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in this embrace. a country wedding at the wellbeing farm in lancashire – cassie & sam

February 13th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

A Rustic Wedding at The Wellbeing Farm (c) Slice Of Pie (56)

It’s not every day that we see a llama making an appearance in a wedding photo. But that’s exactly what we have in store for you today on the blog, as we head to the wonderfully unique Wellbeing Farm in Lancashire – an alternative wedding venue with that all-important wow factor. Bride and groom, Cassie and Sam could really put their stamp on the space when they tied the knot there last summer – decorating it with gorgeous floral displays, homemade jam jars and even milk churns.

Music played a big part in the couple’s day too – and not just in the way that you’d first expect. Along with a guitarist and live band, Cassie and Sam incorporated records and song lyrics within their centrepieces and menus – a nostalgic throwback to their early dating days in Manchester.

Other stand-out ideas likely to get you hovering over your Pin button include a wedding cheese cake, limoncellos for favours (a lovely link to their honeymoon destination in Italy) and an all-out indulgent cake cart, complete with caterpillar cake!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Slice of Pie Photography.

A Rustic Wedding at The Wellbeing Farm (c) Slice Of Pie (28)

cassie says: We got engaged on 20th November 2015 at home. We were about to go to New York and Las Vegas for Sam’s 30th birthday and I had a feeling he was going to propose then. Turns out, he surprised me – and himself – and did an impromptu proposal at home. The fire was roaring and there was prosecco and cheese on toast – and then it started to snow. It was perfect. We kept it a secret from friends and family for three whole weeks while we were away.

We got married on 26th August 2017. We didn’t want to put too much pressure on a specific date and wanted to get a great venue. We had said the August bank holiday weekend would be perfect. The wedding venue we went for was up and coming and luckily had availability that weekend, so we reserved the date, and two weeks later it was all booked!

A Rustic Wedding at The Wellbeing Farm (c) Slice Of Pie (21)

We got married at The Wellbeing Farm in Edgworth. We had both the ceremony and reception here. We chose this venue as it was so very different to the traditional wedding venues we had been to before. It definitely had the wow factor and potential to be flexible in what we wanted. It was quite a new in terms of a wedding venue and they had big plans for additional features, which we loved.

A Rustic Wedding at The Wellbeing Farm (c) Slice Of Pie (2)

We had a music theme as we both love music and met while going out to indie clubs in Manchester. Our centrepieces were records, featuring one of our favourite song titles. Each table also had a section of our favourite lyrics from each song displayed with the menu.

We had a bright colourful summer colour scheme and the bridesmaids and groomsmen matched each other. The colours were powder blue, mint green, lemon, coral and lilac. We went these shades as they were summery and were a great burst of colour.

A Rustic Wedding at The Wellbeing Farm (c) Slice Of Pie (42)

I chose an Allure dress, which was all-lace and mermaid style. It was the first dress I tried on at a wedding fair but I thought I best try some more on first. My mum was the one who spotted it and told me to try it on. Mums know best! My mother-in-law found it in a shop in Ramsbottom called The White Gallery. It turned out the dress was being discontinued and we got it half price, which was a bonus!

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vintage vibes: an afternoon tea party for a summer wedding in the north west – katrina & patrick

February 7th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson

A Pretty Vintage Wedding in Manchester (c) Kate Gosney (19)

The summer wedding of Patrick and Katrina has a sweet vintage, village hall vibe and took place in their local community so they’ll always be reminded of their special day setting.

They chose an afternoon tea menu for their reception, with delicate culinary treats served on charming old-fashioned crockery. Add to that the bunting and fairy lights strung from the rafters, a homemade cake table showcasing mouth-watering treats baked by talented family and friends – and even a cheese table in the evening – and you have a wonderful, personal day that reflects Katrina and Patrick’s wedding wishes perfectly.

And the dress is rather dreamy, too!

With images by Kate Gosney.

