December 1st, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
The weekend is upon us and we’re super excited as December 1st signals the beginning of the festive season (to us anyway!) so this weekend we have seasonal soirees, mulled wine drinking and tree decorating on the agenda. But before we hurry off to find our fairy lights and baubles, we’re sharing this classic barn wedding that’s brimming with all the charm!
Josie and Romin tied the knot at The Ashes Barns earlier this year, the perfect backdrop for their relaxed rustic themed wedding, complete with exposed stone walls, beams and bunting galore. Their stunning photographs capture precious moments from their special day, from their bridesmaids donning some rather fetching wellies, to the couple meandering through pretty pastures with friendly cattle in tow.
What perhaps makes these images extra special though is that they were taken by the groom’s brother, professional photographer John of JPR Shah Photography. At first unsure whether to capture this special family day himself or totally immerse himself in the celebrations, John tells us that he decided he could do both…
john says: When my little brother announced his engagement to Josie, I was genuinely thrilled, but I was also a bit torn – I really wanted to attend and be present without a lens for his big day, but I also really, really wanted to capture his wedding memories for him, which in itself, is a privilege. When I suggested it to them, they both had similar concerns – they didn’t want me ‘working’ during their celebrations, but they also said I was the only person they’d want to photograph their day. That settled it for me, I was going to shoot their day and the photography would be a wedding present from me! I really needn’t have worried! The photographer holds a very unique position on the wedding day – I witnessed everything from the best seat in the house, and spent more time with them than any other guest, and capturing their love on camera was such a joyous thing for me. Without sounding cheesy, it was a genuine honour and an absolute pleasure to shoot their day for them. I laughed, cried, danced, and even gave a speech, and after the first dance, I was partying away with a prosecco in my hand!
So, in John’s case, he could have the wedding cake, and eat it! Bride Josie tells us more about the day…
With images by JPR Shah Photography.
josie says: We went to Manchester for a few days to see The Lion King. In the evening, we got ready and went out for an amazing Italian meal before going to the show. We went back to the bar at our hotel – Rom disappeared and then came back and we went to our penthouse suite (we were upgraded as Rom had told the staff what he was planning to do). We went up to our room and as I opened the door there were candles all over the table, champagne and my favourite music playing. At this point I had no idea what was about to happen – I turned around and Rom took my hands (he was shaking like a leaf!). He got on one knee and asked me to marry him! I was so shocked I think it took me about five minutes to respond! I said yes, of course. We then went out and celebrated in the Hilton with some cocktails.
We got married on the 4th May 2017 – we brought our wedding forward from the September.
We got married at The Ashes Barns, Staffordshire – we had our wedding in the West Barn and the reception in the East Barn. We chose this venue as we really wanted a barn wedding to give us that rustic, relaxed feeling to our day. The Ashes team were absolutely fabulous when we looked round and we felt confident that we’d be able to have everything we wanted for our day.
Our theme was just a country, rustic feel with lots of flowers – including bridesmaids in wellies!
We initially wanted a sage colour theme to match the tones around the barns, however, as we had so many flowers it became more multi-coloured!
November 15th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
Today on Brides Up North, we’re in tipi heaven, as we escape to the wild and wonderful backdrop of High Barn, near Penrith, for a beautiful outdoors wedding weekend. Yes, that’s right – our couple, Emma and Chris, turned their nuptials back in September into a fabulous three-day affair, complete with quiz, fish and chip van, games and Sunday brunch!
There are so many talking points; we don’t know where to start! There’s everything from camper vans and specially made Egyptian jam favours, to a rather tasty selection of pies and pizza, not to mention plenty of bunting, fairy lights and – something a little bit different – dried flowers. And then there’s the picture-perfect rainbow, beautifully captured by their photographer.
Here, we invite Emma to reminisce about all the wonderful details…
With images by Johnny Dent Photography.
emma says: We got engaged on the top of Pendle Hill on New Year’s Eve 2016. I think it’s a really special place but on this particular day the wind was so strong I was worried we’d be swept off the top! I kept asking if we should turn back, but Chris was determined to get to the top. Once we had eventually made it, we had to hunker down on the side of the hill, as the wind would have knocked us off our feet! We were with our little dog, Barney and he did not like it. He was whimpering and wouldn’t stay still, so Chris quickly pulled out a bottle of champagne and asked me if I’d ‘wash some pots with him!’. I said “yes” and we finally cracked the champagne open once we were off the top!
