November 10th, 2016 | Laura McDonagh
Lene and Jimmy’s big day at Northorpe Hall in Kirklees, was packed full of fun and personality, with thousands of origami flowers, space hoppers and an ice-cream van.
Lene rocked a pink tea-length dress and songs from old-time numbers to Blink 182, were provided by the bridal party’s talented friends.
But the feel-good factor goes beyond the pretty details, for Northorpe Hall was set up to support a children’s mental health charity, and so through their wedding Lene and Jimmy made a significant contribution to a very good cause.
So sit back for Lene’s uplifting account of a big day with big hearts, you’re going to love it…
Photography by Amber Marie Photography.
lene says: We got engaged three years ago whilst on holiday in Clearwater, Florida. We were enjoying the sunset whilst hanging out on the beach, and Jimmy put his arm round me and muttered “So, err, you fancy getting married then?” We’re not ones for big, romantic gestures, but it did feel a bit like he was trying to sell me a dodgy watch or something. That being said, it really was the perfect, most awkward, Jimmy-esque proposal.
We got married on the 30th July. With us having a seaside theme, me having a tea-length dress, and us being in a potentially chilly venue (barns aren’t known for their warmth and insulation), we knew we’d need it to be during the summer months.
From the outset, I knew I wanted a barn venue decked out in fairy lights; and we wanted it to be at a mid-way point for our families (James’ family are based in Doncaster, and mine in Clitheroe). When we found Northorpe Hall in Mirfield, it ticked all the boxes. And better still, it’s owned by a charity, so prices are very reasonable and you know that the money you spend is going towards a good cause.
We had a bit of a DIY seaside theme. A lot of our favourite memories are based around beaches so it was something that just slowly came together.
We didn’t have much of a colour scheme. We’d originally thought about having a light blue, but as my dress was pink we worried it might end up looking like a baby shower! As the bouquets were made from paper, we’d originally thought they should be white, but they looked really plain and a bit tacky – so we decided that each bridesmaid would have a different colour. That kind of threw any colour scheme out the window.
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November 7th, 2016 | Emma Davis
Today’s real wedding is a beautiful representation of both the bride and groom’s roots.
Taking place at a charming English manor house, the celebrations featured subtle nod’s to the Middle East through both styling and food choices.
We love the natural and relaxed vibe of this wedding, and check out the venue’s gardens, which made for some fabulous photography opportunities.
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Richard Perry Photography.
dina says: Andrew proposed to me on his birthday in March last year! As a surprise I’d arranged to take him for a meal to the Rythe Arms in Tadcaster, and we stayed over at the Colton Haggs B&B. After dinner Andrew mentioned he’d put a bottle of champagne in the fridge and asked me to collect it. When I came back he dropped to one knee and asked me if I would make him the happiest man in the world and marry him with the ring in his hands. It was all a blur for me and took me by surprise! Apparently I swore a lot and was a bit incomprehensible – but then he hugged me, I calmed down from all the excitement and said yes!
We got married on 31st July 2016, at Holdsworth House in Halifax, where we had both the ceremony and reception. We’d both done some research online and had a list of venues we wanted to see – and it happened to be our joint favourite from our online research. When we went there everyone was so friendly and it was such a stunning place that we instantly fell in love with it. We didn’t actually view any other places! We booked it there and then, especially after we stayed there for lunch and tasted how delicious the food was.
I’m Egyptian and Andrew is English, and I wanted both cultures reflected in the day. There wasn’t a theme as such, but as the venue was a beautiful English manor house, I added slight accents to give a nod to my middle-eastern heritage. The invites were an Arabic mosaic design made by With Love Invitations, which was then also adopted for the seating plans and table and seating cards. I also dotted lots of different types of lanterns across the venue, around the wedding cakes and tables, and had a couple of Arabic style throws in the courtyard.
