May 9th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
If you’re contemplating an autumn date for your special day, then this afternoon’s real wedding will have you falling head over heels for this beautiful time of the year. Think rich jewelled tones, café au lait dahlias and a picture-perfect sunset, and you’ll get a fair idea of what to expect.
Our couple, Catherine and Frazer, tied the knot at Whirlowbrook Hall, a gorgeous manor house set within 39 acres of landscaped gardens. Plumping for a navy blue and pewter colour scheme, their elegant vintage-inspired theme works beautifully with the venue’s classic backdrop.
As you’ll see, there are so many Pinterest-worthy highlights from their special day – the stunning four-tiered cake (complete with edible sequins) is a favourite, and I just love the bride’s statement blue shoes!
With images by Mylo Photography
catherine says: We got engaged on our seven-year anniversary, at home, on 27th December 2014, on what was a lovely crisp wintery morning. I had been dropping not so subtle hints about getting married for about a year but Frazer kept saying I’d have to wait and see as our anniversary was coming up.
The day dawned and he made me breakfast. He called me through for my sausage sandwich. I put the ketchup on and flipped the top slice of bread onto the sandwich. Neatly carved into the bread was “will you marry me?”. I think I actually said, “Oh go on then!”. Because of the snow we were unable to visit our families to share the good news for about a week!
We got married on 16th October 2016. We always knew we wanted an autumn wedding, as we love autumnal colours. Plus a sunny autumn day can be so beautiful. As it turned out, it rained heavily until about an hour before the ceremony and then stayed sunny and dry. We got some fabulous photos with the autumn sunset too.
We hosted our ceremony and reception at Whirlowbrook Hall in Sheffield. We hadn’t intended to go and see Whirlowbrook, as my sister had always wanted to get married there and I didn’t want to copy. We had gone to two wedding fairs nearby, and heard that Whirlowbrook was also holding one. We thought we’d go and see the suppliers rather than the venue, but as soon as we walked in, we knew we’d get married there! The atmosphere was so special, the staff were friendly and attentive, and the Hall and grounds are stunning. We also liked the fact that we’d get exclusive use of the venue for the day, and it was small enough to be intimate, yet still had enough space for everyone.
We didn’t have a theme as such, but we went for an autumnal vintage elegance feel. Hopefully we captured the richness of the season and matched the grandeur of the hall with classic decorations, but still managed to do things a bit differently.
We opted for a navy blue and pewter/silver colour scheme. We wanted jewel tones for that rich autumnal feel and settled on navy as a colour which would be easy to co-ordinate. We didn’t want bright silver so settled on a darker more antique silver/pewter for our metallic accents. We also incorporated cream and ivory to lighten the overall look.
I got my dress – the Alfred Angelo 216 Cinderella gown – in a sample sale. I knew I wanted a mermaid/fishtail style, but something a bit different. As soon as I put the dress on, I knew it was ‘the one’. My seamstress, Bride by Katie-Lou Designs, handmade a bolero and matched the lace to the detail on the bodice of the dress, it was perfect! I also wore a long one-tier veil.
My lovely bridesmaid Adele let me wear her antique pearl necklace as my something borrowed. Pearl is also my birthstone, which tied in nicely.
I chose bright blue Irregular Choice shoes for a pop of colour, they were fabulous and I got so many compliments.
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April 26th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh
Today’s real wedding is a stunner, with plenty of personal details in the planning. The beautiful bride tried on her dress for the first time in her mum’s bedroom, ordered her bouquet from the florist where she had a Saturday job as a teenager and incorporated lots of wood as a nod to Jay’s work as a carpenter.
Aiming for modern timelessness? Look no further than Rachael’s chiffon beaded Monsoon gown. Love neutrals? This subtle grey and lilac colour scheme is elegant, modern and fresh. Rachael gives us all the pretty details…
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Sally Eaves Weddings.
rachael says: We got engaged on 21st June 2012 – I was visiting Jay in London where he was working for the weekend. He’d booked a sunset champagne ride on the London Eye where he planned to pop the question, but somebody else in the pod proposed to his partner and stole Jay’s thunder! He ended up proposing at the Oxo Tower restaurant where we ate later.
We were married on 2nd October 2016. We booked the wedding almost a year to the day beforehand – we sat outside with a glass of wine on an unusually warm day in October 2015, and hoped the weather would repeat itself a year later. It did!
