Charlotte Balbier
Brides Up North Wedding Fairs

#girlsquad sorted: introducing joy’s bella bridesmaids

January 9th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

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There’s no doubt that picking your bridesmaids can be a tricky task, but often choosing what they will wear for the big day can be even more difficult. There are different colours and styles to debate, and while one of your leading ladies might love your suggestions, another could take a little more convincing.

In order to help ensure shopping for your gals is an enjoyable rather than exasperating experience, we’re introducing you to our fabulous Sponsor Hannah of Joy’s Bella Bridesmaids, who has numerous bridesmaid dress designers and styles all under one roof with something to suit all ages, preferences and styles.

Frustrated that there wasn’t a special boutique that catered for groups of ladies to find the perfect gowns for their key role in the proceedings, owner Hannah Robinson set up Joy’s Bella Bridesmaids in North Yorkshire, which has proved hugely successful as news of its unique offering has spread.

With more than 300 different dress styles stocked at the boutique and a full floor dedicated to trying and fitting with spacious changing rooms and comfortable seating for brides to have fun with their bridesmaids, this is serious wedding #girlsquad heaven!

Sorella Vita

When and why did you decide to set up Joy’s Bella Bridesmaids?

hannah says: I set up the boutique in September 2015, I married in May 2015, and my sister got married the year before. We both really struggled to find somewhere to go to choose bridesmaids dresses. We found we had an amazing experience as a bride choosing our bridal gown but when it came to buying the bridesmaids dresses we were really limited. We couldn’t find a boutique that had a large selection of styles, colours and designers to try all in one place. I thought that there must be a better way to do things which led to opening Joy’s Bella Bridesmaids. I wanted to create the same experience for bridesmaids as the bride has. You choose your family and your best friends to be your bridesmaids, it is such an important and special time.

Where is Joy’s Bella Bridesmaids located and can you describe the boutique?

The boutique is in a rural location between York and Selby, in a converted granary. It’s definitely peaceful and a very relaxed atmosphere. When I was choosing premises for the shop I wanted somewhere a little off the beaten track with a lot of space and plenty of parking right outside. I think The Old Granary is perfect!

SorellaVita

Can you tell us a little about the designers that you stock at the boutique?

I stock Sorella Vita, Dessy, twobirds and Amanda Wyatt. I wanted to have the highest quality designers that offer the largest range of styles and colours. Each of my designers offer something different, whether it’s Dessy who offer such a variety of fabrics, Sorella Vita with their sequin collections, twobirds which have such an ingenious solution for a large number of bridesmaids or Amanda Wyatt who have matching styles for all ages.

How do you select the designers that you stock?

A lot of research! The designers have to mirror the image and feel that I am creating within the boutique, they have to be so focused on getting it right for the bride.

Do you also stock flower girl dresses too?

I do stock flower girls dresses, they range from classic ivory dresses with matching sash to so many different styles to coordinate with adult dresses.

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made for each other. pronovias for an elegant wedding at bowcliffe hall – louise & michael

January 8th, 2018 | Julia Braime

An Elegant Wedding at Bowcliffe Hall (c) Bloom Weddings (47)

It’s easy to see why today’s couple Louise and Michael fell in love with their chosen wedding venue. With its beautiful grounds and the most magnificent of interiors, Bowcliffe Hall – a Sponsor venue of Brides Up North – offered a sumptuous and memorable backdrop to their special day, which the couple then complemented beautifully with a pale pink and dark teal colour scheme. True elegance.

As self-confessed foodies, Louise and Michael were also lured in by the fact that they could work with the venue’s chef to create their own bespoke menu, resulting in a refreshing alternative to the standard wedding fayre.

But the originality didn’t stop here. The couple enlisted help from friends and family to create other elements of their day from scratch – including their stunning three-tiered wedding cake and wonderful paper origami cranes that were given out as favours. We also love the subtle nods to Louise’s Scottish heritage, complete with a bagpiper and pretty blue thistles, of course. With so many treasured details to share, we’ll hand the blog over to Louise to tell us more.

With images by Bloom Weddings

An Elegant Wedding at Bowcliffe Hall (c) Bloom Weddings (42)

louise says: We got engaged while we were visiting my brother and his family, who were living in Singapore, back in November 2015. As part of the trip, we’d planned to fly to Bali for a mini-break with the family, but a big volcano erupting meant our flights were cancelled. Plan A of proposing whilst we were away in Bali was scuppered. Michael needed a plan B. Instead, we ended up going to Thailand for a long weekend. We picked a gorgeous private villa with its own pool, packed our bags and we were off. Michael thought to himself this was where it was going to happen. On the second day, the family went off to explore. His time had come! I was reading on the sun loungers so he went and got the ring that he’d carried half way around the world and popped the question. After saying yes and the obligatory calls back home to share the news, we celebrated with cocktails and painful Thai massages!

