May 18th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh
Today’s real wedding is so full of laidback, rustic charm that I’m certain you’ll become as fully immersed in it as we have here at Brides Up North HQ.
Talk about a barn wedding at its best! The big day of Matthew and Rachel is simple, pretty and personal, with bunting, paper lanterns and haybales a-go-go. It’s enough to make you want to grab a pint, a Pug and the one you love and saunter off down a country lane. Oh go on, then…
With photography by Katie Dervin.
rachel says: We got engaged over Christmas in 2014. We were supposed to be in the house that we were renovating, but it was nowhere near ready. Despite this, Matthew decided to set up a barbecue dinner of steak and sprouts (my favourite) – until the house filled with smoke and we had to decamp to cook on the street outside at 10pm! He’d set up mini Christmas trees and other little present decorations to create some festive atmosphere, although he said that the lids of the presents were glued on. I tried to open them and, given the supposed glue, was pulling really hard – until I opened one that contained the ring and it popped out onto my plate! Matthew rushed around the table to propose – although he’s still miffed I didn’t cry!
We decided to get married on the 20th August 2016 – we were looking for a warm and sunny day.
Our ceremony venue was Mellor Church in Stockport – Matthew grew up in the parish and the views are stunning. We then went onto Thornsett Fields’ wedding barn, which is local to us, with more beautiful views and we felt we could make it just how we wanted it. It’s a super-relaxed venue.
Our theme was a sort of rustic, ‘country gent’ vibe. We didn’t want to go too traditional or formal – we just wanted everyone to relax and enjoy their day in the country. There was lots of tweed, hessian, multi-coloured flowers and careful lighting.
I wore a fitted and beaded Maggie Sottero gown from Sense and Sensibility. It wasn’t what I thought I wanted as it was strapless and a bit ‘bling’, but I loved its vintage feel. It also came with a mini cape and I wore my sister’s veil, too. Amina Shaikh Wedding Services altered my dress slightly and I would highly recommend her – but make sure you book early.
Matthew wore a white shirt, black chinos, a tweed waistcoat from a small shop in Buxton and a purple tie. The groomsmen wore the same but with brown ties and my bridesmaids wore black beaded dresses from a seller on Amazon.
In keeping with the rustic feel, I travelled to the ceremony in a Range Rover.
May 17th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
Today’s styled shoot is perfectly timed for the summer months and takes us inside a magical tipi in Chesterfield for an uber cool, rural affair brimming in boho-inspired fun – we’re talking a polka-dot dress, laughter by the fire pit and a spot of marshmallow toasting.
And ranking high on the cuteness factor – there’s the most adorable puppy (a bridesmaid nonetheless) vying for our attention, too. She could be our plus one any day, that’s for sure.
Keen to spotlight those memorable quirks that make a wedding day truly unique, this styled shoot is all about originality and personality, and showcases some top suppliers from the locality. It’s a welcome reminder that when it comes to your special day – with a little imagination – you really can make a space your own.
laura & kym say: We named the shoot Boho Belle, after deciding that we wanted to create a shoot that fused bohemian fun with simple elegance. With a magical tipi setting, a polka-dot tea-length dress and an impossibly cute puppy bridesmaid, our shoot was all about inspiring our brides and grooms to incorporate their own personalities and little quirks into their wedding day.
We at Once Upon A Wedding Events work closely with Tipi & Kata as their recommended coordinators – as soon as we stepped inside the tipis, we fell in love with them and instantly began planning a styled shoot incorporating the space. The dance floor, fire pit and fairy lights naturally fit with our theme and provided a fab backdrop for our models, Katy and Doug.
To style Katy, we chose one of Susanna Greening’s tea-length dresses, which fitted with the relaxed, outdoor wedding vibe. Complete with a polka-dot print, this bespoke bridal design instantly stood out to us as a fun alternative to the classic floor-length wedding gown. The buttons on the back of the dress added that extra bit of quirkiness, in keeping with the ‘something blue’ theme.
As we’d opted for a tipi venue, we wanted to incorporate plenty of greenery into the floral adornments for the shoot. Our lovely florist Polkadot Florist crafted a hanging foliage feature, blending purple hues and greenery to create a flower crown and two beautiful bouquets.
Matching buttonholes were made for Doug and Scout’s collar to tie in with the bohemian theme. Avoiding the traditional suit, shirt and tie, we dressed Doug in simple chinos, paired with a waistcoat and bowtie from Tweed & Groom, available at The White Yard. The dark grey-blue tweed waistcoat complemented Katy’s tea-length dress and was the perfect fusion of smart-casual for our Boho Belle shoot.
With lots of lovely suppliers on board – including Oh So Makeup, Whyte Weddings (who supplied our signage and stationery) and videographer Lukas & Laura Films – the shoot ran smoothly without a hitch!
May 17th, 2017 | Rachel Parry
Outfit by Coast
Finally the first rays of summer are starting to shine through and we can’t wait to start building up our wardrobe with lighter, shorter and brighter attire!