A Pretty Vintage Wedding in Manchester (c) Kate Gosney (1)

katrina says: We got engaged in December 2016. I cycled home from work on a dark, rainy, Friday night. As I pulled into our road, I noticed that my car had been moved from the road onto our drive, which was a bit unusual. As I pulled closer, I noticed there was a note tucked under the windscreen and my heart sank, thinking one of the neighbours must have been complaining about my car being in the way. I couldn’t bear to open it but Patrick was inside waiting for me and he urged me to read it. Inside it said, “Katrina, seeing as this all started three years ago with a note on your car, it seemed only right that this should also be a note. Will you marry me?”

A Pretty Vintage Wedding in Manchester (c) Kate Gosney (20)

We got married on 29th July 2017. Neither of us wanted a long engagement and Patrick is a teacher, so this coincided with the start of the school holidays.

Our ceremony was at Sale Town Hall, as we wanted it to be in our local community and somewhere we would pass regularly. Our reception took place at Mobberley Victory Hall. We wanted the reception venue to be beautiful, low key and to allow us to do our own thing with it.

A Pretty Vintage Wedding in Manchester (c) Kate Gosney (28)

The old-fashioned approach to a wedding appealed to us, so we went for a natural, handmade, rustic and vintage look with involvement from family and friends.

A Pretty Vintage Wedding in Manchester (c) Kate Gosney (42)

I wore a Brighton Belle dress. I wanted a knee-length dress, as I liked the idea of being able to move around freely and dance.

My bridesmaids wore pale grey lace dresses from John Lewis.

Patrick and his best man wore beautiful blue suits, which were also from John Lewis.

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report to the dancefloor: seventh second

January 24th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

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Personalising your wedding isn’t all about the theme and décor, but your choices for the whole day and the atmosphere that you create.

As such, live music can be a huge help in achieving the right vibe for the day; whether you want an air of romance, an informal, chilled environment, full on party mode – or a combination of all three!

To expand on the options, we’re chatting to our uber-knowledgeable Sponsor Seventh Second, about the various entertainment they offer for weddings and how such acts can enhance the whole mood of the day.

Set up and run by talented and experienced musicians, we couldn’t be leaving you in safer hands…

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When was Seventh Second set up and how has it grown since that time?

seventh second say: As a fully-fledged website we have been around for about five years now and year on year we play for more happy couples in more wedding venues around the UK and abroad. We are essentially a family of musicians who’ve been performing together at weddings for more than 15 years but since we put together a website with all our acts in one place. We’ve gone from performing at five weddings to more 400 weddings. We’ve added a huge amount of varied live acts and look forward to adding more in the future.

What does Seventh Second aim to bring to the wedding industry and what types of entertainment does it offer?

We aim to bring fun, enjoyment and a packed dancefloor to the wedding world! We want to create a memorable day for brides and grooms. On the more practical side, when you speak to us, you speak to a musician who performs in the bands you are looking at. We believe this is important in the industry as it ensures we know everything we possibly can about our acts and guarantees excellent, honest customer service and a bespoke band at a price that can’t be beaten. At the moment we offer all sorts of live wedding bands for all types of weddings but in the future, we will be adding wedding event services too.

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How can live entertainment help to enhance a wedding day?

There’s not really a substitute for a talented live band. They add something truly special to wedding that you can’t quite put your finger on. For a truly memorable party, you need live music. It adds a vibrancy and energy to a wedding that can’t be replicated in any other way. Live music looks and feels special and people see it as a highlight of any wedding party. They look forward to and enjoy it. You get to see people’s fun side (and dance moves) and can be happy in the knowledge that you’ve created an amazing party!

What are the benefits of couples arranging their wedding entertainment through Seventh Second and how does your website help to make the process simple?

One major benefit is that when you talk to us about any of our acts, you are talking with a real band member who’s proud of their band and cares about what they promote. This ensures we know everything we possibly could about our acts and guarantees excellent, honest customer service and a bespoke band that is truly designed for your needs. We keep the website as clean and simple as possible and because we are the authority on our acts we don’t waste your time with useless information or bands that just won’t work for you.

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cool venue alert: the biscuit factory

January 24th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

The Biscuit Factory (c) Sean Elliott Photography (14)

We’re always up for making our readers aware of all the cool and classic venue options available for your big day (just buy us a drink sometime, eh?).