We decided on the 9th September 2017 for the wedding. I love autumn and we figured that for the past few years the summer has been a bit of a washout, and it has seemed to improve in September. We were right! We had a wedding weekend, starting with drinks and a quiz on the Friday and ending with brunch on the Sunday.
We got married at St Cuthbert’s Church, Edenhall, and then had the reception a mile away at High Barn, Edenhall Estate, near Penrith. We had looked round a few places but once we saw High Barn there was no question; it was exactly what we wanted. High Barn is surrounded by the Lakes, the North Pennines and the Yorkshire Dales, in the middle of a field, next to a wood and nothing else. We knew we wanted to do everything ourselves and we were able to do that, a real DIY wedding.
For the main event, we hired two giant tipis from Special Event Tipis. They were fabulous! There is such a special atmosphere inside those amazing structures, and we had lots of fairy lights, bunting, lots and lots of candles and a fire pit to make it even more special. They were a bit of an extravagance, but I’m so glad we got them. They really make an event very special.
As we made a weekend of it, accommodation was a must. There are some cottages on the estate and there is a hotel in the nearby village, but for people who were staying on site, we arranged the Belle Hotel to come up. This is a mobile hotel room, guests book online and when they arrive, there is a beautiful belle tent waiting for them, futons, rugs and bunting too! They look really cool too and people couldn’t stop taking photos of them.
We didn’t have a set wedding theme in mind initially, but as we started to plan, things came together. I suppose you could call it rustic. Our stationery was brown card with twine, we had table decorations of gin bottles full of flowers and candles everywhere; we had teacups, bunting and dried flowers. We didn’t think about it too much and in the end everything seemed to go together just fine.
There wasn’t really a colour scheme either. The boys wore blue jackets, the bridesmaids wore a mink colour and the flowers were a mixture. We just went with what we liked. It worked!
October 16th, 2017 | Rachel Parry
We’re now nearing the end of our autumn season of Luxury Wedding Fairs across the north of the country (though five still remain, check them out here!) and we have to hand it to the suppliers that have exhibited with us – they rock!
Keen to introduce brides-to-be the very best talent in the north, we always encourage our exhibitors to pull out all the stops on their stands to showcase their talents and inspire visiting couples – it’s amazing what’s possible through hard work, skills and creativity!
We were therefore thrilled to hear that a group of suppliers at our debut Stock Farm wedding fair in September, had seized the opportunity to style up a shoot onsite at this fabulous Cheshire venue, which really made the most of their incredible efforts.
Prepare for some crazily cool dresses, a to-die-for ceremony backdrop and delectable details as we let Emmylou Kelly, owner of Manchester-based photography and styling company Chiascuro, take over the blog to tell how she and the team achieved these truly stunning images
Diary Date: Our next Pop Up Wedding Festival Fair at Stock Farm takes place on Sunday 8th April 2018! We’ll see you there then!
With images by Chiascuro.
emmylou says: As Stock Farm is a brand-new wedding venue, the team involved in the shoot were all eager to work in partnership with the venue on future weddings.
The Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Fair presented an ideal opportunity to arrange a styled shoot (at the end of the event as the day was so busy!) as we would all be in the same place at the same time and so could collaborate on a joint project.
When arranging such shoots, I like to ask suppliers to showcase their best pieces or to bring/create something that is true to their company and their own style which allows the shoot to look versatile, whilst still flowing as a collective.
The shoot was based around the dresses supplied by Wilderness Bride and Ghost Orchid Bride, which were a mix of ultra-stylish and discreetly modern designs. Our model, Stephanie, who is also owner of Wilderness Bride, had a cool rock vibe going on, so we went with this look for the styling. We then mixed things up a little with leather jackets and veils to give the look an alternative vibe.
Having the beautiful and stylish flowers from Sassflower to work with made it easy to create a look that will be the envy of 2018 and 2019 brides. I tried to envision what Stock Farm’s future brides would choose for the wedding. A little bit of country rock chic?
