November 16th, 2018 | Julia Braime
Fun, food and drink were high up on today’s featured couple’s hit list of priorities for their big day which resulted in a hugely enjoyable American inspired wedding with fabulous entertainment and feasting as standard.
Tying the knot during a traditional church ceremony, the reception element of Jack and Naomi’s big day was influenced by a cool farmer’s market they visited in San Luis Obispo during a trip to California. Guests were treated to outdoor games, delicious snacks and free-flowing booze before taking a seat for the wedding breakfast – though even this aspect called for another tipple with guests invited to ‘take a shot and a seat’ – cue friends, aunties, uncles, parents etc rising to the challenge!
Forming a key part of the celebrations, the main wedding breakfast was a glorious American style barbecue, followed up by cocktails, amazing cakes and a doughnut wall.
Hungry? Us too! So, let’s tuck into this beautiful summer celebration with details direct from the bride…
With images by Emily Green Photography.
naomi says: We got engaged on our anniversary in 2017 – Jack and I have been together since we were 15, so it was a long time coming. Jack proposed in the most perfect way, we were at home and he enlisted the help of our French Bulldog Lola – she had the ring around her collar – Jack having a cup of tea in hand proposed to me in the morning and by lunchtime (still in a daze) we walked around Otley Chevin, which happens to be one of our favourite places to visit! This was supposed to be where Jack proposed but the thought of Lola losing the ring or her running through a puddle and then making it muddy made him change his plans!
We got married on Saturday 4th August. We choose this date, as we knew we really wanted a Saturday summer wedding – Jack is a teacher, so it was the ideal time for us to get married – it was the only Saturday they had left at our chosen venue. This date also happened to be special as it’s my little sister’s birthday and she was kind enough to let us share the day with her – we had a cake made for her which Jack brought out during his speech and we all sang Happy Birthday to her.
We got married at the Parish Church of All Saints, Broughton with Elslack, and then went onto a reception at Utopia, Broughton Hall in Skipton.
In all honesty, the whole wedding was formed after I visited Utopia in Broughton Hall for the first time. The building, which is completely open with full length glass walls and doors, opens up onto an immaculate walled garden which helped make the whole day private and special!
After choosing Utopia we were delighted to discover that the church, which was a five-minute drive away, would allow us to get married there. Jack and I had to attend every Sunday for six-months, but it was worth it as we could have a sneak peek at the venue and explore Skipton.
Our wedding was inspired by a trip to the West Coast of America in 2015. We visited a city in California called San Luis Obispo and stumbled across a farmer’s market whilst staying there – we had such a fun night, drinking and eating delicious foods!
When it came to thinking about our wedding and the initial stages of planning, Jack and I were thinking about what we could do and we kept coming back to the fact that we both love America and most importantly American foods and we decided to try and recreate the night that we spent in San Luis Obispo. To capture the essence of the farmers market and to create the balance between the traditions of a wedding and something that everyone could enjoy we had lots of fun surprises for our guests, including popcorn and candy floss on arrival, games on the lawn, a ‘take a shot and take a seat’ seating plan, polaroid guest book and then beer pong in the evening.
The colour scheme was in keeping with what you would find in California. We made use of lots of neutral tones such as greens and greys which complemented the venue perfectly. Green also happens to be my favourite colour.
November 15th, 2018 | Rachel Parry
For the second time this week we’re travelling to Sheffield for a helping of real wedding inspiration, with the south Yorkshire city playing a particularly key role in today’s nuptials as bride and groom, Ellen and Liam, were keen to showcase what they love about the place in which they met and live.
As one of the greenest cities in the country, Ellen and Liam chose to make the most of both halves of Sheffield, choosing a lush outdoor park setting for their ceremony and a cool urban space for their evening party.
You might not have to scroll too far to discover that I too played a key part in the day as one of Ellen’s bridesmaids, a role I was touched and keen to take on as I’d somehow got to the grand age of 29 before ever being a bridesmaid (not sure what that says about me?!) Ellen and I go way back, first meeting at journalism college in Sheffield as teenagers, and she quickly became one of my closest friends and has always supported me on both a personal and career level. I was therefore more than happy to put on a pretty lilac lace dress and support her on such an important day. I’m also thrilled to report that El will be returning the favour as one of my four bridesmaids in May!