An Elegant Wedding at Bowcliffe Hall (c) Bloom Weddings (22)

We knew that we wanted a summer wedding, so opted for 3rd June 2017. We were pretty flexible with exact dates, so it all came down to the availability of the venues that we were looking at.

We’d been to so many weddings in the past few years, we wanted somewhere that a) we’d never been to as a guest and b) none of our guests will have been to before. We went into the search totally open minded – we looked at a few wedding hotels, a few barns, a couple of churches and even an old National Trust building as possible venues for the ceremony and reception.

But as soon as we saw Bowcliffe Hall, we instantly fell in love with the place; that was it, our decision was made! The beautiful gardens, the gorgeous newly renovated Ballroom, the quirky details dotted around the grounds and the Drivers’ Club truly wowed us. As self-confessed foodies, being able to design a bespoke menu was another massive tick in the box for us.

An Elegant Wedding at Bowcliffe Hall (c) Bloom Weddings (33)

We didn’t have a theme as such, beyond the colour of the wedding stationery, flowers, bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen accessories. There were, however, a few nods to my Scottish roots, so we did have a bag piper and some blue thistles in the flowers.

Each of the rooms at Bowcliffe Hall has its own unique style, so we wanted that to stand out, and not have lots of ‘wedding clutter’ to distract from that, so our decorations were kept to a minimum. I guess we went for a simple and elegant feel to the whole day. We opted for a dark teal colour scheme, which was paired with pale pink on the stationery and Michael’s tie. We chose this colour combination as we hadn’t seen it before and thought it was fairly different but still elegant.

An Elegant Wedding at Bowcliffe Hall (c) Bloom Weddings (28)

I looked for a dress for a fair few months, and must have been to every shop in Yorkshire! I ended up buying my dress from Pronovias in London. It was an empire-line mermaid wedding dress with a bateau neckline. It was a combination of a crepe, tulle and lace floral design with a glimpse of a suggestive sweetheart neckline at the front. I loved it from the moment I saw it, especially the detail at the back and the train.

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real wedding recap 2017: a stylish wedding at hotel du vin, york – beth & gareth

January 3rd, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

A Stylish Wedding at Hotel Du Vin (c) Sarah Beth Photo (72)

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 8th January 2018 (we’re hoping we’ll be over the hangover by then, right?) but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from last 6 months. 

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.

Today’s featured bride is a florist by day, so it goes without saying, she had a very clear idea of (a) her favourite season and (b) what floral arrangements she wanted for her wedding with hubby-to-be, Gareth. And they truly are exceptional – with exquisite terracotta pots and a beautiful trellis just two of the floral highlights.

Tying the knot at Hotel du Vin in York, the venue is beyond pretty, brimming with character. And just a short car ride away lies the Museum Gardens, lending another captivating backdrop to the couple’s fabulous wedding photography.

Beth has recounted so many wonderful and touching details from their special celebrations – we suggest you grab a cuppa and join us as we soak up this impressive springtime wedding…

With images by Sarah Beth Photo.

A Stylish Wedding at Hotel Du Vin (c) Sarah Beth Photo (31)

beth says: Gareth proposed in Rome on July 4th 2015. We had just bought our first house together and decided a city break away was just what we needed before a hectic couple of months moving in and decorating our house. We’d gone for a romantic meal near the Trevi Fountain and Gareth had been very quiet and said that he was tired from a busy day of sightseeing. We then walked along to St Peters Square to see it lit up at night. We were both admiring the view and I was busy taking photos. I then turned around and Gareth was on his knee! It was perfect, and even more so that a kind lady had captured it all, unbeknown to us; a very special photo that we will treasure forever.

A Stylish Wedding at Hotel Du Vin (c) Sarah Beth Photo (45)

We got married on Saturday 22nd April 2017. Spring is one of our favourite times of the year as we love anything outdoorsy. As a florist, I automatically thought, when are my favourite flowers in season?! So it had to be April. We chose the back end of the month hoping there’d be more chance of sunshine, and we certainly did get that! We couldn’t have wished for a more perfect day.

We chose Hotel Du Vin in York as our wedding venue. We spend a lot of time in York as it’s one of our favourite cities. Gareth and I made an appointment to speak to Mollie, the events organiser, and we loved it. The style and décor of the hotel is timeless and simple. The courtyard where our ceremony and evening reception was held has a glass roof so it felt as though we were outside, which was just what we were after.

We had our wedding breakfast in the bistro – another beautiful room with lots of character. We only had 50 guests during the day, so it was lovely to be so close to our family and friends.