One of our favourites in the North East that offers couples something a little different to the norm is The Biscuit Factory – a gorgeous building dating back to the Victoria era that has been transformed into a contemporary art gallery and events space with a stunning choice of options for those big day celebrations!

If this is ticking boxes for you then you’ll want to keep Saturday 10th March, clear in your diary as The Biscuit Factory will be welcoming couples for its Wedding Open Day when you can see its clean and contemporary spaces for yourself while meeting the venue’s team and enjoying a glass of fizz. There’s also the chance to bag 10% discount on your wedding booking. Full details below!

In the meantime, we’re chatting to the venue’s team on the blog today to find out more about what The Biscuit Factory can offer to brides and grooms for a memorable and wow-worthy wedding…

Images by Sean Elliott Photography.

The Biscuit Factory (c) Sean Elliott Photography (13)

Where is The Biscuit Factory located?

[jnnaopen]the biscuit factory say: The venue is located in Newcastle upon Tyne, in the city’s ultra-cool and bustling cultural quarter – the Ouseburn Valley. We’re surrounded by lots of creative businesses, eateries, a farm and even a horse riding school. The area is rich in local heritage too, with the underground Victoria Tunnel nearby, once used to transport coal down to the River Tyne.

Tell Brides Up North about the venue, what is its history?

True to its name, the venue was indeed a biscuit factory in the Victorian era. Back in 2002, the building was transformed into a contemporary art gallery and is now the largest independent art, craft and design gallery in the UK. In recent years, the business has evolved to include a café, a la carte restaurant and our purpose-built events space, The Biscuit Room.

The Biscuit Factory (c) Sean Elliott Photography (5)

Which areas of The Biscuit Factory can be used for ceremonies?

Couples can say their vows in our upstairs gallery, which accommodates up to 100 guests, surrounded by beautiful, contemporary artwork. The Biscuit Room, meanwhile, can accommodate up to 150 guests for a ceremony. Alternatively, for something smaller – the Glass House is a more intimate space with an outdoors terrace overlooking the cityscape.

And what areas are available for the reception?

The Biscuit Room accommodates up to 250 guests for a meal and party. This versatile space can be tailored to a couple’s desires, and has played host to a variety of vintage, decadent and stylish themes since it opened in 2014.

The Biscuit Factory (c) Sean Elliott Photography (3)

How would you describe the look and feel of The Biscuit Factory?

The gallery, with its exposed brickwork, large windows and ceiling beams, provides a stylish and elegant backdrop for a couple’s wedding ceremony with the surrounding artwork offering up pops of colourful, creative flourishes. By contrast, The Biscuit Room is a contemporary, minimalist space that lends itself to practically any theme for the wedding celebrations after – we’ve seen all sorts of props and lighting effects over the past few years and our couples’ visions and ideas never fail to amaze us!

What makes The Biscuit Factory a special wedding venue and sets you apart from others?

We’re one of the largest wedding venues in the city and our spaces are unlike anything else here in Newcastle. Combine this with our quirky urban location, personalised service, versatility and exceptional catering – and we think we have the perfect mix for couples seeking something that’s truly special and memorable.

The Biscuit Factory (c) Sean Elliott Photography (15)

What sort of bride would be a Biscuit Factory bride?

The Biscuit Factory appeals to all types of brides but we find that a bride with plenty of imagination and creative flair can really make the most of our venue, which is often described as a blank canvas. Our location in the Ouseburn is perfect for the alternative bride craving something a little bit unconventional too.

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santa baby… top pressie picks

December 20th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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We’ve been building up to Christmas since the very beginning of the month and so the excitement here is almost at fever pitch.  Santa’s coming!

Being the uber-organised (and slightly smug!) individuals that we are, we’ve pretty much completed our Christmas shopping for our loved ones, and so we’re self-indulging today with a little retail therapy focusing on the gifts we would love to receive on the 25th.

If you’re sensing your other half is planning a Christmas Eve shopping dash, or you’re still looking for gift ideas for your sister or bezzie, then we hope our wish lists can provide you with that little extra sprinkling of festive inspiration.