We had our civil ceremony and reception at Peak Edge Hotel at The Red Lion in Derbyshire. I had seen the venue’s lovely website and brochure when we first got engaged, but didn’t go to see it until we got around to planning in 2015. The venue is gorgeous – a country pub meets luxury hotel. It’s modern and fresh, the wedding team and all the staff were lovely and it just felt perfect for us. We were really keen to have the whole day in one place and the venue allowed us to do exactly that.
We didn’t really plan to have a theme, however lots of wood crept into the day. I made our invitations and they featured a woodgrain design and our centrepieces were decorated logs. Jay is a carpenter so that was quite nice, really! We decided to name our tables after superheroes – Jay is a big kid at heart (and my hero!), and I spray-painted little superhero figures to sit on each centrepiece. Jay’s mum, Tina, helped us to turn them into gorgeous features with her creative flair.
The colour-scheme was all a bit grey! Our home is decorated very neutrally and neither of us are fans of bold colours. We chose lavender and lilac as accompanying colours for ties, flowers etc.
I loved my dress! It was a long, chiffon beaded dress and was from the high street – Monsoon, in fact. I went to lots of local boutiques and loved the experience but didn’t find any dresses I really loved. I wanted something that was definitely a wedding dress, but a simple shape, without much of a train. I saw this one online, ordered it and took it round to my mum’s to try on in her bedroom! The shopping experience was a little different (no bucks fizz!), but when I tried it on, I absolutely loved it.
November 8th, 2016 | Alexis Forsyth
This afternoon on the blog, we’re escaping to Derbyshire, to the beautiful 17th century Jacobean manor of Eyam Hall for a rather stunning styled shoot.
Keen to showcase this enchanting property and its walled gardens – photographer Ellie Grace teamed up with a number of top local suppliers to create this definitive autumnal shoot. With a gorgeous, rich palette of berry tones and plums laced with white and gold, this is a dreamy vintage-inspired shoot where the beautiful bouquets take centre stage.
We’ll now hand over the blog to Ellie, to tell us more about the capturing the captivating set.
ellie says: The photo shoot showcases the history and beauty of Eyam Hall – a National Trust property that’s recently introduced wedding packages.
The shoot was themed around seasonal autumnal flowers from Frances and Rose, with the venue perfectly framing the rich colours and its gardens reflecting the stunning floral arrangements. The flowers featured in the shoot were 100% British grown, with some grown just a stone’s throw away from Eyam Hall, and others coming from English Country Roses down in Suffolk.
Amy Bate, a wedding stylist and planner based in Derby, styled the shoot, which exuded an autumnal Midsummer Night’s Dream feel; magical and ethereal but with deeper colours and opulent, quirky styling. The florist and the venue had been talking about working together on future weddings so it seemed like a great opportunity to pool the skills of other local wedding suppliers to create this styled shoot.
The venue has such beautiful, historical architecture and stunning gardens, which were the perfect backdrop for the photography, and in the autumn light this all came together beautifully to create a wonderful seasonal shoot. The flowers were the focal point, with seasonal blooms and rich autumnal colours creating warmth against the cold daylight.
The table arrangements, supplied by prop and table decoration specialist The Magnolia Tree, showcased a beautiful mix of gold and plum tones, playing on the rich and magical feel of the shoot. We also featured an elegant three-tiered cake, topped with an assortment of flowers by Little Zoe Cakes, a baker and cake decorator located near Stafford.
November 2nd, 2016 | Rachel Parry
This afternoon we’re treating you to more stunning seasonal inspiration in the form of this dreamy styled shoot.
Put together as part of a training course, North West based photographer Hannah Joy, was challenged to capture gorgeous portrait couple images whilst also documenting all the little details included on the styled set, from metallic-dipped fruits, plants and leaves, to elegant calligraphy and props.
All in all we think Hannah did a splendid job with both the couple and the details captured beautifully in the peaceful, rustic surroundings. Now to fill us in on how the styled shoot was brought to life, we’ll hand over the blogging reins to snapper Hannah…
With images by Pearl Photography by Hannah Joy.
hannah says: It was an absolute pleasure to photograph this stunning styled shoot during a workshop I recently attended, which was held by Aspire Photography, in the Lake District, Cumbria.
