June 29th, 2015 | Rachel Parry
Today’s real wedding couple show how a blank space can be transformed into an attractive setting for a personal big day.
After saying their ‘I dos’ at the local church, Colin, Vicki and their wedding party headed to Slaidburn Village Hall for a fabulous meal, emotional speeches and live entertainment.
To give it their own touch, the hall had been decorated with pretty bunting, table linen and chair covers, which complemented other village fete style touches, including their home made naked wedding cake, VW camper van and dainty floral decorations in lace bound jam jars.
With images by Mick Cookson Photography.
vicki says: We got engaged on the beach in Cornwall in April 2013 and set the wedding date for two years later on 4th April 2015, giving us time for all the planning.
Our ceremony was at St Andrew’s Church, Slaidburn, followed by a reception at Slaidburn Village Hall. We knew that we wanted a village hall wedding as it would allow us to do whatever we wanted – choose our own food, drinks etc. When we saw Slaidburn Village Hall we knew it was perfect for us – it was modern but still a blank canvas.
We wanted things to be quite neutral and didn’t want too much of a theme because then we could just add/change things when we saw something that we liked without being too restricted. Then towards the end, we just tied everything together.
We chose a neutral colour scheme but then added in pink as one of the main colours after choosing my sisters’ bridesmaid dresses, which were pale pink.
My dress was lace and satin design, with cap sleeves. I got it from Amelia Bridal in Clitheroe and they were amazing! My wedding makeup was done by Joanne at Hidden Beauty, Great Harwood. Joanne, was fantastic and made sure that everything was perfect.
We used lots of great suppliers to help pull the wedding together including Classique Venue Dressing in Chorley, to dress the venue, and caterers from Country Kitchen Cafe, in Waddington, to provide the food. Tim, the café owner was fabulous and helped with every detail. My mum made our wedding cake which was a delicious naked sponge design.
For our transport on the day we used Coach House Limousines in Blackburn, who provided a gorgeous VW camper van for my bridesmaids. We also hired a lovely Daimler from McGowans Classic Car Hire in Bamber Bridge, Preston.
My bouquet was a lovely mix of roses and gypsophila, put together by Le Rainflorist in Blackburn.
To keep guests entertained in the evening we hired a band calledThe Beat Collective. They were absolutely amazing and the dance floor was packed all night!
All of the wedding was captured by our fabulous photographer Mick Cookson. The pictures are so amazing, it is going to be so hard choosing some for our album!
It’s hard to pick a favourite part of the day as we loved all of it, though the ceremony and the meal stand out on our heads.
Following the wedding we went on a mini moon for a couple of days to the Brecon Beacons in Wales. We will be jetting off to America in August for 18 nights for our main honeymoon.
My top tip to other Brides Up North would be to try and get everything organised a few days before then you can relax. Unfortunately, I ended up rushing around on the last day!
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June 26th, 2015 | Julia Braime
miaooow! Possibly the best wedding flats. Ever.
June 26th, 2015 | Rachel Parry
So today’s wedding is pretty special as the bride is my lovely cousin Hannah. Tying the knot to Vince in April, Hannah is the first out of the grandchildren on my mum’s side of the family to get hitched. And my goodness has she set the bar (worryingly) high for those of us that will (hopefully) follow in her wedded footsteps!
Sensibly Hannah and Vin decided on three key areas to invest the majority of their budget in, picking the things that mattered to them most; venue, catering and honeymoon. This paid off fantastically well as the setting for their big day totally blew guests away (really, this place is stunning).
The pretty spring yellow colour scheme, Hannah’s dreamy Pronovias gown, incredible food and wonderful entertainment completed their classic and elegant big day without the need for anything remotely gimmicky. It was also clear to see how much these two university sweethearts mean to each other with a fair few tears shed by both the bride and groom during the ceremony and speeches.
A massive thank you to Hannah and Vin for creating such a memorable big day which has left me literally quaking in my boots at the thought of organising a wedding myself that will match such a standard!
