September 24th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Bringing their love for the outdoors to life, Lucy and Christopher’s big day back in July is the template for the perfect tipi style wedding, taking place in the mother and father of the bride’s back garden in Yorkshire. Cue plenty of picturesque country backdrops and even a rainbow!
Going for a DIY approach, the couple paired lots of quirky, rustic themed decorations with a pastel palette, not to mention plenty of inspiring, local touches – from the personalised water glasses to beers from their local brewery and platters brimming with Yorkshire goodies.
As well as supporting a host of independent suppliers, including the Flowers from the Farm network, there’s a heartfelt charitable component to their celebrations and even their honeymoon, with different elements of their wedding giving a little something back to the community. Feeling inspired to do the same? Let’s hand the blog to Lucy to tell us more…
With images by Paul Hawkett Photography.
lucy says: We got engaged while we were staying at a cottage on a remote sheep farm near Keswick in the Lake District at the end of October 2017. After a long walk we came back to dry off and whilst I was cooking dinner in my pyjamas, Christopher got down on one knee in front of the log burner and asked me to marry him. We had no phone signal so couldn’t break the news to our friends and family until the next day, which made it even more special!
We got married on 28th July 2018. With me being a teacher, getting married during the summer holidays made sense, and we didn’t want to wait another year to tie the knot.
Despite currently living in Surrey, as I grew up in Yorkshire, the north has a very special place in our hearts and we spend a lot of time visiting family there and generally enjoying being outdoors in the area. We got married in All Hallows, the stunning Anglo-Saxon church in Bardsey, the village where my family lives. This was an intimate and special place for us, and the ceremony was made particularly personal as Alan, the Reverend from the school where I teach, travelled all the way up to conduct the ceremony.
We wanted a relaxed, informal wedding reception and knew straight away that we wanted to hold this in the fields behind my parents’ home, which have picturesque views out across Yorkshire.
Early in our wedding planning we were lucky to stumble across Totem Tipi, who are part of North Yorkshire Council. Not only were they amazingly lovely to work with, and the structures themselves are stunning, but knowing that our money was going to help disadvantaged young people in Yorkshire cemented our decision to have a tipi wedding. This suited our style perfectly and received so many compliments from our guests; not many people get fairy lights and a fire pit at their wedding!
Due to the setting and reflecting our love of the great outdoors more generally, we wanted our wedding to have a relaxed, rustic vibe with really beautiful personal touches. In my spare time, I run a charity in India, and it was important for us to use local suppliers and to give back to the community wherever possible.
We also wanted to create a true Yorkshire welcome for everyone coming up for the wedding! We are both creative and like a challenge so weren’t put off by the difficulties involved in organising a DIY wedding, even though we had no idea what that would involve at the time!
We started off imagining a really rigid colour scheme but in the end went totally the opposite direction by incorporating lots of different pastel colours to reflect the beautiful shades of the flowers and fauna of the Yorkshire countryside. Chris’ favourite colour is purple so we reflected this in the outfits of the ushers and the stationery.
September 14th, 2018 | Rachel Parry
Wow, wow, TRIPLE wow – we are finishing the week off in spectacular style with a wedding that puts a huge smile on our faces, not only because it’s flippin’ gorgeous but also because the beautiful bride is a good industry friend of ours – the lovely Brooke, Weddings and Event Manager, at stunning venue Denton Hall, Ilkley, where we will be returning to on Sunday 4th November to host our Luxury Wedding Show with Brooke and the team.
Working in the world of weddings, Brooke was super clued-up when it came to picking the right setting and suppliers for her and beau Simon’s big day, which was a sensational rustic affair centred around a punchy pink colour palette and the most fabulous florals. From the perfect pastel blooms on Brookes a-maz-ing patterned gown (with pockets!!) to the incredible flower arrangements, arch and bouquet – we adore it all.
And the highlights don’t stop there – for this wedding was both pretty and personal, with Brooke and Simon adding some special touches in the form of DIY décor and sentimental polaroid pics – plus extra effort was put into the elements that mattered to them most with fine feasting and incredible entertainment playing a big part in the celebrations.
