October 26th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
We’re filling your Friday with an oh-so-pretty helping of big day inspiration in the form of Leanne and Phil’s gorgeous North West wedding.
Taking place in a secluded countryside setting, this glorious celebration centres around a lush botanical wedding theme and dreamy colour palette of deep greens, rose gold and blush, which we just can’t get enough of!
Metallic elements, such as the bridesmaids’ glam sequin gowns and decorative details at the reception add a luxurious feel while the flowing foliage and tranquil surroundings keep the vibes natural and relaxed.
A particular highlight for us has to be their towering six tier cake (which includes two clever dummy layers for extra height) decorated in their chosen colour scheme and crowned with a super cute topper made by bride Leanne herself who we’re handing the blog over to now to talk us through the day step by step…
leanne says: We got married on 4th August 2018, as we wanted to have a summer wedding and go on our honeymoon as soon as we could after the wedding. We have children, so having it in the summer holidays was easier for childcare.
Our ceremony took place at our local church, St Luke’s Church, Skerton, Lancaster. This is Phil’s family church; it was always going to be this church as it holds a special place in our hearts. Phil was baptised and confirmed there, and his parents were also married there.
Our wedding breakfast and evening reception took place at Forrest Hills in Ellel, Lancaster, which we chose because of its amazing building, unique feel and amazing surroundings and scenery. We had the entire site to ourselves for the weekend. We would 100% recommend Forrest Hills to anyone looking for a beautiful and unique venue. It’s just a short drive from the city centre but has that feel of being in the middle of the countryside. Our co-ordinator was Katherine Wharton and she was always super easy to get hold of if we had any questions. She checked in with us several times for updates and to ask if we needed her to do anything.
When it came to a theme, we didn’t intend on having one but, as our plans progressed, we did seem to go down a strong botanical route. We used lots of ferns, foliage and succulents in our décor. I personally wanted something a little different; rather than flowers, I knew I wanted ferns and succulents, and the rest just seemed to flow. We added rose gold touches too and some blush, which we thought went perfectly.
My dress was an Alfred Angelo gown in ivory and blush with gold thread lace. It actually had one sleeve when I bought it and a zip up the back. I absolutely fell in love with the gown as soon as I tried it on; it was full length, with lots of fabric and plenty of lace detail, but I knew I wanted sleeves and a corset back, so a lovely lady called Joanne Bellows altered the gown to give it a corset back and we added an ivory lace bolero for the sleeves.
Phil wore a slim fit grey suit from Youngs Hire at Debenhams, with an ivory swirl waistcoat and blush cravat and handkerchief. The groomsmen and my son wore the same as Phil.
The bridesmaids wore full-length rose gold sequin dresses with matching lace and sequin capes, both from Amazon. My eldest daughter Cody wore the same as the adult bridesmaids and my younger two daughters, Libby and Daisy, wore matching ankle-length ivory lace dresses, which were from JJsHouse.
Our makeup was done by Lancaster-based Nelly Calvo, who worked her magic wand on me and my maid of honour. The equally talented Shelly Alexander did the makeup for the other bridesmaids. Shelly also did wonders with my hair and local hairdresser Daryl Standing did the bridesmaids’ and flower girls’ hair.
October 25th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Autumn takes centre stage in this stunning styled bridal shoot today, led by hair and makeup stylist, Chrys Chapman. Proof that your big day can be truly special and unique, whatever the season.
Inspired by the rich, earthy, jewel toned palette we’ve come to associate with this time of the year, Chrys wanted to bring to life her vision for a modern twist on a country shooting party and decided that Denton Hall in North Yorkshire would make the most idyllic backdrop. And as a favourite venue of ours, at which we hold an annual Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Show, we couldn’t think of a more perfect choice!
If you find Denton’s handsome looks and fine location stealing your heart, then be sure to join us for the event on Sunday 4th November, 11am to 2pm, FREE ENTRY, when you can admire its beauty first-hand. As well as viewing the stunning Hall you will be able to meet with the fabulous team who run it and award-winning caterers Box Tree Events, who provide the most fabulous of culinary creations for Denton Hall couples. Furthermore, we’ll be joined by 30 of the area’s talented wedding suppliers to showcase the service, designs and creations they can provide for your big day; from photography, dresses and entertainment to cakes, flowers and styling.