Andrew’s favourite colour is blue so we went with blues for the colour scheme and then mixed in whites and natural greens to make it more in keeping with the summer season. I picked teal bridesmaid dresses that matched the same palette as the invites, table plans and chair sashes. Andrew and the ushers were in cobalt blue suits, and the flowers were all white. I wanted a simple classic colour scheme that didn’t clash or detract from how beautiful the venue naturally was; it didn’t need a lot of stuff adding to it.
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November 3rd, 2016 | Rachel Parry
Today’s real bride Gemma recommends keeping the wedding plans simple in order to lower the stress, but that doesn’t take away from the unmistakable beauty of her and beau Craig’s big day.
Taking place on the stunning Boughton Hall Estate, Gemma and Craig focused their efforts on fine attire and flawless décor, with sparkling glassware and neat potted plants providing just the amount of detailing.
With images by Amanda Manby Photography.
gemma says: We got engaged at home in November 2015. Craig decorated the house with hundreds of candles and Polaroids of his favourite moments of us together.
We got married on 21st May 2016, with our ceremony taking place at the catholic chapel on The Broughton Hall Estate, in Skipton, and our reception being held within the Estate’s Utopia building. The Estate is in a fabulous location and offers accommodation for both the bride, groom and guests. We liked the modern and stylish look of Utopia and the lovely open spaces and well maintained gardens that surround it.
For the wedding colour scheme we went for lovely natural tones.
My wedding dress was by Rime Arodaky, which wasn’t available in the UK, and so we planned a trip to Ireland to go and pick up the dress.
Craig’s suit was tailor made in Saville Row. He works in the fashion industry and therefore knew exactly what he wanted.
On the day of the wedding we had a silver Mercedes to transport me, my dad and my bridesmaids to the chapel.
October 31st, 2016 | Alexis Forsyth
Today on the blog we bring you Hannah and Michael’s special day, at the beautiful five-star Grand Hotel and Spa, in York. The historic city was already close to the couple’s hearts and they were totally won over by the Edwardian venue’s truly romantic backdrop.
Opting for a gorgeous gold, bronze and blush pink colour scheme complemented by an abundance of candles, petals and even pom poms – this is a wedding exuding understated glamour and charm.
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Richard Perry Photography.
hannah says: We got engaged at home, in our living room, on 13th April. Everything was pretty hectic as we were planning a move to the Middle East with Michael’s job. It was just perfect, I was sat playing with our little boy, Archie, and Michael literally gave me the shock of my life as he appeared with a box and got down on one knee to propose. I couldn’t believe it!
We got married on 4th August 2016 – we didn’t want to wait, plus I had always really wanted a summer wedding. With it being last minute, we were limited by dates but after settling on August, this date just seemed right.
Our wedding venue was The Grand Hotel and Spa, in York. We knew the venue had to be in York as it has a lot of special memories for us – from our first date to the birth of our son, as well as it being my hometown. I fell in love with The Grand Hotel from the moment I saw the grand boardroom; the venue’s elegance and history was just perfect.
Our wedding theme was vintage glamour with a touch of romance. I wanted something with class and sophistication, and once we found the venue, I knew that the grand features of the hotel would work perfectly. As for the colour scheme, this focused on gold, bronze and blush pink.
I found my wedding dress at The Little Pearl Bridal Boutique in North Yorkshire. I always knew this would be my starting place, as I know the owner Diana through a close friend. As soon as I stepped into the boutique I knew my dream dress would be in there, somewhere. After trying every different style and fit, I finally found the one – that butterfly feeling was most certainly there! I chose an Enzoani gown in ivory; a vintage style silk and lace embellished dress. It matched the venue and style of the wedding perfectly. I could not recommend Diana and The Little Pearl more. I had the most magical experience from start to finish and felt like a true princess. Diana didn’t miss a detail and would go out of her way to accommodate any request.
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October 28th, 2016 | Julia Braime
When we first set eyes on today’s real wedding we were totally blown away by the bride’s cool and individual style, perfectly showcasing how to make your big day attire your own.