And just when you think it can’t get anymore perfect, they go and ask guests for donations to a local dogs’ home instead of gifts. Out and out sweethearts!
So, in true Brooke spirit (excuse the pun) pour yourself an extra-large ‘Friday feeling’ gin and tonic while feasting your eyes on this beauty…
With images by Avenue White Photography.
brooke says: We got engaged in July 2016, while we were visiting friends at one of our favourite places – Guernsey. After a stroll on the beach, Simon gave me a hug and said he had been to see my parents earlier that week, I asked why, he then said because I want to know if you will marry me. And with this pulled out a beautiful wooden box which contained a diamond from Iain Henderson Designs. After saying yes and crying for about ten minutes, Simon explained that we could both then go together to see Iain and have the diamond created into a ring which we would design.
After returning home we started the process of getting our ring designed, the next big thing to think about was where and when. We didn’t really have a set date in mind, as the wanted to find the right venue first, but May always held a special place in our hearts as we met on the May bank holiday weekend many moons ago.
The venue was important to us and working in the wedding industry I know we are so spoiled up North for having some stunning venues right on our doorstep. We decided on East Riddlesden Hall. We often walked our dog around the river walk they have and always thought the barn looked beautiful set for weddings. It encapsulated everything we wanted – local enough for friends and family, a blank canvas, flexibility with food and drink, and a beautiful backdrop for photos.
We didn’t have a special theme or colour in mind for our day, we just wanted colour – and lots of it. We did end up going for colours that were a similar palette to those of my dress – lots of pastel colours with pink, purple, green and blue. Also, plenty of glittery bits because it’s not a party without something shiny.
I first saw my dress whilst perusing Instagram – it was actually a Brides Up North post! I knew I had to find this dress and try it on. The designer was Charlotte Balbier so I did some internet research and The Little Pearl Bridal Boutique in Pickering came up as a Charlotte Balbier stockist. I gave the lovely Diana a call and she arranged a time for me and mum to go to the boutique and see the dress. The design is called Untamed Love and features a beautiful coloured silk overlay with huge train. Once I had tried it on I knew the dress was meant for me, this was cemented even more when I realised it had pockets!
Simon had always said from the word go that he wanted to buy his suit rather than hire to ensure that it fit really well. To reflect the relaxed feel of the venue, he decided on a waistcoat and trousers combo. On a visit to Skipton one day we walked past Jenson Samuel on the high street and they had some lovely stuff in the window. Simon went in and spoke to the guys in the store who were amazing.
We bought all the groomsmen’s suits from Jenson Samuel in Skipton too, they were all Mark Darcey trousers and waistcoats. We also bought the shirts from Jenson Samuel. We wanted to buy rather than hire so the guys all had a thank you from the day, plus they could get them altered to fit perfectly.
September 12th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Today’s real wedding is city chic at its best, as we escape to Sheffield for an informal, relaxed wedding in the midst of this summer’s heatwave. Prepare for lots of hidden backstreet shots and colourful graffiti for something unconventional and truly memorable!
Holly and James tied the knot at the impressive Sheffield Town Hall in July before celebrating with friends at the uber cool Tamper Coffee. Yep, coffee lovers, you read that right – a coffee shop, inspired by New Zealand’s café culture no less, provides the endearing backdrop to our featured wedding today. And it’s giving us a heady dose of urban wedding day envy!
Opting for a navy, white and yellow colour scheme (nothing at all to do with a certain football club…), the couple complemented this palette with pared back decorations (hello there on-trend Polaroids), a stunning three-tiered cake and beautiful blooms. So, grab a cuppa and settle in as we reminisce with Holly about the couple’s big day and find out more about their ever-so-special details…
With images by JLM Wedding Photography.
holly says: We got engaged on 3rd June 2017 in Bramhall Park. James had wanted to go to visit Bramhall Hall for months, so we went for a picnic and he surprised me by asking me to marry him.
We got married on 28th July 2018 – James is a teacher so we wanted to get married in the summer holidays so we could go straight on our honeymoon.
