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real wedding recap summer 2017: mori lee for an elegant wedding in the lake district – gemma & iain

June 30th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

An Elegant Wedding in East Yorkshire (c) Jo Bradbury (67)

It’s holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a short break, 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 3rd July 2017 but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from the first half of the year so far. 

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.

We love a happy ending at Brides Up North and today’s wedding proves that good things definitely come to those who wait.

After postponing their original wedding date to welcome baby number one and subsequently baby number two together, Gemma and Iain finally tied the knot in 2016 surrounded by their little ones.

Cue some rather special moments, their elegant wedding is set against the charming backdrop of Cave Castle Hotel and Country Club near Hull, complete with original turrets, historic features and picture-perfect meadows.

With images by Jo Bradbury.

An Elegant Wedding in East Yorkshire (c) Jo Bradbury (95)

gemma says: We got engaged on 3rd April 2010 (the day after Iain’s birthday) in Paris – our favourite city! Iain planned a romantic surprise trip which (unbeknown to me) included a variety of ideal proposal spots, just in case one didn’t go to plan. Iain settled on proposing while we were enjoying an evening fine dining boat trip (Bateaux Parisiens) along the River Seine. He popped the question as we sailed past the Notre Dame, arranging for my beautiful ring to be placed in the bottom of my champagne glass. I was totally shocked but, of course, said yes!

An Elegant Wedding in East Yorkshire (c) Jo Bradbury (116)

We originally planned to get married on 25th August 2012. However, that January, I discovered I was expecting our first child. With a due date of 5th September, we were forced to cancel our wedding. Given we’d been planning the wedding since our engagement, this was an upsetting decision to make, but in hindsight, this was absolutely the right thing to do as Noah (our son), and his sister Ivy (who arrived two years later) – along with William, Iain’s eldest son aged 12 – were around to be at our wedding.  It felt wonderful and humbling that they could be part of our amazing day and share our experience. As a family unit, it made us totally complete.

An Elegant Wedding in East Yorkshire (c) Jo Bradbury (54)

Our wedding was rescheduled in May 2015 to take place in 2016. We entered a social media competition to win a wedding at Cave Castle Hotel & Country Club but unfortunately did not win. Following this we were sent a wedding brochure from the venue and decided to go and take a look. On visiting Cave Castle we both fell in love with the venue, its character and what it had to offer us for our special day. The wedding coordinator Lynda, instantly made us feel welcomed with her friendly, knowledgeable and professional approach.

Cave Castle has two separate venue rooms and we loved the The Balmoral Suite because of its long row of beautiful windows which created a light airy and warm feel in the room, with beautiful views over the castle grounds and lake. Given its simple elegance, we knew this venue was perfect for adding our own touches. After further discussions with Lynda around dates, we decided on a summer wedding on 26th August 2016.

An Elegant Wedding in East Yorkshire (c) Jo Bradbury (45)

Our chosen wedding theme was ‘vintage elegance’. Our aim was to create an elegant feel using hints of champagne and rose gold but present these in a relaxed manner to complement the grounds and the desired atmosphere we wanted to create within the room.

I actually have two wedding dresses! My original wedding dress was purchased in 2010. When I tried it on again in 2016, I decided to purchase a new one as the original dress had naturally dated in style and my body shape had also changed after having two children. I ended up buying a Mori Lee gown. Initially, I was a little uncertain about the dress as it needed slight alterations. However, I went to a recommended dressmaker, Lynn, who transformed the dress to fit me like a glove! I absolutely cannot thank her enough for making me feel like a princess!

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real wedding recap summer 2017: maggie sottero for a rustic barn wedding in east yorkshire – jenna & andrew

June 28th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

An Elegant Rustic Wedding (c) Victoria Baker Weddings (26)

It’s holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a short break, 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 3rd July 2017 but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from the first half of the year so far. 

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.

Jenna and Andrew light up the lens with their mega-watt grins and serve as a reminder as to what this whole getting-married business is all about.

Their rustic barn venue in East Yorkshire needed little decoration but fresh blooms, bunting and spray-painted tin cans created just the right balance between simplicity and charm. There was also a nod to earthy tones with their mustard yellow, sage green, copper and white colour scheme, and Jenna’s down-to-earth crocheted Maggie Sottero gown was perfect for this effortlessly elegant day.

With photography by Victoria Baker Weddings.

An Elegant Rustic Wedding (c) Victoria Baker Weddings (47)

jenna says: We got engaged at home – and it was a total surprise. I’d been out for dinner with some work friends and Andrew was supposed to be picking me up afterwards. He later said that he wasn’t feeling well and I got a taxi back home instead.

