January 20th, 2015 | Julia Braime
Priory Cottages near to my adopted home town of Wetherby in North Yorkshire is one of my favourite local venues, and I always get a warm welcome from their team when I pop in to pay a visit. I’m used to seeing the venue dressed for spring and summer celebrations (not least the fabulous wedding of one of my best girls, Charlotte – you can see her big day here), but it’s lovely to see how special and sparkly this place looks on a late autumn day.
Jude and Colin’s wedding brought all the brightest colours of nature inside for a stylish, cosy and heart warming day, filled with fun. My absolute favourite kind of celebration that there can be.
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, and all round lovely lady, Helen Russell Photography.
jude says: We got engaged on 25th August 2013. Col had originally planned on doing it on my birthday earlier in the month but the ring wasn’t ready, so plan B was when we were visiting my best friend in Derby. Little did I know but they were all in on it. He proposed in Matlock in a cable car on our way up to the Heights of Abraham. Our friends Manda, Chris and their little boy Vinnie were there too so we got some great pictures of the proposal. I had just found out that I was pregnant so the champagne picnic was enjoyed by everyone else!
We were married on Friday 7th November 2014. We both love the autumn and the vibrant colours associated with the season are beautiful. We were hoping for a crisp cold sunny day! We got the rain instead!
We tied the knot at All Saints church in Wighill. It was small and cosy but beautiful. We attended the church in the year prior to the wedding and all the locals were so friendly. The reception was at The Priory Barn and Cottages, Nr Wetherby. We fell in love with The Priory as soon as we visited it. The barn has been restored and the old architecture of some of the buildings is beautiful. Serena the owner was fabulous from start to finish, we immediately knew that she would be on hand to help, which she was. We wanted a venue that was different, we had been to nine weddings in the past 14 months and didn’t want to marry somewhere our friends had done so.
We chose an autumnal/rustic style. I’m an outdoorsy girl and love nature and a natural feel to things. The table centre pieces were slices of logs we had gathered with skeleton leaves and Chinese lanterns. We used mini pumpkins were as table numbers. We had kilner jars with candles standing on upturned logs dotted around the venue and some old driftwood was used. We used a lot of hessian and lace and candlelight.
Our colour palette was purples and oranges – gorgeous vibrant autumnal colours that complement each other
My dress was from the Bridal Rogue Gallery in York. It was a Pronovias dress, ‘Leonde’, a tulle mermaid style made from Chantilly and Guipure lace. It had crystal, pearl and gemstone embroidery below the bust. I fell in love with the dress immediately. I wanted something classic and vintage and loved the lace and open back. I wore it with a borrowed vintage fur and Diane Hassall lace shoes. My mum bought me some beautiful diamond earrings which I hope my daughter Ava may wear one day.
I used Lisa Jones Hair and Makeup. Lisa is fantastic at what she does, I’ve had my hair and makeup done several times by her and it always looks immaculate. She is fun to be around and after a long sleepless night with a teething 10 month old she worked miracles!
Col wore a navy blue three piece suit from Ted Baker. He bought a pocket watch which finished the suit off beautifully.
We wanted something different from a traditional wedding car so opted for a 1967 ivory VW campervan called “Summer”. This was hired from The Yorkshire Wedding Car Company.
Helen Russell was our photographer. We would definitely recommend her. I was introduced to her at a friend’s wedding and immediately warmed to her, she has an amazing ability to make you feel at ease in front of the camera. We loved her vintage style, she has a great passion for her job and you really get the feeling that she wants to give you the best images she can. She managed to capture the romantic yet fun mood of our day. We had a pre wedding shoot with her and took our daughter Ava and Col’s son Elliott along… she was great with the children.
Wendy at Paperwhite Flowers provided our flowers. She is such a professional and so passionate about her job. She knew exactly what I wanted and goes above and beyond. My bouquet was a wild hand tie with lace and a decorative vintage key. It had creamy white vendella roses and superbubbles, spray roses and buds, large dolcetto roses, purple and plum foliage, orange rosehip, fountain grass, purple lisianthus, rosemary, astrontia million stars, birch and willow twig and was wrapped in fine green ivy.
Paperwhite provided all the flowers, dressed the top table and provided a large pumpkin filled with beautiful flowers and asparagus grass. I wanted a messy looking arrangement rather than something too structured. It was perfect.
They provided two beautiful pew ends with wild flowers for the church which we used at the barn afterwards and chrome lanterns which we used in the church then back in the courtyard and barn.They also dressed upturned logs with kilner jars and candles wrapped with ivy trails and Chinese lanterns and placed them around the barn.
AV Matrix dressed the barn in fairy lights. This was done before we even got there on the Thursday to get ready.