A Stylish Wedding at Hotel Du Vin (c) Sarah Beth Photo (63)

There wasn’t any particular theme to the day. Flowers and springtime were obviously a big part of the wedding, but the main thing was creating a relaxed and happy day.

I wanted to include little personal touches, too. I had some gorgeous signs made by Painted by Katie: an order of the day, Instagram hashtag (#happilyeverstorey), and a special board made for a table featuring photos of my grandma and gramps, who I have lost. It meant the world to me having their photos there for everyone to admire. I also had my gran’s brooch attached to the binding of my bouquet, it really felt as though she was there with us.

The colours tied in with spring, with lemons, mint green, cornflower blue and lots of green foliage throughout. They are my absolute favourite colours.

A Stylish Wedding at Hotel Du Vin (c) Sarah Beth Photo (55)

I chose an Enzoani dress from The Harrogate Bridal Lounge. It was the first shop I went to and the fifth dress I tried on. The girls were amazing at the shop, so friendly, professional and full of knowledge about all the dresses and designers.

The dress was everything I said I didn’t want! Flicking through the rails, my mum loved the Kerianna dress. It was very detailed with beautiful pearls, crystals and delicate lace which I loved, but it was strapless. She persuaded me to give it a try and, of course, as always, mum was right! I wore a veil, too, which made me feel less exposed around my shoulders and back; it finished my bridal look perfectly.

My Rachel Simpson shoes were so pretty and they were comfy all day, I took them off for the last hour of the night so I think I did pretty well to stay in heels for nearly 12 hours!

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real wedding recap 2017: a country vintage style wedding at the grange hotel – debbie & matthew

December 30th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

www.allyouneedislovephotography.co.uk

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 8th January 2018 (we’re hoping we’ll be over the hangover by then, right?) but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from last 6 months. 

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 keen Pinners out there are going to adore today’s celebration as its country vintage wedding theme means it has an abundance of gorgeous décor and details.Cue hessian bound jars and tree slices, loose wild bloom displays, wooden crates and love hearts, plus one super sweet cake.

We have to say the bar is sky high across the board, resulting on some serious #weddinggoals! From the fine choice of venue to the stunning attire (both on the bride and groom’s side), not to mention the incredible florals. Guys, we’re head-over-heels for this one – and we think you might be too!

With images by All You Need is Love Photography.

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debbie says: We got engaged on Christmas Day morning in 2015. Matthew proposed in front of my three girls as he wanted then to be a part of it, which was very sweet. He sat me on the sofa told me to close my eyes and proposed. He then asked the girls if he could be their step dad, which was lovely.

Our wedding date was 10th August 2017, as this was the date of our first date, four years previous.

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We chose The Grange Hotel as our venue – a beautiful Victorian hotel with a modern feel in our lovely home town of York.

Our theme was vintage, country style so lots of wood and hessian. The colour theme was browns, creams and blues to go with a vintage style theme.

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My dress was a long, vintage style off-white design with a laced detailed back from a small wedding boutique, one-of-a-kind made-to-measure.

Matthew’s suit was handmade by his brother, who is a tailor on Saville Row in London. It was dark brown with baby blue stripes – again, one-of-a-kind.

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The groomsman wore handmade suits also made by Matt’s brother, these were in navy.

My bridesmaids and flower girl wore matching dresses from BHS from their wedding collection, they were called Marylebone.

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real wedding recap 2017: a luxe woodland wedding in west yorkshire – rosie & ben

December 29th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A Glam Woodland Wedding (c) A Little Picture (27)

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 8th January 2018 (we’re hoping we’ll be over the hangover by then, right?) but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from last 6 months. 

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.

If your morning caffeine hit hasn’t managed to fully wake you up, we’re pretty sure this stunning real wedding will open your eyes – and possibly cause them to pop out of your head – as this is an outdoor celebration with a difference! We’re talking chandeliers, sofas, mirrors and all kinds of opulent details that you wouldn’t expect in this woodland setting.

Opting for Applewood and Blossom Barn Weddings on the outskirts of Leeds, this backdrop was everything they could wish for, giving them free rein over the décor, entertainment and catering for their special day. The transparent marquee offering stunning views of the tree canopies above sounds positively dreamy, and as for the cocktail shack – this is the kind of bar we’d just love to stumble upon in the forest!

Here, Rosie tells us more about how they brought their original and boldly imaginative theme – The Ritz in the Woodland – to life…

With images by A Little Picture.

