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marsala magic: a cosy winter wedding at the oak tree of peover – natalie & paul

July 31st, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson

A Winter Wedding in the North West (c) Nik Bryant Photography (65)

Love Island is over (and we’ve already got #TeamJani withdrawal, we’re loyal like that). What’s a good wedding blogger to do?

Bring on the winter weddings.

It’s hard to imagine winter ever existed as we roast our way through this incredible heatwave, but today’s real wedding is here to remind us how magical winter nuptials can be; with roaring open fires, candlelight and inviting colour schemes, just like Natalie and Paul’s celebrations. They chose marsala as a key colour for their wedding, which evokes feelings of warmth and cosiness on the coolest of days and is dramatic and festive on the photographs.

To continue the cosy theme, the couple decorated the wedding breakfast with fairy lights draped from the ceiling and placed giant love letters behind the top table, which looks wonderfully effective as the daylight begins to fade. For an autumn or winter wedding the lighting is so important – balancing your light levels using plenty of different, gentle light sources enables your photographer to get some fantastic, atmospheric shots and really capture the ambience you’ve worked so hard to create.

Natalie and Paul share a love of travel, so the map of the world they used as a table plan is a great idea to bring their personalities to the fore. They also dotted photographs on little easels throughout the wedding breakfast of their adventures, which is a lovely, personal touch. We also love the photo opportunity at night, when all the guests line up and wave sparklers for the couple to walk through – another magical use of light!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Nik Bryant Photography.

A Winter Wedding in the North West (c) Nik Bryant Photography (20)

natalie says: Paul and I got engaged while we were on holiday in America on 25th May 2016. We were in Austin, Texas, and, after eating our bodyweight in delicious barbecue meat in Franklin’s BBQ, we climbed to the top of Mount Bonnell, which overlooks Austin city and the Colorado River. There’s a superstition that says couples who hold hands the whole way to the top without letting go will be together forever, so we decided to give it a go (harder than it sounds in the humid Texas heat!). When we got to the top, we found a secluded spot overlooking the river to cool down and Paul got down on one knee and popped the question. The ring was so beautiful that I couldn’t believe he’d chosen it all by himself!

A Winter Wedding in the North West (c) Nik Bryant Photography (1)

Our wedding date was 18th November 2017. We really wanted it to be cosy and intimate, so we thought a winter wedding would be perfect, but this date also left us enough time for a longer honeymoon before Christmas!

We had our ceremony at St Cross Church in Knutsford. The church was really pretty and, as soon as we went in, we felt really welcomed by everyone, so we were so happy to be able to get married there! Our wedding reception was at the Oak Tree of Peover in Knutsford, Cheshire. We loved the venue as soon as we saw it! It was so cosy and rustic and was beautifully decorated. We couldn’t recommend the Oak Tree of Peover enough, particularly for a winter wedding with its lovely fire, fairy lights and ivy. It was the kind of venue that looked amazing without adding anything, but there was plenty of space to add personal touches if you wanted.

A Winter Wedding in the North West (c) Nik Bryant Photography (39)

On the day of the wedding, we travelled between the church to the reception venue in a car hired from Broadoak Cars. We weren’t sure about hiring a car as both venues were so close but it meant we got some good quality time together to take a breath after the ceremony, and the driver was great at helping me get my dress into the car!

A Winter Wedding in the North West (c) Nik Bryant Photography (37)

Our colour scheme was marsala and dusty pink, with olive and gold. We wanted the darker red as a nice contrast to my white dress and it felt perfect for a winter wedding, whilst the softer pink and olive helped to keep it warm and cosy.

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true romance. pretty pastels for a charming wedding at barden tower – rebecca & dominic

July 30th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

A Pretty Pastel Wedding at Barden Tower (c) A Little Picture (66)

Happy Monday y’all! Let’s start it as we mean to go on… with a little hyper pretty! If you love a picturesque backdrop then the good news is that today’s real wedding has got this in spades! We’re heading to the Yorkshire Dales for Rebecca and Dominic’s special day at the quaint 13th Century Barden Tower, set within Grade I listed surroundings.

Tying the knot back in June – the very weekend the bride’s parents got married 32 years previously – the couple chose this date in hope of landing some beautiful weather, which we’re pleased to hear, they got! And boy, does the wonderful weather lend itself to some rather unforgettable photographs of the couple amidst the venue’s mystical historical ruins.

Inside, the venue is equally as stunning, with exposed stonewalls, high ceilings and chandeliers providing a breathtaking setting for the couple’s ceremony and celebrations afterwards. Combine this with the couple’s pastel colour scheme and abundance of roses, peonies and greenery, and you’ve got yourself a wedding that’s like something straight out of a romantic period novel. Enjoy!

With images by A Little Picture.

