August 24th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
The stately home of Sledmere House in Yorkshire is giving us all the romantic wedding feels today on the blog, as we delve into Hattie and Joe’s glorious big day, which took place earlier this summer.
Offering a little bit of everything – a church, a grandiose country house and a marquee – the couple’s wedding brings together all our favourite backdrops, and then some! With no overbearing colour scheme or theme – the bride just wanted a relaxed country wedding and we think she fulfilled the brief rather nicely thanks to the choice of venue, floral arrangements and special touches (contain your excitement – there’s a fairytale-like horse and cart!).
What we especially love though, is that amidst their classic and supremely chic day the couple hosted a 90s power hour DJ set featuring all of their favourite songs and glow sticks, of course! The most perfect example of how a couple can really let their personalities shine through on their special day – and bring a real dose of nostalgic fun to proceedings too!
With images by A Little Picture.
hattie says: Joe proposed to me at Aysgarth Falls in the Yorkshire Dales on 29th December 2016. As it was a popular spot we went early in the morning and there was a heavy frost, so it looked even more beautiful. It was the day of Joe’s 30th birthday so I didn’t see it coming.
We got married on 7th July 2018. We wanted a summer wedding but as we ran the London Marathon in April 2017 and all our time was taken up with training, we gave ourselves an extra year to plan and decided on 2018.
We got married at Sledmere House, East Yorkshire. The ceremony was in the church, with a drinks reception in the house followed by the wedding breakfast and dancing in the marquee in the grounds. I picked the venue because it had everything all in one place in the most beautiful setting. The first three times I visited the venue it was either raining, snowing or thick fog but despite all this, it was still beautiful. They always say the one thing you can’t control on your wedding day is the weather and I thought, if it looked beautiful on a grey rainy day then if were are lucky enough to have sun it will look incredible – and it did!
I wanted a relaxed country wedding with a romantic feel. We live in London and most of my friends had never been to Yorkshire, so I wanted to show off the beautiful countryside and have locally sourced flowers and food.
I didn’t really have a set theme – I just wanted it to be relaxed, country and floaty. The bridesmaids wore forest green dresses from Rewritten. I wanted them to wear pale pastel colours but when they tried on the dresses they all looked so beautiful in the green ones and a bit washed out in the pastels. So, we went with green. I felt with the light pinks, greens and whites of the flowers – they worked perfectly.
During the search for my dress I must have visited eight shops in the north and London. I ended up buying the most beautiful Charlie Brear dress from a boutique called The White Closet in Didsbury. Despite visiting so many shops I didn’t find anything I liked apart from in The White Closet where I actually found two that were amazing. The experience was fun and friendly and they transformed me into the exact bride I was looking to be, all so effortlessly. The dress I chose was great as it was a simple slip dress overlaid with lace, which I removed in the evening and then added a sequin belt to. It felt amazing and was so light and flowing.
July 30th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
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.
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!).
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.
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.
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.
July 18th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
Today’s real wedding between Helen and Ed has been on the cards for more years than most – they first met at primary school aged five and have the photo evidence to prove it! With so many years of history behind the couple, Helen was keen to bring plenty of memories with her to the wedding, incorporating lots of photographs of the couple from throughout the years. Furthermore, she created place names out of photographs of each guest with either her or Ed, and also made decorations for the aisle out of song lyrics that are important to them as a couple. A little bit of extra thought when planning these details certainly adds to the personal feel of the day.
Breaking the bridal mould Helen ditched a traditional ivory gown in place of a striking magenta gown and centred the wedding décor around her love for the bold hue. Beautiful beaded detailing gives Helen’s gown a wonderful vintage feel that, paired with her gorgeous curled locks, results in a look reminiscent of old Hollywood glamour. A vibrant lip anchors her style and echoes the brights in her dazzling bouquet. Seamless colour scheming skills Helen, we salute you!
With images by A Little Picture.
helen says: Ed’s proposal came as a complete surprise. We both went to Rome on a whim and every day we would walk past the Trevi Fountain and admire its beauty. On the penultimate day of the holiday, after a lovely meal near the fountain, Ed insisted we see it one last time. It was about 10pm, so it was relatively quiet compared to normal. I was doing my usual selfie-taking, trying to get the right angle, when Ed turned to me and got down on one knee. I was so shocked but elated. I knew he was the man I wanted to marry since our first date in 2012. Beaming with excitement and glee, I said “yes!”