The grandeur of Denton and its rustic surroundings certainly show off all the country chic inspo crammed into today’s sumptuous shoot. We’re talking burnt orange blooms, stunning tablescapes adorned with pinecones and the most elegant of wedding gowns. If, like us, you’re crushing on an autumn-time wedding – scroll on for all the details, as we hand the blog over to Chrys to tell us more.
With images by Eyesome Photography.
chrys says: The inspiration for the shoot was autumn, the time of year when the pinks and whites of summer, along with its warmer temperatures give way to a deeper, richer colour palette and chilly air. For me, autumn conjures memories of growing up on the north east coast in America, with its mélange of leaves in changing colours – perfect for piling up and jumping into, crackling fires and even the smell of the earth changing. In addition to the vibrant wine-coloured deep reds, burnt oranges and popping yellows that usher in fall, I think of the wildlife getting ready for winter. In my New Jersey childhood home, we always had squirrels, foxes and especially deer wandering into to our garden looking for food. So game, for me, represents the whole season, which informed the choice of venue – Denton Hall.
I wanted to create a modern twist on a country shooting party – updated tweed suits, mini gourds and classic jewellery in updated hues of rose gold were essential. We wanted the viewers to feel the cool crisp air around the couple, encouraging them into each other’s arms. Romance with a touch of passion. Deep, rich colour palette. Rustic sophistication.
From being welcomed on site by stags, does and pheasants when I first visited Denton Hall, I knew this was the perfect venue for an autumn wedding and our modern shooting party concept. Set amid the Ilkley Moors, Denton’s exterior of imposing black and gold gates, stone and glass, and the luscious grass and towering trees was perfect backdrop.
Once I went inside, I was overwhelmed by the grandeur of the multiple reception and function rooms. And while we wanted to emulate sophistication, we also wanted to show intimacy and warmth. For sophistication and grandeur we decided we had to utilise Denton’s stunning staircase. For a more intimate setting we chose the library, complete with original fireplaces and heavy wooden table — the first time this space was used for a styled shoot.
We were so fortunate to have two stylists on hand for the shoot — Gillian Neild from Planned With Gill, who headed up interior styling and flowers, and Natalie Convery from Hand Maid who was in charge of styling exterior areas and stationery. The two worked so well together on the day to create a coherent aesthetic and to make the autumnal sophistication theme come to life.
Gillian created an original tablescape set against Denton Hall’s stunning sculpted fireplace and hearth. Using texture and colour to tie together the theme of autumnal sophistication, Gillian styled not only the beautiful table, but also the legendary and very grand Denton Hall staircase.
The table was decorated with large, rainbow glass plates, small rich green side plates, burgundy napkins and stunning gold cutlery. The glassware continued the theme with cut champagne and wine glasses, and small glass candleholders for the green and cream taper candles. The opulence of the glassware and cutlery was balanced with rustic foliage and cloth, as well as the vibrant flowers and mini gourds, perfect for the season.
Natalie of Handmaid added her handcrafted floral stationery to personalise the table setting, as well as for a gorgeous flat lay that really encompassed the feel of the shoot inspiration. She used the same fall-inspired colour palette, along with script, that was, like so many elements of the shoot, elegant, but unfussy.
Flowers were a key feature in and around the table design – luscious foliage such as leather leaf fern, Cotinus Royal Purple and Panicum Fountain grasses plus astrantia, Chateau Burgundy Spray Carnations, Alstromeria Hot Pepper, Amaranthus, plus some amazing bright orange Chinese Lantern.
Small, delightful arrangements were placed on the back of each chair featuring dried orange slices, Chinese Lantern, Cotinus Royal Purple and Eucalyptus Parvifolia, as well as trailing rich burgundy silk ribbons.
October 25th, 2018 | Julia Braime
The finest North West wedding industry talent will be descending upon The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham, for our annual Pop Up Festival Wedding Show at this unique & authentic vintage venue on SUNDAY 4th November 2018, 11am till 2pm, FREE ENTRY!
This brilliant, exclusive use venue is as fun as it is special, with it’s high ceilings, sparkling drapes, ornate fireplaces and perfectly sprung dance floor. Dancing shoes at the ready! If you are looking for a bespoke and private wedding venue with a little added pizazz, it’s your lucky day.
We’ve added the very best floral designers, bridal boutiques, stationers, venue stylists, photographers, cakes, diamonds (and more!) that the area has to offer – plus a festival styling twist and lots of rocking live music – to make sure that every detail of your big day is covered with individual style.