I arrived home to a note on the front door with instructions. Once inside the house, I was greeted with beautifully lit candles and a video he‘d recorded on his phone which set me off on a treasure hunt – at this point, Andrew was nowhere to be seen. It started with clues about the place we first met and moved onto several special memories we’d shared together. There were about ten clues in total, all leading me to the final clue, stuck to our laptop. The clue asked me to Google the Michelin star restaurant The Black Swan in Olstead, pick my favourite dish from their menu and then look for a file saved on the laptop with the same name as the dish. I found it: scallops – he’d guessed in advance the dish that I would pick! I opened the file and it was the most amazing video made up of pictures of us and captions. The last caption said “and so there is something I wanted to ask….” I turned around and there he was, down on one knee – eek! We downed a bottle of champagne while ringing around the family. The next night we ate at the restaurant and had a taster menu that included the dish!

I must add that Andrew was a true gent and asked for my dad’s permission beforehand. He even Facetimed my mum in India for her permission, too!

An Elegant Rustic Wedding (c) Victoria Baker Weddings (25)

We were married on 8th October 2016. Autumn is our favourite time of the year. The beginning of October was just perfect for us – it’s when leaves start turning, and dropping but there is still enough light in the day and if you drop lucky (like we did) and the sun comes out, it’s still warm enough to be outside.

Our venue was Barmbyfield Barn, Barmby Moor, where we had both our ceremony and reception. We were keen on a barn wedding but, living in Leeds, we struggled to find anywhere big enough locally. All it took was one visit to Barmby and we both knew we wanted to get married there. I didn’t even need to persuade Andrew, which is unusual! The venue is so beautiful, rustic and well-kept and the owner, Paul, was a pleasure to deal with.

An Elegant Rustic Wedding (c) Victoria Baker Weddings (11)

We didn’t have a theme or style, however we wanted to make sure all our decorations were in keeping with the look and feel of the barn. We also wanted the day to reflect how we are and the things we like, and therefore be informal and relaxed. Decor-wise, though, I’m mad on exposed brick and so it really didn’t need much work.

We didn’t have a strict colour scheme – although we wanted it to feel autumnal, we weren’t going for gimmicky. We stuck to natural, earthy tones using lots of whites and hessian, as well as coppers, sage greens and mustard yellows.

An Elegant Rustic Wedding (c) Victoria Baker Weddings (33)

My dress was called Trudy, by Maggie Sottero. I’d initially seen it online and luckily found it in my local bridal shop in Leeds centre, Abigail’s Bridal Boutique. It was the nicest dress I’d seen or tried on and happened to be the cheapest, which was a bonus. It was full length, crocheted lace in ivory with capped sleeves and button down back. I chose a champagne colour cami slip to go underneath to soften the ivory.

Andrew wore a navy blue three-piece suit from Moss Bros, paired with white shirt, blush tie and brown shoes and the groomsmen wore the same as Andrew.

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real wedding recap summer 2017: a 1920s style wedding at kelham island museum, sheffield – sara & ryan

June 26th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

1920s Wedding at Kelham Island (c) Stu Ganderton (45)

It’s holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a short break, 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 3rd July 2017 but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from the first half of the year so far. 

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.

The stars of today’s post, Sara and Ryan, chose to have an entirely black and white wedding album to reflect the beautiful moments of their 1920s style big day.

Their photographer, Stu Ganderton explains: “I give all my clients a full colour version of their images and a limited black and white version. I always edit my black and white differently to the colour set, usually a lot more emotive and edgy. Sara and Ryan chose the albums for the parents in colour, but their album was entirely black and white. They felt it was more arty and creative, different and edgy. It also fits immensely well with the theme of the day. I shot virtually the entire day without interrupting Sara and Ryan’s day, so everything is very natural and all real moments. The only time I intervened was for the night shots right at the very end, and this was literally ten minutes. I find that keeping a couple in their comfort zone generates very real and honest images of their day which have a timeless quality to them.”

And we couldn’t agree more! While Sara and Ryan may look like the lead roles in an old romantic Hollywood movie, there’s nothing contrived about their beautiful big day, it’s both honest and opulent from beginning to end!

With images by Stu Ganderton Photography.

1920s Wedding at Kelham Island (c) Stu Ganderton (18)

sara says: We got engaged on New Year’s Eve in 2014 while we were away in Verona. Ryan had planned a grand proposal in front of the amphitheatre but we ended up getting engaged in the hotel room while in our PJs playing Scrabble!

We set the wedding date for 10th December 2016. We chose this date as we love winter and this would give us enough time to get married and have a honeymoon before Christmas.