We had lots of purple and cream paper lanterns to hang from the marquee roof, Col and my bridesmaids Manda and Sarah spent most of the afternoon hanging them!
My mum made 120 hanging love hearts to hang on the backs of all the chairs. Our guests took these home and it’s so lovely to see them hanging in our friends’ homes. She also dressed our chairs in hessian and lace, they looked so pretty.
We had Cancer Research pin badges as favours as this is a charity close to our hearts. The men had blue ones and the ladies had the Elizabeth Stuart silver leaf pins.
Taste Cuisine provided the food and we went for a real ‘winter warming’ menu for the wedding breakfast. At the evening reception we had a hog roast served with cheese and homemade pickles and chutneys from my parents.
A very close friend of mine, Ronni made our cake. We had fruit cake (to compliment the cheeses at the evening reception) and chocolate cake. It was decorated with sugar blackberries, maple and oak leaves and wrapped in a fine hessian.
We lit a memory candle at the church which we took back to The Priory and had on a table with photos of our grandparents and those that are sadly longer with us.
I had some daisies incorporated into the flowers and my bouquet in memory of my Auntie Daisy who died of leukemia.
We used Dave Spink Videography, the girls who worked at the wedding were very friendly and professional, I didn’t even know they were around at times, we can’t wait to see the finished DVD.
Without the help of my parents the day that we had wouldn’t have been possible. They have spent so much time making things and helped to get the venue ready and looking as beautiful as it did.
Howard Wing was our wedding singer- what a legend and absolute gent with an amazing voice and talent to entertain! I came across him on a wedding blog and after speaking with him immediately knew we had to book him. We certainly weren’t disappointed, he had the whole place bouncing before the starters had even finished… I’ve never been at a wedding where people are singing and dancing on the chairs before dinner ends! Brilliant! So many people said ‘best wedding we’ve ever been too!’
We had dance floor rules and flip flops for the ladies, these went down very well…the following morning we found several pairs of shoes left in the marquee!
It’s hard to choose a favourite part of the day. I was so happy that my dad walked me down the aisle as only a week previously he had suffered a heart attack and we were unsure whether he would be able to make the wedding. I bought my dad a hanky and had it embroidered and gave it to him before we left for the church. It said ‘I may have found my prince but you will always be king, thank you for walking with me today’.
Col’s face when I walked down the aisle was priceless, he looked so emotional.
My favourite part of the reception most definitely has to be when Howard had us all doing the Love Train around the marquee before we had even had dessert, even the waitresses got dragged into it… it was fantastic fun.
We chose to go to New York for our honeymoon, having a 10 month old going away for two weeks just wasn’t an option, but thanks to grandparents and aunties and uncles we were lucky enough to have 5 nights away.
We have both always wanted to go, so it was the perfect choice. We loved it. We managed to do almost everything we wanted. We would love to go back one day and check out all the lovely restaurants, bars and of course do some shopping!
My top tip for other Brides Up North is that the day goes so quickly so take some time together, and take a step back (easier said than done) and watch your guests having fun.
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November 27th, 2014 | Julia Braime
I don’t think I can resist it any longer. So let’s bring on some christmas cheer! Grab yourself a (first?) mince pie of the season, make mine a gingerbread latte and let’s get this festive season started with a little help from a lady who loves herself a little seasonal styling.
Rebecca and Callum’s big day was festive and fabulous, designed to leave their Antipodean relatives in no doubt that us Brits know how to celebrate.
With sleigh bells on top!
Images by Chapter Photography.
rebecca says: Callum and I met in Australia in 2009 and I moved over to live in Melbourne for 18 months. My parents came to visit in April 2011 and Callum asked my dad’s permission when out at a beer factory together. Dad kept it quiet from everyone and we all thought we were just going to Melbourne Zoo so that they could feed some Kangaroos. Turns out I was going to meet the Giant Tortoise! My favourite animal. Dad had Mum filming and there was a photographer present. Callum got down on one knee in front of a massive crowd and presented me with the cutest little box. We had professional photos with the tortoise and went off to celebrate with everyone. Mum was crying!
We got married on 30th November 2013. We chose this date because we wanted to tie it in with Callum turning 30 and so that all his Australian family could celebrate with us and make a big weekend of celebrations!
We got married at my church in my home village of Thelwall and the Reverend was fantastic! He had asked me if I wanted serious, religious or funny and I said ‘Just be yourself’. He was amazing – everyone was laughing along with him.
We went on to Crewe Hall which was just stunning. We chose this venue as it was the only one that made my Dad smile when he walked inside. Plus the original Crewe Hall was built before Australia was founded! Australians love a bit of history and it was important for me to show them a spectacular venue.
