November 8th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Like a real-life fairytale, today’s enchanting real wedding takes place in a magnificent castle in the Lake District. Could this setting be any dreamier, we wonder?
Bride and groom, Francesca and Richard chose Appleby Castle in The Lake District for both their ceremony and reception back in August, with the glorious interior providing inspiration for their tres sophisticated red, blush and gold colour scheme, beautifully complemented by lanterns and a smattering of sweet avalanche and black barraca roses. Truly romantic.
Keen to put their own stamp on the day – the newlyweds peppered the wedding with lots of wonderful touches, from the giant Jenga game and surprise performance of La Vie en Rose by the bride, to the scrumptious chocolate Guinness cake and charity donations in place of traditional favours. Prepare to be whisked away by all the fabulous details!
With images by Ailsa Reeve Photography.
francesca says: We got engaged on 11th July 2017 on a beach in Amed, Bali at sunset. We’d had the best day – snorkeling, enjoying lunch with an amazing view, a bit of pampering and then Richard suggested a walk on the beach. I had no idea what he had planned but when he got down on one knee it suddenly clicked into place! We celebrated with cocktails, and later video-called our parents before heading off to dinner.
We got married on 25th August 2018. We’d always known we wanted a summer wedding, but we struggled to get a registrar at a sensible time – we didn’t realise for a few weeks that it was the bank holiday weekend! This worked out brilliantly as it meant that people had the extra day to meander home before getting back to work! So, it was obviously meant to be!
Our ceremony and reception took place Appleby Castle, Appleby-in-Westmorland. We chose it because we wanted a venue that would let us put our personalities into the day as opposed to making us fit into their formula. And how could we resist saying we had the run of a castle for day?
We didn’t have a particular theme but used the castle interior as inspiration. The castle is beautiful and had a real sense of history, which we tried to incorporate into our day. We chose wine red, blush and gold to fit with the castle’s aesthetic.
My chosen wedding was by Pronovias. I bought it from Fellside Brides Kendal and I honestly can’t recommend them highly enough – Holly and Gill are fab! I’d tried quite a few dresses and I was struggling with which one to choose. This was the dress that made my mum go “wow”, so that was it! My something blue was a beautiful pair of Celia Heels from the Perfect Bridal Company – I had lots of compliments on the day about them.
November 7th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
There’s nothing quite like an enchanting bridal shoot with a hint of childhood nostalgia to really capture your imagination in the midst of your wedding planning. And today’s secret garden themed shoot – with its nod to the children’s classic – is brimming with all kinds of lovely.
Coordinated by Stephanie from Stephanie Moran Couture, the shoot took place at the beautiful Hornington Manor in North Yorkshire – where we held a spectacular Brides Up North Wedding Show just last week (and will be returning to host another in April 2019). Through the creative use of design and styling – think understated ivory and gold palettes, summer blooms and fantastical table arrangements – the team brought to life their very own love story.
Throw in some other wonderful details such as sweet meringue nests, eucalyptus illustrations, a floral crown of garden roses and rustic candelabras – and you’ve got one very pretty shoot to pore over with us today!
With images by Sugarbird Photography. Model Dominika Blonska.
stephanie says: With a new adaptation currently being filmed, and to many a favourite childhood book of playful mystery – collaborators wanted to inspire brides alike with a Secret Garden inspired shoot. A bridal shoot that releases your inner (grown up) child, that’s chic, sophisticated and mysterious. Set in the beautiful North Yorkshire venue of Hornington Manor, this was the perfect backdrop – grand, yet private and quaint in its appearance.
It was important to all suppliers involved to create and transform an already beautiful venue and use it to its full potential to show what amazing things could be done here for your own big day. Hornington Manor is such a versatile venue with a courtyard ceremony, and the freedom to move into the gorgeous barn style reception afterwards. We wanted brides to be like ‘wow I want to get married there’.