Wearing an insanely beautiful lilac, bias-cut silk dress, Rachel exudes Hollywood glamour by the bucket load, completing her look with a sparking birdcage veil headpiece and shower style bouquet. We love!
As the couple’s stylish choice of venue didn’t have a marriage license, Rachel and Tom made things legal with a ceremony at Leeds Town Hall a few days previous, and yes, they looked flippin’ gorgeous for that bit too!
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Mark Newton Photography.
rachel says: We got engaged on 29th February 2012, at the Bier Keller in Leeds. We’d randomly gone there for a drink after. After a discussion about wedding and such things, I decided to ask Tom to marry me, we had been together for five years after all. He said yes and we both got quite emotional. I was lucky enough to inherit my grandmother’s engagement ring so we didn’t have to buy one.
We had our legal ceremony at Leeds Town Hall on 18th May 2015, as unfortunately the venue we wanted to have our wedding at didn’t have a licence to marry us there. We then had a blessing at The Leeds Club on 29th May, as part of our wedding celebrations. I always remember walking past the venue as a child and seeing the business men in the wing back chairs and being really fascinated as to what was inside.
We chose lilac and sage green for the wedding scheme, as we wanted colours that would complement the venue and that also matched my dress.
I was lucky enough to have two wedding dresses as we had the two ceremonies. For the town hall I wore head to toe Vivienne Westwood. For the blessing, I was fortunate enough to have a bespoke dress from the amazing Glory Days, in York. My dress was based on 1940’s Hollywood glamour and the dresses worn by Joan Crawford. It was lilac bias cut silk, with an open back and fishtail train. It was the best dress ever.
Both my bridesmaids have very different styles, so I asked them to wear their favourite dresses. Jules made her own 1940’s style cocktail dress and Suzanne wore a floor-length maxi dress from Seraphina.
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October 24th, 2016 | Emma Davis
Today’s real wedding couple chose to focus their plans on the elements that mattered most to them, allowing them to spend the majority of their time and money on the things that reflect them best.
From personal food choices, to live music and explosive evening entertainment, guests were treated to a truly special day that suited Harry and Cat’s style perfectly!
Images by Jenny Maden
harriet says: We got engaged in September 2015 whilst on our favourite walk. At the top of the hill on the route the views are amazing – suddenly the peaks and surrounding countryside unfolds. It was there that Catherine proposed to me. We celebrated our engagement at the local pub with a pie and a pint. It was perfect!
We had our legal wedding ceremony on 11th August at Sheffield Town Hall, and then had our blessing and reception with friends and family on 13th August.
The blessing was at Bolsterstone Village Hall followed by a reception in tipis, provided by Totally Tipi, at Lazy Daisy’s Farm in Langsett. The venue was important to us as we wanted somewhere near to where we live and somewhere with a down to earth and natural charm. On viewing both of these venues we loved them immediately. Both Bolderstone Village Hall and the village itself are incredibly charming, and living nearby meant we know them well. Perhaps most importantly though is that all of the suppliers we worked with were fantastic! Carol at Bolderstone Village Hall, Sally at Lazy Daisy’s and Jay at Totally Tipi – they all made the planning and organisation easy and fun.
Our colour scheme for the wedding we blue and coral. The women in the bridal party wore coral lace dresses from Coast. The men in the bridal party wore cobalt blue suits with coral ties and pocket squares.
We both wore pretty standard wedding dresses; we weren’t particularly bothered about the dresses. We were really happy with our choices though, and felt both comfortable and special on the day!
Our say was captured by photographer Jenny Maden. I knew Jenny from school and had been really impressed by her photography work, which I had seen on Facebook. Jenny flourishes at capturing natural moments. Her photography does not focus on staged shots but on capturing smiles, chat, joy, tears, funny faces and laughs, which make up a wedding day! We relish looking back through those photos and losing ourselves in the memories they trigger. We would highly recommend Jenny as a wedding photographer!
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