The staff at Crewe Hall are passionate about what they do and giving you the best day. The drive way is full of trees and when you see Crewe Hall for the first time it takes your breath away. Inside the wood carvings and the stair case made it the closest thing to being at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry!
We chose to have a Christmas theme because most of our Australian guests were returning home around the 15th December. So we wanted them to experience a real English Christmas time. We had a few complaints in the run up to the wedding about the cold and there being nothing to see so I wanted to prove them wrong that actually it’s the best time of year to visit.
I wanted a fish tail dress and couldn’t find one anywhere that I liked. I wanted something unusual as I’m a size 14/16. If you can’t on your wedding day when can you? When I was shopping with my Auntie in Melbourne we saw a little dress covered in feathers, she wanted me to try it on and it was about $5,000. So when I got home I decided I wanted white Christmas feathers to trail behind me as I walked. So my mum Janet got going and we made it together. It had 14 rows of feathers at just under 21 metres and a lace jacket.
Phoebe, my make up artist at Flossy & Leigh was so amazing and didn’t let anybody stress and I love her to bits!
Callum wore the Scottish National Tartan and looked amazing! He hired it from Groom in Warrington and it came with the shoes and accessories. Jennie his mum, was so desperate for him to wear it. We told her he was wearing the traditional morning suit and she was so disappointed. She didn’t know until the groomsmen parted at the door to reveal Callum in full Scots regalia. It was caught on our wedding video the moment and it was brilliant she screamed and cried and hugged. A memory that will last a lifetime.
My bridesmaids wore a dark green so we decided to go with red as the contrasting colour. My teacher always told me ‘red & green should never be seen, except at Christmas time’. So I followed his advice.
Callum is a bit of a geek so I gave him his own Robin cloak and t-shirt to go under his shirt. Obviously I am Batman and he’s my Robin!
We hired a vintage red bus from Warrington Borough Transport which took the guests staying at Crewe Hall the night before and all the bridal party back to Thelwall.
My dad Anthony, hired a beautiful cream Rolls Royce. The Rolls reminded me of the Beatles and I knew Callum’s dad David would love it! Again it was all really about impressing the Australians with our Englishness!
We had an amazing photographer called Evie who works with her husband at Chapter Photography. Not only was she brilliant at family wrangling (as Callum’s dad calls it) she had become a really good friend and we keep in contact still. She had come from Ireland and nearly didn’t make it getting stuck out at sea for 12 hours before docking! I had no idea as she didn’t want to worry me. So even with no sleep she was amazing!
All my flowers were silk as I didn’t want any real ones. My flowers were put together at Bents Garden Centre. My bridesmaids’ bouquets and boutonnieres all came from KateSaidYes who sells the most amazing silk real touch flowers on her Etsy store. I couldn’t recommend her enough.
The wedding reception was decorated by Precious Things and it looked stunning. We provided our own hearts which we had collected from little shops and boutiques. They used holly & Ivy to tie them all together and placed it on top of the tartan swags. Crewe Hall also had their own trees up and decorated the main entrance which was lovely.
We had a little presents for all our guests with their names on a tag. This was a favour as well as a place setting.
We had a fruit and Madeira cake that was baked and decorated by myself and my Mum. Each tier was covered in cut out snowflakes and reindeers and in-between we added pearls. The top tier had Kangaroos and Koalas and we wrote the words ‘Callum & Becca’ on one tier and ‘You are the Robin to my Batman’ on the other. We topped the cake with two little robins we bought at Bents Garden Centre.
For our entertainment we decided to use the in house DJ and she was brilliant! She kept everyone up dancing all night! Earlier on we had arrived to a bagpiper who played Flower of Scotland and Waltzing Matilda when Callum got off the bus. Everyone thought he was fantastic.
On leaving the church we dedicated a song to Callum. He had no idea what it was until it started playing. It was the original theme tune to Neighbours! Everyone in the church started laughing and singing along. Some of the Australians didn’t know what it was!
Reel Weddings provided us with the most magical wedding video. I said it was my own personal Love Actually. Everyone who has seen it has cried and laughed and the music choices were perfect. They edited the day together perfectly that we had our own little movie. We will forever have those memories on DVD and I would hire Reel Weddings again and again. Aaron is so funny and I loved spending time with him and our photographer who made the time fly.
We decided not to go on honeymoon but spend time with the Australians instead. In February we are going to Vegas for our real honeymoon and we are going to see Britney Spears!
Everything was perfect for us and the Australians loved all the little touches that were for them. My family and friends partied the night away and by 10pm I had my slippers on under my dress!