Styled shoots are about realising dreams and visions that brides didn’t know existed themselves and making them achievable – it’s about being able to take inspiration from a set of images and use them as a whole or take parts and ideas and turn them into a style that suits you and your other half. With a truly epic team of wedding industry creatives it promised to be the perfect collaboration for Pamella Dunn Weddings, where they could sprinkle fairy tale styling in their signature style that would fit the brief. They created mystery and magic with layers of gold, soft ivory, and flickering candle light. Imagining secluded spaces, delicate trailing foliage, English country summer blooms, and fantastical tablescapes with exquisite detailing; the team at Pamella Dunn Weddings were smitten and completely love struck with the calm and spacious Hornington Barn venue. Wedding design and styling is all about telling a story. It may be influenced by the venue, location, theme and colour schemes, but ultimately, it’s a love story. Daydreams, fairy tale, love and romance, childhoods and futures together, are where the styling team begin when creating personal wedding day details. It’s what they do with so much love. It’s a beautiful thing when the design captures the story and is woven into the fabric of the day overall. Every detail carefully considered, every element chosen to create beauty and all the feels.
The flowers for the secret garden shoot at Hornington Manor had to be seasonal and British grown garden flowers. Fleuradamo Flowers have their own secret garden with a mixture of cottage garden flowers, herbs and roses. The team love to have the fragrance of the old fashion roses with the lightness and movement of cottage flowers to encapsulate the moment. The flowers for this shoot were cut the day before or on the morning, so they were at their best.
The flowers were mixed with herbs and greenery to give a natural looking loose bouquet to complement my Stephanie Moran individual dress designs. The model also had a head-turning floral crown of garden roses to complement the look.
The mixed green runner, which cascaded down the side of the table, gave a fresh natural feel to the table display, mixed with candles to give a magical vision.
The inspiration behind the shoot ultimately came from the classic book itself, and we wanted to evoke both magic and mystery and recreate that childhood love feeling. The most important thing in the wedding industry to us as designers is about making brides feel confident and empowered on their wedding day – helping them be the perfect version of themselves. Everyone is different and unique and it’s so important to be the perfect you, whatever that may be!
November 6th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
A spur-of-the-moment, last-minute decision saw today’s real wedding couple Rosie and Michael heading out into the glorious 25ᵒC sunshine for their emotional humanist wedding at The Woodman Inn. With staff working hard to set up the pretty scene for their vow exchange with only an hour to spare before the guests arrived, it just shows how, no matter how much you plan your celebration beforehand, sometimes going with the flow on the day can yield even more spectacular and memorable results.
We love the little creative displays throughout the wedding, such as the outdoor drinks bar with its vintage crate and tower of lemons and limes, and the giant love letters perched on a wall and accented with frothy greenery. The floral backdrop to the top table at the wedding breakfast is a gorgeous touch and has been designed like a photo frame to perfectly surround the bride and groom in colour – forwarding-thinking when it comes to the photographs of the speeches.
As often happens, Rosie ended up choosing a wedding gown in a style she really didn’t expect to go for – and she looks absolutely stunning in it. As Rosie advises, go to your dress appointments with an open mind and be prepared to try on lots of different styles, as you never know which gown you’ll fall in love with until you slip it on and experience ‘the moment’! Tell us more, Rosie…
With images by Rebecca Parsons Photography.
rosie says: We got engaged at home. We’d both finished work for the Christmas break and when I came home Mike was suspiciously quiet! He took me into the living room and I spotted a new present under the tree and assumed it was an early gift. But then he told me to close my eyes and, when I opened them, he was down on one knee. It still didn’t dawn on me what was happening, as the box in his hand was bigger than a ring box. He then opened the box and took out another box, and I was still convinced it was going to be earrings … and then there was the ring. I was so surprised because we had talked about getting married a few months before, as Mike got offered a job in the USA; however, this fell through, so I didn’t think it would happen so soon!
