August 1st, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
There’s a regal and romantic vibe running through today’s wedding with every element complementing each other beautifully; from the grand venue to the delicate blush colour scheme and the soft candle-light glow.
The floral displays are a real triumph, with glorious pink hydrangeas and roses taking centre stage. We also particularly love the luxurious flower garlands that line both sides of the staircase, where Carla and her mother made their entrance and proceed down the aisle. A truly beautiful spectacle – no wonder it was Martin’s favourite moment of the day!
Carla is breath-taking in a spectacular Ian Stuart gown with a tremendous silk train that gathers to deliver a sumptuous, ruffled effect. Topped with a detailed cathedral-length veil and a pretty headdress, she’s every bit the princess she hoped to be on her big day.
With images by Joel Skingle Photography.
carla says: We got engaged at Yorebridge House, Yorkshire, in October 2016. We were in a beautiful room called Rahmoune, a Moroccan hot tub room with a private garden. It was our two-year anniversary and Martin had surprised me with a night away. We were drinking prosecco in the hot tub while listening to our favourite singer Frank Turner. Martin came back to the hot tub after refilling our drinks and he literally slipped on to one knee and asked me to marry him! My step sister had got married at Yorebridge House the year before, so it was all that much more personal.
We got married on 2nd June 2018. We chose the date because we wanted spring/summer wedding and, on a personal note, my grandma has dementia and we wanted to make sure it was in enough time to ensure she really could enjoy it the best she could!
Our ceremony and reception took place at Allerton Castle near Knaresborough. Martin and I wanted a venue that was personal and inviting – kind of like a large house/garden-party vibe. We both fell in love with Allerton Castle the minute we walked in. Its aura, its beauty and the atmosphere just had exactly what we wanted in a venue. I would recommend Allerton Castle to anyone; the staff there are so incredible, the venue is stunningly beautiful – they go above and beyond to make sure your day runs perfectly without you having to worry about anything. Jessica and Hannah, the two main wedding co-ordinators, are amazing!
Theme-wise, we wanted to go for a romantic, classic style that would accentuate Allerton Castle, with flowers being a focus and a noted presence of roses. Martin’s late dad had grown amazing roses, so it was our nod to him throughout our day. We also carried the theme of music throughout the day, with lots of live music as the day went on.
Our colour scheme was dusky/blush pinks with a hint of blue. We chose this to lighten the venue with a summery vibe and to keep the soft and romantic look.
When it came to my dress, I knew what kind I wanted as soon as I got engaged. I kept looking close to home and everyone mentioned Ian Stuart as a designer that I needed to see. I went to Ian Stuart’s Blewcoat boutique in London and fell in love with my dress. Ian Stuart made changes to the dress to suit what I wanted and added a longer train and cathedral veil. The dress was fitted to the hip and then flowed with silk layers. It had that romantic princess look I was dreaming of. It was my dream dress.
July 23rd, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
There’s a very arty feel to today’s real wedding between Louise and Lee; from the editorial style images captured by the photographer, to the clever details produced by the bride.
As a fashion designer, Louise’s creative talents came into play throughout the planning – and yes, she did design her own wedding dress, which certainly lived up to the guests’ high expectations. We adore the statement leaf detailing and Louise’s careful consideration on exactly where the lace should be placed. Her attention to detail results in a gown that is both majestic and unique.
Further personal touches can be found in Louise’s fantastic handmade decorations, including the inventive table plan crafted from an old door displaying wonderful sketches by the bride and dressed with lush eucalyptus, as well as the table names, also beautiful sketches that represent important elements of Lee and Louise’s life together, such as the lovely drawing of their dog, Salvador Dali.
The cake, also designed by Louise, is wonderfully dramatic with silver leaf and a cascade of silver and green foliage down one side of its elegant three tiers. It would appear that this bride’s talents know no bounds!
With images by Tim Simpson Photography.
louise says: We got engaged in Paris in September 2015. Lee took me to Paris to finish off our annual holiday to the South of France. Since I had previously worked in Paris at a fashion designer’s atelier, I had always wanted to show Lee why I loved the place so much. We stopped for a sit down in the Louvre’s Tuileries gardens. I was checking my map and Lee was waiting until we had complete privacy before he slipped down on one knee and presented the most perfect diamond ring to me. We then quenched our thirst drinking pink champagne in the stunning Renaissance hotel!
We got married on Friday 13th October 2017. We have been asked “Why!?” many times. Our answer? “Why not!?” To us, every other day of the year except Christmas, birthdays and New Year have no significance. Friday 13th has impact, controversial connotations and raises eyebrows regularly. Sounds perfect for us. As one of my gifts to Lee on our wedding day, I had tattooed the number 13 on my finger. I revealed this to him at the altar in church! He thought I had drawn it on with eyeliner until my bridesmaid corrected him after the confetti throwing! He now has a matching tattoo.