We got married on 21st April 2018 at Saltmarshe Hall near Howden in East Yorkshire. We chose the date primarily because the venue was booked up for the entire summer but also because I love blossom and I wanted to get some photos of the blossom during that time of year.
Most venues we looked at would either have multiple weddings on at the same time or the general public walking by during the ceremony. Saltmarshe Hall, however, ensured exclusivity for the entire day and there was just us and our family and friends in the grounds, which we loved. We also liked that there were separate rooms we could use; for example, in the evening, there was the room that had the disco in but also two additional rooms for seating. It meant those who didn’t want to dance and wanted a bit of quiet time could use these rooms to talk and not feel like they were losing their voice to shout over the music. Overall, the venue is beautiful inside and out; we couldn’t fault it and would definitely recommend it. It was perfect for what we wanted – somewhere exclusive with lots of different rooms and places to go outside for the guests and for photographs.
In terms of a theme, we went for a floral style, which we felt would suit the venue. The colours we chose were magenta, dusky pink and navy, with silver accents. As my wedding dress was magenta, I wanted to tie in the décor with it. Everything was made to match these colours – even the wedding cake.
For my dress, I went for a colour as I just didn’t feel like myself when trying on white dresses. I always wear bright colours and I feel I suit colours better, so I went against the tide and bought a beautiful chiffon dress in magenta. I got it from Elenor Rose in Huddersfield. They were so helpful and supportive with my idea to get a coloured dress, which was amazing. In other bridal shops, I felt I was pigeon-holed into getting the standard white dress but Elenor Rose were so kind and understanding. The dress I chose was actually a bridesmaid dress of which I could choose any shade I wanted from an amazing swatch book. I was in colour heaven. I loved the beading detail on it as well. It was so pretty and delicate. On the day, with my long Hollywood curls, I felt like a vintage movie star.
Ed opted for hired suits for himself and the groomsmen. They were from a suit rental shop in Sheffield called Ashley Rogers. He chose a gorgeous mid-blue suit, which had a tonal effect and a shine to the fabric. It was such a flattering colour and looked amazing on all the groomsmen. Ashley Rogers were very helpful as well. All the suits fitted like a glove.
For my bridesmaids, I had two adults and two young girls. The adult bridesmaids, Emma and Helen, chose Little Mistress dresses bought from Debenhams – one in a mink colour and the other in a dusky pink. My younger bridesmaids, Daisy and Alice, chose Monsoon dresses in their favourite colours – lilac and pink. The dresses complemented each other very well, which I was pleased about, and they looked gorgeous in them.
I chose the ties for the groomsmen, as I wanted to make sure the colours matched the dresses. I was delighted to find a tie for Ed that matched exactly to the colour of my dress and the rest of the adult groomsmen had dusky pink ties that matched Emma’s dress. In addition, the page boy had a bow tie matching Helen’s bridesmaid dress. They were all bought from various shops on the high street.
July 11th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
Sweden meets Scotland in today’s charming real wedding between Ellinor and Michael, which brings together traditions from both cultures; from communal singing and lots of speeches on the Swedish side to kilts and ceilidh from the Scots! Marrying outside under the spectacular cherry blossom trees in the venue’s beautiful garden and led by a traditional piper, Ellinor floated down the aisle in a gorgeous tea-length dress made by a talented friend, with a lace illusion bodice and sleeves, and finished off with a delicate veiled headdress.
There are some beautiful details, such as the intricately designed songbook used for the communal singing and the cake of cheese decorated with flowers and grapes. With a rustic vibe and a clever colour scheme to represent the flags of both countries, Ellinor and Michael’s big day manages to feel both glamorously international and charmingly local, with seasonal flowers and lots of handmade elements.
We love the spicy idea for the table centrepieces, using bowls of cardamom, ginger, chilli and so on to indicate the table names rather than written signs, and jam jars collected over the months make the perfect vessels for candles and flowers, even if it does mean eating your weight in jam and chutney before the big day! Tell us more, Ellinor…
With images by A Little Picture.
ellinor says: We got engaged in India, near Darjeeling, where my mother was born. We were travelling through India and I had always wanted to see the place my mother grew up before she came to Sweden. Michael proposed on a Himalayan hilltop overlooking two rivers. It was absolutely beautiful.