The venue is situated next to a wheat field which couples are able to use for photos. Even though the field had been harvested, I knew it would be a beautiful backdrop to photos and would show off the venue’s beautiful farming landscapes and surroundings. The backdrop also complemented Sassflowers’ stunning ceremony backdrop.
The ceremony arch was dressed with pampas grass, nude Sahara roses, white gladioli, vanda orchids, chrysanthemums, acacia and eucalyptus spray as well as spray roses. The bouquet complemented the backdrop and was made up of vanda orchids, quick sand carnations, astrantia, grasses, spray roses, scabiosa and black seedheads.
Overall the shoot went really well and we were delighted with the results! It had been raining on and off all day but the Cheshire sun came out for us at 4pm and gave us that beautiful golden light that I love so much. We utilised various spots around the farm as the wedding fair was still taking place so we were able to showcase different looks, themes and styles as the venue offers so much will appeal to so many different types of brides.
With big thanks to Brides Up North for bringing us all together!
July 13th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
Today on the blog, we’re joining the Naylors as they reminisce about their gorgeous April wedding at the magnificent Hornington Manor in Yorkshire – and the good news is that there wasn’t an April shower in sight!
The venue’s exquisitely transformed barn provided the captivating backdrop to our bride and groom’s celebrations. Inspired by Pinterest – and real wedding features here on BUN – the couple chose a rustic and romantic theme offset by a classic palette of blush pink and cream.
Serving up a tasty selection of canapés, a Yorkshire platter and a traditional Sunday lunch followed by a hog roast in the evening (and we’ve not even mentioned the stunning cake yet…) this was a sheer delight for foodies. What we really love though is that the couple celebrated all weekend-long with family and friends, and made good use of their hot tub!
With images by Joe Stenson.
natalie says: Luke proposed on my 21st birthday in front of all our friends and family. It was a complete surprise and I hadn’t suspected a thing. My parents had surprised me with a car and then Luke got down on one knee!
Our wedding took place on 8th April 2017, which was the last available date our venue had available for that year. We were worried about the weather but were really lucky and managed to land a very sunny, hot weekend!
We got married at All Saint’s Church, Bolton Percy – this was just around the corner from our reception venue, Hornington Manor. We hired the manor Friday through to Monday, which meant an entire weekend of celebrations as all of our closest friends and family stayed there with us.
We didn’t have a particular theme for our wedding but our Pinterest boards both matched and were mostly rustic, romantic, whimsical and timeless. Luke was very hands-on with the styling of our wedding and I think he spent more time on Pinterest than I did!
We went for a blush pink, white and cream palette. We don’t really like bright tones and I loved the look of these colours together; they create just the right amount of warmth.
During my dress hunt, I went to five bridal shops but finally decided on ‘the one’ when I visited The Bridal Boutique in Baildon. I knew that I wanted something fitted but not fish tail as I am only 5’2”. I also wanted something backless and lacey but without any bling. As it happens, I picked a dress with lots of sparkle within the lace! It was also a sample dress, which meant it was almost half the price. My veil was a cathedral length single tier with scattered crystals. I bought my shoes from Dune and, as a surprise, Luke wrote ‘love you’ on the soles.
May 18th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh
Today’s real wedding is so full of laidback, rustic charm that I’m certain you’ll become as fully immersed in it as we have here at Brides Up North HQ.
Talk about a barn wedding at its best! The big day of Matthew and Rachel is simple, pretty and personal, with bunting, paper lanterns and haybales a-go-go. It’s enough to make you want to grab a pint, a Pug and the one you love and saunter off down a country lane. Oh go on, then…
With photography by Katie Dervin.
rachel says: We got engaged over Christmas in 2014. We were supposed to be in the house that we were renovating, but it was nowhere near ready. Despite this, Matthew decided to set up a barbecue dinner of steak and sprouts (my favourite) – until the house filled with smoke and we had to decamp to cook on the street outside at 10pm! He’d set up mini Christmas trees and other little present decorations to create some festive atmosphere, although he said that the lids of the presents were glued on. I tried to open them and, given the supposed glue, was pulling really hard – until I opened one that contained the ring and it popped out onto my plate! Matthew rushed around the table to propose – although he’s still miffed I didn’t cry!
We decided to get married on the 20th August 2016 – we were looking for a warm and sunny day.