A Pretty Pastel Wedding at Barden Tower (c) A Little Picture (11)

rebecca says: We got engaged in Australia, at Hyams Beach in Jervis Bay. Dom proposed following a romantic meal. We went to a beautiful beach with amazing views that was just across the road from where we were staying, and there was no one else around when he popped the question.

We tied the knot on 23rd June 2018. We chose this date as we were hoping for beautiful weather (which we got!) to complement the stunning venue at Barden Tower with the fantastic picturesque scenery of the Yorkshire Dales. It happened to be the same weekend that my parents had got married 32 years before as well as being an even year (which was one of my requirements!).

A Pretty Pastel Wedding at Barden Tower (c) A Little Picture (21)

We got married at the stunning venue that is Barden Tower in Barden. It is a gorgeous Grade I listed geographical location with phenomenal views and surroundings of the Yorkshire Dales. The staff and especially Debbie (the lady in charge at the venue) were so accommodating and put us at ease throughout the whole process making it as stress free as possible. It was the perfect place for our special day.

A Pretty Pastel Wedding at Barden Tower (c) A Little Picture (51)

We went with a very natural theme for our wedding. This included more pastel-based colours of natural pinks, greens and cream reflected in all of the flowers and my bouquet. This colour scheme also complemented the fresh flowers that decorated the stunning venue and the bridesmaids’ dresses.

A Pretty Pastel Wedding at Barden Tower (c) A Little Picture (31)

When it came to my dress, I went to many shops and tried on many dresses before I found it. I wanted something that replicated me and my personality and as soon as I tried my dress on, I just knew it was the one. It was an Enzoani design elegant, full-length, mesh chiffon sheath gown featuring a high halter neckline and Guipure lace. It had a keyhole back and a delicate tulle and Guipure lace train. I loved it. I purchased it from Scarlet Poppy in Leeds and they were amazing – from the sales assistant to the seamstress, Louise.

Dominic wore a peppered blue suit with a tweed style grey waistcoat with blue checks and a knitted blue bow tie – all were purchased from Moss Bros in Leeds. This was a tailored option with a personalised trim. He wore blue brogues with a blue suede trim, purchased from Slaters in Leeds.

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floral fancy: enzoani for a dusky pink wedding at middleton lodge – natalie & tom

July 27th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson

A Pretty Wedding at Middleton Lodge (c) Helen Russell Photography (59)

Groom Tom from today’s real wedding feature scored ultimate points for his proposal – going far beyond just getting down on bended knee, he decorated the house and filmed a proposal video to surprise Natalie when she returned home from work, before whisking her off to Belgium for a minibreak. No wonder she thought he was a keeper!

And Tom continued to earn those brownie points by getting fully involved in the wedding planning too, whipping up a clever easel, cake stand, and confetti stand for the big day; the perfect accessories for the beautifully illustrated table plan, naked cake and cute confetti cones, complete with the couple’s initials and wedding date.

A delicate colour scheme of dusky pinks carried through the flowers and décor creating a pretty and romantic setting for the celebrations. We particularly love the effect of the paper spheres and fairy lights hanging from the marquee ceiling, and the elegant table centres.

Stolen kisses under the blossom trees make for a romantic collection of photographs on what, we’re sure, was a wonderful day to remember.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Helen Russell Photography.

A Pretty Wedding at Middleton Lodge (c) Helen Russell Photography (16)

natalie says: We got engaged in our first home together. Tom surprised me on my arrival home from work with a decorated house and a proposal video. It was two days before my birthday and he whisked me off to Bruges for the weekend.

A Pretty Wedding at Middleton Lodge (c) Helen Russell Photography (46)

We got married on Saturday 21st April 2018. It was exactly six years that we had been together. Our venue was Middleton Lodge in Richmond, which ticked all of our boxes. We were overwhelmed on our first visit and fell in love with the house and surroundings. It’s a lovely Georgian house that we could have exclusive use of for the weekend and it gave a really relaxed feel to our wedding.

We would absolutely recommend Middleton Lodge as it was a fantastic venue for a weekend of wedding celebrations. From initially visiting on an open day, we were instantly wowed and knew that Middleton Lodge was where we wanted to get married. The wedding team was excellent and no job was too big or too small. On the wedding day, Anna the wedding coordinator put my mind at rest that everything was coming together and asked final questions just to make sure everything was how I would expect it.

A Pretty Wedding at Middleton Lodge (c) Helen Russell Photography (19)

We didn’t have a particular theme for our wedding. I wanted to have dusky pink elements and Tom wanted to have an input into the overall look and feel of the wedding. He produced wooden boxes for country flowers, which were located at the front of our venue. He also made an easel, cake stand and our confetti stand.

