May 2nd, 2016 | Julia Braime
There’s nothing that makes our day more than hearing how newlyweds used Brides Up North to help shape and style their wedding day.
As such, to celebrate Bank Holiday Monday (hope you’re enjoying the long weekend!) we’re sharing the big day of loyal reader Kate and her beau Chris, who tied the knot in a pretty and personal ceremony before partying hard with their 150 guests!
Along Kate’s planning journey we were thrilled to find out that Brides Up North had helped her to find local suppliers whilst also providing décor inspiration for her special day. Because ladies, that’s exactly what we are here for!
With images by our lovely Sponsor, James Tracey Photography.
kate says: We got engaged on Christmas Eve. I’m an only child but Chris is from a fairly big family and so for Christmas 2014 he suggested that our families spend it together.
Christmas Eve came around and we were preparing food and waiting for my family to arrive. Chris and I had to go out and collect the turkey and on the way back he suggested we go for a drink before everyone descended. We headed off for a drink and I had a sense that Chris was acting a little strangely. After a quick detour to de-turkey we went to the Queen and Castle in Kenilworth, a lovely pub overlooking Kenilworth Castle. Getting out of the car I checked his pockets for a ring box but there was none to be seen. He went to the bar to order, quickly ran to the car and then came back with my ‘Christmas Eve present’ in a big box. When I opened it, a ring was inside and he asked me to marry him, then the whole family was waiting back at his parents to celebrate!
We decided to get married on 19th December. We didn’t want to worry about rain in the summer and that time of year when the air is crisp is my favourite; plus everyone would be high on Christmas cheer and finishing work for the year. It also happened to be Chris’ grandparent’s anniversary, so that made it all the more special.
We got married at my parent’s village church, All Saints Daresbury or the Lewis Carroll church as it’s known (where he was born and his father was pastor). Though we live in London now, I’ll always be a northerner and Cheshire holds many special memories so it was important that we get married there. David Felix, the vicar there was brilliant and really made the ceremony, he put everyone at ease.
We personalised our order of service with a little story about each of the wedding party so that everyone knew who was who. We also had our family friend organise a string quartet for us of him and his university friends; I walked down the aisle to Hoppipolla and then they learnt some others songs like Jesse Glynn, Rather Be for while we were signing the register. We had three of our friends read; one religious reading and the Edward Monkton’s ‘The Lovely Love Story’ as it is a little silly (like Chris!) and we wanted it to be light-hearted.
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March 31st, 2016 | Julia Braime
We’re spoiling those of you planning a festive wedding with another Christmas celebration – this time the stunning big day of Jonathan and Louise, which took place in Liverpool.
Deciding the festive season would be the perfect time to tie the knot with family and friends being in high spirits, Jonathan and Louise planned a stunning wedding around a cranberry red and tweed theme for a very classy day of romance.
We love the sensational seasonal blooms, elegant wedding transport and all the twinkling fairy lights!
With images by Rachel Victoria Photography.
louise says: We got engaged in Italy in a little town called Geta. We had been out for a meal and lovely wine. Jonathan suggested we went for a walk around the hotel grounds and then said “I have something to ask you…” I turned round and he had gotten down on one knee and produced a ring in a box and asked me “will you marry me”. Of course I said yes!
We decided to set the date for 23rd of December, as we wanted a festive wedding. This day seemed a perfect choice as we knew that everyone would be excited and in the festive spirit in the lead up to Christmas.
Our ceremony was at Saint Peter’s Church in Woolton, Liverpool, as this has been Jonathan’s parish and church since he was a young boy. It is a beautiful church and Kip (the rector) and Graham are the most helpful and loveliest of people. My uncle gave me away as my father sadly passed away when I was young. We felt very lucky to have been married at this monumental and timelessly beautiful church. Our reception venue was The Racquet Club in Liverpool.
We chose to a theme of rustic Christmas. It fitted perfectly with the venue and the time of year as everyone was in the festive spirit already! Our colour scheme was cranberry red and tweed. We chose this again to fit the time of year and a Christmas wedding theme with a rustic twist.
March 29th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
With all the chocolate we’ve consumed over the weekend we’re all Easter-ed out and so are turning our thoughts to other bank holiday celebrations today, as we relive the wonderful Christmas wedding of Jo and David.
Following a festive engagement, today’s bride and groom decided December would be the perfect month in which to take their vows too. As a nod to the season, their romantic big day featured twinkling fairy lights, glittering baubles and shiny accessories, resulting in some super sparkly celebrations.
In case you’ve not heard, we will be hosting one of our fabulous Luxury Wedding Exhibitions at The Bowdon Rooms on Sunday 17th April, giving you the opportunity to see the fabulous venue for yourselves.
With images by Mick Cookson Photography.
jo says: David proposed on Christmas morning 2014, it was a complete surprise. I had to follow clues around the house which led to different presents (including a jigsaw of the world and a Manchester City gnome!) and further clues until I found my engagement ring under the tree.
Our wedding was on 27th December 2015. It was 12 months following our engagement and we wanted a Christmas/winter wedding, so the date was perfect!