We didn’t really have a theme, we just knew we wanted a low-key relaxed day. We went for navy, white and yellow colour scheme – largely because we felt they looked good, but James will tell you it is because they are the colours of Leeds United!
September 11th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Who, like us, is just so ready for sweater weather! Bring on autumn! There are some gorgeous details at today’s real wedding between Jen and Craig as it’s a real celebration of the season and its rich and vibrant colours.
Jen’s flower crown packs an absolute punch and it vibes fabulously with her boho dress and loose, vivid bouquet – not to mention her shoes, now they are some seriously cool T-bars!
The guys make a strong style statement too in their varying-coloured tweed suits reflecting the key tones of autumn.
Further seasonal nods can be found in the décor; from the cute mini pumpkins on the top table to the beautiful berries and clever carved apple tealight holders. And in keeping with the rural barn setting, there are some gorgeous rustic touches too, including sweet hessian bunting and a naked three-tiered cake.
But beyond the aesthetics, we love the fact this wedding has a conscience. All the proceeds from their chosen venue go into helping young people who are experiencing mental health problems, bereavement or autism. Usually weddings are all about the couple – and why not indeed! – but Jen and Craig’s wedding manages to be both a celebration of their ten-year relationship and the future to come as well as a lasting legacy for children going through tough times. What a touching combination. Here’s Jan to tell us more…
With images by Simon Holmes Photography.
jen says: There wasn’t a real wedding proposal as such for Craig and I. We had been together ten years before we decided to tie the knot; it just seemed like the right time.
We got married on 28th October 2017 – I really wanted an autumn wedding, as it’s our favourite season and we love all the colours.
A barn wedding was definitely top of my list, as I thought it would be right for the kind of relaxed celebration we wanted. I visited a few before settling on Northorpe Hall & Barn in Mirfield. It is owned by a registered children’s charity, which supports young people with mental health issues, bereavement and autism. All the proceeds from weddings held in the barn help to provide these services; this was so important to us as our own son is autistic and we know how badly families need this support. The venue is lovely; they were really accommodating about changes to menus and helpful when it came to suppliers. What’s really nice – and without a doubt the most important thing to us – was to have a wedding that left some sort of legacy: to actually have a wedding that was all about us but also directly benefits others was more than we could have hoped for.
For our theme, we went with an autumn/Yorkshire celebration. We used autumnal colours – burgundy, orange, pink, green and blush. We both love all the colours and wanted to incorporate those into our wedding but without having a regimented colour scheme. Our venue stylist used lots of pumpkins, apples, burlap and rustic elements to tie in with our theme.
When it came to my dress, I knew exactly what kind I wanted – something with sleeves and lace that was quite understated and boho. I went to a few bridal boutiques but, being a plus-size bride, I found it difficult to find anything I liked that had a sample in my size to try. After doing lots of research, I saw a dress by Savannah Miller for Debenhams that I absolutely loved. I couldn’t believe I’d found something suitable on the high street. I wore a handmade silk flower belt with it from Etsy and some gorgeous Irregular Choice shoes.
September 4th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
A reservoir and a boat club provide the captivating backdrop to today’s fine art wedding styled bridal shoot in the Peak District. Cue some dramatic skies, panoramic views of the water and overgrown foliage for a shoot that’s giving us all those autumnal feels.
Sam from Sheffield-based specialist wedding and event floral designers Fantail, brought all the suppliers together for the shoot, with an overarching theme of ‘something out of the ordinary’. And we think the results are certainly rather special.
The wild floral arrangements are one of the many highlights, featuring an on-trend mix of dahlias, cymbidium orchids, pampas grass and bulrush, all beautifully complementing the natural setting. There’s also some rather fetching props to look out for, including a leather chair and a woven moon. What we love most about this shoot, however, is that the models are a real-life couple and we think this really translates through the stunning photography.
Enough of our gushing commentary though – lets hand the blog over to Sam to share all the fabulous details!
With images by Stevie Jay Photography.
sam says: As a collective we all wanted to do something out of the ordinary and have some fun. We hadn’t done a shoot near water for a while, or at this time of the year, and as Damflask Reservoir is literally on our doorstep, it was the perfect location.