With images by Ben Pollard.
hannah says: We got engaged on the 11th August 2013 at the Millennium Gardens on the Nottingham University campus. We’d been for a lovely walk around the campus as we’d both attended the university only a few years prior. Vin got down on bended knee and asked me to be his wife. I was so happy I just cried and said yes! We went for a champagne picnic in nearby Wollaton Park to celebrate!
Our wedding took place on 25th April 2015. We wanted a spring wedding so that all the lovely spring flowers would be out and the lambs would have just been born.
We got married at St Edmunds Church, Holme Pierrepont, followed by a reception at Holme Pierrepont Hall, near Nottingham. We chose our venue after having seen a few but knew instantly that we wanted to get married here. It’s a private estate and we were struck by the privacy, peace and quiet. The estate is surrounded by farmland, not to mention beautifully manicured gardens and grounds. It is simply stunning!
We had a yellow colour scheme, which we chose it as it’s a great spring colour. It was also a nod to my mum and dad who had yellow for their wedding day.
My wedding dress was by Pronovias Benicarlo – it’s colloquially known as ‘Swan Lake’ due to the feather detail around the sweetheart neckline coupled with the wave like layered organza skirt. It’s finished off with a vintage crystal belt above the dropped waist. I didn’t have to try any others on as it’s flirty, romantic and classic all at the same time. It’s the most stunning dress I’ve ever seen!
The groomsmen all wore the three piece Lingfield morning suit in mid-grey from Moss Bros with lemon cravats. We got bright yellow socks for the groomsmen too!
Our bridesmaids wore a beautiful dress called Maya from Coast, again in lemon. It was floor length with one strap made up of flower corsages.
To transport us on the day we hired two stretched limousines for the bridal party from Premier Limousines, they were decorated with ivory bows and ribbons.
Ben Pollard was our photographer. He shoots in a documentary style, meaning that every element of the wedding gets captured and tells a story of the day.
I carried a hand tied bouquet of yellow Dutch tulips and the bridesmaids had the same in ivory. The groomsmen had a single yellow tulip buttonhole all provided by The Flower Room in Nottingham. They were perfect!
We also had two pedestal arrangements in yellow and white in the church which we then displayed either side of the top table during the wedding breakfast, again provided by The Flower Room, Nottingham.
As favours we gave a ‘wedding day’ Yankee candle wrapped in ivory voile to all adult guests and a selection of sweets presented in the same way for the younger guests.
We bought our wedding cake from Marks & Spencer; three tiers of sponge and one tier of fruit cake. We assembled it ourselves separating the tiers with ivory foam roses. It looked fantastic and tasted just as good!
Fiona Herbert Catering provided our food on the day. Starter was a fish cake and caperberry mayonnaise, followed by a choice of chicken or lamb with seasonal vegetables and then raspberry crème brûlée for dessert. This was accompanied by a choice of either Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon.
To entertain our guests we had acoustic guitarist Joel Evans during the day who then did an amazing DJ set during the evening. Joel was fabulous, he got so many compliments, and we wouldn’t hesitate having Joel at our next event. We were lucky enough to find Joel on the internet and the testimonials on his website speak for themselves. We then saw Joel play at a local restaurant and knew we’d made the right decision!
Little extras we added included a sweetie bar for the kids (and big kids) which was a big hit. We also had a slideshow of photographs of us both from when we were little to current day, which was great for when guests wanted a break from all the dancing! Also on the wedding breakfast tables we had photo props which were Mexican themed as we wanted to incorporate our honeymoon destination into our day.
The Brackenbury family, the owners of Holme Pierrepont Hall, have got the most amazing home and we were so lucky to have if for the day. The family are lovely, very accommodating and I would highly recommend hiring their amazing home and grounds.