My top tip for other Brides Up North is that if you want to see all the bits that went by whilst you were being photographed or hitching you dress up to go to the toilet – a videographer is a fantastic thing to have. I love being able to watch all my family and friends enjoying themselves. It was the best present we got and it was from Callum’s parents.
November 7th, 2014 | Julia Braime
“I used to be snow white, but I drifted” Mae West
Velvety, red, winter wedding shoe perfection. Right there.
July 31st, 2014 | Julia Braime
Lindsay and Ian’s big day at the iconic Ripley Castle in Yorkshire was sleek, chic, fun and fabulous… with a really big party at the end of it. Sounds exactly like our kind of wedding.
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, James Tracey Photography.
Lindsay says: We got engaged at the top of a mountain during a snowboarding trip to Tignes, France on Ian’s 30th Birthday. Ian rode all morning with the ring in his pocket unaware his pocket zip had been open! Luckily it was still there when the time came to propose!
We got married on 22nd February 2014 at Ripley Castle in Harrogate. We wanted a winter wedding to tie in with honeymoon plans to head straight to Thailand after the wedding.
We’d looked at a number of venues prior to seeing Ripley Castle and none of them felt right. As soon as we looked around the Castle it was exactly what we were looking for and booked straight away.
I never wear strapless dresses so I knew my dress would have sleeves of some description. Before I went dress shopping I saw my dress in a magazine and already knew it was the dress I wanted. I searched for shops who stocked Mori Lee and managed to find the dress I wanted and loved it as soon as I tried it on.
I’m not a massive flower fan so I wanted more greenery and a twig effect rather than roses. My bouquet was made by a florist called Elsie Russell in Shipley – they also made my mums bouquet when she got married.
My make up artist, Lauren Sally, was also amazing and we all loved our make up on the trial and on the day of the wedding.
I had two bridesmaids who had floor length evening dresses from House of Fraser by Ariella.
Ian had a custom made three piece tweed suit made on Saville Row by JLSA MONO Design.
We went for a bit of an indie style wedding as we both love music so this was heavily featured in our wedding plans. We also wanted to keep it a little vintage to keep in with the Castle theme. Our colour scheme was navy blue and green.
We handmade our seating plan which concentrated on our music theme of the wedding. Instead of table numbers we had our favourite bands as the table names and put the bands vinyl on each table.
Instead of a guest book we ordered a heart shaped jigsaw for guests to sign the pieces from www.notonthehighstreet.com
The centre pieces were floating candles and candelabras, and we had little navy blue and ivory chocolate love hearts as our favours. The bridal party all got tailored gift as an extra special thanks.
Neither of us are big sweet people so we went for the savoury option and had a five wheels of cheese cake. This was from Cheese and Chutney, Saltaire.
We used James Tracey Photography. I would definitely recommend James to others. He was exactly what we were looking for as we didn’t want structured pictures for hours but more of a documentary style photographer and James is great at this. We’ve had lots of compliments on how good our pictures look. In addition to this as soon as we met him we knew we wouldn’t be a bossy photographer and had a personality which would get along with us and our guests during the day.
We hired a band called ‘The Story’ who we booked through Warble Entertainment. They played a mixture of music but mainly indie. They had everyone up dancing all night, and their rendition of ‘Killing in the Name’ was a particular highlight!
The evening reception was probably the best part of the day. The band were amazing and it was great for the evening reception to turn into a massive party with everyone dancing all night.
We went on our honeymoon two days after the wedding. To start with we flew to Bangkok for three nights, from there we stayed on the island of Koh Pha Ngan for three nights where we stayed in an amazing hotel with our own pool overlooking the sea. From there we stayed in Koh Samui for four nights and then to finish off we went to Singapore for a couple of nights.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to have a spreadsheet! I had lots of spreadsheets and although everyone laughed at me and I had hours of jokes made about my organisation there wasn’t anything I didn’t know from looking at them!
I asked Ian to answer this question and his top tip to the groom was ‘just say yes’!
July 30th, 2014 | Julia Braime
Today’s wedding makes me yearn for fresher air, falling leaves and azure autumn skies. Fickle, I know.
Sarah & Adam chose a cosy pub setting and rustic, vintage style details for their snug celebration in the Lakes. Make mine a pint of Blond Witch please!
sarah says: We got engaged in New York – at the top of the Empire State building at night. It was freezing & Adam had to keep waiting for a quiet moment – which you don’t really get in December in New York! It was very special & we went out for an amazing meal that night to celebrate & watched the Christmas lights at Saks department store.