Merry Christmas everyone!

julia’s wish list

Julia's Wish List

Violet Black Mid Heel Over The Knee Boots, £229, from KG Kurt Geiger – Just call me Meghan Markle, these beauties – the actual pair rocked by the soon to be Mrs Wales on her first public engagement – wouldn’t leave my feet all year (who needs to go the gym anyway when your lower legs look this good)!

Gabrielle by Chanel, from £79, at John Lewis – my new scent for 2017, and possibly my signature scent to see me into 2018 and beyond.  A fresh delivery should help with the decision making process…

Butterfly Sunglasses by Chanel, £349, at John Lewis – sticking to a theme, these big and beautiful sunnies would top off the boots, the scent (and the threads mentioned below) with aplomb!

Leather A Line Skirt, £170, from Whistles – A future classic, this leather pelmet would look great dressed up or down.  Cost per wear = negligible.

Raspberry Pom Pom Hat, £25, from Mint Velvet – It’s pink.  It has a pom pom.  Need I elaborate further?

Winter Signature Candle, £20, from The White Company – I’ve been buying these gorgeously scented candles for all my girlfriends this year.  I just hope someone returns the favour.

Over The Rainbow Laptop Case by Skinnydip, £25, at Topshop – I seem to be on the road more than ever for work these days – whether scouting locations for UNVEILED or managing our Brides Up North events – and this case would keep my carry-on cheerful!

Kitty Embroidered Velvet Slippers, £325, by Charlotte Olympia at Net-A-Porter – a girl can dream, right?  I’d be the cat that got the cream in these highly impractical but hugely loveable kitty slippers.

Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Dulche De Leche, £22, at House Of Fraser – I’m very fussy with lipsticks and this one ticks all the boxes: smooth, classic and named after my fave dessert!

Tiered Lace Dress, was £89, now £60, from Warehouse – Ok, ok, so I *might* have already bought this one (pressies to self totally allowed around here!), but I couldn’t leave it off. In the shade of the season (that’ll be the Markle effect again), super flattering and MUCH more expensive looking than its price tag.  It’s one I’ll dress up (already have) and down (natch), and love to pieces. And yes, I bought it at full price.  That’ll teach me.

rachel’s wish list

Rachel's Wish List

Devonna Mix Faux Fur Coat, £185, from French Connection – The winter chill combined with the party season calls out for an ultra-glam cover-up, and for me, it has to be this super-gorgeous, super-soft number from one of my main go-tos, French Connection.

The Uptown Girl Eye Kit, £74, from Charlotte Tilbury – Christmas and New Year give us the perfect excuse to up the beauty-ante with extra shimmery and seductive eyes. As a blonde, some smoky palettes can be a little too dark, but this one is just right!

Alphabet Wash Bag, £22, from Olive Bonas – Being on the go a lot means I always love a new travel item, whether it be a swish hand-luggage case, cool holdall or extra cute wash/cosmetic bags – just like this one.

B by Ted Baker Light Pink Satin Pyjama Set, £45, from Debenhams – Christmas isn’t complete without new PJs, right?! Which is why I’ll be putting these gorgeous girly ones top of my list.

Feather Pom-Pom Ballet Slippers, £39, from The White Company – Likewise, new slippers are a must at this time of year and these beauties would go oh-so-perfectly with those light pink jammies!

Metallic Star Gloves, now £15, from Topshop – Just when I thought I couldn’t love these glam burgundy gloves anymore, they go in the sale. Ab-sol-ute steal!

Oscar de la Renta Tiered Tassled Beaded Clip Earrings, £395, from Net-A-Porter – Statement earrings have definitely been my weakness of 2017, so if I was to have one splurge item under the tree this Christmas it would have to be a beaded pair from the master of bold ear candy, Oscar de la Renta.

Hoxton Ankle Boots, now £40, from Topshop – The Magpie in me just can’t resist these incredibly shiny ankle boots – amazing dancefloor footwear if ever I saw it, and another pre-Christmas bargain courtesy of Toppers!