Our wedding date was 5th May 2018. We were so lucky with the weather; it was 25ᵒC and we ended up getting married outside. We held both our ceremony and reception at The Woodman Inn, Thunderbridge. The venue, setting and staff were all amazing and made us both feel very excited. We opted to have a humanist wedding. Neither of us are religious but we have both been to weddings done by a registrar, and we just felt we wanted something more personal. We met our celebrant Val Turner twice before the wedding so she could get to know us, which was a lovely touch. We had two or three drafts of the ceremony, so we were completely happy with it and knew what to expect on the day.
A humanist ceremony is not legally recognised in the UK, so you can hold them anywhere. I was getting ready on the morning of the wedding and the events team (Jordan and Hannah) came to the room and asked if we wanted to do it outside (it was clear blue sky and 25ᵒC). So, I said yes, if Mike was happy. This was all an hour before our guests were arriving. They did everything, and it was a complete surprise for me when I walked out, as I had no idea what it looked like – but it was amazing and really made the day so special.
We would absolutely recommend the Woodman Inn to other couples. Jordan and Hannah were great in the run-up to the wedding, showing us round and answering the many questions we asked! Then, on the day, the whole team was fantastic. They did all the rearranging for our outdoor ceremony and made the gardens look amazing. They really looked after us and our guests from start to finish.
As a theme, we went with a fairly rustic/woodland style to tie in with the venue. As you can see from the photos, we had amazing flowers which formed most of the decoration and which tied in with the season as well as the venue. I also made my own bunting, which we ended up using to form an aisle for the ceremony. I am so glad I made my own, as I have kept most of it and gifted lots to friends and family.
For the colour scheme, we went with pastel colours – blue, pink and purple. These colours are my favourites and I thought they went well with the time of year we got married.
November 6th, 2018 | Rachel Parry
Over time we are seeing choice in weddings increase and expand; from the numerous venues you can now pick for your big day setting, to the differing styles of ceremony you can choose, and don’t even get us started on the epic options for bridalwear, with varying fashion-forward dress designs, plus separates and jumpsuits all in the offering!
Another area we’ve noticed opening up is the day on which you get married, for while Saturday has always reined supreme, an increase in the venues available means you can tie the knot pretty much any time of the week – offering great flexibility, and also often a saving on cost!
And so, with this in mind we’re today talking to our wonderful Sponsor, stunning Yorkshire venue The KP Resort, about their new Friday Wedding Package. Reacting to demand for nuptials on this particular day of the week, they’ve put together a dedicated Friday 2019 package that provides a more affordable option but still the same level of care, service and attention to detail.
Furthermore, those who take up the Friday option will also get a free overnight stay in The KP’s spectacular Huxtable Suite the night before the wedding free of charge!
The thought of marring at this picturesque venue and spreading the celebrations across more than just one day is certainly enough to have us hooked, but just in case you needed anymore convincing, The KP team are here to tell us more about that fabulous package along with the benefits of saying “I do” to a Friday wedding.
the kp team say: Friday weddings may not be the stereotypical norm, but they are getting more and more popular with bride- and grooms-to-be. And there are so many pros in doing so – let us talk you through them…
When picturing your wedding day, you’ve probably always envisioned getting married on a Saturday but, have you ever thought about getting married on a Friday? The KP Resort wedding venue in Pocklington has noted the growing popularity of Friday weddings and now offers a dedicated package around this.
First of all, let’s get one thing straight – a wedding is a celebration of love any day of the week. Whether you get married on a week day or weekend, there really isn’t that much difference apart from one (major!) thing – the price!
Getting married on a Friday can offer a much more affordable option without lacking on luxury or important elements of the wedding that you have dreamed of. What’s more, if you take advantage of The KP Resort Friday Wedding Package you will have access to a spacious dance floor, wedding aisle carpet runner, cake knife and stand, easel for your table plan and candles. All of this is included as standard in order to give you the wedding day of your dreams with less elements for you to have to organise.
It’s not just the daytime and evening festivities which are taken into consideration in this Friday wedding package, with The KP Resort also including a free stay in the luxurious Huxtable Suite the night before. This means no rushing to the venue as you’re already practically there, giving you more time to enjoy the morning of your wedding day, getting ready with your family and close friends, whilst more importantly – getting a good sleep before the big day in a super king-sized bed! Oh, and you can even start your wedding morning with a dip in the hot tub if it takes your fancy.