We got married on 19th May 2018. We wanted to get married in the spring/early summer because I think that is the most beautiful time of year and the weather is usually better at that time in Scotland! We didn’t know when we booked it that cherry blossom would bloom at that time in the garden of our venue – it turned out to be the perfect time!
We got married (both ceremony and reception) at Kirknewton House Stables, outside of Edinburgh. We chose it because it is a really beautiful place, with a really big garden, and there’s a bit of a rustic feel to it. As you do everything yourself, there are no restrictions in terms of caterers or bar. This meant we had to plan and make everything ourselves, but it allowed us to do exactly what we wanted, including a free bar all night. I would absolutely recommend our venue to other brides and grooms: it is a gorgeous building with a massive garden and you can do what you want with it.
I am originally from Sweden and Michael is Scottish, so our theme was ‘Sweden meets Scotland’. We mixed traditions from the two countries: lots of singing and a lot of speeches (Swedish traditions), and ceilidh and a piper (Scottish traditions). Our colour theme was based on the Swedish flag (yellow and blue) and Scottish flag (white and blue).
For my dress, I always knew I would have a short dress (i.e. tea length) as I don’t think a full-length dress suits my body shape. I also love to dance and couldn’t imagine being on the dance floor in a ball gown or mermaid dress. It turned out to be surprisingly difficult to find one I liked. Most shops only had one or two short dresses. But then my beautiful and amazing friend and bridesmaid Laura said she would make my dress! Laura trained as a costume maker and seamstress and, while she now has a different career, she makes dresses now and again – she made all the bridesmaids’ dresses for our friend’s wedding a couple of years ago! We live in completely different parts of the country so it all involved a lot of planning, but it turned out to be a great excuse to see each other. A great memory is driving to London together to go fabric shopping. There is this street in northwest London lined with fabric shops and we probably went to ten different ones, comparing and haggling. But when we found a particular lace, we knew straight away – that was the one. The dress is absolutely gorgeous and I loved wearing it on the day. I am so lucky to have such an amazing friend.
Michael wore his family kilt that was made for his brother’s wedding a couple of years ago by a kilt maker in Aberdeen. The groomsmen also wore their family kilts.
February 1st, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Today’s real wedding is all about the fun factor, with newlyweds, Jen and Leigh, making sure this was one of their top priorities when planning their special day. From the ceremony and decorations to the food and music, they also injected a personal touch across every aspect of their nuptials and the celebrations after. And we’re completely smitten with the results.
The gorgeous Grade II listed Mansion in Roundhay Park, Leeds – a Brides Up North Sponsor venue, no less – provided the luxurious backdrop to the couple’s November wedding.
Jen and Leigh looked to the wintry season for inspiration, with gorgeous berry and navy tones and a touch of gold, as well as ‘wild’ floral arrangements and a hearty wedding breakfast. Other little details to look out for include gold prosecco bottles for their centrepieces and corks as place setting holders – simple yet beautiful, and an idea we think we’ll be borrowing!
DIARY DATE: We will be holding a Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Fair at The Mansion on Sunday 25th February 2018, 11am to 2pm, FREE ENTRY. Be sure to join us to see more of this fabulous venue and to meet a handpicked selection of top suppliers from the area.
With images by A Little Picture.
jen says: We got engaged on Christmas Day 2016. We had spent a couple of years renovating our house and Leigh suggested that it might be nice to have Christmas in our own home for the first time ever. We woke up on Christmas morning and opened what I thought were silly stocking presents. At the very bottom of mine was a beautifully wrapped box and when I looked up, Leigh was on one knee asking me to marry him! It was just perfect, very private and romantic with the twinkly lights on the tree. My family came over for Christmas dinner and it was so exciting to be able to celebrate with them on such a special day.
We got married on 11th November 2017. We had been together for 11 years at that point and once we had decided to get married, we didn’t want to hang around! We love this time of year, particularly crisp autumn days with all the beautiful colours on the trees and the gorgeous low light.