Our ceremony venue was Mellor Church in Stockport – Matthew grew up in the parish and the views are stunning. We then went onto Thornsett Fields’ wedding barn, which is local to us, with more beautiful views and we felt we could make it just how we wanted it. It’s a super-relaxed venue.
Our theme was a sort of rustic, ‘country gent’ vibe. We didn’t want to go too traditional or formal – we just wanted everyone to relax and enjoy their day in the country. There was lots of tweed, hessian, multi-coloured flowers and careful lighting.
I wore a fitted and beaded Maggie Sottero gown from Sense and Sensibility. It wasn’t what I thought I wanted as it was strapless and a bit ‘bling’, but I loved its vintage feel. It also came with a mini cape and I wore my sister’s veil, too. Amina Shaikh Wedding Services altered my dress slightly and I would highly recommend her – but make sure you book early.
Matthew wore a white shirt, black chinos, a tweed waistcoat from a small shop in Buxton and a purple tie. The groomsmen wore the same but with brown ties and my bridesmaids wore black beaded dresses from a seller on Amazon.
In keeping with the rustic feel, I travelled to the ceremony in a Range Rover.
February 16th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh
Emma and Ben’s wonderful woodland wedding at Healey Barn combined an autumnal colour scheme with gorgeous grey neutrals. Their big day was alive with berry purples, burnt oranges and zingy reds and the resulting photographs are phenomenal.
This beautiful couple wanted trees, woodland and fields as far as the eye could see, and so Healey Barn in Northumberland was the perfect venue. Warmth, cosiness and a whole lotta love – this wedding really has it all.
With images by Willow and Hare.
emma says: My engagement ring was bought by Ben’s father as a gift to his mother when Ben was born. She‘d worn it since the day Ben was born until the day he asked her for it in 2014. On a sunny Saturday in September we decided to go for a drive into the countryside, as we often do. I still had no idea anything was going on. Pulling over near a secluded footpath with beautiful views over the Derwent Reservoir at Edmundbyers, Ben suggested we stretch our legs. We headed up into the hills, taking silly photographs and enjoying the sunshine. As we were standing at the top of a hill a Red Kite flew overhead. As a bird-lover, I got very excited and said, “This day couldn’t get any better.” Ben replied, “I can think of a way to make it better,” put his hand into his pocket and pulled out the ring.
We were married on 15th October 2016. I’d always dreamed of an autumn wedding as it’s my favourite season with all the colours and leaves. Both my parents and grandparents had been married in the autumn and had beautiful weather so we took a chance and it definitely paid off.
Our venue was Healey Barn, Riding Mill. We knew we wanted a relaxed, natural wedding and after seeing a few photos of the recently-opened venue we knew we had to go visit it. As we drove to the venue we were stunned at the surrounding area. Our one condition was that we wanted plenty of trees for our photographs and to guarantee the autumnal theme and Healey was surrounded by woodland and beautiful fields. We knew it was the place; the whole layout felt right and we could imagine immediately our wedding taking place there. We put the deposit down on the spot.
Everything about the wedding was inspired by autumn. For the suits and bridesmaids we chose grey with burgundy accents. We really wanted the flowers and foliage to be the main feature.
My dress was a Mori Lee 6788 from Elizabeth George Bridal in Middlesbrough. It was a beautiful ivory ball gown with a dropped waist. I’d originally been looking at lace fitted dresses but not found anything that really felt right until my aunty suggested I try something totally different on and pulled this one out. The second I came out of the changing room my mother, sister and aunty all burst into tears which, of course, set me off too. The girls at Elizabeth George were amazing – they made the whole experience truly special.
Ben and his groomsmen wore grey suits from Occasions at Debenhams. As everyone was so scattered across the world (two groomsmen in Devon, his brother in Australia, father in Thailand) we needed to find a suit that we could quickly change if they didn’t fit.
Ben teamed his suit with a burgundy paisley tie and tan brogues from Schuh.
My bridesmaids wore dresses from For Her and For Him. I was initially dubious about ordering dresses online but again, as my bridesmaids were scattered across the globe, I needed to get them made to their measurements and not off the peg. I chose three shades of grey to complement the suits and to act as a neutral against the flowers. I was so impressed with the quality of the dresses: they fit each of my bridesmaids perfectly and were great value.
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