August 31st, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
There’s a definite outdoorsy theme to today’s real wedding between Rebecca and Jason with willow hearts dressed with roses, festoon lighting draped over huge logs and gigantic blossom trees aplenty.
But before we submerge ourselves in the gorgeous details of their wedding, we must jump back in time to shine a light on the elaborate proposal Jason cooked up that put the wheels in motion for this gorgeous day. To engineer a proposal ‘event’ that involves all the members of staff on a cruise ship specially togged out in traditional Vietnamese dress for that very occasion shows some serious confidence that the woman of your dreams is going to say yes! Thankfully for Jason, Rebecca was on board (pardon the pun) and these seasoned travellers were on course to plan their greatest adventure together to date.
Their stunning choice of venue provides the perfect backdrop to their rustic celebrations which featured beautiful seasonal blooms, moss, foliage, bark and log slices, helping to bring the glorious outdoors, in!
We’re also head over heels for the super pretty bridesmaid gowns and Rebecca’s wonderfully elegant Mon Cheri dress, with delicate button detailing down the lace illusion back and a frothy train for a truly dreamy silhouette.
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Lee Brown Photography.
rebecca says: We got engaged in January 2017, in Vietnam whilst on a cruise around Ha Long Bay. The boat was docked in the middle of the bay for the night and Jason had arranged for all the staff to get involved in the proposal. They all dressed up in traditional Vietnamese dress and I was called up to the main deck (I was downstairs squid fishing with two Australians we had met). I walked onto the deck and noticed that everything was quiet and everyone was looking at me. The staff surrounded me and held up signs each saying “Will you marry me?” I turned around and Jason was on one knee!
We got married on 15th June 2018. It was honestly the only day available for a summer wedding the following year! We held our ceremony and reception at Owen House Wedding Barn. It’s classy, shabby chic, laid back, rustic, farmhouse – basically everything I had envisioned my venue to look like. It’s sensational, so we would absolutely recommend it. The owners, Dan and Vanessa, do everything and anything to make your day perfect. Nothing is an issue and the staff are amazing. It makes you feel so much at ease and stress free. I thoroughly enjoyed my day as I had nothing to worry about. If you’d love something different with character and style – yet rustic, classy and also sublime – then this is the place for you. You’ll walk in and instantly fall in love.
When it came to choosing a theme, travel was a big thing – our table names were based on travel, as Jason and I have visited some amazing places in the world. We also had huge blossom trees, lots and lots of candles and nature – we had flowers, bark and wood features. We are outdoors people but we still kept it classy and neat!
For the colour scheme, we chose very neutral shades of creams, blush, copper and wood effect.
I wore a Mon Cheri dress. It was chosen for me; I would never have tried this type of dress on, so I was pleased I trusted the lady at the boutique! She insisted I tried it on after a failed attempt with six others prior to this. I knew it was the one once I tried it on; I felt amazing in it. The detail on the back is beautiful and very elegant. I’m normally seen in trainers, so it’s a far cry from my usual self!
August 30th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
If a chic barn wedding is your kinda thing, then you’re going to be all a flutter with excitement over today’s real wedding, set in one of our favourite corners of the UK – the Lake District.
Three Hills Barn was the unique blank canvas Emma and Josh were craving for their special day earlier this summer, offering up a dose of laid-back, outdoorsy feels, which was the most perfect of backdrops to bring their dream wedding to life. We’re talking deckchairs, hay bales and a saxophone player, not forgetting a pop-up gin bar in the oh-so-pretty marquee. And that’s before we even mention the fabulous country views and surroundings.
The couple also hosted a ‘Wedding Bake Off’ – an ingenious idea that involved all the guests and supplied everybody with plenty of sweet treats on the day. It wasn’t all forward planning though…the couple enjoyed a few surprises too, but we’ll let Emma tell all, in her own words!
With images by Camilla Lucinda Photography.
emma says: We got engaged while on a weekend away in Edinburgh at the top of Arthur’s Seat, a small hill just outside the city centre. When we got to the top, we were completely alone and could see the castle and all the way out to sea. It was a complete surprise and very romantic.
We got married on 23rd June 2018 as we really wanted a summer wedding.
Our wedding venue was the lovely Three Hills Barn in the Lake District. The venue is in the North Lakes, near to Keswick, which has always been a favourite place of ours.
I heard about the venue through a friend at work. I was describing the venue that we wanted, something that would be relaxed, and a blank canvas for us to make our own. Three Hills was the only venue we looked at, it was just everything we were looking for. It was important to us that our wedding would be unique and that we could put our own stamp on the venue.