The high street is awash with vibrant hues and so we are making a conscious effort to step away from our monochrome safety net and try something a little more daring. And through today’s post, we’ll be encouraging you to do the same as we suggest some lively guest outfit options for those of you attending weddings in the coming months.
So ladies, be bold, be brave and prepare for some serious colour blocking…
Boss Nova Stripe Midi Dress, £149, Coast – We are totally besotted with Coast’s latest collection and this bright beauty has to be one of our very favourites, with a punchy striped pattern and on-trend handkerchief hem.
Manzoni 3D Floral Lace Dress, £170, from French Connection – The bridal world is blossoming with 3D florals so were pleased to see them making an impact on the high street too! We love this sophisticated cornflower blue number.
Asymmetric Skirt, £42, from Warehouse – A two piece is the ultimate way to colour block by picking tones that either complement or contrast for the top and bottom half. This cerise pink skirt would be a great buy for both occasion and holiday wear.
Frilled Sleeve Dress, £29.99, from Zara – Big sleeves continue to rein supreme in the summer season and we adore the simplicity (and price!) of this sunshine shift dress.
Emma Circle Lace Dress, £249, from Whistles – You can’t go wrong with lace for a wedding and so this gorgeous Whistles design easily makes our top picks. Just peachy!
Double Breasted Suit Jacket, £65, and trousers, £35, from Topshop – While it won’t be everyone’s go-to colour, we think this gorgeous jewel toned co-ord is a sure way to make a colour blocking statement this summer.
Krissi Cold Shoulder Top, £39, from Coast – A possible partner for the Warehouse skirt or Topshop co-ord, this cobalt blue top ticks two trend boxes – cold shoulder and ruffles – and will take you all through the season.
Alice + Olivia Trinity Cutout Jumpsuit, £415, from Net-A-Porter – Simple, sexy and sophisticated, what more can we say?
Myley Marina Mosaic Skater Dress, £160, from Ted Baker – A less in-you-face option, we love the gorgeous tones on this super-sweet skater dress.
Rubies Gem Embellished Sandals, £59, from Topshop – Fun and fanciful, these heels look good enough to eat!
Lillia sunglasses, £120, from Ted Baker – A summer wedding staple and we’re going oversized for a true WAG look.
Oscar de la Renta Tasseled Swarovski Crystal Clip Earrings, £385, from Net-A-Porter – The ‘it’ of earrings right now, these tassel beauties have been on our wish list like, forever!
Faux Leather Twist Lock Bag, £25, from Marks & Spencer – Just the right size for those wedding day essentials and a bargain price too, thank you M&S.
Made Shiny Birds Nest Bangle, £35, from Whistles – Nothing quite says summer accessorising like a stack of bangles and bracelets.
On To Point Court Heels, £68, from Office – Courts with clout and a sure way to make your outfit pop!
Faux Pearl Earrings with Fringe, £12.99, from Zara – When just one style won’t do, do as Zara does and roll them all into one!
Luxe Drop Collar, £8, from Oasis – Be a metallic goddess with the addition of this bohemian style collar.
Ostana Feather Fascinator, £79, from Coast – Admittedly only for the very brave, but we couldn’t resist this statement headpiece.
Pineapple Bucket Bag, £49.99, from Zara – A step too far? Nah – it is summer after all!
May 16th, 2017 | Rachel Parry
Have we got a gem of a real wedding for you this morning!
Marrying on the biggest party night of the year – New Year’s Eve – today’s real wedding couple really got into the celebratory swing of things with more sparkles and bling than you could shake a diamond-encrusted stick at.
So, prepare to be dazzled (we are getting a little carried away?!) as we travel to the North East to relive the gorgeous big day of Nicola and Scott…
With images by Jamie Mac Photography
nicola says: Scott and I first met at a New Year’s Eve party on Gateshead quayside in 2009. I lived in Liverpool and had come to Newcastle for my best friend’s party. At first, we had a long-distance relationship with us travelling between Liverpool and Newcastle but after 18 months I moved to Newcastle and then after six months of living there, Scott proposed on New Year’s Eve, exactly two years from first meeting. It was nice and low key, exactly how I would have wanted him to do it had I had a choice. It was at home – we were watching Jools Holland with a bottle of prosecco and at midnight he got down on one knee and proposed.
We got married on New Year’s Eve 2016. We chose this date as it was obviously of special significance to us as we had both met this date and then got engaged this date.
We wanted a city centre wedding, instead of a stately home, barn or hotel. We had guests travelling from America, Ireland and Liverpool and wanted them to stay in Newcastle city centre for the weekend and enjoy the city as well as the wedding.
We arranged to be married by Glyn our vicar at St Andrews Church. The church is in the heart of the city and really is special. It is the oldest church in Newcastle and has so much character.
When looking for a reception venue we couldn’t find anything suitable at first then my friend (coincidently the same friend who had first introduced me and Scott) told me about St Mary’s Heritage Centre on Gateshead quayside. I booked an appointment to view the venue and Scott and I instantly knew this was the venue for us and we booked it there and then. It was so different, an old church with lots of history and space. It had amazing views of the Tyne Bridge and city centre too. It was exactly what we were after. An added benefit for booking it was it was available New Year’s Eve and the quayside fireworks would also be going off at midnight. The venue was a blank canvas but I wasn’t deterred by this, I quite liked that I could put my own stamp on the place.