When planning their day, Ellen and Liam were admirably determined to stick to their budget and cleverly used the skills of friends and family to bring their big day vision to life. I can report from the frontline that this was an amazingly fun day, filled with love, laughter, amazing food and copious amounts of prosecco!
With images by Marisa Cashill.
ellen says: Liam proposed on Christmas Eve 2015; we agreed to open one gift each at midnight after getting back home from a few drinks together. He opened a ‘onesie’ from me, and my gift was an engagement ring hidden inside lots of different boxes! He cried and I looked at him in shock, it was a joke at the wedding speeches that he had never actually said the words “Will you marry me?”
We chose to get married in September, mainly because it was around 18 months after our engagement and a realistic target to save up for. The first date we set for the day – and the venue we chose – actually had to be changed because the hotel we had initially booked closed down, which was stressful at the time. But it worked out for the best in the end, as we had lovely weather on the day we eventually got married, and there was torrential rain on our original date.
Following the changes, we chose the bandstand in Weston Park, Sheffield, as the setting for our wedding ceremony. It’s a beautiful, historic bandstand in gorgeous grounds and one of the few of its kind left in the country. It stood head and shoulders above anywhere else we saw and felt very ‘Sheffield’, which we wanted to be key to the whole day. We love to visit it now and peek through the windows.
The reception venue was The Workstation, which is part of independent cinema The Showroom. It’s located in the city centre and was the perfect size to accommodate our guests. I also knew the chef there, Jon Tite, from my work as a journalist. I really wanted food that was different from the usual wedding fodder, and with Jon I was able to take in one of my favourite street food cookbooks and say ‘this is what we’d like to go for’ rather than sticking to set options.
There wasn’t a theme to the wedding as such, but we wanted it to showcase Sheffield, and be relaxed. We were also incredibly lucky in that a lot of people were able to assist us with their skills – my mum is a florist and transformed our evening venue from what is basically an office into a floral/woodland theme, Liam’s best man Gav was the DJ, my grandma made the pork pie wedding cake, and my friend James, who is a hairdresser, did all the bridal party’s hair. It really was not what we knew, but who, and it made our small wedding budget go a lot further than it would have done.
My favourite colour is purple, so there were flashes of that in the flowers, the bridal and groom’s party attire, and the decor too.
I bought my dress from Celebrations Bridal House in Ossett, West Yorkshire, which is where several family members have bought theirs from, too. I grew up just down the road and bought it on my second shopping trip, with mum and my sister Jodie. I wanted something simple, with a little bit of detail and which wouldn’t swamp me as I am only five-foot-tall. I chose Morilee by Madeline Gardner dress with a lace pattern and a belt with diamante detail.
I know it sounds too pragmatic for a wedding day, but I had set myself a strict budget for the dress, as I wanted to prioritise the things that would last rather than a dress I’d only wear for one day. Because of that, I was able to add on a pair of Rachel Simpson Catherine shoes – my something blue, which I have since worn on our anniversary as a reminder of the day. I also had a gorgeous hair vine from Britten. My mum made my veil using a YouTube video – she’s a multi-talented woman!
November 14th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
It’s time to embrace your inner geek with today’s wholly unique Sheffield wedding, complete with mice and dinosaur theme! Taking place at the ever so pretty Whirlowbrook Hall, Sarah and Michael’s wedding is a blueprint for how to inject personality into your big day with aplomb.
A bold purple and orange colour scheme conjures up those autumnal feels, with the white and purple drip cake (with adorable cake toppers) being one of our personal highlights. Then there’s the bridesmaids’ vintage style swing dresses with petticoats, carrying through those warm, earthy tones beautifully.
Music played a starring role in their special day too. Tying in with their homage to all things geek – a string quartet played iconic scores from the likes of Doctor Who and Game of Thrones. The bride even walked down the aisle to the Jurassic Park theme – an idea we think the moviegoers among you will be stealing!