Mark and Jenny who own the barn (which is on a working farm) were fantastic; such lovely, laidback people, which is exactly what we needed when planning our wedding. Nothing was too much to ask, and they accommodated everything that we wanted for the day.
As we live in Manchester, it was quite a distance for our friends and family to travel, but that made the weekend all the more special as our guests were great and treated it like a holiday, enjoying the rest of the weekend in the Lakes.
We wanted a very relaxed and informal atmosphere. We didn’t have a theme as such, but one thing that ran throughout the day was gin. We had a gin bar in the marquee and used gin bottles as vases for our flowers. We’d asked friends and family to collect bottles for us, and we ended up with hundreds to choose from – not sure what that says about our friends!
Early on I saw one picture of a bouquet on Pinterest which became a bit of a basis for everything else, so the colour scheme kind of came from that. The colours were dark and blush pink, but we were keen to have lots of colour during the day.
My dress was by Stella York and purchased from Ava Rose Hamilton in Lancashire. I would definitely recommend paying them a visit, as they have such a beautiful boutique. I had no idea what style of dress I wanted and was looking forward to trying on lots of different styles. But this was only the fifth dress that I tried on. I just couldn’t leave the shop without having it!
I wore a watch that was my great grandma’s and a Swarovski crystal bracelet of my mum’s, both of which my mum wore on her wedding day to my dad.
July 27th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
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.
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!
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!
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.
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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July 16th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Today’s couple, Nikki and Mike, are showing us a thing or two when it comes to stylishly pulling off a rustic barn wedding. Traditional yet contemporary – we think they got the balance just right.
Hosting their big day at the quaint Sandhole Oak Barn in Cheshire, the couple kept things pared back and beautiful, with plenty of rustic feels to complement the enchanting setting, with hessian and wood textures, bunting, jam jars, candles and crisp white floral arrangements just a few of the delightful details to look out for.
The wedding breakfast was a particular highlight for the newlyweds – just take a look at the sublime menu they dished up – not to mention their elegant naked cake with a delectable four different flavours to choose from!
Plenty of inspiration awaits though, so it’s best we hand the reins over to Nikki so that she can talk us through all the magical moments of their big day. Enjoy!
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, James Tracey Photography.
nikki says: We were staying at a vineyard just outside Bordeaux in May 2016 when Mike proposed. Mike decided to take me for a morning stroll just outside the chateau, which was on the vineyard. We walked though some woodland and then he got down on one knee and popped the question!
We got married on 11th May 2018. The weather has been great the last few years in May, so we decided to hedge our bets and go for that month.
We tied the knot at Sandhole Oak Barn, in Congleton, Cheshire. The setting was just perfect and exactly what we were looking for. We knew we wanted a barn style wedding and Sandhole ticked all the boxes.
We went for a rustic, countryside theme, although we didn’t have a particular colour scheme in mind, it was just more of the rustic feel with hessian and white tied in.
Mike wore a blue suit with a grey waistcoat from Suits Direct, in Cheshire Oaks. The groomsmen wore matching suits to the groom, but with different button holes from Mike.
The bridesmaids, meanwhile, wore blue/grey multi-way dresses from M&S with gypsophila worn in their hair.
July 2nd, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
If you’re in love with the idea of tying the knot in a rustic barn, then today’s real wedding will be giving you all kinds of butterflies. Say hello to newlyweds Emma and Marc, who tied the knot during the Easter break at the sublime Owen House in Cheshire.
Floating candles, fairy lights and lanterns all help to set the romantic ambience, complemented by fabulous arrangements of pink, cream and green flowers that really embody the au naturale setting. It’s enchanting beyond words and everything we could hope from a classic barn wedding.
There are plenty of other fabulous highlights to look out for, too, including a prosecco cart, heart shaped fudge pieces as favours and – breaking with convention – the bride ditching heels for a pair of Converse! We think you’re going to be Pinterest-happy with this one, ladies!
With images by Sarah Beth Photo.
emma says: After being together for seven years, Marc decided to pop the question while we were on holiday in New York. We had enjoyed a short walk around Central Park with friends in the morning and then, whilst walking near a bridge, Marc asked to take a selfie with me. Looking in his bag for the ring, he then passed me the ring box to which I asked “what is this?” and he went down on one knee and popped the question.
We did not have a set date in mind but knew we wanted either a spring or summer wedding. I’m a teacher so with Easter being a two-week holiday, this was the ideal time for us.