A Glam Woodland Wedding (c) A Little Picture (16)

rosie says: We got engaged on 10th of December 2015, in Lake Bled, Slovenia. Every year we go away for a short break during the festive period and we had decided on Lake Bled for its fairytale, picturesque landscape. On our first day, whilst we were walking round the lake, I stopped to take a photo to send to friends, when I turned around Ben was on one knee! We continued the walk together knowing it was only the two of us who knew, and stopped for lunch and champagne to celebrate!

A Glam Woodland Wedding (c) A Little Picture (25)

We got married on 19th August 2017. We didn’t choose the date for any particular reason. We knew we didn’t want a traditional reception venue, such as a manor house, and I came across Applewood and Blossom Barn Weddings. They had only done one wedding before and we knew we could make it our own. They had two dates left for 2017 – so the 19th August it was!

We held our service at St Mary’s Church, Mirfield, which is our local church and happens to be stunning, and then the reception at Applewood and Blossom Barn Weddings on the outskirts of Leeds. We knew we wanted a traditional church service and a different reception venue. We have been to a lot of weddings and though each was beautiful, we wanted something different. At Applewood you can do whatever you want (within reason), so we could pick the decoration, food, music, drinks, entertainment, cake – everything!

A Glam Woodland Wedding (c) A Little Picture (40)

The theme for our wedding was ‘The Ritz in the Woodland’. We wanted to create a complete juxtaposition between what people would traditionally expect of a woodland wedding (bunting, wellies, burlap, hay bales) and instead create drama with chandeliers in the trees, plush sofas, mirrors, texture, all white flowers and minimal greenery.

We had a three-course meal, including steak and wine on white table linen with champagne velvet table runners. We had a transparent marquee so people could sit in luxury and see the trees, and walk through the woodland and see elegance and opulence every step of the way.

A Glam Woodland Wedding (c) A Little Picture (29)

Our colour scheme was simply ink blue and white. We wanted to keep it classy and elegant.

White flowers with a focus on peonies, roses and hydrangea stood out from the dramatic woodland background – the concept was to use flowers that you wouldn’t find in a woodland setting. We had white table linen and white flowers on mirrored centrepieces.

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urban class. ian stuart for a stylish wedding at grays court, york – lisa & steve

December 15th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A Pretty City Wedding in York (c) Richard Perry Photography (22)

Though we didn’t need anymore reason to get the mulled wine heating on the hob and the Baileys chilling in the fridge, Friday has arrived signaling the ok for a little indulgence. As such we’re treating your eyes to this true beauty of a real wedding, which took place in the beautiful city of York.

Lisa and Steve chose the stunning Grays Court, for their big day celebrations – a stunning, historic building which dates back to the 11th century. As luck would have it, the sun shone brightly on their wedding day and they unexpectedly ended up saying their vows in the venue’s garden, surrounded by candelabras, plinths, candles and flowers – a dreamy outdoors ceremony if ever we saw one! What we love most about the venue though, is that it looks like a secret hideaway – you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in the midst of a serene countryside setting as opposed to the heart of a city.

From the inspired grey colour scheme and Lindt chocolate favours, to the string quartet and elegant red velvet cake – there are lots of wonderful details to pore over. Our highlight though has to be the photos captured after dark, with fairy lights and dark shadows at play for some truly romantic shots!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Richard Perry Photography.

A Pretty City Wedding in York (c) Richard Perry Photography (24)

lisa says: We got engaged on my birthday, 10th April 2016. I love history and one of my favourite places is Hever Castle in Kent; Anne Boleyn’s childhood home. Steve surprised me with a trip to Hever. We stayed at the castle and while in the gardens, he proposed on one knee with a ring! He arranged for champagne on ice in our room for our return. It was perfect.

A Pretty City Wedding in York (c) Richard Perry Photography (3)

Our wedding date was 14th October, and we chose Grays Court in York as our venue. We love York and go whenever we can. I love Grays Court because it dates back to the 11th century, it’s beautiful with the gardens backing onto York wall and boasts views of the Minster. We’ve stayed there a few times and I knew that’s where I wanted to get married.

Our colour scheme was grey which matched the venue, as well as being my favourite colour. I didn’t have a theme in mind but realised along the way I’d chosen grey for quite a lot of things!

A Pretty City Wedding in York (c) Richard Perry Photography (35)

I chose an Ian Stuart gown. I loved his style straight away and found a bridal shop which stocked his gowns. The dress is called Angelica. It originally had a high neck and was sleeveless with a low back, but Ian Stuart made the dress strapless at my request.

Steve wore a light grey suit from Spencer’s in Liverpool. Meanwhile, our bridesmaids wore Dessy and the colour choice was stormy.

A Pretty City Wedding in York (c) Richard Perry Photography (55)

I didn’t need transport on the wedding day as I stayed at the venue the night before. Steve stayed at The Grand and walked through York with his friends to Grays.

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