We had our ceremony at St George’s United Reformed Church, Thornton Hough. It’s beautiful and ornate with wonderful curved ceilings, stained glass windows and calved patterns into the brickwork and is just 40 seconds from Thornton Manor, where we had our reception. The night before the wedding, my bridesmaids and I stayed in the Gate House at the manor. We got ready there and then I put my dress on over in the manor in the stunning Lady Lever Bedroom. Lee stayed in another of the manor’s many cottages in its grounds with his three best men
We chose Thornton Manor after scouring the north west for our ideal venue, marking every manor, castle and abbey within one-and-a-half-hours of our home (Lee made this distance rule to reduce the enormity of the mission). We spent many weekends visiting and analysing them. When we finally came across Thornton Manor, it ticked every box we had. Our guests stayed in the whole of the manor and the surrounding cottages and, inside, the manor was impeccable with original features, fabulous, grand rooms and gardens. It was faultless, and the décor and details were extremely tasteful and regal.
We would absolutely recommend the venue to other brides and grooms. There are so many rooms to use at different stages of the day; from a cosy lounge to the grand ballroom where we held the reception, to a long lobby room that looks out onto the gardens, to a music room. Everywhere you look the décor is fabulous. There’s even the Queen’s Bedroom and Queen Mother’s Bedroom, where royalty used to stay when they regularly visited Thornton Manor. Lee’s mum stayed in the Queen Mother’s Bedroom, which was special! The staff were very professional and I even had someone assigned to me throughout the day; he was literally on hand to help me whenever, wherever. He even stood at the side of the dance floor and would hold my drink! I felt like royalty myself and this treatment was never expected!
July 10th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Natalie Hamilton, a documentary style wedding, portrait and events photographer, was the creative brains behind the fabulous bridal shoot that’s gracing our pages today. But brides-to-be, step aside, it’s a shoot with a difference – as this one’s all about the bridesmaids!
Showcasing a handpicked selection of stunning, demure gowns, beautifully paired with delicate posies and oh so pretty floral headpieces – the shoot most definitely shines a spotlight on your #girlsquad and the best way to bring out the unique looks and personalities of your besties.
We just love the styling too – pared back yet classic – featuring oversized balloons, a prosecco van and rose gold love letters. And the backdrop – none other than the stunning Saltmarshe Hall in East Yorkshire, where we hold two of our famous Luxury Wedding Shows a year – the next one being on Sunday 7th October 2018. Trust us when we say this is a to-die-for-venue, with its sweeping staircase, grandiose décor and enchanting gardens.
So, pinning fingers at the ready ladies, as we dish up today’s dose of glam bridal inspo with plenty of shimmer!
With images by Natalie Hamilton. Models: Sophie Anderson, Charlotte Partridge, Charlotte Black.
natalie says: The shoot came about as a means of bringing all the small local suppliers together to showcase what we do and create beautiful images we can all use and benefit from.
The shoot was bridesmaid focused to bring inspiration to local brides who may be struggling to find those perfect dresses. Each model wore dresses of the same colour with different necklines complemented by different hairstyles and similar makeup. We did this to show that you don’t necessarily need to have bridesmaids all the same and that each of your bridesmaids can be different based on what they would prefer, to suit their body shape or to reflect their personality.
We chose Saltmarshe Hall, an exclusive venue in Howden, as the backdrop to the shoot, simply for its beauty. Inside, the venue is sophisticated and elegant which went perfectly with our beaded and sparkly bridesmaid gowns. The grounds have extensive manicured lawns too, which were ideal for showing off our balloons.
The styling was minimal in this shoot as we wanted to keep the focus on the models. Flowers were supplied by Lisa’s Florist, who wanted to keep it simple with daisies and hydrangeas with gypsophila and a full arrangement of calla lilies, peonies and statement bear grass. With some of the dresses being mismatched, we thought brides could also take a mismatched approach to the bridesmaids’ flowers and have some with headdresses and some with posies.
We had 3ft round balloons supplied by Imagination Creation complete with ombre tassels and available in a variety of colours, to suit any theme. Each tassel is intricately handmade. We also decided to add some love letters in rose gold. The Fizz Machine – a baby blue and white quirky little VW replica prosecco van – also popped by to add a quirky element to some of the shots.
July 3rd, 2018 | Rachel Parry
We’re turning the temperature up a notch on this super sunny Tuesday afternoon by showcasing the gorgeous new bridal shoe designs that have just landed in the 2018 Collection from our insanely talented Sponsor Charlotte Mills.
