July 18th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
Today’s real wedding between Helen and Ed has been on the cards for more years than most – they first met at primary school aged five and have the photo evidence to prove it! With so many years of history behind the couple, Helen was keen to bring plenty of memories with her to the wedding, incorporating lots of photographs of the couple from throughout the years. Furthermore, she created place names out of photographs of each guest with either her or Ed, and also made decorations for the aisle out of song lyrics that are important to them as a couple. A little bit of extra thought when planning these details certainly adds to the personal feel of the day.
Breaking the bridal mould Helen ditched a traditional ivory gown in place of a striking magenta gown and centred the wedding décor around her love for the bold hue. Beautiful beaded detailing gives Helen’s gown a wonderful vintage feel that, paired with her gorgeous curled locks, results in a look reminiscent of old Hollywood glamour. A vibrant lip anchors her style and echoes the brights in her dazzling bouquet. Seamless colour scheming skills Helen, we salute you!
With images by A Little Picture.
helen says: Ed’s proposal came as a complete surprise. We both went to Rome on a whim and every day we would walk past the Trevi Fountain and admire its beauty. On the penultimate day of the holiday, after a lovely meal near the fountain, Ed insisted we see it one last time. It was about 10pm, so it was relatively quiet compared to normal. I was doing my usual selfie-taking, trying to get the right angle, when Ed turned to me and got down on one knee. I was so shocked but elated. I knew he was the man I wanted to marry since our first date in 2012. Beaming with excitement and glee, I said “yes!”
We got married on 21st April 2018 at Saltmarshe Hall near Howden in East Yorkshire. We chose the date primarily because the venue was booked up for the entire summer but also because I love blossom and I wanted to get some photos of the blossom during that time of year.
Most venues we looked at would either have multiple weddings on at the same time or the general public walking by during the ceremony. Saltmarshe Hall, however, ensured exclusivity for the entire day and there was just us and our family and friends in the grounds, which we loved. We also liked that there were separate rooms we could use; for example, in the evening, there was the room that had the disco in but also two additional rooms for seating. It meant those who didn’t want to dance and wanted a bit of quiet time could use these rooms to talk and not feel like they were losing their voice to shout over the music. Overall, the venue is beautiful inside and out; we couldn’t fault it and would definitely recommend it. It was perfect for what we wanted – somewhere exclusive with lots of different rooms and places to go outside for the guests and for photographs.
In terms of a theme, we went for a floral style, which we felt would suit the venue. The colours we chose were magenta, dusky pink and navy, with silver accents. As my wedding dress was magenta, I wanted to tie in the décor with it. Everything was made to match these colours – even the wedding cake.
For my dress, I went for a colour as I just didn’t feel like myself when trying on white dresses. I always wear bright colours and I feel I suit colours better, so I went against the tide and bought a beautiful chiffon dress in magenta. I got it from Elenor Rose in Huddersfield. They were so helpful and supportive with my idea to get a coloured dress, which was amazing. In other bridal shops, I felt I was pigeon-holed into getting the standard white dress but Elenor Rose were so kind and understanding. The dress I chose was actually a bridesmaid dress of which I could choose any shade I wanted from an amazing swatch book. I was in colour heaven. I loved the beading detail on it as well. It was so pretty and delicate. On the day, with my long Hollywood curls, I felt like a vintage movie star.
Ed opted for hired suits for himself and the groomsmen. They were from a suit rental shop in Sheffield called Ashley Rogers. He chose a gorgeous mid-blue suit, which had a tonal effect and a shine to the fabric. It was such a flattering colour and looked amazing on all the groomsmen. Ashley Rogers were very helpful as well. All the suits fitted like a glove.
For my bridesmaids, I had two adults and two young girls. The adult bridesmaids, Emma and Helen, chose Little Mistress dresses bought from Debenhams – one in a mink colour and the other in a dusky pink. My younger bridesmaids, Daisy and Alice, chose Monsoon dresses in their favourite colours – lilac and pink. The dresses complemented each other very well, which I was pleased about, and they looked gorgeous in them.
I chose the ties for the groomsmen, as I wanted to make sure the colours matched the dresses. I was delighted to find a tie for Ed that matched exactly to the colour of my dress and the rest of the adult groomsmen had dusky pink ties that matched Emma’s dress. In addition, the page boy had a bow tie matching Helen’s bridesmaid dress. They were all bought from various shops on the high street.
July 17th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
An understated 1920s theme weaves through today’s featured wedding, bringing in very subtle nods to the decade, such as the 1920s-style font used for the table numbers and the strings of beads draped over the candelabras on the table centrepieces. The cake meanwhile is a little more ‘out there’ – a spectacular confection in gold and white with a definite 1920s’ feel and topped with white feathers.