We just totally fell in love with the privacy. A lot of venues are open to the public and we just wanted to share our special day with those who we love most in an intimate hideaway, which is exactly what we got. The grounds are immaculate with a courtyard and extensive gardens. The flowers are amazing, the whole place is alive with colour and lambs grazing in surrounding fields. It was just idyllic and a great place for the children to run around playing hide and seek!
It’s so hard to choose just one favourite part of the day! I think seeing each other in church was just amazing. Vin turned around and that moment was very emotional, it just felt like we were the only ones in the room. We also got a short time with each other in the garden listening to the guitar before dinner. That was a very precious moment to take in everything and be with each other privately. It’s very important to do that as you don’t get much time to yourselves!
For our honeymoon we went to El Dorado Casita Suites, Riviera Maya, Mexico. It’s the most beautiful resort we’ve ever visited, incredibly relaxing but with the advantage of having one of the modern wonders of the world and liveliness of Cancun on your doorstep. It was simply the best two weeks ever!
My top tip to other Brides Up North would be – prioritise where you want to spend your money, we chose venue, caterers and honeymoon. You can go mad with loads of little things which can easily spiral, costing a lot of money.
We’d just like to say a special thanks to all involved at St. Edmunds church, the Brackenbury family, Fiona Herbert catering, Joel Evans, Ben Pollard, The Flower Room. And of course our wonderful friends and family for giving us the most happy, memorable day of our lives, we love you!
June 25th, 2015 | Julia Braime
If you’re planning a wedding, you no-doubt want to be sure you’ve got the music right. To help you find the best band for your wedding in the North of England, the guys from Poptop Entertainment Booking Platform compiled a list of ten of the best, guaranteed to keep your guests dancing all night.
With a wide range of classics in their repertoire, Funk Conspiracy are a seriously popular and experienced band on the wedding entertainment scene. Their unique style brings a funky groove to whichever genre of music they play, and is sure to get your guests on the dancefloor. Funk Conspiracy come fully equipped with their own PA system and lights, which they are happy to make available to you for the rest of your event, around the set they perform.
This swing trio, based in the North of England, cover all the hits of the swing genre, ranging from Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jnr, to modern artists like Michael Bublé. Their exceptional vocals are sure to wow your guests and give an added element of class to any event. The swing style is sure to get people moving, and create an evening that you will really remember, with songs in their set-list to appeal to every age group.
Bringing together a number of top session musicians, Groove Allstars are one of the North’s most highly-rated function and event bands. They cover classics from the funk, soul and Motown era, right up to modern hits, making sure they have something to appeal to every one of your guests. Available from a 6 to 9 piece act, the Groove Allstars are renowned for their showmanship and the high level of entertainment they offer, along with their incredible musical ability.
the paul james band
The Paul James Band are a professional entertainment outfit based in the North East of England. They’ve been wowing guests at weddings, parties, and other functions for the last 15 years. Available as a 4-6 piece group, The Paul James Band come with their own sound and light system , and offer tailor-made sets to suit your audience, covering everything to swing, soul and funk, to modern pop and floor-fillers from the last few decades.
June 25th, 2015 | Rachel Parry
Having found their perfect wedding venue in Crab Manor, North Yorkshire, today’s couple decided against a set theme and instead added bits and pieces that they liked to the manor’s unusual décor or an individual big day.
Individuality continued throughout the wedding in the bride’s vintage-esque attire, the groom’s tweed getup and the beautiful floral bridesmaid dresses.
There are many elements of this big day that we absolutely love, though one in particular has to be Gemma’s wild bouquet – just stunning!
We think you will all agree, this one is a real beauty!
With images by Brides Up North featured supplier, Helen Russell Photography.
gemma says: We got engaged on 2nd December 2013. Darren took me for lunch at Browns in Newcastle. After our starters Darren started to fidget in his pocket then he pulled the ring out and proposed, I said yes immediately. I can remember thinking though I wished he had waited until after our meal as I couldn’t eat anything else as I was so excited to get back home and tell everyone!