The styling of the shoot allowed for a soft romantic feel with a touch of rustic autumnal loveliness. A colour palette of soft blush mixed with rich metallic hues of gold, silver and copper helped to create the rustic yet soft and romantic theme.
The little details of green bottles and foliage added a botanical feel alongside the golden leaves, mini pumpkins and fruit, which kept the look in line with the current season.
The dreamy flowers, provided by Made In Flowers, and the beautiful stationery by Calligraphy For Weddings, followed the theme, as did the and hairstyling makeup by the talented Lucy Pearson. With the addition of the beautiful setting of Hipping Hall, in Kirby Lonsdale, the images produced have a beautifully soft and whimsical look to them.
The styled shoot ran really smoothly from beginning to end. We had two gorgeous models who were just recently married and very much in love, which brought true feelings and emotions to the shoot that I think comes across well in the images. I think the couple enjoyed the fact that they could put on their wedding outfits once again and relive their special day, not to mention the added bonus of having some more gorgeous images to keep forever!
October 28th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
Although the days are getting shorter and the temperatures are getting lower, we can’t help but love autumn for its beautiful colours and clear and crisp weather. We can therefore see why the season is a popular choice with wedding couples, particularly those who crave a cosy setting, hearty food, vibrant blooms and oodles of romantic candle light.
Here to help inspire autumn brides’ choice of confetti to complete their seasonal celebration is our fabulous Sponsor, Shropshire Petals.
With an unbelievable amount of fabulous hues to choose from, couples can pick one of Shropshire Petal’s readymade mixes for their all-important confetti-shot moment, or alternatively create their own using the online ‘pick and mix’ tool to put a personal touch on their petals.
To get those creative cogs turning, Shropshire Petals are today sharing their top six colourful autumn mixes:
Autumn may be a sign of darker days and nights, but this yellow and ivory confetti mix is sure to brighten things up. Perfect on its own, or add a touch of blue to enhance the autumnal feel.
This vivid brand-new confetti mix features burgundy cornflower petals and delicate ivory delphinium petals. Combined, they make a fantastic rich confetti mix that will add a colour pop to confetti shot photos.
August 15th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
We’re kicking off your week with an exceptionally beautiful real wedding that started with a rather impressive proposal (top marks Steve!)
Taking place at Arley Hall in Cheshire, Heather and Steve’s big day features simple yet striking details, inspired by the cosy autumn season.
Cue pumpkin centrepieces, bright bouquets and a totally swoon-worthy lace dress…
With images by Jessica O’Shaughnessy Photography.
heather says: We got engaged on 8th September 2014, while at El Matador Beach, Malibu. After our first full day of our two-week holiday travelling around California, Steve told me to be ready for 5pm but wouldn’t say what the plan was. When ready, we proceeded to walk downstairs to the foyer of our hotel on Sunset Boulevard. The receptionist giggled, and we were met by a driver who took us to a limo. We were driven to El Matador Beach and Steve told me we were going for a picnic. We walked around looking for a perfect place to watch the sun set when Steve knelt down and popped the question. He handed me a round, white box with a purple ribbon and within side it was purple cookie with “will you marry me” on it. Naturally, I said yes. We turned around and there was a photographer Steve had booked to capture the moment. It was perfect.
We set the date for October 17th 2015, as we wanted an autumnal wedding and also for it to be on a Saturday.
Our chosen setting was Arley Hall in Northwich, Cheshire. The hall had the option of a separate evening venue, which is something we wanted so evening guests felt completely part of the wedding and not thrown into the chaos from the day’s events. The hall and the grounds are gorgeous, and the history of the house makes it a fabulous backdrop for photographs.
As a nod to the season we had an autumnal “Fall in Love” theme, which included pumpkins, hessian and wood. There was no definite colour theme as we wanted a mixture of different hues.
I didn’t have much luck when looking for dresses but after a day’s searching I found the one in the n the last shop we visited, Wedding Belles in Frodsham. When we arrived there was an Intuzuri event on that we were unaware of. We got there at 4.30pm and the event stopped at 5pm with the dresses being packed up as we looked so I couldn’t believe when I came across a dress that I had previously ripped out of a magazine and put in my wedding scrap book. The dress was floor length with a train, very fitted with lace full length sleeves. It was full Chantilly lace and had a low back to it. I also had a Chantilly, elbow length veil to match.
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