We were married at St Vincent’s RC Church in Altrincham. The wedding breakfast and reception was then held at The Bowdon Rooms. It was the only venue we looked at, and loved how it was one big room with a stage for the band. Also, the room could be decorated to suit whatever style we wanted.
When it came to the theme we were both very easy going – we just wanted a Christmas wedding and for the venue to be decorated for that time of year. To fit the season we chose a décor colour scheme of red and gold.
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March 11th, 2016 | Julia Braime
We may have mentioned just one or two times before that here at Brides Up North HQ, we absolutely LOVE Christmas. It will therefore come as no surprise that we are big fans of festive weddings – I mean, why not hold you big day at a time of year when people are already in high spirits and give friends and family yet another reason to raise a glass of champers?
Today’s real wedding couple did just that, hosting their wedding at the lovely Eaves Hall on the 21st December. To get their celebrations off to a fabulous start, the bride, groom and their guests enjoyed a pre-Christmas party, complete with carol singing (how perfect?), before the main event got underway.
We love the simple midnight blue and ivory colour scheme with red berry pops, as well as the elegant floral and table displays of thistles, roses and pine cones.
So join us as we rewind the clock to the most wonderful time of the year…
With images by Stella Photography.
anna says: We got engaged at Valley Gardens in Harrogate. The first weekend that we met, we went for a walk through the park and woods in there and then Dan took me back there for a walk one Saturday morning and proposed. It was very romantic! I was in complete shock as I really wasn’t expecting it at all. He had also planned a surprise stay at The Feversham Arms in Helmsley, where we celebrated with champagne in the spa!
We set the date for 21st December. We wanted to get married around Christmas time and getting married just before Christmas seemed like the perfect way to start off the celebrations and festivities.
Our chosen venue was Eaves Hall. It’s gorgeous and was the perfect location for our big Christmas wedding party. We hired out the whole venue for two days (day before and day of the wedding) and all the family were able to stay in the same place so it felt like our ‘home’. The night before the wedding we had a meal and had organised for a pianist to come and play carols and Christmas songs so we could have a ‘sing song’ around the grand piano. This was amazing and really got everyone in the mood for Christmas and to party!
March 3rd, 2016 | Rachel Parry
There’s something super elegant about a monochrome wedding palette, don’t you think? Especially for those choosing to tie the knot around Christmas and New Year.
Today’s wedding couple Laura and David, pulled the look off just perfectly for their big day in late December, which took place in Manchester’s city centre.
Small pops of colour and sparkle featured in seasonal blooms and décor, while all other elements, including attire, stationery and the cake, were simply black or white. The result is an incredibly chic wedding day, which we just adore!
With images by Ally M Photography.
laura says: We got engaged in 2003. We had talked about getting engaged and married for ages and then one day I walked into the bedroom and David had left a ring on my pillow
We set the date for 29th December 2015. I work at school so it always had to be in a school holiday. I liked the idea of a winter wedding, it seemed different, and also it meant that there was no weather expectation, as there would be in summer.
Our venue was in Manchester City Centre. The Radisson Blu Edwardian, we chose this venue because it is a beautiful hotel and the staff there were amazing. Also we love Manchester and have our own individual affinity with the city so it just seemed perfect to have our wedding there.
A city hotel also matched the theme I had in mind for the wedding. I wanted it to be quite modern, but still classic, and I think the use of candles, the flower choices and the venue helped to achieved this.
February 26th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
We are totally in love with today’s bride’s stunning attire for her big day. Switching a traditional dress for a stylish top and skirt combo, we think Emma totally rocked the separates, which were made by her mum’s fair hands, no less!
And there are plenty more beautiful elements to this gorgeous winter wedding; from the bridesmaids’ mismatched lace dresses, to rustic homemade cake and the abundance of fairy lights. We love!
With images by Andrew Keher Photography.
emma says: We got engaged in August 2014 in Monmouth, South Wales. We had been away on holiday to Berlin for a week, which was a non-stop, activity packed week. We had talked about having a few days wind down when we came back before going back to work. This was something Matt was very keen for us to do, and now I know why!
We booked a beautiful little cabin in the heart of the woods in the Monmouth valley, complete with a wood burner, view of the woods and a microbrewery nearby. On the first evening there we were playing Guess Who in front of the fire (as you do), when Matt proposed. It was a huge, lovely surprise. We spent the rest of the weekend talking about what we should do for the wedding.
We got married on 14th November 2015. Both of us wanted to get married in autumn/winter, and this was the date that fell together for the venue, caterers and the return of close family moving back from America.
Our ceremony venue was Grays Court, York. This is a lovely nine-bedroom hotel which is close to the Minster. We chose Grays Court because it was beautiful, full of character, and by far our favourite ceremony venue in York. It even has gorgeous gardens for photos, and, if the weather was right, you can get married outside! The staff were lovely, and really helpful. It also provided the luxury hotel we wanted to stay at for our wedding night.
For our wedding reception we chose The National Centre for Early Music, which is a church that has been converted into a venue. It had the gorgeous features of a church, but the freedom to create the wedding we wanted. The team there was great with flexibility and assisting us.
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