With images by Photogenick Photography.
sarah says: We got engaged while we were in New York for my 30th birthday, something Michael had surprised me with a couple of months before. It was a sunny, snowy morning in Central Park with no one around, when he proposed. It was beautiful. We celebrated by going to the Natural History Museum to see the dinosaurs.
We got married on 8th September 2018. We had a couple of options based on the availability of the venues we were looking at, but we felt the beginning of September would still be warm and brighter for longer in the evening, but still close enough to the autumn for all the lovely colours I wanted to use.
We tied the knot at Whirlowbrook Hall. We were looking at other venues, but I think we were always going to choose this one! We used to go walking around the grounds and woodlands nearby. The house is gorgeous but much of the decision was made by the gardens.
We wanted to add some slightly geeky twists to the traditional idea of wedding decoration and a mice and dinosaur theme kind of just developed as we went along. We love our pet rats so one of the first things we bought were the toy ‘white mouse’ wedding favours which went down so well! We thought it would be really cute to have them as cake toppers too!
The dinosaurs came around after an off-the-cuff idea to walk down the aisle to a string quartet version of the Jurassic Park theme tune. Michael had already bought me the bridal Build a Bear dinosaur as a gift, so I bought him the groom and we then felt it would be fun if we expanded this theme to the table names.
We experimented with some colour options, but I always loved the idea of an autumn coloured wedding. My favourite colours are purple and orange and it didn’t take much persuading as Michael loved the rich colours as well.
My friend Rachael and I had always talked about getting married in ‘poofy dresses’ and she had done just that the year before. I tried on a number of different styles, with the idea that I wanted something covering my shoulders. However, the more I tried on, the more I realised I was happier in a strapless gown and when flicking through a bridal catalogue with the seamstress in Blushes Bridal in Sheffield, the page was turned and I spotted the Morilee dress that I immediately knew I wanted – and that they happened to have stored in the back. It certainly met the ‘poofy’ criteria. Nicola at Blushes was my dress angel that day.
November 12th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Monday isn’t so bad when we’re treating you to a sumptuous wedding at standout Yorkshire venue The Normans, set within revamped and reimagined farm buildings dating back to the 18th century.
Tying the knot last summer, Dani and Andy chose their 13th anniversary as their wedding date – an unlucky number for some, but certainly not for this bride and groom! We just love the vision they had for the wedding – showcasing all their favourite things and celebrating the memories the couple had already shared together.
With so many personal touches throughout their day – think an oh so romantic stroll in a cornfield, a skiing themed photobooth and garden games for the guests, plus an ice cream stall in the courtyard – it’s pretty much impossible not to feel inspired! Let’s hand the blog over to bride, Dani for all the memserising details…
With images by Mark Hillyer.
dani says: We got engaged on top of a mountain whilst working on our ski season. Andy had carried the ring around in his backpack for nearly a month waiting for the ‘perfect’ moment. The moment he chose was us having a cheese and ham baguette at the top of a black ski run. It was completely unexpected – afterwards we celebrated and took photos, but we still had to ski down. My legs were like jelly and my goggles had steamed up from crying so we had to stop half way down the piste in a café, we only had enough money on us for an Orangina and a strawberry tart to share. We popped open the champagne and celebrated in style later that night though!
Our wedding date was the 1st July 2017, which was our 13th anniversary. We had originally thought about an autumn wedding but as soon as we picked our venue – The Normans in Bilbrough, Yorkshire – we knew we had to have a summer wedding. We realised our anniversary fell on a Saturday and wanted the 1st July, luckily for us a few hours after we had looked around the venue the date we wanted became available.
We found it really difficult finding a venue, as we wanted to get married in Yorkshire (where we both grew up) and wanted a venue we could make our own. We looked at loads of venues and they just didn’t seem right.
Andy found The Normans online but it hadn’t opened yet. The website only had a couple of photos featured, but as pug lovers we pretty much knew that the venue would be perfect for us as soon as we saw a picture of their resident pug Betty! We booked to see it on their first open weekend and fell in love with it on the spot. We loved that the ceremony barn felt authentic and special, despite it not being a religious setting.