Textured Rivington Clutch, £89, from Whistles – My bag collection has been a little neglected of late (must be all those statement earrings I keep buying) and so I’m trying to top it back up again with a new casual and ‘out, out’ addition – I think this gorgeous pewter number would tick the latter box just fine!

Cropped Sequin Sweater, £39.99, from Zara – I’m not a huge fan of Christmas jumpers (sorry!) but this shinier-than-a-disco-ball design covers off both seasonal and stylish, kudos to Zara!

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made with love. a beautiful countryside wedding at the out barn – rebecca & ashley

November 7th, 2017 | Aislinn Thompson

A Homemade Real Wedding at The Out Barn (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (54)

We’re often blown away by the talents of our incredible featured brides; whether it be their ability to style a theme to precision, their skills in the kitchen to create home-baked goods, or their passion for arts and crafts that results in both pretty and personal décor.

The leading lady from today’s featured wedding boasts all such assets, and had such fun styling her big day that she’s since set up a business motivated by her creativity. From an LED sign spelling out her new surname to a jigsaw guestbook and bespoke cake topper, Rebecca went to town with her homemade touches.

We’re also a little bit in love with the idea of designing your own wedding shoes – an assurance that no guest is going to steal your thunder wearing the same pair of designer heels you spent ages deliberating over and a king’s ransom purchasing. Throw this into the mix with a barbecue, ice cream and pizza feast, 500m-worth of bunting made by the bride’s nanna, a band that played all day long, vodka jellies and a cake table that was demolished by the guests in 30 minutes flat, and we reckon you’ve got a wedding to remember!

With images by Hayley Baxter Photography.

A Homemade Real Wedding at The Out Barn (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (1)

rebecca says: Ashley proposed in August 2016, the day before we were due to fly to New York for a holiday. He pretended he had found something in the suitcase that turned out to be the ring!

I was keen not to have a long engagement as we had already been together more than ten years, so we got married on 26th August 2017 at The Out Barn in Bashall Eaves, near Clitheroe. I knew I wanted something in the countryside and we spent a week looking at different venues all over Lancashire, but nothing took our fancy. I was beginning to lose hope of finding somewhere that I liked when my maid of honour sent me a picture of The Out Barn. We had never heard of it before as it is quite a new venue but this one picture sold it to us. The barn has a huge, round main room and the huge windows look out to Pendle Hill.

A Homemade Real Wedding at The Out Barn (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (28)

I decided on a colour scheme of navy, grey and lilac for the flowers and bunting. Initially, I was going to go for bright wedding colours to contrast with the navy but found it hard to get things to coordinate!

A Homemade Real Wedding at The Out Barn (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (44)

My wedding dress was a tea-length design by Ellis with a jacket, belt and veil, all from Amelia’s Brides in Clitheroe. It was exactly like the image I’d always had in my head, so when I saw it I felt like it was fate! It was the first dress I tried on. I went to three dress shops in total and the experience I had at Amelia’s was by far the best. The girls are so lovely and welcoming.

For my shoes, I knew I wanted a chunky heel and closed toe because those are the shoes I am most comfortable in but, unlike with my dress, I couldn’t find what I had in my head, until I found Shoes of Prey! This is an Australian website where you can design your own shoes. I chose the fabric, heel height, shape, etc. and even got my name and wedding date inscribed on the inside. The whole process was a lot of fun and my shoes ended up cheaper than if I had bought them off the shelf – plus nobody has a pair like them! For the reception, I changed into silver sequinned Converse pumps.

A Homemade Real Wedding at The Out Barn (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (37)

Ashley chose to wear a blue suit, also purchased from Amelia’s, with a grey checked waistcoat. His two best men and our dads matched.

I wanted navy bridesmaid dresses from the very beginning. It’s timeless, very flattering and easy to match with other colours, so my bridesmaids wore navy blue dresses with pleated skirts from ASOS. My maid of honour had the same dress with a different neckline, so she stood out a little. Their shoes were from New Look. I felt so guilty about making them wear heels all day that I also got them some white pumps with their names on for the evening.

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