I don’t know about you, but I feel like a bit of a party…
bride to be?
We’re giving away up to 150 free Bride To Be media packs, filled with glossy magazines (including the brand new issue of UNVEILED Magazine) and treats from Brides Up North. As demand is high, to pick up your media pack all you need to do is register.
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fancy exhibiting with us?
We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2018/19. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our fabulous luxury wedding exhibitions across three regions this year.
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Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Email Julia at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
In the meantime, we’re handing over the blog to director of The Bowdon Rooms, Neil Hughes, to tell us more about this spectacular space.
Can you tell us about the style and history of the venue?
neil says: Our luxury wedding venue in Cheshire is a charming building that offers an abundance of authentic character and beautiful features. More than 110 years old, the property’s Edwardian decadence will offer you and your guests a superior environment.
Amid subtle yet exquisite details of art nouveau charm, you can relax and dine in our glorious ballroom, with its stunning chandeliers suspended from a 40-foot domed ceiling, against a backdrop of romantically-lit voiles.
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October 24th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
The details in today’s real wedding between Angela and Gerry are brilliant, with everything planned meticulously before the day, yet managing to culminate in an informal, relaxed gathering with great non-traditional tweaks, such as the one round table to seat all 50 of their guests for the wedding breakfast.
Tweed is the order of the day, with a show-stopping bespoke wedding gown complete with ruffles and layers for the bride, and a dapper suit for the groom – a great look for a Yorkshire countryside wedding. Angela accessorised her tweed attire with abundant, highly scented and vibrant blooms in the form of a beautifully wild and undone bouquet that we just adore!
As huge gin fans Gerry went to great lengths to incorporate this shared love into his and Angela’s big day, emailing the top 40 gin companies in the UK to ask if they could supply him with empty gin bottles so he could make weeding decorations out of them. What an enterprising idea! Without Angela’s knowledge, Gerry worked on them in the couple’s workshop revealing the results at the venue, with the beautified light-filled bottles spread across surfaces of the drawing room and bar area. The hotel was so impressed with his efforts they’ve even asked if Gerry would make some for them to keep!
With images by A Little Picture Photography.
angela says: We got engaged at Rockliffe Hall Hotel on 8th June 2017, a beautiful 18th century hotel set in 375 acres of grounds. It was a complete surprise to me. I had been unwell and required an operation and, just before returning to work, Gerry said he had booked a surprise overnight break away. On arrival, we were told we had been upgraded; the room was absolutely gorgeous and the whole hotel and spa facilities were amazing. Gerry had booked us into the restaurant for a meal. I suspected nothing and thought it was just because I had had an operation and had been given the all clear. He asked if I liked the table we were sitting at and if I thought it was the best table in the restaurant. It certainly was and had beautiful views but I didn’t twig! Gerry got down on one knee and proposed, producing a ring. I burst into tears and didn’t speak or respond for a very long time. Gerry eventually asked me if I could respond as his knee was hurting and other people in the restaurant were starting to look! Little did I know that the hotel was aware of his plans, which was why they upgraded us. They also came over to the table with some champagne. I was in tears, however, which they saw and panicked that perhaps I’d said no and tried to discreetly walk away. However, Gerry told them I was crying with happiness and that I’d said yes!
Gerry had my ring designed and had gone to four designers before settling on a designer in York called WERK by TCJ Designs based in Stonegate. The ring was beautiful and unusual, which I loved. At the same time, they also designed my wedding ring so the two would work beautifully together. My wedding day was the first time I had seen it – again, it was stunning!
We got married on 24th August 2018. As Gerry’s daughter and daughter-in-law work in schools, we needed it to be in school holidays to make it easy for them.
We married at Crathorne Hall Hotel, near Yarm in North Yorkshire. It’s a beautiful hotel built in 1906 and has captivating views of the Leven Valley on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors. The hotel is relaxed and informal with a beautiful interior. The staff were very courteous and friendly when we when to see the venue and throughout all of the preparations and wedding day itself. Our hotel co-ordinator was Beth Fisher and she was great throughout the year leading up to the wedding. The hotel feels like a country house, has beautiful grounds with woodland walks and feels like you are stepping back into another era. We had family members travelling from as far away as Canada and the hotel arranged for us to have private dining for us all in their Yorkshire Room the night before the wedding. We would certainly recommend the venue. All of the staff were extremely professional prior to and during the day. They assisted with everything and the day was perfect.