We love to see brides reflect their personal style on their big day and the footwear is an easy element of the attire through which ladies can let their personality run free.
We’ve seen brides don ankle boots, sneakers and even wellies, but the majority choose to stick with a heel for that extra confidence, height and poker posture.
With a style, heel height and hue to suit all brides, from the traditional to the fierce, we’re sure there will be perfect pair of Charlotte Mills shoes to complete your big day look. So, let’s waste no time in handing over the blog to the creator herself to tell us more about these absolute showstoppers.
What was your inspiration behind the 2018 collection? Does it have an overall theme?
charlotte says: I wanted to create a collection that suited a range of different style types. Whether you’re a modern, traditional, retro, super glam or vintage bride. I wanted to ensure we offered styles to suit everyone as well as incorporating the Charlotte Mills aesthetic.
What new shoe styles can brides find within the 2018 collection and which stand out for you?
Our new styles for 2018 are Meghan, Farah, Esmeralda Blue, Jane, George Pearl, George Silver, Frankie, Francesca and Blossom Pearl.
One of the most exciting new styles is the Meghan shoe, which was designed in preparation for the royal wedding. We love every wedding here at Charlotte Mills, but we particularly couldn’t wait to see Meghan Markle’s bridal style. Hence the production of the limited-edition Meghan shoe. This design features a pointed toe, pearlescent leather and pearl glitter details with a block heel. Not too dissimilar from Meghan’s shoes on the day! Each pair includes a specially dated sixpence in collaboration with the Royal Mint UK for an extra special touch.
What are your main considerations when designing a new collection?
Producing fashion forward styles which are elegant and reflect the Charlotte Mills brand image. All shoes are designed with comfort in mind! Fun and girly details are key!
How would you sum up the 2018 collection in three words?
Elegant, modern and unique.
What main colours and details are featured in the latest collection?
Ivory, blue, pearlescent leather, pearl glitter details and silver art deco piping.
Which shoes style from the collection would you suggest for the daring, fashion forward bride and which for the elegant, traditional bride?
For a daring bride it would have to be Francesca, while Anastasia would be perfectly suited to more traditional weddings.
What are your top three tips for picking the right wedding shoes?
Stick with a heel height that you’re used to; pick something you can wear again so you can re-live your special day all over again and break them in ahead of the big day
What bridal fashion trends are you enjoying right now, and can you predict any big trends to come?
It’s all been about the royal wedding, and I expect a lot of brides will want to mirror Meghan’s look for their own big days to come.
July 2nd, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
If you’re in love with the idea of tying the knot in a rustic barn, then today’s real wedding will be giving you all kinds of butterflies. Say hello to newlyweds Emma and Marc, who tied the knot during the Easter break at the sublime Owen House in Cheshire.
Floating candles, fairy lights and lanterns all help to set the romantic ambience, complemented by fabulous arrangements of pink, cream and green flowers that really embody the au naturale setting. It’s enchanting beyond words and everything we could hope from a classic barn wedding.
There are plenty of other fabulous highlights to look out for, too, including a prosecco cart, heart shaped fudge pieces as favours and – breaking with convention – the bride ditching heels for a pair of Converse! We think you’re going to be Pinterest-happy with this one, ladies!
With images by Sarah Beth Photo.
emma says: After being together for seven years, Marc decided to pop the question while we were on holiday in New York. We had enjoyed a short walk around Central Park with friends in the morning and then, whilst walking near a bridge, Marc asked to take a selfie with me. Looking in his bag for the ring, he then passed me the ring box to which I asked “what is this?” and he went down on one knee and popped the question.
We did not have a set date in mind but knew we wanted either a spring or summer wedding. I’m a teacher so with Easter being a two-week holiday, this was the ideal time for us.
After visiting a number of venues and knowing that we wanted a barn wedding, Owen House was the perfect choice. When visiting the venue for the first time, it was not dressed and was rather plain, but even from this we could see the potential it had, and we fell in love with it. The ceremony room is ideal, with fairy lights along one side of the room and rustic benches, windows and doors. It was the perfect barn venue for us.
We thought we knew what we wanted, but this changed over the course of planning the wedding. When we finally made a decision, we went for a rustic but modern theme. The rustic being the barn and some of the decorations and the modern being the dresses and the rose gold theme that ran throughout the favours and décor.
From trying on a range of bridesmaid dresses from dusty pink to creams, it seemed apparent that our colour scheme was going to be natural. My maids of honour and bridesmaids were originally going to wear dusty pink, but after visiting Dotty Bridal, and trying on their multi-way dresses in a sample colour mink, the girls and myself fell in love with the colour and decided to go with this shade. In addition to this, when I met with the florist, she had some flowers displayed in her house called ‘quick sand’. This was my favourite colour and I fell in love with it and it worked perfectly with the theme and the other pinks, whites and greens used throughout the day.