One consideration which people often tend to question when considering getting married on a Friday is the impact that this could have on their guests. How are they going to get to the venue on time? Will they be able to get the time off work? We have a couple of top tips for inviting guests to a Friday wedding which will minimise these potential obstacles.
The first tip is to hand out invitations with plenty of notice – this way guests are able to book time off work if needed, make childcare arrangements and also organise transportation to ensure that they arrive at the venue on time.
Speaking of time, another top tip when hosting a Friday wedding is to have the ceremony begin a little later on in the day, this will allow guests plenty of time to arrive to your special day. One of the advantages of booking to have your wedding at a venue which also offers accommodation is that your far travelling guests will have the option of booking to stay overnight the evening before. The KP Resort provides this option, with a range of multi-story log cabin style holiday lodges and quirky hotel pods to choose from on site to help ensure that your travelling guests can attend the big day without the panic of arriving on time. Instead they can arrive the day before, stay in a beautiful well-equipped accommodation and attend your special day without the stress of travelling on the morning of.
November 5th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Renowned as the UK’s top matchmaking university – St Andrews more than lives up to this accolade on the blog today, with bride and groom, Laura and Tom so taken by this special location – the place where they first met – that they chose tie the knot here in July.
Opting for a natural, simple look for their big day, the Laxey Manx tartan – a nod to Laura’s heritage – was a prominent feature in their décor and styling, featuring on everything from their wedding favours and bunting to the centrepieces and the groomsmen’s attire.
Of course, no Scottish wedding would be complete without a ceilidh – and the couple squeezed in a few nostalgic throwbacks too, sourcing their wedding cake from their favourite bakery as well as ice cream from a local parlour. Other special touches that break with convention, which we just have to mention, include bubbles for confetti and the bride saying a few words alongside her new hubby. Read on for all the wonderful details!
With images by Anna Joy Photography.
laura says: We got engaged on Saturday 15th October 2016, in the Lake District. It was our seven-year anniversary and Tom had treated us to a stay in a country house hotel with beautiful views of Lake Windermere. After a rainy day spent exploring and finishing up with a local brewery tour, we got back to the hotel to relax before dinner, which is when Tom popped the question!
We got married on Saturday 28th July 2018. We didn’t want to rush into wedding planning, so it was nice to give ourselves plenty of time after the engagement and preferred the idea of a summer wedding.
We got married in St Andrews, the town where we met whilst studying at the University of St Andrews. Our ceremony was in the beautiful St Salvator’s Chapel and the reception was held in the University’s Lower and Upper College Hall across from the chapel. St Andrews is a special place for both of us, so it was the obvious choice, despite requiring some travel – we live in London, I’m from the Isle of Man and Tom is from Manchester!
Our wedding had a simple and natural style, staying true to ourselves – we wanted to avoid anything too over the top! We used local suppliers and used ours and our families’ skills to make things ourselves wherever possible!
We didn’t have a specific theme, however we featured the Laxey Manx tartan throughout the wedding to reflect my Isle of Man heritage. We used tartan ribbon on our save the dates and wedding invitations, the men had tartan ties, the reception tables had tartan centre pieces (made by Tom’s mum) and we had tartan bunting decorating the reception venue (made by my mum).
The Manx tartan colours are light blue for the sea, green for the hills and valleys, purple for the heather, gold for the gorse, and white for the cottages, so we used these to guide our colour scheme. We picked out the blue, white and green for the flowers and chose green for the bridesmaid dresses and the men’s pocket squares.