A Pretty Wedding at Middleton Lodge (c) Helen Russell Photography (9)

My dress was by Enzoani and it was beautiful. I bought it from Perfect Daze in Scissett, Huddersfield. The dress ticked all of the boxes of how I imagined I’d look on my wedding day.

Tom hired his and his groomsmen’s suits from Antich and Sons.

My bridesmaids wore dresses from Elenor Rose, Huddersfield.

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a labour of love: stella york for a rustic wedding at thief hall – emma & martin

July 27th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

A Rustic Wedding at Thief Hall (c) Lloyd Clarke Photography (42)

Hearts and flowers is the overarching theme for today’s beautiful barn wedding, and we couldn’t imagine a more romantic combination! After exchanging vows at the magnificent Ripon Cathedral, Emma and Martin celebrated with loved ones at the stunning Thief Hall – an exclusive countryside venue in North Yorkshire. In keeping with the rustic theme, the venue was chock full of bunting, garden jugs, jars, pretty fairy lighting, a wooden pallet and pegged pictures aplenty.

Mixing things up a little (would we expect anything else?!) the couple opted for an afternoon tea instead of a traditional wedding breakfast, and in the evening, served up artisan pizzas from a street-food-style van named Hettie, no less.

Keen to find out more? Us too. We think it’s time we pass the blog over to Emma to reveal all the fabulous details…

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Lloyd Clarke Photography.

A Rustic Wedding at Thief Hall (c) Lloyd Clarke Photography (34)

emma says: We got engaged on my birthday two years ago. I was feeling a bit down as it was my last Friday off before going back to teaching full-time again. We were just about to leave the house to go out for tea with our two children but when I walked into the living room I found Martin down on one knee with our children watching. It was perfect as they were involved too.  I had the biggest grin on my face for days!

A Rustic Wedding at Thief Hall (c) Lloyd Clarke Photography (43)

As I’m a teacher, we needed to choose a wedding date during the school holidays so that we could have time before to prepare and some time after the wedding to go away for a few days. We chose Saturday 7th April as it was the middle weekend of the Easter holidays and we love spring.

We got married in Ripon Cathedral which is the most stunning building. We were lucky enough to have our children christened there and wanted to get married there too. After the ceremony we had our reception at Thief Hall, near Northallerton, which is just gorgeous. We wanted a barn venue where we could have a more relaxed reception and plenty of outdoor space for the kids to run around. It ticked all the boxes for us!

A Rustic Wedding at Thief Hall (c) Lloyd Clarke Photography (17)

Our theme was quite rustic with us having a barn venue. After lots of pins on Pinterest, our theme evolved into ‘hearts and flowers’ with lots of bunting and hessian decorations. I really wanted to decorate the hall ourselves, so it was definitely a labour of love.

In terms of a colour scheme – Martin really wanted a navy suit with tan brogues and after lots of searching on the internet we also decided to have navy for the bridesmaids too.

A Rustic Wedding at Thief Hall (c) Lloyd Clarke Photography (58)

I chose a fit and flare Stella York gown with an illusion back from Abigail’s Bridal Boutique in Leeds. After a couple of unsuccessful appointments, I really wasn’t sure what I wanted and what suited me. Margaret at Abigail’s was absolutely brilliant, and I tried on lots of different styles. As soon as I tried my dress on, I could picture myself walking down the aisle and knew it was the one! I chose to wear a lace edged Cathedral length veil and shoes by Miss KG.

Martin chose a navy suit from Next with a silver tie and the rest of the groomsmen wore the same suit but with a navy tie. He wore tan brogues from River Island.

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playlist perfection: classic fm’s the wedding collection

July 26th, 2018 | Julia Braime

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Lyndsey Doran Photography

When planning a wedding the ‘to do’ list can seem never ending, and so we’re all ears for any time savvy solutions that can help to get another box ticked off.

Today on the blog we’re bringing you news that can help save serious time on the wedding playlist.

Introducing, The Wedding Collection, a double-sided compilation album brought to you from the musical experts at Classic FM. Carefully put together to provide music for all parts of the day, from the ceremony through to the reception, the album features classical masterpieces and contemporary hits, to create the desired atmosphere for differing parts of the proceedings.

So, there’s no need to spend hours trying to recall the titles and composers/acts of songs you like then tediously compiling your own playlist as The Wedding Collection has it all covered. Music to your ears, right?!

Time now then to hear more from the pros behind the album on how such music will help to enhance a wedding, which tracks made the big day grade and, most importantly, where The Wedding Collection is available to buy from.