Stacey is beautiful and elegant in a fitted gown with a long train and an equally glorious cathedral-length veil. The dress features a pretty sweetheart neckline and cap sleeves and the illusion back with its white buttons all the way to the floor is nothing short of stunning. She finishes the look with a delicate bouquet of pale pink and white. Wesley’s smart tuxedo is the perfect complement to her timeless look.
One idea we’re certainly a fan of is booking a crèche to keep the little ones entertained during the meal as Stacey and Wesley did, especially if you plan to have plenty of speeches. It gives your guests a nice break from wiping hands and mouths and passing colouring pencils while also trying to enjoy your wedding breakfast! Let’s hear more from Stacey…
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Nik Bryant Photography.
stacey says: We got engaged in Sardinia. It was a complete surprise and it was booked for my birthday in October 2015. We were out in the gardens of the hotel with a beautiful stream and, while we were on the bridge, Wesley got down on one knee and proposed!
We got married on 21st August 2017, as we wanted a summer wedding. The whole day was at Eaves Hall in Clitheroe and the girls and I stayed in the lodge the night before the wedding. We picked Eaves Hall because it was a beautiful setting with amazing gardens. We really loved the exclusivity of the venue and all the staff were really helpful. On the day, nothing was too much trouble. The venue was really classy but still relaxed and comfortable. We would absolutely recommend Eaves Hall to other couples. The fact they have the lodge, so you can stay with all the bridesmaids the night before is a really nice touch.
In terms of a theme, the table plan and decorations were very 1920s inspired but we didn’t want this to overtake our day, so we kept it minimal.
Wesley and the groomsmen wore tuxedos with a bow ties from Slaters Formal Hire.
My bridesmaids wore gold dresses from Debenhams’ evening wear. There wasn’t any real reason we chose this colour but, again, we wanted to keep their look comfortable and classy.
For hair styling we had Kate Simmons and Sonara Parker did our makeup. They were both great and we would recommend them to anyone.
June 14th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
We love to see a bride and groom take a style that represents who they are and really run with it – like today’s real wedding couple Erin and Joel. In love with the 1950s, the post-war rock and roll era and a time of great social change, Erin and Joel went to town with their black and white polka dot and red theme. The bridesmaids in their polka dot dresses are accessorised with striking red pillbox hats and gloves, while Erin wears a bold red lip to add oomph to her classic vintage, detailed wedding gown and Joel sports a side parting hairstyle reminiscent of the era.
The bold colour scheme is carried throughout the whole day and bangs a buck at the wedding reception, where vibrant red rose centrepieces proudly sport black feathers to echo the popular feather-adorned hats of the time. With photographs on the tables of icons such as Audrey Hepburn, Erin and Joel made sure they used every opportunity to bring the 50s’ vibe to their big day. Guests were even treated to a CD compilation of 50s’ hits, so they could carry the rock and roll essence home with them at the end of the night.
With images by Ian MacMichael.
erin says: We got engaged on 29th May 2014. Joel got down on one knee at Haydock Races and proposed in front of my family. We were all dressed up and it was a lovely way to start the day.
We got married on 19th January 2018. It was the same date my parents got married in 1985, so they were 33 years married on our day.
We held our ceremony at St Margaret Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in my local and amazing parish. Our reception took place at the Isla Gladstone Conservatory, Liverpool – such a beautiful location. The venue was a blank space and we just fell in love with it as soon as we saw it. We loved the exclusivity and the coordinators were amazing throughout the whole process. The food was stunning; we got amazing feedback from guests. All the staff were friendly and helpful – nothing was too much trouble.
Our theme was 1950s for the whole day. We both adore this decade – we love the colours and the music, etc. For our colour scheme, we went for black and white polka dot with red, which fitted the 1950s theme perfectly. I love the bold colours.
My dress was a lace, fitted mermaid dress with sleeves. I also wore a two-tier, cathedral-length veil and a replica of Princess Diana’s tiara. I love the classic vintage bridal look. My hair was styled by Beauty Box Aesthetics – they are amazing girls. Two of my close friends – Jess Hardy and Ashlee Platt – did our make-up.
April 20th, 2018 | Laura McDonagh
With the warm weather set to last into the weekend (yessssssssssss!), we’re dusting down the barbecue and putting the prosecco on chill, but before we head off to find a sunny beer garden for the obligatory Friday after-work drinks, we’re leaving you with this diamond of a real wedding!