1920s Wedding at Kelham Island (c) Stu Ganderton (33)

We chose the quirky Kelham Island Museum in Sheffield for our wedding venue and were able to have both the ceremony and reception in the same place.

1920s Wedding at Kelham Island (c) Stu Ganderton (46)

Our theme was 1920s – it’s such a glam era! To work with this styling and also the winter season, we had a black, gold and red colour scheme.

1920s Wedding at Kelham Island (c) Stu Ganderton (60)

I chose a fitting Maggie Sottero gown for my wedding day attire. It was a sleek design and champagne in colour, which was perfect for the theme.

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bloomsbury bride. a dreamy 1920’s styled shoot at saltmarshe hall

June 16th, 2017 | Julia Braime

Blooming Styled Shoot at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Aden Priest (43)

Ladies, the weekend is upon which means it’s almost time to fill up your glass and let your hair down, but before you clock off we’re bringing you a beautifully soft and subtle styled shoot captured at one of our stunning Sponsor venues, Saltmarshe Hall.

Located in East Yorkshire, this elegant country house (where we hold two wedding fairs a year – next one on 22nd October), provided the perfect backdrop for this romantic 1920s shoot that’s brimming with chic dresses and details for your own big day.

Put together by a talented team of Yorkshire-based suppliers, all angles from the décor, cake and stationery to hair, makeup and attire have been covered, giving you plenty of pretty to pour over! Here to give us all the details on the concept and contributors is hair and makeup artist Julia Jeckell

With images by Aden Priest.

Blooming Styled Shoot at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Aden Priest (61)

julia says: It’s always really special to collaborate with a team of talented creatives. Working as a hair and makeup artist I am slightly obsessed with looks from past eras and my inspiration for the shoot came from the early 1920’s. I wanted to create a classic, almost understated ‘old world’ ethereal feel, with that classic Englishness of ‘The Bloomsbury’ set, as opposed to the glitz and glamour of the ‘Gatzby’ era.

Blooming Styled Shoot at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Aden Priest (17)

The location of Saltmarshe Hall, near Howden, East Yorkshire, was the perfect setting for our photoshoot. It was chosen as it is an elegant Grade II listed, 19th Century English country house and complemented our vintage theme perfectly.

In particular, the soft cool tones of the paintwork worked as the perfect backdrop for a dreamy ethereal feel, along with detailing throughout the house worked to stunning effect, especially as some of the bedrooms we used had 1920’s deco style mirrors and vintage features.

Blooming Styled Shoot at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Aden Priest (29)

Anna Straw of Anna’s Attic, our venue stylist, set up the wedding breakfast tables with a beautiful mix of glass candlesticks, string pearls, a floral centrepiece and handmade vintage doilies in cream and blush pinks. Bespoke pink mirror place cards and menus were created by Lisa Jane of Lisa Jane Creative, who specialises in wedding stationery to reflect our 1920’s deco feel.

A casually placed blush pink runner was used at the front of the top table and dressed with vintage silver bud vases, bottles and pearl strings using pretty cut flowers and vintage style roses in soft pastels with flowing foliage, which was provided by Sarah from All Occasions Florists, Howden.

Blooming Styled Shoot at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Aden Priest (6)

Flowers were also lined up along the mantle in the ceremony room, which was also used to showcase some other carefully curated feminine items, these included a Doulton 1920’s figurine, strings of pearls, a vintage Chanel bottle and silver bud vase with ostrich feathers in the softest grey and pink and cut blooms, all sat atop a silver mirrored tray.

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breaking news: a brand new secret garden wedding space at middleton lodge

June 15th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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Well, Brides Up North – hold the 3pm latte! – have we got some breaking news for you this Thursday afternoon! One of our very favourite spots to say I do, and host of our Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Show, Middleton Lodge Estate is set to launch a brand new wedding venue for Spring 2018!

Yes, you read that right!  Another super space within this already gorgeous setting. You can now celebrate your wedding day in your very own secret garden.

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Designed by critically acclaimed landscape designer, Tom Stuart Smith, The Kitchen Garden is a private two-acre garden filled with wildlife, home grown produce and seasonal blooms. Nestled in the walled garden is the recently restored Orangery. Drawing influence from the award-winning Coach House, expect a stylish and unique wedding venue, idyllic for an English summer wedding.

The Orangery’s main room can host up 50 guests for the Ceremony and 100 guests for the Reception, with natural light streaming through the large Georgian windows and doors onto the guests. For those looking for a smaller wedding, The Old Forge Barn, located behind the Farmhouse, is perfect for a larger ceremony with space for up to 100 guests.

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Overlooking the Kitchen Garden, after the ceremony the wedding party can step outside onto the terrace and celebrate with a glass of champagne surrounded by perfect lawns, wild meadows and herbaceous borders.