We didn’t have a theme; it was just full of our favourite things. As we had been together for 13 years before our wedding, we wanted it to be a celebration of the memories we had already created together.
We wanted to make sure we could spend at least part of the day with our pug Douglas. He stayed with Andy in the morning and wore a navy harness and bowtie for the main event. He only stayed a couple of hours (he gets incredibly tired) but we captured some lovely photos with him and he certainly helped us celebrate the day.
Much of our wedding colour scheme was neutral but I also wanted splashes of rich berry colours in the flowers.
My outfit consisted of separates by Martina Liana, which I purchased at Ava Rose Hamilton. I wanted something that was very simple and elegant and had originally thought I would choose a Grecian style dress but as soon as I saw the layers of tulle in the skirt I chose – I fell in love with it. The skirt didn’t need any detailing because the fabric was so beautiful. In the shop I was worried the skirt was too full, but on the wedding day I loved swishing the skirt around the dancefloor!
November 7th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
There’s nothing quite like an enchanting bridal shoot with a hint of childhood nostalgia to really capture your imagination in the midst of your wedding planning. And today’s secret garden themed shoot – with its nod to the children’s classic – is brimming with all kinds of lovely.
Coordinated by Stephanie from Stephanie Moran Couture, the shoot took place at the beautiful Hornington Manor in North Yorkshire – where we held a spectacular Brides Up North Wedding Show just last week (and will be returning to host another in April 2019). Through the creative use of design and styling – think understated ivory and gold palettes, summer blooms and fantastical table arrangements – the team brought to life their very own love story.
Throw in some other wonderful details such as sweet meringue nests, eucalyptus illustrations, a floral crown of garden roses and rustic candelabras – and you’ve got one very pretty shoot to pore over with us today!
With images by Sugarbird Photography. Model Dominika Blonska.
stephanie says: With a new adaptation currently being filmed, and to many a favourite childhood book of playful mystery – collaborators wanted to inspire brides alike with a Secret Garden inspired shoot. A bridal shoot that releases your inner (grown up) child, that’s chic, sophisticated and mysterious. Set in the beautiful North Yorkshire venue of Hornington Manor, this was the perfect backdrop – grand, yet private and quaint in its appearance.
It was important to all suppliers involved to create and transform an already beautiful venue and use it to its full potential to show what amazing things could be done here for your own big day. Hornington Manor is such a versatile venue with a courtyard ceremony, and the freedom to move into the gorgeous barn style reception afterwards. We wanted brides to be like ‘wow I want to get married there’.
Styled shoots are about realising dreams and visions that brides didn’t know existed themselves and making them achievable – it’s about being able to take inspiration from a set of images and use them as a whole or take parts and ideas and turn them into a style that suits you and your other half. With a truly epic team of wedding industry creatives it promised to be the perfect collaboration for Pamella Dunn Weddings, where they could sprinkle fairy tale styling in their signature style that would fit the brief. They created mystery and magic with layers of gold, soft ivory, and flickering candle light. Imagining secluded spaces, delicate trailing foliage, English country summer blooms, and fantastical tablescapes with exquisite detailing; the team at Pamella Dunn Weddings were smitten and completely love struck with the calm and spacious Hornington Barn venue. Wedding design and styling is all about telling a story. It may be influenced by the venue, location, theme and colour schemes, but ultimately, it’s a love story. Daydreams, fairy tale, love and romance, childhoods and futures together, are where the styling team begin when creating personal wedding day details. It’s what they do with so much love. It’s a beautiful thing when the design captures the story and is woven into the fabric of the day overall. Every detail carefully considered, every element chosen to create beauty and all the feels.
The flowers for the secret garden shoot at Hornington Manor had to be seasonal and British grown garden flowers. Fleuradamo Flowers have their own secret garden with a mixture of cottage garden flowers, herbs and roses. The team love to have the fragrance of the old fashion roses with the lightness and movement of cottage flowers to encapsulate the moment. The flowers for this shoot were cut the day before or on the morning, so they were at their best.