In terms of a theme, the main aim of the day was for the wedding to be very relaxed and informal with no pomp and pageantry. We wanted a country theme to be in keeping with the hotel and didn’t have a particular colour scheme. The colours were fairly neutral, with the chair covers having burlap sashes, and we had hessian bunting as well as shabby chic vintage homemade bunting to decorate the rooms.
My dress was a bespoke Yorkshire tweed wedding dress made by James Steward in Wetherby. I initially saw the dress on the front of the July 2017 edition of Yorkshire Living and fell in love with it as it was so unique and beautiful and fitted in well with the country theme of our wedding. I discussed my thoughts with James, who came up with a fabulous design.
Gerry wore a three-piece suit made from the same Yorkshire Tweed as my dress. It was purchased from Clarksons of York and he wore it with a gold pheasant tie and white shirt. Gerry’s groomsman was his son Sean and he wore his own suit.
The bridesmaids’ dresses were made and designed by Blonde and Wise in Gomersal, who provide a bespoke bridesmaids service allowing each bridesmaid to choose their own colour, style and length. Amy Scott provided professional advice on fabrics to fit with the theme of the wedding. They were able to source a fabric to beautifully complement my dress and Gerry’s suit. Nicky wore their rose gold satin Wendy dress with additional ruffle, while Lou wore their rose gold satin Drew dress.
October 23rd, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
If you’re crushing on the idea of hosting a tipi wedding then today’s styled shoot is especially for you!
Led by Roanna from Cheshire-based wedding and events business Tipi Unique – she teamed up with talented wedding photographer Sarita White to create this whimsical outdoors shoot, which perfectly captures the essence of what makes a tipi wedding just so magical – just wait until you see the sunset pics!
The beautiful Moo Meadow – a farm come wedding venue in Derbyshire -provides the ever so pretty backdrop, with its countryside setting and rolling meadows working perfectly with the shoot’s wild boho vibes.
We have to mention the fabulous styling, with twinkling lights, glass globes, branches, pheasant feathers and plenty of botanical and floral touches that really bring the space to life. And as for the bride and groom – they embodied the shoot’s free-spirited vibes and then some – with edgy wedding day attire dominated by lace, a jewel palette and a smattering of earthy tones, too.
It’s time for us to stop gushing though and pass the blog to Roanna to give us all the inside details on the shoot – prepare for your new tipi-inspired obsession!
With images by Sarita White Photography. Models Millie Austin Hare & David Smith.
roanna says: We had the pleasure of working alongside photographer, Sarita White at our clients’ weddings and open days, so knew that she had incredible talent. We were both keen to create something independently and were actually in the midst of organising a wedding fair with Moo Meadow, so we thought it was the perfect opportunity to tie the two events together, resulting in this styled shoot!
The shoot embodied all that is offbeat and whimsical – it captured everything from the stunning scenery and romantic tablescapes, to the love, laughter, and memories shared at any unique tipi wedding.
We were looking for a blank canvas and Sarita was aware of local farm Moo Meadow, which was moving into the wedding industry and we agreed it would be perfect for what we were looking for, as well as a good way of promoting a new venue.
Moo Meadow is a gorgeous upcoming wedding and events venue based in Ilkeston, Derbyshire. The tipis were set amongst the rolling countryside, wild meadows, and peaceful surroundings, which couldn’t have been more perfect for our whimsical boho shoot. We also love that it gives gems of inspiration to clients looking to create a DIY countryside wedding – outdoor celebrations are just as beautiful (if not more!) than your traditional castle or stately home nuptials.
One of the tables had a rustic stag theme, including lots of warm elements; candlelight and wood featuring heavily. A ‘tree-like’ table centre took centre stage with manzanita branches draped in lots of glass globes. Mounted on a large tree stump, the flowers were seasonal varieties in an eclectic mix of bright colours featuring velvety dahlias.
Details throughout included rich textures of guinea fowl and pheasant feathers, berries, ribbons and twigs. The place names were little jewel coloured cards with rustic stag emblems. ‘Mr and Mrs’ wooden signs for the back of two chairs had cute, playful details with torn fabric ribbons, and more twigs and feathers.