We were married on 16th November 2013 at The Wild Boar in the Lake District. We fell in love with the place the moment we stepped through the door – it has wood beams & open fires & was just the perfect cosy, vintage venue we wanted. It was also really important to us that all of our closest family & friends could stay at the venue & so it was just the best option for us. The grounds meant we had some amazing wedding photos that really captured the time of year in the Lakes.
We used a colour palette of golds, silvers and creams. I got vintage tea cups from charity shops to use on the tables & we used a lot of tea lights & more rustic flowers rather than stylised centre pieces.
We used Mark Newton Weddings for our photographs. Mark was recommended by a friend & we are delighted with the results. I would & have recommended Mark as he was so good on the day & worked so hard – we also had photo booth by Mark which was really good fun & we got some really great photos from this.
Mark also came up on Friday & spent the day taking photos of Adam & the ushers & dads doing clay pigeon shooting – we are really pleased that we did this as we have the whole weekend captured. It was very important for us to have a photographer that made everyone feel comfortable. Everyone loved Mark & he got some great pictures as a result.
Our day was filmed by Tiago & Sandra from All ByVideo who were amazing and worked really hard all day creating a 1.15 wedding film for us that we love.
My dress was from Bridal Apparel in Rawdon Leeds – I chose it because I loved the lace back & it wasn’t too big for the venue & for dancing later.
My mother in law made me a vintage brooch bouquet made up of jewellery from my Grandmas who have passed away.
I had five adult bridesmaids & they had two different dresses – three wore gold/cream dresses from French Connection & we added netting & belts . The other two wore silver from Phase 8. I also had three young bridesmaids from 3- 7 and they all wore silver sparkly dresses from Monsoon.
Adam wore a tweed suit from Next, altered to fit him perfectly. It really suited the time of year.
We used Flower Design based in Blackpool for the venue flowers & they were amazing. We used lots of gypsophila & apples & moss from the fields next to the venue to decorate as we wanted a very natural look.
My brother is a baker & he made a cake & cupcakes with snowflakes on them. We used a wood stand for the cake with some silver pine cones to decorate it.
Food is very important to us & so that was big factor in our choice of venue. The food at the Wild Boar is amazing –we were able to give our guests a three course meal with three choices for each course – ranging from a deli board for starter, Steak for main & White Chocolate Cheesecake for pudding. We bought our own wine from the supermarket to save a bit of cash & then just paid corkage!
For our honeymoon, we went to San Francisco, Hawaii & then Washington. We would go back to San Fran in the summer as it rained a lot when we were there but it was still amazing & we went to Alcatraz & did the Golden Gate Bridge on bikes in the torrential rain. We went to the Big Island in Hawaii & really relaxed – the food & beaches were stunning. To break up the trip back home we went to Washington to see all the sights.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy the whole process of planning & make sure you don’t compromise on the important things such as your photographer & videographer as they will help to create the lasting memories of the day for you.
July 28th, 2014 | Julia Braime
Well, well, well. Aren’t things looking pretty around here this morning?
Not to ignore the rather gorgeous elephant in the room, we’re going to talk more about our new look later on (have a good look around, you’ll find some snazzy new interactive features to have a play with) but for now, it’s straight into the wedding watching.
Don’t know about you, but I’ve missed our daily fix of lovely whilst we’ve been redecorating these pages, and I just couldn’t wait. This morning we’re joining Brides Up North reader Sam and her husband Neil for their romantic real wedding in Yorkshire.
Sam says: We got engaged on 15th September 2012.
Neil and I were getting ready to go the St Leger races in Doncaster and before we went Neil suggested that we go to the Lakeside to have some photos taken as we were all dressed up. It was a beautiful sunny day and when we got there Neil got down on one knee and asked me to marry him!
We got married on 24th February 2014. It was very important to us to have a church ceremony and for this we chose St Mary’s Catholic Church in Selby. Our reception venue was Carlton Towers. It was the first venue we went to look at and we immediately knew that it was where we wanted to have our reception.
We would highly recommend Carlton Towers as a wedding venue. Nothing was ever too much trouble and the day ran without a hitch.
We tried to choose things that would look timeless and elegant. My dress was lace so I took some inspiration from this when choosing other items.
We used a palette of ivory, grey, pink and deep plum colours. When we met our florist she advised us to choose colours which toned in with the bridesmaids dresses as picking out the plum colour in the flowers could have made everything look quite gothic and we wanted a more classic, vintage style.
We hired a number of items from Beau Ideal Weddings to use at Carlton Towers including chair covers with ivory satin sashes, crystal candelabras for the guest tables and lots of pots of flowers and candles. We also hired a huge ornate silver mirror and easel for our table plan and an old-fashioned postbox which was dressed with gypsophila.