I chose a simple wedding dress with a sweetheart neckline and a flowing skirt with layers of tulle as the base but added a crocheted style lace top for the day with three quarter length sleeves, finished with a simple tulle cathedral length veil. For the evening I removed my veil and changed into a jewelled top to add some sparkle! The full outfit was by Catherine Deane, which I purchased from the London boutique in Wapping Wharf. My mum spotted a Catherine Deane dress in a wedding magazine which we both liked so that was how I first came across her collection. Sandra at the boutique was wonderful and helped me choose from their beautiful range. I liked dresses at several other places in London that were a very different style, but I felt most comfortable and true to myself in Catherine Deane.
To accessorise, I wore simple silver sling-back flat shoes from Jones the Bootmaker – I very rarely wear heels and didn’t think our wedding day was the time to start!
My something old (and blue) was a garter made from a scrap of blue material that was left over from the dresses my mum made for her bridesmaids when she got married, my something new was my outfit, and my something borrowed was the pearl drop earrings I borrowed from mum.
November 2nd, 2018 | Rachel Parry
Can we get a Fri-yay!?
We are particularly excited for the weekend to come as on Sunday we have our final to Luxury Wedding Shows of the autumn, which will complete another epic event season that we are just so proud of and have thoroughly enjoyed! From visiting the finest venues in the north, to seeing the spectacular big day inspiration delivered by talented local suppliers and, of course, meeting you fabulous brides- and grooms-to-be and hearing all about your fabulous big day plans.
So whether you’re at the initial newly-engaged stages of the venue hunt, or are just looking for those final finishing touches to complete your impending big day, be sure to join us at either Denton Hall in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, or The Bowdon Rooms in Altrincham, Cheshire, this Sunday 4th November, 11am to 2pm, FREE ENTRY, for our fabulous final shows of 2018 (don’t worry, we’ll be back early 2019 with another incredible show line-up for you).
And it’s Cheshire that we’re heading to on the blog today as we relive the unbelievably beautiful wedding day of newlyweds Jade and Jess.
A real family celebration, Jade is quick to point out that the key aim of their special day was to be a reflection of their lovely family of four, including super sweet son Jacob and daughter Jessica, which we think they achieved admirably. The second key element was flowers (clearly Jade is a girl after our own heart!) and so the day is decked out with the prettiest of blooms including the bride’s favourite – peonies, despite them being out of season.
A stunning example of a British summer wedding, there is so much to be admired and to take inspiration from, including the picturesque church, lush outdoor reception setting, pastel colour palette and, in particular, Jade’s hugely swoon-worthy Caroline Castigliano dress with pretty blush bodice underlay – we love!
With images by Jess Yarwood Photography.
jade says: We got engaged during a surprise trip away. I’d come home from work one evening when Jay told me to pack my case! I had no idea where we were going until we got to the airport when the lady at the check in desk confirmed it was Rome! I was so excited! We met was I was only 18 and he knew I’d always wanted to go. Jay said that keeping the ring from me was harder than he had anticipated and ended up proposing on the first night after a beautiful meal on the hotel balcony over-looking the city. I had phoned my whole family before I even gave him a proper answer!
We got married on the 27th July 2018 – we booked and organised it in just six months, deciding to finally set the date just after the birth of our second child. We hoped for a hot, sunny day – it turned out to be the hottest day of the year – furnace Friday.
We got married at St Mary and All Saints Church in Great Budworth, because that is where my grandparents married 52 years previously and partly because Great Budworth is one of the most beautiful villages I have ever seen. We knew if we married in England it was only ever going to be there! The reception was held at Arley Hall & Gardens, which is only five minutes from the church and a place we have often visited over the years.
For us, the wedding wasn’t just about me and Jay getting married – we are a family of four and wanted our wedding to reflect that. A big family celebration, and flowers – I love flowers!
As it turned out the whole wedding was planned around the flowers – I wanted delicate, pretty flowers in pinks, purples and blues. Everything else fell into place from there with pink becoming the base colour.
In terms of my dress, my sister and I fell in love with a certain Caroline Castigliano gown before it had even come off the rail. I bought it from Agape Bridal Boutique in Altrincham, after going on a whim thinking I was going to choose a different dress from a previous shop! I ended up adding two different removable straps to the dress, thicker for the day and spaghetti for the evening.
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