We set the date for 13th February 2015. We decided on that date as the 13th February is the anniversary of when we officially started dating.
Our chosen venue was Crab Manor in Thirsk, we fell in love with how cool and quirky the place was and also the uniqueness of the venue. We always knew a big stately house/hotel wasn’t for us and wanted somewhere everyone would feel comfortable on the big day.
We didn’t wanted to have a theme as such but I have a love for vintage clothing/items so that did play a part in the day, but ultimately we chose to buy whatever we liked. Similarly, we chose not to have a colour scheme as we didn’t want to be limited in what we could buy, we wanted free rein and hoped everything would come together in the end.
My dress was from Amore Brides in Sunderland. I always knew what kind of dress I didn’t want more than what I did want. I met June the owner and pulled out three dresses to try on, as soon as I put the first dress on I knew it was the one. It was the most beautiful lace backless Maggie Sottero dress and it was just me. I felt 100% comfortable so I bought it there and then. I still look at it now and I’m still in love with it.
Darren bought his suit from Leaf in Newcastle. He wanted a tweed suit and fell in love with the first one he saw. His tweed tie was bought online from a shop in Scotland to go with his Dolce and Gabbana shirt. His Jeffrey West shoes were a gift from me for his birthday the year before. Unfortunately Darren’s gran passed away before our wedding. With some of the money he was left he bought a gold pocket watch, so in a sense his gran could be with us on our special day.
Our bridesmaids wore dresses from ASOS. They were for me the perfect dresses and I really liked them straight away. Isabelle my flower girl (niece) wore a beautiful dress from Monsoon with some glitter pumps from John Lewis.
Helen Russell was our photographer on the day. Helen has photographed a few friends’ weddings and I totally love her style and how she captures the perfect moments. I’m not a great fan of posed photos and I knew Helen’s images were mostly natural shots and this was ideal for us.
My flowers were a bit of a gamble as I didn’t really know what I was getting until the morning of the big day. My maid of honour, who flew back from Australia for the wedding, is good friends with Kirsty who co owns Darling and Green, we met up once last summer and I saw some of her work and knew she was the one who I wanted to do my flowers. I was quite laid back about what I wanted and Kirsty totally got my style and I knew she would deliver on the day.
We had a selection of different shaped and sized glass bottles filled with wild flowers for our table decorations from Darling and Green, along with glass bottles I filled with pearls, which we used for our table numbers. I bought a flowery storage box and some mini ‘Mr & Mrs’ bunting and made a box for our cards. The venue is full of bits and bobs so we didn’t need a lot of decorations.
Our wedding favours were retro mix ups in personalized brown paper bags, we put in all of our favourite sweets from our childhood. The children got goody bags full with activities such as colouring in books, puzzles, pens and also disposable cameras, which went down a treat.
We weren’t really fussed on having a wedding cake so we decided on cupcakes made by Lynn, a family friend. They were a huge success and tasted amazing!
We choose a menu that would please everyone; leek and potato soup, beef and vegetables then sticky toffee pudding followed by coffee and the famous Crab Manor chocolate truffles.
For entertainment, we hired a juke box from Crab Manor. As we only had a small wedding of 30 people we didn’t need anything else. Everyone loved dancing away to their favourite tunes. For decoration we also hired a love heart from Coco Luminaire with our names and date of the big day on.
If you are after something different to your normal wedding then choose Crab Manor as the venue is without doubt one of the best places we have stayed in. It offers something different and the staff are amazing, especially John, one of the wedding co-ordinators. The venue is cool and quirky and just has an amazing overall feel. We highly recommend!
My favourite part of the day was the ceremony; being with everyone who we love and care for and being able to share our special day with them.
For our honeymoon we went to Jamaica. We literally went to chill after a busy few months arranging the wedding. The surprises kept on coming though as on our second week we found out I was expecting our first child, due in October!
My top tip to other Brides Up North would be – try to relax and enjoy the experience, as it’s very easy to turn into a bridezilla!
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