October 22nd, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Monday just got a whole lot brighter thanks to the beautiful DIY wedding of Maddy and Mike. Choosing to marry in the bride’s hometown of Hebden Bridge, they selected the charming Wainsgate Chapel and Hall for their celebrations – a location close to bride Maddy’s heart for so many reasons. The venue was something of a blank canvas, which the couple completely transformed with a blaze of colour, flowers and festoon lighting. Truly magical.
The newlyweds surprised and treated their guests to so many special touches throughout the day, we hardly know where to begin. We’re talking two bands (and an unexpected performance Love Actually-style following the ceremony), afternoon tea instead of a traditional wedding breakfast, Mr Whippy ice cream and even a glitter bar!
Other highlights we just have to mention include the homemade jam as favours, the fabulous cake baked by the mother-of-the-bride and the appearance of the happy couple’s dog Kassy, who acted as ring bearer. There’s so much more to tell though, so let’s pass the blog over to Maddy to spill all the details!
With images by Mark Hillyer Photography.
maddy says: We met on Tinder and quickly fell in love after meeting in person. I moved in with Mike after six months and we were already talking about marriage. Soon after, I accidently found a list of proposal ideas on his phone, (I wasn’t snooping, promise!) so we went ring shopping together in Ilkley – one of our favourite towns and also where we had our third date. Mike took me back the next week to collect the ring and suggested we go for a walk up the Cow and Calf first. Right on top of the boulders overlooking the valley he pointed out a rock carving which said “Marry me?” and I turned to see him on one knee with the ring in his hand. He’d been up earlier in the week with his hammer and chisel and to collect the ring. It’s lovely that the carving will last for years to come.
We got married on 23rd June 2018 (though we had a small legal ceremony at Leeds Town Hall the week before with just our immediate family). I always knew I wanted a summer wedding, and with my job (I’m a junior doctor) dates in June and July were easier to plan for, as in August you rotate to a new placement. It was also important to have a date that wouldn’t clash with my brother’s exams and when we’d have plenty of time at the venue for setting up.
I always wanted to get married in my hometown of Hebden Bridge. I lived there my whole childhood and it would have felt wrong to go anywhere else. Wainsgate Chapel and Sunday school hall is a short distance from my mum’s house and holds some special memories for me and my family – my primary school Harvest and Christingle services were held there, and my dad’s ashes are buried in the graveyard – so in a way he was there, too.
The building is very old and in need of some TLC in places, but it adds to its charm. There are also lots of beautiful features – from the woodwork and marble in the chapel to the stained-glass window and high ceiling in the Sunday school hall. It also allowed us a lot of flexibility with the Chapel, hall and outside space all being a blank canvas.
Wainsgate is completely different to other wedding venues. If you can see past some of its shabbiness to see the beauty, and don’t mind a lot of hard work, it’s a wonderful place to get married.
We didn’t have a theme. I knew having one would have made me feel a little restricted when planning. I knew I wanted it bright and colourful, with flowers and lights, a real party vibe where people could relax and really enjoy themselves. Our priorities when planning were the photographer, flowers, food and music.
We had all of the colour! I don’t have a favourite colour, so this was pretty easily decided!
I was a little greedy when it came to my big day attire, and ended up with two wedding dresses. I managed it by buying both in sales – so I spent less than the average cost of one dress on two! My first dress was by Nicola Anne Bridal. I found it in a boutique closing down sale. I took my friend just expecting to try a few things on for ideas. The fabric of this gown was what first stood out, a beautiful damask silk, striking a perfect balance between simple satin and detailed lace. The shape of the dress also flattered me, with the vintage style bateau neckline and nipped in waist. The low back added a hint of glamour.
My second dress was also found in a boutique closing down sale. I knew I wanted a shorter dress for the dancing and this hit the spot. The dotted tulle and lace applique of this Loulou Bridal dress was fun and the way it spun was perfect for twirling around the dancefloor!
I wore the first dress with a simple fingertip veil I bought at the same shop.
My shoes were from a boutique I found while travelling in Australia – as soon as I saw them I knew I had to find space in my suitcase!
I wore new jewellery from my mother-in-law, old jewellery from my great grandmother and a borrowed blue garter from a friend who got married the year before. My bridesmaid Emily bought me a silver sixpence which stayed in my shoe all day. I also carried a Harry Potter charm on my bouquet – a reference to my favourite book and my incredible Harry Potter themed hen do!
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