When visiting Dotty Bridal, I just knew this was where I would buy my dress from. My mum and my maids of honour came with me for each session to try on the different dresses and as soon as I walked out with my dress on, they burst into tears and I knew then that was the dress for me. The whole dress experience was fantastic. The alterations were also done at Dotty Bridal by a local seamstress, who made it fit perfectly to my shape.
I have never worn heels in my life (being so tall), so I wasn’t going to start on my wedding day and risk falling down the aisle! I decided to wear a pair of Converse from Schuh which were super comfy all day!
June 4th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
We’re back from our hiatus ready and raring for more real wedding pretty than ever before. On the back of our bi-annual rest, recharge and reassess, there’s a proper update coming soon on some verrrrry exciting plans for this little corner of the internets, but for now, let’s just give the people what they came for, eh? Straight into the #wedspo it is then…
After a year-long engagement, today’s couple Emily and Fraser tied the knot at the chapel in Leeds General Infirmary. Not your conventional choice although one that held lots of sentimental value for the pair, as it’s not only where they both work but it’s also where they originally met.
For their celebrations afterwards, New Craven Hall – an industrial events space in the heart of Leeds – provided the beautiful backdrop and all the versatility the bride and groom could need to craft their special day. And when we say craft we mean quite literally – as they either made their decorations from scratch or borrowed from family or friends – everything from hula-hoops with flowers and fairy lights to glass baubles with candles and bunting.
Adding a playful element to their day – Emily and Fraser plumped for a board games theme. Think a Battleships table plan and place name cards featuring Scrabble pieces and you’ll get the idea! This is just one of the many highlights though, so we think we’ll pass the blog over to Emily now to tell us all the details!
With images by Stevie Jay Photography.
emily says: We got engaged on 24th February 2017. We had gone away for the weekend and just about made it to Pitlochry in Scotland, driving through some really bad snow from Leeds. On our first day, we got up, had breakfast in the hotel and planned a walk through the countryside. The walk took us past a waterfall called Black Spout. As I turned around from looking at the waterfall, Fraser was down on one knee and asked me to marry him! After lots of tears of happiness and saying ‘yes’ we then continued the walk and stopped off at a local microbrewery for a drink.
We tied the knot on 24th March 2018. We wanted to get married within about 12 months of our engagement, so this was just over! We got married at St Luke’s Chapel at Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) Hospital. We both work as radiographers and met at the LGI, and felt it was a special place to both of us. We had to apply to the Archbishop of Westminster to get a Special Licence. The old hospital entrance and the chapel are 250 years old and have lots of beautiful characteristics.
Our reception was held at New Craven Hall. We chose this venue because we wanted somewhere we could have freedom to do what we wanted. We wanted to make our own decorations and centrepieces as my mum and me are both very crafty. Inside, it’s an industrial style venue with fairy lights, beams and copper features, with lots of decorating to do. We wanted a good choice of food and beer too, and the venue allowed us to have our favourite cans of craft beer for our welcome drinks. We had access to the venue to set everything up ourselves, but the New Craven Hall team were on hand if we ever needed anything.
We love playing board games together, so our theme for the day centred on board games. For example, we had Articulate save the date cards and Monopoly invites, as well as a Battleships table plan where the guests had a coordinate and had to find what battleship (table) they were on; Jenga coasters; place name cards featuring Scrabble pieces; and a Guess Who game with the guests as the faces. Our guestbook was made from jigsaw pieces too and we also had a dart board.
Our colour scheme was pale teal and light duck egg blue. We weren’t adamant on any particular colour scheme prior to organising our wedding. I found some bridesmaid dresses of this colour which we liked, and we just went from there. We used this colour for the ties of the male wedding party, as well as the bunting and ribbon on the order of service.
I wanted a simple, fitted dress with a slight fishtail, nothing too big or sparkly. When trying on dresses, I soon realised I liked shoestring straps and loved dresses with no back or a very detailed lace/sequinned back. I purchased my dress from Ava Rose Hamilton near my hometown in Colne and it was designed by Willowby. I just loved the lace back and the simple look at the front. I wanted some sparkle so added a belt. I loved the long cathedral veil, which I got for a bargain from Preloved and it was held in with my bridesmaid’s hair clip from her wedding day – my something borrowed.
Fraser bought his suit from Slaters as did the best man, groomsman and our dads. They were all in navy, standard fitted suits. Fraser’s suit had a slight textured look to it compared to the others. He wore a tie that complemented the bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen’s ties, and also bought his shoes and socks from Jeffery West, as his wedding treat.
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