barn’ because of its rustic and humble beginnings and its stunning view over the valley. It’s a really small church, which was perfect for us, as it meant we could have a lovely intimate wedding that we craved. We spent a lot of time going to services in the run up to our wedding and really got to know the Reverend and all the people of the church. This made the service itself really special as everyone went really above and beyond to make it so personal. The ladies of the church were kind in helping with our flowers, and giving us access to the church to make sure we could add our little details to make it so ‘us’.

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boho bliss. a fun-filled wedding at park house barn, cumbria – charlotte & anthony

January 30th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A Beautiful Barn Wedding in Cumbria (c) Jessic Grace Photography (31)

Today on the blog, we have our umbrellas at the ready, as we meet a couple who show us how to make the most of a rainy wedding day in Cumbria.

Park House Barn provided the rustic backdrop to Charlotte and Anthony’s laid-back boho wedding, complete with a BBQ, woodfired pizza van, ceilidh, games and an actual cheese cake for a wedding cake.

With images by Jessica Grace Photography

A Beautiful Barn Wedding in Cumbria (c) Jessic Grace Photography (23)

charlotte says: We got engaged whilst on a road trip in south west USA. We were camping in the desert in Utah – Anthony had been planning a romantic proposal by the campfire on a starlit night, but on the night he’d planned, a storm hit. He decided to go on ahead and ask anyway, sheltering from the gales and rain in the tent! It was definitely unexpected!

We got married on Saturday 3 September. We both love that time of year – and we thought it was a good bet for some good weather!

A Beautiful Barn Wedding in Cumbria (c) Jessic Grace Photography (28)

We tied the knot at Park House Barn in the south Lakes. We chose this venue because it’s a stunning, rustic building, and we could see that it had so much potential. We loved the idea of just being able to do our own thing – and use thousands of fairy lights! We’re both from the north west and have always felt that the Lakes are a beautiful part of the world.

The general style was relaxed, fun, colourful and a little bit bohemian. An accidental vintage map theme also developed as everything came together! My grandfather used to draw these amazing intricate maps as a hobby, and I’ve just always loved old maps and atlases. As we have grand plans of a belated travelling-honeymoon in 2018, it seemed like a fitting theme.

There wasn’t a strict colour theme. The flowers were simply white wildflowers and gypsophila (with a few blush roses for the bridal bouquet) with lots of greens and herbs. We wanted to let the building and lighting to do a lot of the talking. We had rainbow umbrellas, colourful signs and multi-coloured macarons to add some colour and lots of fun.

A Beautiful Barn Wedding in Cumbria (c) Jessic Grace Photography (21)

My dress was by Anna Campbell, and we got it from Jean Jackson Couture NQ in Manchester – I’d seen it on the internet, and instantly fell in love with it. I’d tried a handful of other dresses on, but this one just felt so comfortable and natural. I think I was always going to end up in lace.

Anthony was keen to keep it simple. He bought about eight high street suits and then picked his favourite!

The bridesmaids were all in Needle and Thread dresses, which they picked themselves. I didn’t really mind what they wore, as long as they were broadly in keeping with the venue/vibe of the wedding, and moreover, that they were all happy. The groomsmen all wore navy blue suits, and ‘granddad’ collars – which was Anthony’s idea.

A Beautiful Barn Wedding in Cumbria (c) Jessic Grace Photography (34)

Our photographer was Jesse, of Jessica Grace Photography, who we heard about from a friend-of-a-friend. She did a brilliant job on the day – making us feel at ease and taking lots of natural photos, which is what we asked for. The weather was certainly challenging from a photographer’s point of view, but Jesse just got on with it.

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canvas & lace. a relaxed outdoor wedding in derbyshire – emily & jordan

January 17th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

A Relaxed Outdoor Wedding (c) Mick Cookson (79)

This afternoon’s real wedding is a shining example of just how beautiful an outdoor British ceremony can be. Marrying at the height of summer, Emily and Jordan enjoyed an open-air ceremony before partying the night away under the cover of a cool tipi tent.

Highlights for us include Emily’s stunning lace detailed dress, the beautiful ‘meadow’ colour palette and that gorgeous floral archway!

With images by Mick Cookson Photography.