Given the timing and location of the wedding, we wanted the theme to be very city centre ‘new year’s glam’. We wanted lots of sparkle and bling. The groom and best men/ushers wore dinner suits and my dress was very sparkly. The centrepieces were falling crystal chandeliers with added crystals on the tables with sequin tablecloths, we also used lots of chalkboards as Scott is a teacher and thought this would add a quirky ‘teacher touch’ and break things up nicely.
We kept the colour scheme simple with the men in black dinner suits and bridesmaids in champagne dresses as we wanted the look to be timeless and classic. The men (apart from the groom) wore champagne dicky bows to match the bridesmaids. We also tied the whole look in with champagne sequin tablecloths.
May 15th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
Today’s real wedding is all about the beautiful summer florals and gorgeous detailing – think kitsch bunting, homemade chutneys and cupcakes, plus lots of twinkling lights.
Set in one of our favourite northern cities, York, the couple’s special day perfectly captures the beauty of an urban wedding, with park benches, stairwells and bustling streets all featuring in their stunning wedding album.
After exchanging vows against the magnificent backdrop of their local church, Roz and Rob then celebrated with family and friends at the National Centre for Early Music. Going for something of a creative DIY approach (would we expect anything less from an art teacher?) the bride was very hands-on in the lead up to the wedding and a few of the guests even baked some scrumptious treats to tuck in to on the day.
With images by Alwin Greyson Photography
roz says: After asking my parents for permission, Rob decided to pop the question at one of my favourite places near my home town of Sheffield, on 26th May 2014. We decided to go for a walk to Stanage and once we arrived at Robin Hood’s cave Rob presented me with a gift, which was a photo album filled with pictures from our past two years together. Whilst I was looking through the last page, he got down on one knee and popped the question. I said yes and as we embraced we heard someone clapping, we looked up to see a rock climber cheering us on – we thought we were alone, but what a spontaneous surprise!
We tied the knot on 25th July 2015. As a teacher, I wanted to get married during the holidays – this gave me a week after school finished to get things sorted, as it was very much a DIY wedding!
We got married at St Michael Le Belfrey Church in York. This is the church where we met and both attended.
May 15th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh
Today on the blog we’re featuring the impossible elegance of Vicki and Richard’s wedding day at Eaves Hall in Clitheroe.
All of the details, from the fine surroundings of Eaves Hall to Vicki’s lace mermaid-cut gown, speak of classic sophistication. This super-stylish couple opted for a pop of cornflower blue in their otherwise neutral colour scheme and the most stunning bridal posy this side of the Pennines.
Their day was perfectly captured by their photographer, who certainly delivered on her promise of beautiful, relaxed and natural wedding photography.
Vicki tells us more…
With images by Emilie May Photography.
vicki says: We got engaged at Room restaurant in Manchester on New Year’s Eve 2013. Richard proposed at midnight; it came as a total surprise as, after almost six years together, I’d given up on him proposing!
Our wedding date was set for 12th August 2016. We wanted to get married in summer: because Richard is a teacher, we were restricted to certain times.
Our venue was Eaves Hall in West Bradford near Clitheroe. We had both the ceremony and the reception there. Richard’s parents had stayed at Eaves Hall several times when it was a guest house. They often talked about it and how lovely the house and grounds were. Richard suggested going to an open day at the end of January a little after we had gotten engaged. It was the first and only place we visited – we fell in love as we walked around the house. We went for lunch at the Waddington Arms to discuss it and then went straight back after to ask about dates. We didn’t regret a thing – there would be no point in seeing other places as we just knew that Eaves Hall was perfect for us.
We had a rustic theme with lace and burlap and little wooden hearts. It suited Eaves Hall and its decor perfectly. I handmade our invites – they were cream and natural card with burlap and lace around the top and with a wooden heart in the middle. This theme carried on with the menus, vases, table plan, place names and so on. We also scattered wooden hearts on each table. We wanted to keep the décor simple with lots of little touches, along with lovely flowers. Eaves Hall is such a lovely house with beautiful decoration; it speaks for itself and doesn’t need much adding to it.
Overall, the colour-scheme was lots of natural neutrals, but we also chose a strong blue for the bridesmaids. The men’s suits were navy blue – I personally think Richard looks very handsome in blue, and I’m not a fan of grey suits.
I chose a fitted lace mermaid-style dress with a low back and a jewelled waistband. I wanted to show off my curves – in the right places!
During the planning, I looked at lots of magazines including UNVEILED, attended a Brides Up North wedding fair and got inspiration from the blog to get plenty of wedding-related ideas, especially regarding my dress. I went to a few boutiques and salons and tried on lots of different shapes, which I would definitely recommend – you need to know that you’ve made the right choice! The dress I eventually chose was from Love & Cherish bridal shop in Ramsbottom. It’s around the corner from Richard’s parents and we often drive past it so I had to give it a try!
I also wore gold shoes with diamante jewels on the front which matched my belt and Swarovski jewellery.
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