Damflask Reservoir is situated in Low Bradfield, just over the hill from where we’re based. It’s very popular with dog walkers and runners alike. Parts of the trail are really secluded but still reachable with a quick divert off the main gravel path. We chose an area close to where it was quite overgrown and wild, though still offering amazing views of the water. For the second part of the shoot we ventured to the local boat club where we could capture some different shots.
Pampas grass is a real wedding trend in the UK at the moment and one that we’ve seen drift in from New Zealand and Australia, where it has been popular for a good few years. We wanted to create a shoot that was in the middle of nature and although we chose not to use many flowers, it was about the textures of the foliage and different bloom shapes. We used bulrush in the bridal posy with touches of pampas grass, champagne grass and eucalyptus. Adding a touch of colour – we decided on the deep red of the dahlia with the cymbidium orchid.
Our real-life bride and groom, Maria and Neil, were brilliant from the start. Maria wore a ‘crown’ headpiece using pampas and petals from the cymbidium orchid. This complemented the makeup artistry and the way Georgina Gleed styled this was brilliant. We decided to go with natural soft waves for Maria’s hair, so it wouldn’t overpower the headpiece. As for Neil – his buttonhole featured a dahlia with a stag pin through the base.
Large floor standing floral circles are popular in weddings at the moment too. We mossed ours completely and added an asymmetrical floral design to the top and bottom. You can hire this from Fantail for a backdrop to the cake table or the wedding ceremony. It’s particularly fitting for a barn or tipi style wedding. Little details like the basket woven sphere was used to complement ‘buoys’ on the water.
August 29th, 2018 | Julia Braime
Pack up your flip-flops and sunnies as we’re off to the coast for today’s fabulous styled beach wedding shoot. Inspired by our long hot summer here in the UK, wedding photographer Jane Beadnell teamed up with a group of talented northern suppliers to create this bold seaside shoot at Ainsdale Beach in Southport, complete with sand dunes, coastal waters and what Jane describes as an “intimate beach picnic”.
Beautifully complementing their natural sandy surroundings, the team coordinated some rather stunning floral arrangements, stationery and table decorations – think delicate shells, decadent candelabras and gold cutlery – alongside a statement mustard and blue palette. A horse even debuts on the shoot, in keeping with those dreamy wanderlust vibes.
Then there’s the wedding cake, which is a real showstopper – a five-tiered masterpiece with a subtle wash of blue through the icing, adorned with gorgeous sugar flowers. Almost too pretty to eat!
Amidst the rugged dunes, the model wore a demure lace and tulle gown, perfectly captured on camera flowing in the coastal breeze. This was flawlessly offset by the prettiest of flower crowns and tousled hair. We all want to be a beach bride now! As for the groom – his blue suit and golden button hole were the perfect match to his bride, if we do say so ourselves!
We think it’s about time we passed the blog over to Jane to give us all the behind the scenes details from the shoot – prepare for bundles of big day beach inspo!
With images by Jane Beadnell Photography.
jane says: With the summer heatwave in full swing, a beach themed shoot seemed like the perfect location for an inspirational shoot. As a team of creatives, we came up with a colour palette of soft and deep blues with mustard, golds and yellows. We envisaged the bride with a horse and were lucky enough to happen across a horse (and its owner) so we asked if we could have a couple of photos with our bride.
Claire-Amelia from The Bridal Emporium, knows the area, as her dad lives there, so we thought it would be a great base for getting our bride ready. The beach was really long and empty, which was perfect. It also has beautiful sand dunes, which gave us the soft backdrop we were after.
Laura and Hana from Ambience Harrogate and York styled a palette with mustard and blue fabrics; they dressed the ‘beach table’ with beautiful candles, plates and saucers. Otley-based JB Creatives also supplied some beautiful stationery.
Francesca from Frenchie Loves Flowers created floral arrangements with hues of yellows, blues, oranges and greens. She also made a giant arch, which she dressed with flowers for the ceremony space.
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