A Relaxed Outdoor Wedding (c) Mick Cookson (66)

emily says: We got engaged in Bali on a very relaxing holiday. Jordan had booked a ‘100 candlelit’ meal at a 5* restaurant. We had our own table by the riverside surrounded by candles and flower petals. We were laughing because they provided us with speakers but the only music they had put on the iPod was Boyzone and Westlife. Very cheesy but great to sing along to! I turned around after a photo to find Jordan on one knee saying “you going to marry me or what then?”

We set the date of the wedding for 30th July 2016, as it was the only date our perfect venue – Sycamore Farm Barns in Matlock – had available. It’s in the middle of the Peak District surrounded by rolling hills and farmland. We love the great outdoors so it was perfect. We had a tipi and we were able to get married outside, which was amazing. We were able to stay at the venue in beautiful cottages from the Thursday to the Monday so we could decorate the tipi, put up an archway and include personal touches. Our friends could also camp in the field.

A Relaxed Outdoor Wedding (c) Mick Cookson (73)

We didn’t have a theme as such for the wedding, we just wanted things relaxed, informal and beautiful.

We had a humanist ceremony led by Janice Castings – it was perfect. Janice was brilliant and it meant the ceremony was personal to us. We married legally on the 24th July with close family present.

A Relaxed Outdoor Wedding (c) Mick Cookson (62)

I found my dress in The Cheshire Wedding House. The staff were so friendly, they made me feel really comfortable and at ease. They also let my four-year-old niece try on a flower girl dress, which made her day! My dress was made by Romantica of Devon and it was called Yvonne. The skirt was made out of delicate tulle and felt lovely and floaty. The sleeves were lace and it had a heart-shaped cut out back. I loved it!

My wedding makeup was done by Sarah Morten and I loved it! Luckily, she is an amazing makeup artist and one of my best friends so she also doubled up as one of my bridesmaids.

A Relaxed Outdoor Wedding (c) Mick Cookson (110)

Jordan picked a navy tweed suit with a waistcoat from Jennis & Warmann, which he ordered online. The best man wore the same suit.

My bridesmaids wore a Needle & Thread dress that was a navy/taupe colour. I had two flower girls that wore beautiful dresses from a company on Etsy called MillyWeddingShop.

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relaxed romance. maggie sottero for a pretty summer wedding at abbeywood gardens – genna & martin

October 13th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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Today’s real wedding is bringing back thoughts warm summer days as bride and groom, Genna and Martin, enjoyed a beautiful outdoor July ceremony at their chosen venue of Abbeywood Gardens in Northwich.

An equally pretty reception followed at the venue, which was made complete with simple rustic styling and a rather dreamy four-tired cake.

We must also mention Genna’s gorgeous gown which has the most exquisite detailing – a Brides Up North dress crush for sure!

With images & video by Two Birds.

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genna says: We got engaged on Christmas Day 2014, while at home. It was late in the afternoon and I’d spent the day saying “no, he still hasn’t asked” to family and friends (we’d been together seven years at the time). So when we had to pop home for more chairs for Christmas dinner at my brother’s house, it was a total shock to turn around to find Martin down on one knee!

We set the date for 1st July 2016. We’ve always wanted a warm wedding and our preference would have been May, but we fell in love with our venue – Abbeywood Gardens, Delamere – and this was the next available date!

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We stumbled across Abbeywood Gardens by accident on the way to another venue’s open day. We totally fell in love with the glass house, beautiful gardens and the outside space, but the real clincher was the staff. Matt, Lauren, Calum and all of the staff were so nice and friendly from the first visit all the way through to the day itself.

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We wanted a relaxed wedding that suited the surroundings. It was quite rustic in appearance, but with a hint of Disney style ‘happily ever after’ to it, along with a few little bits of sparkle.

We chose a soft colour palette of mostly creams, golds and pale pinks. The gardens at the venue were so vibrant, that we wanted everything else to be quite neutral.

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My dress was a beautiful Maggie Sottero design from Emily Eve, in Birmingham. I knew I didn’t want a typical ‘princess’ dress, and wanted something slightly more fitted, but maybe with a vintage feel. And that’s exactly what I got! It was the third dress of four dresses that I tried on, and after trying on all four, I couldn’t wait to put it back on again. I ordered my full length veil as a last minute addition at my first dress fitting, which was just four weeks before the big day.

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