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Can you give us an overview of The Wedding Collection?

classic fm say: The Wedding Collection album is a brand-new collection of music which promises to create the perfect atmosphere for upcoming weddings. We know how difficult it can be to choose the perfect wedding music, so with this album we have tried to package up all of the best bits with a modern twist to suit all parts of the day and all guests.Disc one is full of traditional music specially curated to be played during the ceremony including, beautiful performances of classics like Wagner’s Bridal Chorus and Pachelbel’s Canon in D. Disc two features more contemporary music which has been classically arranged, perfect for the reception. There’s something here for everyone, such as Ed Sheeran’s Perfect, Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You, and the much loved This is Me from the Greatest Showman.

What elements of their day should couples take into consideration when picking the right music for their wedding?

Background music (guests’ arrival); ceremony, including hymns and wedding march; reception music; dinner soundtrack and extra entertainment.

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What genres of music tend to work particularly well for weddings?

Classical music traditionally tends to feature heavily in wedding ceremonies, with pop music also frequently making an appearance later on as entertainment at the reception. It can be quite difficult to pick your wedding soundtrack as there’s just so much choice! We think the Wedding Collection will help you get a selection of the best traditional pieces and a taste of popular songs rearranged with a classical twist.

What type of music would you suggest for the wedding ceremony and why?

Traditional classical pieces are often chosen for the wedding ceremony as they fit so beautifully, but of course there is a huge variety to choose from depending on your taste. We did a study on the nation’s favourite wedding music (which you can see on the Classic FM website) and the winning piece was revealed as Widor’s Toccata, from his Symphony No.5 for Organ. Other extremely popular pieces are Handel’s Arrival of The Queen of Sheba and Pachelbel’s Canon. All three of these feature on the Wedding Collection Album, the first disc of which was specifically curated for the wedding ceremony.

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love in bloom. martina liana for an enchanting wedding at the alnwick garden – jade & james

July 26th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

A Pretty Wedding at The Alnwick Garden (c) Rachael Fraser Photography (64)

The wonderful Alnwick Garden in Northumberland provides the stunning, contemporary backdrop to today’s nuptials between Jade and James, who tied the knot in May of this year. Describing their venue as both impressive and beautiful – we think you’ll agree when you see the fabulous photos from their big day!

Going for a rustic and natural theme to tie in with this exquisite setting, the couple chose a dreamy pink, cream and white colour scheme, which complemented the surroundings beautifully. Throw in a dash of sunshine and you’ve got the perfect mix for those natural, outdoorsy feels. There are plenty of other Insta-worthy touches to look out for throughout the day too; from the candy floss stand and handmade table decorations, to the three-tier semi-naked wedding cake, which looks simply divine.

This is something of a blueprint for a wedding that’s a little bit different to your traditional barns and castles and we think you’re going to love the result! So, let’s pass the blog onto Jade to talk us through the finer details.

With images by Rachael Fraser Photography, and second shooter Rosie Davison Photography.

A Pretty Wedding at The Alnwick Garden (c) Rachael Fraser Photography (25)

jade says: We got engaged on 27th November 2016. James is quite into his photography and had told me he had arranged access to the roof terrace of The Vermont Hotel to take photos of Newcastle. We turned up at The Vermont and were taken upstairs and left on the terrace alone. I noticed music was playing in the background but didn’t take any notice as James was taking photos, our song came on (Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud) which I thought was a bit strange. James then asked me to look at the Tyne Bridge; his family were holding a banner over the bridge asking me to marry him! He got down on one knee and popped the question, to which I said yes of course! Afterwards we had some champagne and pictures taken. When we went downstairs and into the lounge, I was then surprised by my parents, who had travelled up from Sheffield without me knowing! We all went for lunch together and had some celebratory drinks!

We tied the knot on 27th May 2018. We chose that date as it is close to the start of summer and has a good chance of being good weather but not too hot. It was also a bank holiday the day after, so it made it easier for people travelling a long way.

A Pretty Wedding at The Alnwick Garden (c) Rachael Fraser Photography (3)

We had the ceremony and reception at The Alnwick Garden. We had looked at a few different venues which we liked but when we saw the gardens we fell in love with how beautiful it was. On a sunny day, which we fortunately had for our wedding, I think you would struggle to find a more impressive and beautiful venue!

A Pretty Wedding at The Alnwick Garden (c) Rachael Fraser Photography (32)

We had a fairly rustic and natural theme for our wedding. We thought this suited the venue and tied in with the natural elements of the garden.

The colour scheme was light pinks, cream and white which suited the natural and rustic style we had chosen. It also suited the bridesmaids’ dresses.

A Pretty Wedding at The Alnwick Garden (c) Rachael Fraser Photography (76)

My dress was Martina Liana, design 744 – an embroidered lace gown embellished with diamonds and pearls, a backless mermaid style with a long train. The dress was from Mia Sposa, who made my experience very special and Joy was amazing in helping me find the dress. As a special touch to my attire, James surprised me on the morning of the wedding with earrings made out of diamonds from his mother’s original engagement ring, which was very thoughtful.

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