There were so many extra touches we added to make our wedding personal to us. Neil designed all of our wedding stationery and I made the invitations with the help of his mum. I liked the idea of using some old sheet music which my grandfather’s had given me in the wedding somewhere, so a friend made them into confetti cones for me. I made a display of old family wedding photos to display on top of the piano in the reception venue and we named our reception tables after wedding anniversaries. We designed and made our own guest book out of photographs that our photographer had taken on our engagement shoot. We also made the playlist for our wedding breakfast and included lots of our favourite songs. A family friend and wedding guest provided our evening reception food – a hog roast and lots of tasty desserts.
My dress was by Justin Alexander and I bought it from Georgian House Bridal in Doncaster. I knew when I went shopping for a wedding dress I didn’t want a strapless dress and knew that I liked lace.This dress was the first I tried on and the moment I put it on it felt right and I knew it was the dress for me! I wore a vintage style hair comb in my hair and my veil had some lace embellishments to tie in with my dress.
I carried a bouquet of faith, amnesia, memory lane, avalanche and vendela roses, brunia, eucalyptus, pink wax flower and ornithogalum which was designed by Emma-Victoria at Beau Ideal Weddings.
Neil wore a traditional navy morning suit with a pale grey pin-stripe waistcoat and plum coloured cravat to match the bridesmaid’s dresses. This was hired from Georgian House Bridal.
The bridesmaids wore deep plum coloured maxi dresses with grey faux fur shrugs. Both were from Debut at Debenhams.
Our photographer was Phil Shillitoe from Yorkshire Portraits. Phil was superb on the day. He was very discrete and a creative photographer who enjoyed capturing the finer details. We are both really pleased with the photographs and would highly recommend him to other brides and grooms!
I am a music teacher and music is very important to both of us. We had lots of friends who offered to play for us throughout the day. During the ceremony we had a string quartet which included two of my work colleagues. In the drinks reception another work colleague played the piano. In the evening we hired the Danny Maddocks Band who played a mixture of pop, rock and mo-town songs. They had everyone dancing all night long. Our first dance was ‘Got to get you into my life’ by the Beatles and two of our friends and wedding guests got up to play the horn parts which made it extra special.
There were so many special moments but the two that stand out are during the wedding breakfast, Neil and I were chatting to each other at the top table watching our guests eating their food, chatting and laughing, our favourite music was playing and the room was lit by candlelight. It’s such a rare thing to have all of your family and friends together in the same room at the same time and knowing they were there for us was quite overwhelming. Our other favourite moment was stepping out of church together holding hands as man and wife into the glorious sunshine.
June 27th, 2014 | Julia Braime
Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a break to redesign, review and recharge, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely.
Usual service will recommence on Monday 7th July 2014, but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings so far this year. Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your Real Wedding was one of our top picks.
Katie and Guy’s Real Wedding is my kind of affair. Classy, beautiful and elegant – with lots of pretty pale pinks, lace accents and seasonal touches. This clever couple did things their own way, choosing to keep their stunning celebration simple and hassle free, letting their gorgeous venue and floral accents speak for themselves. Beautifully done.
With images by Jill Thorning-Jensen.
Katie says: Guy proposed on the first day of our ski holiday in Zermatt in February 2013, and we were married on 21st December 2013 (I was not the most patient of brides)!
We were married at St Mary’s Church in Whitewell, Shropshire followed by a reception at Iscoyd Park.
We looked at a number of venues around Cheshire and Shropshire, but fell in love with Iscoyd. The house and grounds are absolutely stunning – like no other venue we had seen. To add to that, Phil and the team at Iscoyd were so warm and friendly that we felt very comfortable that they would help make the day special.
I stayed at Willington Lodge the night before the wedding, a gorgeous local B&B with delightful hosts.
As the wedding was so close to Christmas we had a few festive touches (Christmas trees outside the church, and reindeer table names). The bridesmaids looked gorgeous in dark navy and the flowers were lilacy pinks with eucalyptus and dark navy berries to add a wintery feel.
I was determined that the wedding was going to be a stress-free event, so we purposefully kept any additions to a minimum. Instead we chose a beautiful venue (which needed no ‘extras’), with lots of lovely food and drink and a fantastic band who had everyone up and dancing.
The groom wore a Reiss suit and the groomsmen wore their own navy suits. All had knitted navy ties which matched the groom’s knitted navy bow tie.
The adult bridesmaids wore three quarter sleeve black tops with beautiful navy skirts designed and made by one of my bridesmaids and her exceptionally talented mum. The little bridesmaids wore ivory dresses from John Lewis.
Hair was by Louise Huxley (and her mum!) and makeup was by Melanie Poutney. We were very lucky to find a group of amazing people to help with the wedding, all of whom were a pleasure to have around on the day.