Guests will also have exclusive use of the Boiler House Bar and the Potting Shed bedrooms. As well as the picture perfect Farmhouse, set in its own tranquil meadow, which is all yours for the night.

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The Wedding Breakfast will be served in The Orangery, overlooking the Kitchen Garden. Expect a relaxed feast of seasonal produce sourced straight from the estate, the surrounding woodland and handpicked local suppliers.

After the meal, wedding guests can party into the night at The Old Forge Barn, just a short two-minute walk from The Kitchen Garden through the estate grounds. With its late night bar, it’s all yours for the evening. Just try not to wake the sheep next door! Additional bedrooms are available across the estate for wedding guests.

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Available to book for exclusive hire weddings from Spring 2018. Book an appointment now with the award-winning Wedding Team for an exclusive sneak preview of this beautiful new venue to the Middleton Lodge Estate.

Photographs by GASP Photo Co.

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pompoms & pineapples. la sposa for a festival themed wedding at natural retreats – michelle & james

June 12th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

A Festival Wedding at Natural Retreats (c) Masha Unworth (33)

Regular readers of the blog will know that Brides Up North fully endorse festival weddings, so much so that we now dedicate several of our wedding fairs to this style of celebration with our epic WEDFEST tour that travelled the north of the country in May.

Fresh on the other side of those uber cool events, we were thrilled to receive the wonderful big day of Michelle and James who demonstrate how it’s done with their fun and fabulous big day in the Yorkshire Dales.

To achieve the colourful and carefree vibe for their festival style wedding, Michelle, James and an army of friends and family descended on their chosen venue with streamers, pompoms and plant chandeliers, transforming its blank canvas into something pretty awesome!

Cue a big, brave, DIY-flavour wedding with bold flamingo and pineapple motifs, tattoos and glitter, a gin bar and mezze-style food.

All of this styled out against the rolling hills of the Dales, plus a timeless La Sposa dress. We spoil you, we really do…

With images by Masha Unwerth

A Festival Wedding at Natural Retreats (c) Masha Unworth (21)

michelle says: We got engaged at home 20th April 2016. James bought a huge bunch of tulips, my favourite flower, and left a trail of petals through the house leading to more tulips spread around the living room. I found him down on one knee with a lovely sapphire engagement ring.

We had two weddings (I know, greedy) – the first was a legal ceremony on the 20th of April, exactly one year to the day we got engaged. This was a smaller affair with a registrar and just our immediate family.

Our second wedding on the 22nd of April with 120 of our nearest and dearest friends and family. It was conducted by two of our closest friends, who wrote the ceremony without our assistance, so there were a couple of surprises!

A Festival Wedding at Natural Retreats (c) Masha Unworth (38)

We got hitched at Natural Retreats in the Yorkshire Dales, and had both our ceremony and reception there. It’s a beautiful site with accommodation for nearly 100 guests. We were able to have a whole weekend of parties and got to spend quality time with everyone instead of feeling rushed. The venue was a blank canvas which we transformed with a small army of volunteers who hung, draped and stuck – they basically built an amazing wedding for us!

We chose a few very loose themes: gin, pineapples and flamingos. We also chose to create three rooms, each with a distinct ‘feel’.

A Festival Wedding at Natural Retreats (c) Masha Unworth (45)

The main ceremony/dance space and bar were as colourful and fun as we could make them with a bit of a festival vibe. We added a photo booth, a glitter and tattoo station and built our own bars from pallets which looked fantastic. James’ friend Pencil Girl created our wedding stationery and we had the design printed into temporary tattoos.

In the dining room we wanted a very clean and classy look with lots of plants instead of flowers. We created our own hanging foliage ‘chandeliers’, built and planted the table centrepieces ourselves and each table was assigned a gin bottle instead of table numbers.

A Festival Wedding at Natural Retreats (c) Masha Unworth (26)

I chose a La Sposa wedding dress from a boutique in Manchester. I decided it was the one for me because of the beautiful detail in the bodice and the plain but flowing skirt and train. The A-line cut suited my shape and I loved wearing it all day!

James did a lot of research into what he wanted to wear and chose to have a suit made by Beggars Run in East London, which he absolutely loved. He accessorised with Ted Baker shoes and socks, a vintage pocket watch (a gift from me) and Tatty Devine cufflinks.

The chief bridesmaid, my best friend Laura, chose a dress from Coast. It had a navy blue top with a turquoise skirt and floral detailing. The dress wasn’t a traditional bridesmaid’s dress but it went perfectly with the relaxed feel of the day. We also had two flower girls who both wore ivory dresses with a navy waist band from Etsy.

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