Transporting us to the 50s – a magical era of Hollywood glamour and jukebox easy listening, jazz and swing – bride Charlotte had her heart set on a glitzy style wedding of this bygone time from the very beginning, and her vision determined everything; from the choice of venue (opulent York hotel The Grand) to the striking black and gold colour-scheme.
Charlotte initially thought her dress would be subtle and slinky, but one look at the beaded bodice of this (Brides Up North headline sponsor, dontcha know?) Pronovias beauty and it was love at first sight. And what a dress it was – delicate pearls, ornate beading and tulle, tulle, tulle for days. The father of the bride’s reaction – tearful, in the best possible way – says it all.
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Lloyd Clarke Photography.
[jennaope]charlotte says: We got engaged in October 2016 while in Dubai. Matthew had arranged for us to stay in a room overlooking the Burj Al Arab. On our first night I came out of the bathroom to a bedroom in darkness other than a small light reflecting onto a beautiful diamond ring and two glasses of champagne next to it. It was so magical – the light was reflecting off the ring and all around the room! He then finally popped the question and we burst into tears of joy. It was a moment we’ll remember forever.
Our wedding was on 30th September 2017, as we wanted to get married fairly quickly. We’d been together nearly seven years by the time we were engaged!
I’d always wanted a vintage glamour themed wedding – I love anything glitzy and Rat Pack-related – so we needed a venue to match. The Grand Hotel & Spa in York, was the perfect choice for us: it was quickly apparent that venue was very glamorous and opulent but also so central for everyone – we also lived only five minutes away, which was particularly handy!
In keeping with the theme, our colour scheme was black and gold. This worked pretty perfectly with our venue as the room had gold curtains and chandeliers.
I’d always sworn I’d be wearing a simple, slimline dress on my wedding day but I (rather unexpectedly) fell in love with a very big princess-style dress! My Pronovias gown was strapless and had a fully beaded bodice, adding some real 50s glamour. It was the second dress I tried and I knew straight away I loved it. Bridal Rogue Gallery in York, where I found the dress were great at every stage of the process.
We bought Matthew, the best man and our dads a simple black suit, white shirt, champagne-coloured waistcoat and a gold tie from Dobell – we needed a style to fit all heights (and widths)!
For our transport, we borrowed my dad’s black Mercedes and dressed it with gold ribbon, staying true to the colour scheme.
February 28th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Today’s wedding is something of a dreamy countryside affair, close to the historic spa town of Ilkley in Yorkshire. And the location plays another key role for our bride and groom, Emily and Tim, as it’s also the overarching theme for their special day – giving the bride’s Canadian family a little taster of her hubby-to-be’s local heritage!
The couple chose their venue, Denton Hall – a Brides Up North Sponsor and Luxury Wedding Fair venue, no less (in fact, this feature is full of our lovely suppliers *waves*) – for both their ceremony and reception, and is often the case – the venue not only looked the part, but it was also conveniently placed for their guests. A little reminder that practicalities also beckon when it comes to those all-important big decisions!
But, getting back to the breathtakingly beautiful backdrop – there’s 2,500 acres of stunning parkland and gorgeous country views to fall head over in heels in love with; all exquisitely captured in the couple’s stunning wedding photography.
Stepping inside the 18th century stately home – crystal chandeliers, ornate fireplaces and a spiral staircase are just a few of the standout features delivering elegant Georgian vibes by the bucket-load.
And we simply must mention the couple’s colour palette – navy blue and pink, two of the bride’s favourite colours. Just look at the oh-so-pretty bouquets, floral arrangements and cheese tower, and you’ll see why this combination works together so beautifully.
There’s lots of other special moments to pore over today, so we’ll hand over the reins to Emily and let her talk us through all the splendorous highlights.
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Laura Calderwood Photography.
emily says: We got engaged on 13th February 2016, while in Miami, Florida.
It was in our hotel room after a romantic dinner. Tim had hurt his back the day before so was struggling to get down on one knee. I couldn’t figure out what he was doing and kept on telling him, not to move but he was so determined! I was too focused on getting him to stop moving that I didn’t listen to what he was saying. When he took out the ring I was so surprised and had to ask him to repeat his proposal.
We got married on 6th May 2017. We chose this date as it was one of the few available at our venue that year.
We held our ceremony and reception at Denton Hall in Ilkley. We loved the house and wanted the venue to be close by for Tim’s parents, who live in Ilkley. We also wanted my family and friends to be able to stay at the venue as they were all travelling to the wedding from Vancouver, Canada.
Our wedding had a Yorkshire theme because Tim wanted the Canadians to experience his culture! We teamed this with a navy blue and pink colour scheme – two of my favourite colours.
I wore a vintage dress which I fell in love with as soon as I tried it on.
February 7th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
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.
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?”
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.
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.
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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