Selina Godsal did all the flowers for us. My bouquet was blush pink and cream roses, eucalyptus, a thistle (to match Guy’s buttonhole) and catkins.
We chose a vintage cream taxi from Manor Bridal Cars. Not only was the taxi a great choice for the December weather, it also made my Mum smile – she had been very concerned that I hadn’t booked a car until the last minute and we would end up having to get a taxi to the church!
The whole day was fabulous, but I think one of the most special parts was being in church. Seeing Guy waiting at the front looking so handsome was just lovely, and to be surrounded by all of our family and friends took my breath away.
In the evening we had a band, The Badcats, who were fab and had everyone dancing.
For our honeymoon we spent three weeks touring around Australia, seeing as much as possible and enjoying the sunshine.
For me, my top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t try to do too much. There is an awful lot to organise just concentrating on the basics, without adding in chocolate fountains and all the other extras. Being calm in the run up to the wedding meant that we could relax and enjoy every minute of the run up and the big day.
Congratulations Katie & Guy!
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February 20th, 2014 | Julia Braime
The turn of the year seems so long ago now doesn’t it? After being deluged by storms and darkness, if anyone’s kept their New Year’s resolutions by now, it’ll be a small miracle, right?
Well, funnily enough though, for once I have, so allow me a moment of smug! Mine were simple – stress less, exercise more and prioritise the things (and folk) I love most. So far I’m on the right track. How are you checking in? March is a new month after all…
Two people who are sure to have kept their resolutions and promises are today’s beautiful bride Amy and her new husband Anthony, who said their vows in front of friends and family in Hexham on New Year’s Eve. This morning they are here to share their celebration with us.
With images by Paul Santos Photography.
Amy says: We got engaged on March 29th 2012, we had just been on a ride on the gondolas in Venice when Anthony popped the question.
We were married on December 31st 2013. We had the most fantastic ceremony held at Hexham Abbey with a reception at Langley Castle.
We chose our venues based on the history and style of buildings. We had wanted a very grand wedding with it being New Year’s Eve and wanted a day for everyone to remember.
Hexham Abbey was chosen to hold our ceremony as the religious side of things was taken very seriously at the Abbey making the day very personal, but it was also set in one of the most beautiful churches we have visited in the North East. Langley Castle gave us another grand and elegant building to host our reception and it had such good reviews from previous brides and grooms. The entrance to the castle was a main selling point.
We didn’t have a theme, we just wanted to create a day to remember. Most people are at a loose end on New Year’s Eve so we wanted to celebrate the date in locations that people would remember for years to come.
We chose a colour scheme of black, red and ivory. Red was to tie in with the colours of the castle and blacks were to bring in a classic look to go with New Year’s Eve.
After nearly a year of hunting I finally found a dress that was different to anything I had seen. I went for a fish tail style lace overlay dress designed by Justin Alexander and by one of his private labels so I knew it would be very unlikely that others would have seen this dress. As it is sold only in limited shops across the UK and can’t be viewed on his website, it gave me the exclusive look I had desired. I got my dress from Wild Brides At Heart in Durham City Centre.
My bridesmaids wore one shoulder Dessy dresses purchased from Isabelles Brides in Easington. I wanted a classic look to go with the style of wedding and we wanted our maid of honour and best man to stand out so they wore claret red whilst the rest of the groomsmen and bridesmaids wore black. The men wore French Connection evening suits with dicky bow ties for a classic evening look.
My flowers were put together by Wild and Wonderful Flowers and consisted of deep red roses, black berries and ivory roses to blend in with the colour theme.
My favourite part of the day was our ceremony. It was so meaningful and very touching. To add an extra special touch, during the signing of the register we had a recently signed professional opera singer performing which made the ceremony so elegant.
Our wedding cake was kindly made by Anthony’s auntie who makes cakes in her spare time.
We chose Gary James who performs swing and Michael Buble numbers for our entertainment. Gary sang throughout the meal which was a great touch as it took away the clattering of knifes and forks and helped the meal run even more smoothly. In the evening we had an acoustic singer called Alex Dobson who put his own spin on various new releases by bands and singers, before going into a traditional disco on the evening.
Following the wedding we jetted off on honeymoon to Lucea, Jamaica.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that before booking any suppliers do your research and never book based on price alone. To ensure quality and value for money we sometimes had to bend our budget, but by doing this we got some of the best suppliers out there who had amazing reviews. Always read reviews before booking!
Congratulations Amy & Anthony!
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February 4th, 2014 | Julia Braime
Yes, that really is today’s bride and groom’s married name – Mr & Mrs Perfect. Don’t you love it. No pressure or anything..! Anyway, it turns out that their gorgeous Real Wedding in Manchester was pretty much that – a chic and simple and prettily perfect winter city wedding.