After visiting a number of venues and knowing that we wanted a barn wedding, Owen House was the perfect choice. When visiting the venue for the first time, it was not dressed and was rather plain, but even from this we could see the potential it had, and we fell in love with it. The ceremony room is ideal, with fairy lights along one side of the room and rustic benches, windows and doors. It was the perfect barn venue for us.
We thought we knew what we wanted, but this changed over the course of planning the wedding. When we finally made a decision, we went for a rustic but modern theme. The rustic being the barn and some of the decorations and the modern being the dresses and the rose gold theme that ran throughout the favours and décor.
From trying on a range of bridesmaid dresses from dusty pink to creams, it seemed apparent that our colour scheme was going to be natural. My maids of honour and bridesmaids were originally going to wear dusty pink, but after visiting Dotty Bridal, and trying on their multi-way dresses in a sample colour mink, the girls and myself fell in love with the colour and decided to go with this shade. In addition to this, when I met with the florist, she had some flowers displayed in her house called ‘quick sand’. This was my favourite colour and I fell in love with it and it worked perfectly with the theme and the other pinks, whites and greens used throughout the day.
When visiting Dotty Bridal, I just knew this was where I would buy my dress from. My mum and my maids of honour came with me for each session to try on the different dresses and as soon as I walked out with my dress on, they burst into tears and I knew then that was the dress for me. The whole dress experience was fantastic. The alterations were also done at Dotty Bridal by a local seamstress, who made it fit perfectly to my shape.
I have never worn heels in my life (being so tall), so I wasn’t going to start on my wedding day and risk falling down the aisle! I decided to wear a pair of Converse from Schuh which were super comfy all day!
June 21st, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
The stunning styled shoot that’s gracing our pretty pages this morning was the brainchild of Andrea Matthews, who runs planning, design and styling business, Moxie Events. Keen to showcase those very ‘of the moment’ rustic vibes with an all-important luxe twist – Andrea teamed up with a creative cohort of wedding suppliers to bring her fabulous vision to life.
Showcasing a brand new East Yorkshire venue – The Barn at Willerby – the shoot brings together a glowing palette of golds and ombres, all beautifully offset by wild blooms and foliage for a more contemporary feel. And just wait until you see the triangle arch!
We’re always drawn to plates of deliciousness and this shoot more than delivers on the foodie front! The cake is a pared back and minimal creation in keeping with the theme, with the catering bringing together simple ingredients with a fine dining edge. Definitely teetering more towards the luxe end of the spectrum, and we’re not complaining.
It’s not all about the venue and décor though – we think you’ll be crushing on the bride and groom’s attire too. Say hello to a simple, elegant Sottero and Midgley gown complete with opal beads and lace, and one of our favourite fabrics for the beau – classic tweed.
We think it’s about time we hand the blog over to Andrea though to chat through the shoot and all those finer details. An inspiration overload is most certainly coming your way!
Models: Lorna Tranmer and Matthew Parker. With images by Jemma King Photography.
andrea says: A desire to bring together luxury and rustic styling elements was the inspiration behind this shoot. I’m a big fan of the rustic look, however, I wanted to mix it up and add luxe vibes showing that – curated well – this is a beautiful choice for a wedding.
The photoshoot and its results were down to the bunch of super talented suppliers I worked with. Everyone understood the brief perfectly, shared the vision and executed their work amazingly.
The Barn At Willerby is a brand new venue in East Yorkshire, close to the market town of Beverley, offering space for weddings, parties and corporate events. I approached Debbie Leak – the owner, who is running the venue with her daughter Olivia – back in January and following an initial visit (when a lot of the work had only just started) I asked if she would like me to organise a styled shoot there.
It was clear to me that this was going to be a very modern barn with a luxury feel and that the rustic luxe theme would fit perfectly.
Bloom & Bridal’s triangle ceremony arch was certainly a focal point of the shoot. The arch had purposely been kept in its raw form to complement the natural garden inspired arrangements. Each group of flowers was designed to create individual zones, with a natural feel and plenty of movement and space.
Sisters Jennie and Jo, who run the florists, opted for an ombre look for the bouquet and table flowers. A limited palette was chosen to give a more modern look with the use of anthurium among the garden flowers, which is a very strong look right now.
A mix of gold and glass, high and low, table decorations and accessories were chosen to complement the tones of the flowers and to tie in with the luxury feel of this photo shoot, with beautiful stationery supplied by Samantha Cutting of Paper Cutt.
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