The flowers were mixed with herbs and greenery to give a natural looking loose bouquet to complement my Stephanie Moran individual dress designs. The model also had a head-turning floral crown of garden roses to complement the look.
The mixed green runner, which cascaded down the side of the table, gave a fresh natural feel to the table display, mixed with candles to give a magical vision.
The inspiration behind the shoot ultimately came from the classic book itself, and we wanted to evoke both magic and mystery and recreate that childhood love feeling. The most important thing in the wedding industry to us as designers is about making brides feel confident and empowered on their wedding day – helping them be the perfect version of themselves. Everyone is different and unique and it’s so important to be the perfect you, whatever that may be!
November 6th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
A spur-of-the-moment, last-minute decision saw today’s real wedding couple Rosie and Michael heading out into the glorious 25ᵒC sunshine for their emotional humanist wedding at The Woodman Inn. With staff working hard to set up the pretty scene for their vow exchange with only an hour to spare before the guests arrived, it just shows how, no matter how much you plan your celebration beforehand, sometimes going with the flow on the day can yield even more spectacular and memorable results.
We love the little creative displays throughout the wedding, such as the outdoor drinks bar with its vintage crate and tower of lemons and limes, and the giant love letters perched on a wall and accented with frothy greenery. The floral backdrop to the top table at the wedding breakfast is a gorgeous touch and has been designed like a photo frame to perfectly surround the bride and groom in colour – forwarding-thinking when it comes to the photographs of the speeches.
As often happens, Rosie ended up choosing a wedding gown in a style she really didn’t expect to go for – and she looks absolutely stunning in it. As Rosie advises, go to your dress appointments with an open mind and be prepared to try on lots of different styles, as you never know which gown you’ll fall in love with until you slip it on and experience ‘the moment’! Tell us more, Rosie…
With images by Rebecca Parsons Photography.
rosie says: We got engaged at home. We’d both finished work for the Christmas break and when I came home Mike was suspiciously quiet! He took me into the living room and I spotted a new present under the tree and assumed it was an early gift. But then he told me to close my eyes and, when I opened them, he was down on one knee. It still didn’t dawn on me what was happening, as the box in his hand was bigger than a ring box. He then opened the box and took out another box, and I was still convinced it was going to be earrings … and then there was the ring. I was so surprised because we had talked about getting married a few months before, as Mike got offered a job in the USA; however, this fell through, so I didn’t think it would happen so soon!
Our wedding date was 5th May 2018. We were so lucky with the weather; it was 25ᵒC and we ended up getting married outside. We held both our ceremony and reception at The Woodman Inn, Thunderbridge. The venue, setting and staff were all amazing and made us both feel very excited. We opted to have a humanist wedding. Neither of us are religious but we have both been to weddings done by a registrar, and we just felt we wanted something more personal. We met our celebrant Val Turner twice before the wedding so she could get to know us, which was a lovely touch. We had two or three drafts of the ceremony, so we were completely happy with it and knew what to expect on the day.
A humanist ceremony is not legally recognised in the UK, so you can hold them anywhere. I was getting ready on the morning of the wedding and the events team (Jordan and Hannah) came to the room and asked if we wanted to do it outside (it was clear blue sky and 25ᵒC). So, I said yes, if Mike was happy. This was all an hour before our guests were arriving. They did everything, and it was a complete surprise for me when I walked out, as I had no idea what it looked like – but it was amazing and really made the day so special.
We would absolutely recommend the Woodman Inn to other couples. Jordan and Hannah were great in the run-up to the wedding, showing us round and answering the many questions we asked! Then, on the day, the whole team was fantastic. They did all the rearranging for our outdoor ceremony and made the gardens look amazing. They really looked after us and our guests from start to finish.
As a theme, we went with a fairly rustic/woodland style to tie in with the venue. As you can see from the photos, we had amazing flowers which formed most of the decoration and which tied in with the season as well as the venue. I also made my own bunting, which we ended up using to form an aisle for the ceremony. I am so glad I made my own, as I have kept most of it and gifted lots to friends and family.
For the colour scheme, we went with pastel colours – blue, pink and purple. These colours are my favourites and I thought they went well with the time of year we got married.
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