We tied the knot at The Mansion in Roundhay Park, and were able to have both our ceremony and reception there. As soon as we arrived, we knew that it would be the place for us. Roundhay Park is beautiful and has a wonderful family feel to it. The Mansion itself is a gorgeous old house, which is decorated in a contemporary style and is incredibly warm and inviting. It has two main rooms, so we were able to have our ceremony and reception in different places and it was big enough that, had the weather been poor, our guests could comfortably spend all day inside. From our first meeting, Dine (who run the venue) were incredibly friendly and professional, nothing seemed to be too much trouble.
We didn’t have a theme as such but wanted the whole day to feel relaxed and cosy. We decorated the building with photos of our friends and family and used candles everywhere to create a romantic mood.
We had a combination of warm berry and navy tones to reflect the time of year and our centrepieces were gold to match the colours of the building’s interior.
I wore a floor-length Essense of Australia dress from Ava Rose Hamilton in Silsden, West Yorkshire. I knew that I wanted something lacy and fitted but this dress went beyond my original expectations, with beautiful beading detail and a long train. The back of the dress was particularly intricate, so I went for a sheer veil in the same length as my train. I loved my dress and wish I could wear it again!
My hair and makeup artist, Anna Stephenson was amazing. She was able to replicate the images that I had shown to her as well as make suggestions.
December 29th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
It’s holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a short break, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely. Usual service will recommence on Monday 8th January 2018 (we’re hoping we’ll be over the hangover by then, right?) but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from last 6 months.
Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your real wedding was one of our top picks.
If your morning caffeine hit hasn’t managed to fully wake you up, we’re pretty sure this stunning real wedding will open your eyes – and possibly cause them to pop out of your head – as this is an outdoor celebration with a difference! We’re talking chandeliers, sofas, mirrors and all kinds of opulent details that you wouldn’t expect in this woodland setting.
Opting for Applewood and Blossom Barn Weddings on the outskirts of Leeds, this backdrop was everything they could wish for, giving them free rein over the décor, entertainment and catering for their special day. The transparent marquee offering stunning views of the tree canopies above sounds positively dreamy, and as for the cocktail shack – this is the kind of bar we’d just love to stumble upon in the forest!
Here, Rosie tells us more about how they brought their original and boldly imaginative theme – The Ritz in the Woodland – to life…
With images by A Little Picture.
rosie says: We got engaged on 10th of December 2015, in Lake Bled, Slovenia. Every year we go away for a short break during the festive period and we had decided on Lake Bled for its fairytale, picturesque landscape. On our first day, whilst we were walking round the lake, I stopped to take a photo to send to friends, when I turned around Ben was on one knee! We continued the walk together knowing it was only the two of us who knew, and stopped for lunch and champagne to celebrate!
We got married on 19th August 2017. We didn’t choose the date for any particular reason. We knew we didn’t want a traditional reception venue, such as a manor house, and I came across Applewood and Blossom Barn Weddings. They had only done one wedding before and we knew we could make it our own. They had two dates left for 2017 – so the 19th August it was!
We held our service at St Mary’s Church, Mirfield, which is our local church and happens to be stunning, and then the reception at Applewood and Blossom Barn Weddings on the outskirts of Leeds. We knew we wanted a traditional church service and a different reception venue. We have been to a lot of weddings and though each was beautiful, we wanted something different. At Applewood you can do whatever you want (within reason), so we could pick the decoration, food, music, drinks, entertainment, cake – everything!
The theme for our wedding was ‘The Ritz in the Woodland’. We wanted to create a complete juxtaposition between what people would traditionally expect of a woodland wedding (bunting, wellies, burlap, hay bales) and instead create drama with chandeliers in the trees, plush sofas, mirrors, texture, all white flowers and minimal greenery.
We had a three-course meal, including steak and wine on white table linen with champagne velvet table runners. We had a transparent marquee so people could sit in luxury and see the trees, and walk through the woodland and see elegance and opulence every step of the way.
Our colour scheme was simply ink blue and white. We wanted to keep it classy and elegant.
White flowers with a focus on peonies, roses and hydrangea stood out from the dramatic woodland background – the concept was to use flowers that you wouldn’t find in a woodland setting. We had white table linen and white flowers on mirrored centrepieces.
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