With images by Stella Photography.
Gemma says: Nigel asked me to marry him on 1st December 2012, on Llanmadoc beach in Wales, on a weekend away. It was a beautiful isolated beach on a lovely crisp winter’s day.
We were married on 23rd November 2013. We had the ceremony at Manchester Town Hall, and the reception at The Place Apartment Hotel, a converted cotton warehouse in central Manchester.
We wanted everything to be indoors, firstly because it is Manchester, so it was more than likely to rain, and secondly because of the time of year. We had looked at country locations, but decided that as we had so many guests coming not only from over this country but also from abroad, the city centre would be best for travel from the airport, train or the motorway. Also, we live very close to the city centre, so going in to see our wedding coordinator at the venue, and meeting local suppliers was so much easier than if we had picked somewhere far away. Manchester Town Hall is a stunning old building, with high stained glass windows so we felt it added to the occasion. The Place is beautifully restored, maintaining many original features such as red brick walls and steel columns.
Our theme was simplicity. The venue for the reception made it seem urban chic and we also teamed this with a vintage feel with the flower displays – very natural, in small glass bottles and jars – and hand-tied favours with luggage tag labels.
The wedding was mainly white and ivory, however my husband had decided that he wanted to wear his kilt, in the family tradition, so I picked a dark forest green for the bridesmaids to match this.
My dress was from The Staite Rooms in Huddersfield. It was a Maggie Sottero gown (Geneva), fitted to the waist and slightly over the hips, and had a long train. The top layer was a delicate lace with floral adornments, and a a band in light mocha under the bust, which made it look quite different to any I had seen before. I loved my long train! The dress was strapless which I didn’t think I would like when trying on dresses, but it fit beautifully with a lace-up back.
My bridesmaids wore full length forest green chiffon dresses from Fairytale Occasions in Bury. The groomsmen wore kilts in a similar style to my husband, our fathers wore black suits to match the kilt jackets. These were all hired from Slaters.
I had a fantastic hair & makeup artist come to make up myself, my bridesmaids, my mother and mother-in-law at the hotel, Jodie Smith, also based in Manchester.
January 16th, 2014 | Julia Braime
Things are looking really rosy red this week on Brides Up North aren’t they? First up, the sun baked celebration of Annie and Lee yesterday, and now a complete about turn with today’s stunning winter Real Wedding. Shot by Hayley Baxter Photography, Clare and Lee-John’s big day had all the hallmarks of the perfect Christmas wedding – red berries, a feather cape, a dress to die for, Christmas pudding, a ruby red carriage and a partridge in a pear tree!
Clare says: We got engaged on 16 August 2013, in North Wales and were married on 21 December 2013 at Norcliffe Chapel, Styal with our reception at Quarry Bank Mill.
We visited the National Trust village and Mill in June 2013 and both absolutely loved the church and the imposing architecture of the Mill itself. Mandi and her team at the Mill were so helpful and were happy to assist in any way possible.
We chose a Christmas theme, we sang carols in the church and had mulled wine and mince pies at the drinks reception instead of canapés. We decorated the Mill ourselves with fairy lights, Christmas garlands and Christmas trees, including edible decorations and a gingerbread house. The table centres were hurricane vases with candles, holly, ivy, cinnamon, pine – all natural flowers and seasonal.
The colours were dark green and red. The green was chosen to incorporate the Bride’s Irish roots and the red for the groom’s Welsh roots. The bridesmaids wore dark green and the groomsmen all wore red ties and hankies. The bouquets were gorgeous red and green with grand prix roses for the bride and tulips for the bridesmaids and flower girls.
My dress was called Hazel by Anoushka G. I love it! I bought it from Lace Bridal in Hale who were so helpful. I am not a keen shopper and had given myself one day and two bridal shops to find my dream dress – I didn’t have to search for long… it was the first dress I tried on and it could not be matched! It was cut on the bias with mini capped embroidered sleeves with a cowl scoop at the back.
I had an oyster feather shrug to keep me warm too. I wore my wellies into the church as the path down was muddy and I didn’t want to spoil my Jimmy Choos!
My two adult bridesmaids wore a dark green maxi dress from Coast and the three flower girls wore gorgeous white dressed from Debenhams. They all had gorgeous fur shrugs for warmth and the two littlest flower girls wore White Uggs boots.
The groomsmen wore hired suits from Slaters in Manchester. They were dark grey tails with waistcoat and their own classic white shirts with bright red ties and hankies.
We hired a beautiful red and cream vintage car supplied by Love & Carriage.
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